Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Review: The Playboy's Dark Secret by Madeline Ash

Rating: ★★★★ stars
Date published: April 14th, 2014
Publisher: Destiny Romance
Synopsis: 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.

What I Thought:

This book was quite a surprise.  I was intrigued after reading the blurb, especially the fact that Dean was an ex-soccer star who had a secret.  I tried to guess what it was as I read, but I wasn't even close to the mark.  I liked Dean.  I didn't understand why he was fighting his feelings for Rafi so hard.  Rafi was a surprise as well.  I loved her attitude towards handling everything that'd happened to her.  I found it interesting she was the pursuer for most of the book, even though she had her own demons.

Madeline Ash did a great job at keeping me on my toes.  The chemistry between Dean and Raffi was scorching hot and that really got my attention.  I loved how even though the attraction may have been instant, the romance was slow burn.  This is one of the few times the entire book wasn't given away in it's blurb.  I finished this book and thought, "Wow.  That's a lot to pack into 200 pages."  

I really do hope Madeline Ash writes a book featuring Dean's brother.  Even if she doesn't, I'm looking forward to whatever she writes next.

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About the Author
Madeline lives and writes in Melbourne. She is an author with Destiny Romance (Penguin's Australian romance imprint).

Online, she calls home, although she does have capricious blogging tendencies so might not always have fresh tea ready for visitors. That's not to say she doesn't welcome company.

She writes contemporary romance.

*A copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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