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Maid For The Billionaire
April 21, 2011
Dominic Corisi knew instantly that Abigail Dartley was just the distraction he was looking for, especially since having her took a bit more persuading than he was used to. So when business forces him to fly to China, he decides to take her with him, but on his terms. No promises. No complications. Just sex.
Abby has always been the responsible one. She doesn’t believe in taking risks; especially when it comes to men - until she meets Dominic. He’s both infuriating and intoxicating, a heady combination. Their trip to China revives a long forgotten side of Abby, but also reveals a threat to bring down Dominic’s company. With no time to explain her actions, Abby must either influence the outcome of his latest venture and save his company or accept her role as his mistress and leave his fate to chance. Does she love him enough to risk losing him for good?
Okay, I admit it. I read the title and thought this was going to be one of those fomulaic stories. Destitute blue-collar worker meets rich man and they live happily ever after, after one or two convoluted but flimsy roadblocks. I suck. Because I devoured this story. I LOVE Dominic. He's just the perfect jackass of a leading man. Yes, I adore cocky, arrogant alpha males. But he's endearing underneath the powerful, take-no-prisoners front. And I love Abby. She doesn't take his crap, and she isn't really impressed with his fortune and his power.
There's a simple reason why this story ISN'T formulaic: The characters are so well-crafted. They read as real, vibrant people. The author just nailed these characters. As I was reading Abby and Dom's interactions, I realized there was this big goofy grin on my face because I was so caught up in the moment, forgetting it was just a story. Abby was heartfelt without being totally cheesy, and Dom was intense without being inhuman. The sparks between the two were instantaneous and believable.
This story is an excellent example of why characterization is everything. There are many ways this kind of plot could go hideously awry, but it didn't. As a writer, I covet Abby and Dom's personalities. As a reader, I'm very sorry to see the story end. Luckily for me, there will be more stories from this little universe the author created, and I can't wait to read them!
This is a fun, escapist story. Download it, kick up your heels, and just enjoy the ride!