Review by Sylvia A. Reddom
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
So what does a modern young woman do when she has lost her boyfriend and job in Australia? Well she could take off to new job with someone she hardly knows in France – in the Alps no less. What? That is exactly what Hailey Gordon was asking herself as her plane began its descent.
Within a short time frame of meeting one another, Hailey is calling Matt her new boss “Trouble” (from her Brother-in-law Paul’s knowledge of him from their school days – and Matt takes to calling her “Princess”.
Genie, Matt’s business partner ends up injured and unable to assist at his mountain side boutique hotel – hence the job offer at the last minute to Hailey.
Wondering if Hailey a big city girl can handle front desk duties, Matt is immediately taken with her personal presentation – he cannot keep his eyes off her. Hailey insist she grew up in a small town with her sister Donna and with several years of “Public Relations” and “Events Planning” under her belt can handle anything – including Matt. Or so she thinks. Until he touches her hand.
What unfolds is an international business deal with love thrown in – as these two entangle their work with their lives – and nearly cost them their life.
The scenery and the hotel workers Miriam and Franz help take you along to the beautiful European setting – but the story itself comes from the people. Business mingles with personalities, and then personalities start affecting business.
Hailey makes Matt a well-rounded business man – and mountaineer – uncomfortable to say the least. Hailey found him handsome in a rugged sort of way and a job lead.
They could work with each other for the time beginning to meet their personal immediate needs.
At least that is what they thought until she actually landed at the resort.
Hailey’s thoughts lay out her troubling upset left behind in Sydney. She firmly believes that working hard (which has always helped occupy her mind in times past) will still serve her well.Add to that, Hailey’s betrayal there , has left her skeptical of anyone or anything more permanent. Including Matt the new boss.
Matt with his own history to deal with, likes to be in control and usually is -but not with this new girl around. He cannot help but feel like “a caveman” around her.
In return Hailey feels like anything is possible the minute Matt touches her hand.
This is only the beginning of “interesting” events between the two of them.
Genie and Gus, a bad boy named Ben and numerous guests play in and out of the daily routines. Hailey wins them all over one way or another. The big city girl knows her way around people and events and the resort needs her hand.
Matt hopes that she does not hear about his past. The mountains have a way of drawing out stories – always easier to share when folks get comfortable in their element. A European auberge set in swirling Alpine winds bring out some good ones – involving everything from jewels to family secrets and danger.
Throw in an exciting “part time job” of mountain rescue, and you will not be able to put this book down after a Chapter or three or four at a time.
The writing takes you into the chalets, along the slopes, into the villages and into the hearts of Matt and Hailey – feeling their fears and hearing their voices. First they win you over as two deeply spirited individuals. As they grow closer you find they are closely tied together – as tight as any family ever is, blood related or not.
As their affection turns to love and they become an “official” couple in their own minds, Matt and Hailey fail to see the real danger lurking nearby. When Hailey is taken against her will, everything comes to a head.
A dangerous blizzard, accidents, local Gendarme, hotel guests, family and friends are all pulled into a mesmerizing tale of intrigue, business, love and adventure – almost to the death.
You have to read the book to find out what happens. But I can guarantee one thing – you will want to keep reading and reading – so get out the hot coco, chocolates and wine – and light the fireplace – you’ll need it all.