Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of; Captivated by Her Parisian Billionaire by Andrea Bolter. I can’t wait to share this gorgeous book with you all, I hope you love it as much as I do.
Captivated by Her Parisian Billionaire by Andrea Bolter
Genre: Contemporary, True Love, Romance / Publisher: Mills and Boon, Harlequin / Format: ebook, Print
Paris already has Cinderella’s heart…
Can the billionaire steal it?
Interior designer Zoe wouldn’t put her heart on the line for anything like she would for Paris! Practically penniless, her only chance of staying is convincing buttoned-up billionaire Jules to hire her. But how can she work with a man who finds her joie de vivre so infuriating? Until one uncharacteristically impulsive kiss later Zoe realizes Jules isn’t as immune to her charm as he’d have her believe…
Can I first mention that cover??? Ouh, la la!! Is that super hot or what, my goodness that cover model is sizzling, he’s not how I imagined Jules whilst reading, but hey who cares when you have this hottie sitting so prettily beside my bed….hmmm?? That didn’t exactly come across as I would have liked and now I sound a little perverse, I think it’s best I talk about the book instead of what I have beside my bed 😉
I am pretty late Andrea’s Bolter’s writing, having only discovered her a couple of years ago, but from that first book I was completely hooked with her stories and this is easily my all-time favourite to date. I do love romances set in Paris, I can’t describe it but to me, they always seem so magical and fairy-tale like and that is what Andrea does best, she takes a stereotypical fairy- tale such as Cinderella and turns it into something more chic and trendy and dare I say it…even more romantic, and this is exactly what she has done here.
Personally, I think that the Parisian setting is the star attraction, it enthuses an already sizzling romance into something else, I love the descriptions of the city, the sights smells and experiencing Paris through both of Jukes and Zoe’s eyes. As you may have gathered I love the setting, the Parisian scene is charming and vivid.
This is a typical ‘Cinderella’ tale, we have down on her luck Zoe, who is an out of work Interior designer, out of money, out of luck and almost out o hope of being able to stay in the city she loves with her whole heart; Paris. Then along comes her knight in shining armour in the form of billionaire businessman; Jules a man who has been running away for far too long. Neither are looking for love, neither are wanting any attachments, but neither can deny that there is a shimmer in the atmosphere a crackle whenever the other is around – even if she is a wee bit too cheery for the likes of our very important and refined Jules, in fact, he finds her downright irritating and Zoe, as much as she finds him hugely sexy – I totally agree with her there, he is smoking!!! – there is something very serious about him, but no matter her own thoughts, she needs the job he has offered her if she is to be able to stay in her much-loved city. Only her desire for him may lead to her own downfall.
I liked Zoe, her character spoke volumes to me, and I think many could relate to her in some way. She is a grafter, she is passionate and compassionate, she has a big heart and even bigger dreams. I like her cheerful nature, she has seen tough times but she always seemed to me that she always looked for the bright side.
Jules isn’t really a complex man, he is a man of simple ideas and wants. There is an undercurrent of loneliness about him, he has spent so many years running away – but what was he running from? – and now he has no choice but to make his home in Paris again, he has his plan’s and they don’t involve love….but as we all know in fair-tales, love doesn’t take no for an answer.
I thoroughly enjoyed this, it’s the perfect little escapism. The Cinderella-esque story is pretty much what you see is what you get, but with sexy Parisian charisma. The setting is the perfect romantic setting, you cannot go wrong with Paris and the characters are really fun, flirty and so likeable. The only flaw is the ending, personally, I thought it was a little stunted and abrupt the way the story came to the end, I would have liked a little more to it, but overall it was a satisfying jaunt to happily ever after…..and now I’m off to gaze longingly at that glorious cover…sigh!!
This was a complimentary copy via the author, which I voluntarily reviewed. Thank you, Andrea. x