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The Playboy's Dark Secret: Destiny Romance: Destiny Romance by [Ash, Madeline]
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The Playboy's Dark Secret: Destiny Romance: Destiny Romance Kindle Edition

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Length: 202 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled
Language: English

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Leaving behind an international career and an elite party lifestyle, soccer star Dean Thorn has returned home to run the family vineyard after thirteen years abroad. Tormented by a dark secret, he has vowed never to get close to a woman again.

No stranger to hard work, Rafi Dalton is too busy for love. Since running away from her career as a professional ballerina, she has been building a new life for herself as a seasonal worker with little money and no fixed address.

Rafi is nothing like the women Dean left behind. She is strong, independent and not remotely interested in his fame or money. The attraction between them pushes him right to the edge - but can he trust her enough to leave his past behind?

The Playboy's Dark Secret is a tender, sexy romance set on a beautiful Australian vineyard.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3070 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin eBooks (14 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Australia Pty Ltd
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J1YJMSW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #94,783 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I really didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. Oh, I knew I'd like it but I didn't expect to completely get lost in it for a good three hours this afternoon. Madeline Ash has a way with words that leaves you feeling like they're wrapped around you like a warm cozy blanket.

Plus she included a cow in her introduction. Anyone who can add the presence of a cow and still create a gorgeous level of tension between two characters when the reader first meets them has my vote.

And don't even start me on the Yarra valley setting. Wine and romance? What more could you want?

Dean and Rafi were my kind of characters. They felt real and natural. Their dialogue was fantastic, their motivation didn't once feel artificial and the tension between them was simply gorgeous. They grew convincingly on the page and when they came together at the end. *sigh*

Oh and the secondary characters were fantastic.

Better yet, the dark secret was all the title promised to be. (Gotta love a good skeleton in the closet).

I've still got a fabulous case of warm fuzzies and my god am I inspired to have a glass of wine.

Loved it to pieces. Can't wait for Ms. Ash's next book. I'll be there with bells on
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 10 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of love for this book! 1 June 2017
By Vida Joy - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book, so you'll see a whole lotta love in this review. I found it very well written. I loved the dialog. I loved the characters. They are completely drawn to each other, but have burdens of the past to deal with.

I loved how it covered a subject I haven't seen in a book before. I love alpha male romances, but I loved that Dean was not an alpha male. The book is incredibly heartbreaking, but uplifting and romantic. I was riveted to it from the beginning all the way to the HEA.

I'm so glad I discovered Madeline Ash. I just wish she had more books!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sumptuous 14 April 2014
By Georgina Penney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I really didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. Oh, I knew I'd like it but I didn't expect to completely get lost in it for a good three hours this afternoon. Madeline Ash has a way with words that leaves you feeling like they're wrapped around you like a warm cozy blanket.

Plus she included a cow in her introduction. Anyone who can add the presence of a cow and still create a gorgeous level of tension between two characters when the reader first meets them has my vote.

And don't even start me on the Yarra valley setting. Wine and romance? What more could you want?

Dean and Rafi were my kind of characters. They felt real and natural. Their dialogue was fantastic, their motivation didn't once feel artificial and the tension between them was simply gorgeous. They grew convincingly on the page and when they came together at the end. *sigh*

Oh and the secondary characters were fantastic.

Better yet, the dark secret was all the title promised to be. (Gotta love a good skeleton in the closet).

I've still got a fabulous case of warm fuzzies and my god am I inspired to have a glass of wine.

Loved it to pieces. Can't wait for Ms. Ash's next book. I'll be there with bells on
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you could ask for 16 June 2014
By Grace - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book is wonderful. It is sweet, funny and endearing, and the setting is so beautiful it makes you want to live there. As the second book by Madeline Ash, this does not disappoint. Filled with her insightful descriptions, moving back-stories and and clever witticisms, The Playboy's Dark Secret has made me absolutely eager for Ash's next book! Read it - you won't regret it.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love a good romance novel!! 15 June 2014
By karibadderie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book! Rafi is a strong character who I fell in love with. She is determined and yet sensitive and warm. The Playboy's Dark Secret is set in Australia's beautiful Yarra Valley Region during autumn.
Definitely recommend this page turner.
I also read Madeline Ash's first book, and can totally recommend both.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars UNUSUAL ROMANCE 13 June 2015
By Diana M. Hockley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Expecting a traditional romance, I was interested when the playboy's secret came out. I don't want to give a spoiler. Suffice to say I was intrigued by the secret and quite honestly, felt the author could have delved deeper into this aspect of life.

The setting was lovely - Australian vineyards - and it was great to read Aussie English and terms! The characters were well shown, the pace just right for the genre. I particularly liked Rue and hope the author gives him his own book soon. I shall be lining up to read it :)

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