Thursday, 2 May 2013

REVIEW: Seducing the Secret Heiress by Jennifer St. George

Seducing the Secret Heiress by Jennifer St. George
Publication Date:January 10th 2013
Publisher:Destiny Romance
Paperback, 188 pages
Useful Info: Goodreads, Author's Website

Diamond heiress, Charlotte Wentworth, is passionate about two things - cooking and her billionaire fiancée, Paul. That is, until she finds Paul has been unfaithful. Shocked, she flees to Europe where she is determined to build a life of her own without her family's name, fortune or connections. When she meets gorgeous Englishman, Gabe Grenville, a famous reality TV producer, sparks fly. Charlotte passes herself off as a lowly catering assistant but soon finds herself a star on his TV cooking show. But how will he react when he discovers Charlotte's true identity? And Paul has not given up – he has his own agenda for forcing Charlotte to return to Australia and marry him.

Will their love turn into a recipe for disaster? Or will it turn out to be a perfect concoction?

Seducing the Secret Heiress is the second book by Jennifer St. George, the first one being The Convenient Bride, which I absolutely loved, so, I started this second book of hers having somewhat high expectations to be honest. And I'm so glad to say that St. George has lived up to them! Her books are incredibly cute and sweet and romantic, with enough dose of sexiness in there to keep you turning the pages.

The story of Seducing the Secret Heiress follows more or less all the cliches of romantic stories but still, Jennifer St. George's writing style and her descriptions and settings are some of the things that make her stories stand out among the rest.

This story follows Charlotte Wentworth, a diamond heiress from Australia who ventures to Europe in escape of her family and cheating fiance and somewhere in Italy she meets Gabe, a reality producer who has trust issues of himself. The plot here doesn't have any surprises. Couple meets, falls in love, resists their feelings for various reasons, misunderstandings happen and all that leads us to the end. But the fact that the plot isn't hiding any surprises doesn't make this story any less pleasant or cute.

I absolutely loved both Charlotte and Gabe and thought their characters were well developed for a rather short story. I found a little hard to believe the way both Charlotte chose to stay in the same house with a complete stranger as well as the easy way with which Gabe trusted Charlotte, especially since he faced some trust issues, but still, Jennifer St. George's writing style managed to take me away and travel me once more! Her descriptions of places and cities are plainly powerful and as a writer she has the ability to make her readers travel. With both her stories, you don't just read to meet a new couple but a few places along the way.

On the other hand, what made Seducing the Secret Heiress so interesting to me was the fact that it was focused on a cooking reality and it was topped with a couple of amazing recipes. Well, not the actual recipes, but lately I find myself enjoying romances that evolve around food. And no, I'm not on a diet (yet)!

All in all, Jennifer St. George delivers yet another enjoyable story and she is slowly becoming one of my favorite authors for many reasons. I'm just eager to see what she has in store for later!

*This title was provided for review via NetGalley

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