Blackmailed by the Italian Billionaire by Nina Croft
Published by Entangled Publishing on March 15th 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Olivia Brent is happy with her quiet life in the country, until the imminent loss of her home forces her to embark on a search for her estranged father. Catapulted into a world of criminals, Olivia is out of her depth. When she meets the stunningly gorgeous and enigmatic billionaire Luc Severino, her world is turned upside down.
Jimmy Brent’s daughter was the last person Luc ever wanted to be with, but she’s the key to finding her father,the man Luc has wanted revenge on for over ten years. He’s willing to use any methods available, including blackmail, to persuade Olivia to help him find Jimmy and put the past behind him.
And if blackmail doesn’t gain her total cooperation, then perhaps a little seduction will…
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
On the verge of losing her home, Lia is in dire need of finding her missing father who took off a decade before. The only way she can think of starting her search is going to London and talking to old acquaintances of his. This will lead her to Luc’s door, who, unbeknownst to her, has wanted revenge on her father for a very long time.
Luc sees Lia as the key to finding that bastard and finally getting even. When Lia doesn’t turn out to be exactly what he expected, he decides blackmailing her into a relationship to lure her father out is the way to go. The fake engagement is the starting point of true emotions and soon both of them are more involved than they expected, but what happens when Lia’s father appears? And what if he doesn’t?
While I enjoyed the overall story in Blackmailed by the Italian Billionaire, I can’t say I was ever really sold on their relationship. Their first encounter was a great start, but I felt that we should have witnessed the time they spent together when she was moved in to his apartment. As it was it felt like during those weeks they shared close to no time in the same space. This made it difficult for me to believe in the reason for the depth of their feelings for the other.
Other than that, the story was well paced with steamy and hot moments. Luc was a bit of a jerk who had a tendency to manipulate everything around him to get what he wanted regardless of the possible consequences to others. While I understood where his reluctance to trust a woman came from, I wish he could have been more honest with himself earlier on in the story.
Lia I had a bit more trouble liking, as I felt she come across as far away from assertive as you could get. Her plan was half-assed and then she lets herself be dragged into Luc’s scheming, and though she accepts her feelings she keeps running away at the first difficulty. I just wanted her to make up her mind already and stick to her decision!
I would have loved an epilogue as a little glimpse into their future as a couple might have given me what I felt I missed during the story. As it was, Blackmailed by the Italian Billionaire was a good story, with nice characters I couldn’t completely connect with.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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