The heroine of Living the Charade, Miller Jacobs, is ambitious and hardworking and in dire need of a fake boyfriend to accompany her on a business trip for the weekend. Just when she thinks all is lost she finds herself agreeing to let a stranger – who turns out to be Valentino Ventura, sexy racing car driver extraordinaire – accompany her.
In almost every way these two are opposites. Valentino is relaxed where Miller is not, he doesn’t care what people think about him when she does, and he’s following his dream job when she isn’t. Most of all Miller is someone who likes to be in control at all times but Valentino is an alpha male who is always in control. Writing the scenes where these two came up against each other was loads of fun!
Miller huffed out a breath and eyed him with utter disdain. ‘Please remember that we are playing by my rules this weekend, not yours. When we’re in company just…’ She smoothed her brows. ‘Just follow my lead.’
She pinned a frozen smile on her face and sailed through the door, leaving a faint trace of summertime in her wake.
Valentino breathed deep. He didn’t understand how a woman so intent on behaving like a man could smell so sweet. Then he wondered if she had sex like a man as well: enjoyed herself and moved
The unexpected thought made him snort as he followed her down the hall.
He might not know the answer to that, but he was damn sure they were bound to have another argument when she learned he played by no one else’s rules but his own.
And as for following her lead…
While their differences are marked, they are also similar in that that they both hate to feel vulnerable. Unfortunately for Valentino every time he tries to get Miller to open up to him he finds that she unwittingly stirs up a well of emotion in him that he hadn’t expected to feel.
This is one of my favourite moments in a romance novel. When the hero and heroine get to a point where they knowingly make themselves vulnerable to the other
person and then seeing how each of them deals with it. Okay, that and the lead up to the first kiss! Sigh.
But of course we all love different things about romance novels. What are some of your favourite moments in a romance and why?
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