The billionaire romance that defied the odds. Two opposites unite in a fun and frisky heart-warming sweet romance.
Last Christmas, art therapist Issy Riley was jilted by her fiancé. This Christmas she’s running away. A week with a client on his private Fijian island promises to save her from cheating men and the London festive season. But when the client turns out to be a gorgeous and magnetic Italian billionaire, he threatens her resolve to never again trust her heart to the wrong man.
Milan fashion house leader and avowed bachelor Massimiliano Balforni has no intention of taking a vacation, despite his sister’s insistence that he subject himself to an art therapy retreat following a minor heart attack. With an important collection due, he intends to fire his therapist and work, instead. But the determined and striking Issy gives his heart palpitations of a far more dangerous kind.
The one thing Max and Issy agree on: they are as wrong for each other as wrong gets. He’s a workaholic playboy who believes emotion is a weakness. She’s a romantic who yearns for a happily ever after.
As the tropical heat soars, they discover that in this battle between work and play, resistance only fuels attraction—and sometimes two wrongs make a very passionate right.
Set in two beautiful paradises—Milano, Italy and the tropical Pacific islands of Fiji.
Praise for Book One in the Passion Down Under series—Married by Christmas
"Mollie Mathews has created an instantly gripping dynamic between Issy and Massimilliano that beautifully blends their animosity and their undeniable attraction, making the tension soar." ~ Laura, Harlequin Mills and Boon
“I really enjoy Mollie’s style of writing – it’s in the 21st century and relates to every woman who has been trashed by a bloke. The abandonment issues experienced by Max are also so relevant to our current world, so many have been emotionally stunted or abandoned. This is a story that resonates with me and I could not put it down. Mollie is just such a good writer with enormous appeal in her story – an excellent read on a rainy day.” ~ Rae Waterhouse
“I couldn’t get away for a holiday this year but was lucky enough to stumble across Mollie Mathews book Married by Christmas. With inviting backdrops of Italy and Fiji to set the scene and passionate but angst ridden leading characters, it makes the perfect holiday reading.” ~ Laura Virgo
"Beautiful. Resonated in my soul, gives me hope that I will meet my Prince one day and he will love me for who I am." ~ Amazon Review
“A gorgeous escapist read. Loved the flirty spark between Max and Issy, and as for the location ... sigh ... I wanna be there. Will definitely be looking out for other books by this author. Recommended.” ~ Amazon Review
If this is the first time you have read a Passion Down Under story, you can easily read each book as a standalone. If you would like to know when the next book in the series is published, please go to my website www.molliemathews.com and sign up to my newsletter. Thank you for your amazing support!
(First published as The Italian Billionaire’s Christmas Bride)
Other Contemporary Romances by Mollie Mathews:
Book 2: Bride of Gold
Fall in love with these contemporary heroes and heroines trying to overcome their fears and find true love—read the other standalone books in the series to discover the friends and family who tumble into a once-in-a-lifetime-happily-ever-after affair of the heart themselves.
5-star Amazon reviews