#Review | Untamed Billionaire’s Innocent Bride (The Combe Family Scandals #2) by Caitlin Crews #UntamedBillionairesInnocentBride #TheCombeFamilyScandals #MillsandBoonInsiders @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
A long-lost billionaire…
A virgin to tame him!
Dedicated personal assistant Lauren Clarke always does as she’s asked. Her latest task? To prevent a media scandal, she needs to find reclusive Dominik James—her boss’s estranged brother—and convince him to marry her! But in Hungary’s darkest forests she discovers more than just an untamed billionaire… Dominik’s brooding masculinity awakens Lauren’s long-dormant desire. Once they’ve exchanged their convenient ‘I do’s’, will innocent Lauren accept that their hunger can’t be denied…?
This is only my second book by Caitlin Crews, and I really enjoy her easy and fluid writing style, there is a real fun and classic feel to her stories. This is the first Modern/Present’s of hers I have read as the last book of hers was a Dare and you can really see, that this lady has got talent, I am in awe of any author who can so easily change lines like this, to be able to jump from Dare to Modern/Presents and back again, is a real skill.
My first impression of this was “It’s Little Red Riding Hood!” which is one of my favourite Brothers Grimm stories, I love how that dark fairy tale has been given a real fresh twist.
You have innocent, sweet little Lauren walking into the woods in very insensible shoes looking for the big, bad wolf; which finds her, and literally tries to eat her from the first moment. Dominik, is very much that big, very bad wolf – oh, be still my furiously beating, bad boy loving heart, swoon!! He is more then welcome to devour me anytime 😉 Dom, when you’re ready to leave your little cabin in the woods, you know where I am…I’m happy to let you chop wood as I ogle you through the window.
Honestly, I best get on with this review, before I start lamenting about Dom’s perfectly formed rear-end and well sculptured torso….sigh, stop me, please someone! So the story opens with Lauren stomping through the Hungarian woods, in pretty heels and in a bit of a huff, as she has been sent to track down the estrange brother of her boss, she is a loyal and dedicated PA and will go above and beyond to do her job, which does include stomping about the woods looking for a wolf. She must find this brother to prevent a huge scandal, the only way to avoid scandal is for the reclusive Dominik to marry her – an odd twist on the story, but believe me once you start reading it, everything becomes clear.
Only problem with this plan is the man himself; Dominik isn’t exactly what she would have thought him to be, he is far larger, broodier, wild, fierce and he has this dangerous aura about him, that makes her want something that she has never wanted in her life, it has awakened her desire and her more baser urges and needs…in other words, she wants to tame the big bad wild wolf, preferably in bed 😉
I do love the story, I love the take on the old fairy-tale and I loved how their very intense relationship is covered over a few days, as the reader we are thrown right into their world. The sexual tensions between then is off the page, it’s hot, fierce and but not so much that the story is lost amongst sex, it’s a good balance of the two.
The only thing that I have against it is at times both Dom and Lauren can be a little off putting, Lauren can be so selfish and a little in your face, she doesn’t really take into account Dom’s feelings. Whereas Dom is so brooding and wild he can come across as a little harsh, I felt at times that he did humiliate her. But, really my personal misgivings didn’t take anything away from the story in it’s entirety, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Dom and Lauren, they are as different as you can get but surprisingly once they get over their personal issues, they are a very likable couple.
Overall, a fun and quirky read, for those who have read and enjoy the Modern/Presents Line then you will have an idea of what you will expect, definitely recommended.
This was a complimentary copy via Mills and Boon Insiders via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.