His Poor Little Rich Girl, by Melanie Milburne
Before I begin a new book I spend a lot of time thinking over how I can take a much loved and well-used romance theme and bring it to my readers using a fresh and innovative approach. It’s a constant challenge for any writer in any genre to pique interest and intrigue in the reader, but in series romance the challenge is monumental.
It’s all been done before and thousands, if not millions of times!
I had a revenge and rags to riches plot percolating in the back of my mind for a while. I decided that my hero Alessandro Vallini would have very good reasons for wanting revenge on the young woman who spurned his heartfelt proposal five years ago. Spoilt socialite Rachel McCulloch chose money over Alessandro’s love and he has spent every year since building an empire to show her what she missed out on by rejecting him so heartlessly.
Sound familiar so far?
Yes, that’s what I thought too, so I decided to up the stakes a bit.
What if Alessandro wanted revenge but not right now?
Got your attention? Good. Then hopefully you’ll be asking: Why not right now?
Have you ever had someone turn up at your house when you were least expecting it? Have you been in your pajamas or without makeup, your hair in a mess (roots showing!!!) and dirty dishes in the sink?
Yes, me too. It’s an awful feeling to be caught off guard and unprepared, which is exactly what Alessandro felt when Rachel turned up at his villa, demanding a face-to-face meeting with him.
Rachel has a very big axe to grind. She believes Alessandro has extracted revenge on her by sabotaging her bid for financial backing in Italy for her fashion label. The investor she had lined up pulled out at the last minute. Rachel is determined to get Alessandro to change his mind but he flatly refuses to see her! That is, until his housekeeper takes pity on Rachel when she succumbs to the searing summer heat and brings her inside the private fortress of Alessandro’s villa.
I know what you’re thinking. Rachel will meet with Alessandro and he will give her money for her label and blackmail her into an affair, right?
Alessandro has to get rid of Rachel before she finds out how truly vulnerable he is right now. He doesn’t pay her to stay with him. He pays her to leave!
There are a few more surprises in store but I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t yet read the book.
I really enjoyed crafting Alessandro as a hero. He is dark and brooding and complex and utterly gorgeous. Rachel too, was a heroine who was so real to me I often felt like she was in the room with me as I wrote!
I hope you are captivated by their journey through bitterness and hatred into lasting love.