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Stolen Kiss with her Billionaire Boss
Christmas has arrived…
And she’s spending it with her boss!
New Yorker Erin is intrigued when Hugo Harrington asks for her help on a hotel renovation in London, just weeks before Christmas! But Erin soon discovers how personal this project is to her brooding boss. Watching him wrestle with the memories of his past uncovers a side to Hugo she’s never seen. And then a stolen snowbound kiss changes everything…
This is a classical Christmas romance with all the elements you would expect: an independent, but also caring female protagonist, a determined (some might even say ruthless) businessman who spent years chasing business deals and in the process deprived himself of family warmth, past secrets, complicated family dynamics, siblings to re-unite with, passionate kisses and many others.
At seventeen Hugo Harrington left his family (or rather was kicked out by his stepfather). He had to forge his own path and did rather well for himself. He never stopped longing for his siblings Jay and Sally and his mother, although she did take the stepfather’s side. Now years later, the Harrington family lost their hotel and Hugo bought it for a song. It is a special place for him and he throws himself into renovating the Harrington Park hotel for its grand opening on Christmas Day. Jay and Sally are helping him, but there’s still a lot of mistrust
Hugo hires his loyal subcontractor Erin Hunter to help him organise the event. He knows she is shrewd and has a great eye for detail. He knows that Erin is a widow, but now he also discovers that she lives with her three-year-old son Noah and her mother. Hugo offers to pay for their plane tickets and accommodation in London, so that Erin can dedicate herself to the project. There is attraction on both sides, but neither of the protagonists knows much about each other’s past. Erin reads a tabloid article on Hugo with a very biased and unfair version of the events. Hugo…well, he knows that Erin is a special woman who deserves to be treated with respect, and this means she isn’t a woman for one night of passion, she is a woman to have a serious relationship with, something he doesn’t see himself committing to. But one snowy night, the roads are closed and Hugo and Erin have to stay in the hotel overnight…
There is a lot of focus on family and family responsibilities in this romance. There are also the usual misunderstandings and past secrets. Erin has been hurt by her husband not being entirely truthful with her, so she genuinely believes in the importance of honesty and communication. I could relate to her desire to be independent and put her son’s needs first. Hugo was a bit more difficult for me to understand, especially when he tries to behave as an older brother and then gets distracted by other things in his life. The whole issue of bringing Erin to London might be a bit far-fetched, but I guess it serves as an illustration of his character – he likes getting his way and once he decided that the job has to be done in a certain way, there’s no talking him out of his decision.
Overall, I can see a lot of romance readers enjoy this family story set at Christmas in one of the most romantic locations- London. There are two other books in the Harrington Park Hotel series, although Stolen Kiss with her Billionaire Boss can be read as a standalone. If you would like to know more about Jay and Sally’s stories, you can find them in ‘Christmas reunion in Paris’ and ‘Their Royal baby Gift’.
Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random resources and the publisher (Harlequin/Mills and Boon) for the review copy. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.
Susan Meier is a lover of a great story and a fabulous turn of phrase. What better home for her than Mills and Boon where stories touch the heart? She found her bliss when Harlequin published her first book and hasn’t looked back. A mom of three and wife to the best guy on the planet, she loves reading almost as much as writing, and thanks the heavens for the internet and YouTube which have made research so much fun.
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