Take a ride with Love Taxis, the cab company with a Heart …
Rosalie Heart is a well-known face in Irlwick – well, if you drive a bright pink taxi and your signature style is a pink anorak, you’re going to draw a bit of attention! But Rosalie’s company Love Taxis is more than just a gimmick – for many people in the remote Scottish village, it’s a lifeline.
Which is something that Marc Petersen will never understand. Marc’s ruthless approach to business doesn’t extend to pink taxi companies running at a loss. When he arrives in Irlwick to see to a new acquisition – Raventhorn, a rundown castle – it’s apparent he poses a threat to Rosalie’s entire existence; not just her business, but her childhood home too.
On the face of it Marc and Rosalie should loathe each other, but what they didn’t count on was somebody playing cupid …
Oh, my word! What an incredible read, I absolutely love this book. I have recently re-discovered contemporary again and this is by far one of the best I’ve read. I literally devoured this, from page one I couldn’t put it down. I just needed to know what happened next. Laval has become a firm favourite author of mine, every book is journey you never know where it’s going to take you, with her mixed blend of romance, intrigue and that ever present Gaelic allure. This is my first contemporary by Laval and it is striking, it flows effortlessly. The story envelopes you in a mysterious blanket, swirling mists circulate as you are drawn deeper and deeper into the story and it all comes to a surprising and climatic finale.
Rosalie Heart – Heart by name, heart by nature – is the pink anorak wearing, driver and owner of taxi cab firm; Love Taxi’s. Rosalie isn’t just a taxi driver though, she and her little pink taxi are vital for the community; whether that be chauffeuring around the mother and toddler group, taking the elderly shopping and to their doctor’s appointments or just being a friendly face in a lonely person’s life. She hold’s her community together, she helps and is there when needed. She never over charges, that’s if she charges at all she understands the people of Irlwick far better than anyone. So far everything is going fine, that is until the cold, unfeeling yet, devilishly handsome Marc Peterson arrives and turn’s her well laid out life upside down.
Rosalie is a vibrant, honest and caring young lady. She genuinely cares for the people in the village, she has had a tough time which has mad her stronger then even she would care to admit. She is a bright and cheerful woman with a penchant for bright pink – which does match her sunny disposition. She tries very hard not to like Marc, there is a real struggle for her. She doesn’t want to even like him, for who he is yet she can’t get enough of him.
Cold and ruthless business man; Marc Peterson after the death of his father has inherited Raventhorn Castle, he fully intends of swooping in ascertaining what to do about the old Castle and then flying out to get on with his emotionless and lonely life. Only he soon realises that his usual approach isn’t going to work with this case, as everything goes wrong. He finds himself stuck in Scotland with a beautiful, if far too cheerful, pink wearing nymph who sings dreadful songs while driving badly.
Marc is an enigma, as the story evolves we get more and more glimpses of this charismatic man. Over and over again he proves that there is a heart beating beneath his icy exterior. Marc has a troubled mind, with so much that has gone on his life, I don’t think he has quite figured out what he wants – or more than that, who he is. Yet Rosalie gets under his skin, he feels himself being pulled towards her, With the little help from the mysterious ghostly lady!
As soon as they meet (which is such a funny scene, as he initially thinks she is a stripper) fireworks start exploding everywhere, they butt heads at every turn. When it comes to light that he isn’t merely a business acquaintance of her oldest and closet friend, he is actually the new owner of her home; Raven thorn Castle. She is shocked and confused, but more than that she is worried about not just her future but that of the village. With various mysterious things going on and the sudden appearance of a ghostly Raven Lady who seems to have taken a shine to our equally mysterious hero it all makes for a compelling and intriguing story.
This has everything and much, much more than a regular romance. There is intrigue and puzzles popping up at every turn, a myriad of ghostly goings on that keeps you guessing right to the final page. And it is all set with the most amazing Scottish backdrop. This is one of the things that I particularly love about Laval’s books is the detail in the setting’s, she captures your attention with building up the scene, layering up the human emotion and what is going on with the most exquisite setting. Her detail of Irlwick is breath taking, you can see the town, countryside and the Victorian-esque Raventhorn Castle in your mind as though you are actually there.
Little Pink Taxi is an absolute joy to read! Fun, exciting and romantic, with the most memorable plot and interesting character’s. I cannot say too many good thing’s about this, except that this has the potential to take this story further and there are so many more stories that could come out of this little village. I love Ms Laval’s Historical’s and now I do hope that she takes another trip into contemporary. I love it!
Very highly recommended, this is just pure joy wrapped up with a big pink bow.
Little Pink Taxi can be purchased from Amazon.