Renowned photographer Chris Malone is fed up with fame and disaster. All he wants is anonymity and a chance to recharge. Suburban journalist Ellie Flannery has other ideas. If she can just convince her long-time idol to support her favorite cause, she knows her fund-raiser will be a huge success.
After refusing at first, Chris decides to co-operate. When he’s forced to defend his own reputation as well as his family’s, he decides he wants something from the idealistic and sexy-but-doesn’t-know-it Ms Flannery Ellie in return: her heart.
But Ellie has scars that no one has ever seen, and she doesn’t want to open herself up to anyone, much less a man with such an unflinching eye for the truth. Can Chris convince her to strip herself bare, in more ways than one?
Source: ARC from Tule Publishing via NetGalley
This is a cute contemporary about two people hitting a crossroads in their life without even realising it. Ellie is a journalist without ambition or the killer-instinct to chase down a story, while Chris has lost the passion he once had for photographing the world’s disasters. When Ellie asks him to donate a photo to her charity auction, Chris is still too lost in his own demons to say yes, but with a PR disaster looming he changes his mind. After all it won’t cost him anything to spend more time with the pretty woman he met on the beach.
But despite first appearances on both sides, there are scars both hidden and inside that mean this fling isn’t anything like as simple as either imagined. With an end date in sight for their time together, it’s soon obvious that neither one of them wants to let go.
As I said this is cute. Ellie is nice and bubbly and wants to help the world, while Chris is gorgeous, brooding and has seen the worst the world has to offer. For Chris spending time with Ellie is a breath of fresh air after all the darkness, while for Ellie he offers acceptance and gives her self-confidence a much needed boost. They balance each other out while also giving as much as they receive. The romance is sweet and a little bit sexy, and the plot is all ’round feel good.
I’ve really enjoyed this whole Hot Aussie Heroes series, connected only by the various fund-raising links to the Royal Flying Doctors service, and this book also made me curious about Chris’ younger brothers. I hope this isn’t the last we’ve heard of those Malone boys.
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