I liked this story very much, namely because reading it was like watching a romantic movie.
Characteristics of this story are fairly basic, like all Harlequin Presents: pairing a relatively innocent heroine with a more experienced hero. The heroine, Olivia, has arrived in London on the doorstep of her would-be lover, Jeremy. Jeremy's flatmate, Declan, who is the cousin of Jeremy's wife, naturally takes a dim view of Olivia but helps her out by finding a cheap basement flat for her to rent just around the corner. Settling into London, finding work and coping with the realization that Jeremy wasn't being honest with her, the heroine finds herself more and more attacted to Declan. And he to her, but not for totally altrustic motives. Declan reasons that his cousin Maria deserves protection -- why not seduce Olivia away from the rotten Jeremy?
Good story, well written. There are many nice descriptive touches; the subcharacter of Sasha, Olivia's helpful landlord, is unusually strong, and, this Harlequin provides the POV of the heroine and the hero, which is a quality that definitely strengthens the book. (Too many of them are written from the heroine's POV only.)
Olivia comes to London after a brief encounter with the unhappily married Jeremy in her hometown of Bristol. She has no job and no place to live but romantically thinks she can stay with Jeremy & work on their relationship while he gets a divorce... wrong! Turns out Jeremy is boarding with his wife's cousin, Declan Malone, in a beautiful Notting Hill townhouse, and has no firm plan to leave his wife. Declan resents Olivia's presence but unwillingly finds her a place to stay, and things take off from there. Olivia still hopes to form a lasting relationship with Jeremy but finds herself more & more attracted to Declan, although their mutual attraction takes the form of sniping & striking sparks from each other. Nicely paced, romantic story with likeable characters (except the slimy Jeremy); kind of like watching a romantic comedy.
my gramma gave me this book. i read half of it. it was intresting. but i lost it for a while and now i don't feel like reading it again.