THE BILLIONAIRE'S REDEMPTION - Therese Beharrie
REVIEWER: Brenda Larnell | RATING: B+
REVIEW: For this engaging story, we travel to South Africa where the heroine, Lily Newman, and the hero, Jacques Brookes, first meet at an engagement party for Lily’s best friend, Caitlyn and Jacques’ brother, Nathan. Lily inadvertently hears a private conversation between Jacques, a former Rugby star with a reputation of being a bad boy, and two people discussing his damaged image. While Lily knows that she should not be eavesdropping, her initial intent for being upstairs was to avoid her ex-fiancé and his date. As Jacques walks out of the room, her ex and the woman appear, and Lily is caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place.
The outcome of this impromptu meeting sets the stage for this contemporary romance story. Thinking quickly, Lily takes a gamble and draws Jacques into a ruse where they pretend they are a couple which leaves her ex-fiancé speechless. Score one for Lily! That small victory is short-lived when Lily realizes that she owes Jacques an explantation for drawing him into her drama. I am going to leave that right there, because I don’t want to divulge any spoilers. However, I will say we learn a lot about our hero and heroine as they develop a tenuous relationship. Jacques and his less than stellar reputation needs help to pursue his dream of purchasing the rugby team he let down. Lily, on the other hand, has some self-esteem issues that stem from being the victim of bullying. How will Lily finally stand up to those issues that she has battled for most of her life? How will Jacques finally bury that bad boy image and reestablish himself in the rugby world of sports? To get the answers to those questions, you must read the book, my friend.
I applaud author, Therese Beharrie for the imaginative way she handled a familiar theme of the bad boy hero. The hero in this story, has some real-life issues, like anger and manipulation that have been present since childhood. Likewise, Lily has her own set of insecurities that she is battling. Put them together and you have an engaging story of two people who help each other face and overcome their failures and mistakes as they redefine themselves and eventually find their HEA.
THE MILLIONAIRE’S REDEMPTION is a sweet and gentle story that I enjoyed reading. I recommend it. It just goes to show you that redemption can come in many ways. Pick up a copy; you won’t be sorry.
9th September 2017 | firstname.lastname@example.org