- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Mills & Boon - AU; First edition edition (1 October 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0263853772
- ISBN-13: 978-0263853773
- Package Dimensions: 16.4 x 10.6 x 1.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 59 g
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She left school at sixteen. Working as a 'gopher' in the marketing department of a financial institution was an experience that opened her eyes to life outside of sleepy Somerset. She met her husband on a blind date and love at first sight led to marriage within months. When a play she wrote in her spare time was short-listed for a national award, her husband suggested she try writing full-time.
Over the next few years, Christina wrote half a dozen full-length novels, did a lot of non-fiction work for magazines and had two lovely children. In the year 2000, she joined a college course in creative writing to update her skills. It was tutored by the prize-winning Welsh poet Paul Groves, who suggested she try writing short stories. Various examples of these went on to be broadcast by the BBC and achieved success in several national competitions and magazines.
Christina's first modern romance, The Italian Billionaire's Virgin, began life as a two-thousand-word holiday assignment for her writing course. Urged to send it to Mills and Boon by her fellow students, her thrill at being invited to send in a completed manuscript was only topped by the experience of receiving THE letter-acceptance! It arrived on her young son's birthday, making it a double celebration the family will never forget.
Christina's hobbies include cooking and gardening and she always has a book in hand. Romances are a favourite, as they are in such contrast with raising a family in a crumbling old cottage. Married to the most romantic man in the world, Christina enjoys every aspect of the subject. Romance can be as simple as a cup of tea in bed, but grand gestures such as a restaurant dinner add spice to the mix.
Christina thinks writing must be the best job in the world. There really is nothing like seeing the pictures in her head become words on a page. The chance to explore relationships and the way people overcome the problems that life throws at them means that there is always some new avenue to investigate.
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Sienna is very naïve and a bit spineless and the Hero, Garett, is looking for something. He seems empty and lost. Apparently having a girl in every port didn't feel him up and Sienna thought it would be okay as one of her acts of rebellion to take up with this Casanova despite the gossip and ruination to her good name that it would cause. So Garett taught her to have a backbone but not where he is concerned. Then she finally gives in and they have One Night in his Bed before he does a runner. She decides to sell the villa as it contains bad memories, yep with him. And it should have ended there as chic lit would have, but then this is supposed to be a romance. He doesn't even tell her that he is leaving, she just wakes up to find him gone and eventually checks the computer because he is so diligent with his schedule and that is how she knows he left to return to work. Nice guy! He sits around waiting for her to call then he thinks that she is different from his usual woman. I'm guessing he didn't notice that in the beginning. *smack him on the head* After all she met him at her stand, determined that he was rich, chased him down, through herself at him tackling him like a linebacker taking down the all star running back, and demanded enormous amounts of money to fix up her estate and that he should keep his hands to himself. . . no wait . . . that isn't right. She didn't do any of that. He approached her, he offered things to her and drug her away to the fancy restaurant. Nice Piece Of Work here. BAM she is the answer to all of his happiness he MUST get her back. Now he has to make everything right for her.
After his runner with no word for a LONG time, okay about three weeks, she has of course taken control of her life, I feel like there should be a song here, not sure which one though. Sienna then sells the villa and guess who bought it. . . Garett. He shows up to take possession and they share a few words. Then of course he claims he loves her, says he may have been attracted to a mouse but he fell in love with a girl who has more spirit than that. Let's see some of that spirit, Sienna! She is gearing up she springs to life, oh this is going to be a doozy . . . after all this girl has just come in to her own. What will she yell at him? Will she pummel him to within an inch of his no good, philandering, bottomless, full of a deep hole life? What will she say . . . wait for it . . . you know it will be good because after all she had shared her inner most thoughts with this man, she had turned from her town's believes and spent time in his bed knowing how it could ruin her reputation in this small town where she is FORCED to live, she had metamorphosed from a cowardly mouse to a spitting tiger, right? Oh I'm so looking forward to this- she is going to give it to him good. She spits out one line! Just one, never mind the pain that his abandonment supposedly caused her she can only gather up courage for the one line! That is basically him taking her to bed and then leaving her! That's it!! What a letdown!! And of course how can she be sure he won't abandon her again. . . well because he will marry her this time, mouse. Of course marriage is FOREVER don't you know?! Yeah yeah yeah he does apologize and even says that no amount of words can make up for his abandoning her after one night in his bed, the other women probably got more than that, okay I digress, at any rate. . . where was I . . . Oh yeah he asks her if she will let his actions speak for him? Of course she agrees, kissy, kissy, smooch, smooch the end. Really? I would have to say that his actions did speak for him when he walked out the way he did. He had to have been planning it to begin with because he is so obsessed with schedules that everything was on his computer popping up to remind him and such and that is how she knew where he went. I just couldn't like him. It would have been better if later they came back together after he has groveled for a bit when she has truly had time to forgive him for building her up like that and then walking away - knocking her back for a bit, but she did survive and she did it without him!
Sienna because she got married at such an early age and by all accounts had a husband that made Vald the Impeller look like a softy and a step mom who was a gold-digger who wanted to use Sienna to further her own ambitions. In addition to the fact that Sienna was to overly conscious of what everyone thought of her and had such a low opinion of herself and herself worth. Some of the dialogue she had with Garett about how she didn't want to appear in a "negative" light to people in her town got on my nerves at times. But readily offered herself up for a one night stand in exchange for Garett's help was contradictory to the way she wanted to appear to people.
Garett was the l dark brooding "Byron-type" male, handsome and rich but with a deep dark past that the author hinted at and gave you glimpses of but never fully disclosed, that started to annoy me as well. As well as the simple fact the author gave the impression that he was interested in Sienna outside of a diversion he "might" consider having on his vacation away from his "Real" life, but other than that she didn't seem his type.
The continuity of story for me kept slipping and it seemed as Ms. Hollis didn't enjoy writing this book, rather it was chore instead of a pleasure. I'll give Ms. Hollis another try if I come across another of her books, just because she is a new author to me. Hopefully with better luck next time.
I, myself, am never a fan of novels that have more description than action and dialogue. This one was no different. I have to admit that the characters did grow on me after a while, though. I also liked that Sienna stopped being a meek little mouse and finally asserted her own independence. All-in-all, this one could be skipped.