Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Antique Love by Helena Fairfax

Title:  The Antique Love
Author:  Helena Fairfax
Published:   August 30th 2013 by MuseItUp Publishing
Page Count:  197
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

One rainy day in London, Wyoming man Kurt Bold walks into an antique shop off the King’s Road and straight into the dreams of its owner, Penny Rosas. Lively, spirited and imaginative, Penny takes this handsome stranger for a romantic cowboy straight from the pages of a book. Kurt certainly looks every inch the hero…but he soon brings Penny’s dreams to earth with a thump. His job is in the City, in the logical world of finance—and as far as Kurt is concerned, romance is just for dreamers. Events in his childhood have shown him just how destructive love can be. Now he’s looking for a wife, right enough, but what he wants is a marriage based on logic and rational decisions. Kurt treats Penny like he would his kid sister, but when he hires her to help refurbish his beautiful Victorian house near Richmond Park, it’s not long before he starts to realise it’s not just his home she’s breathing life into. The logical heart he has guarded so carefully all these years is opening up to new emotions, in a most disturbing way…

My Review:

Fairfax’s light writings style doesn’t bog her readers down. You are left to enjoy the brilliant characters and images that she creates for you in this extremely intriguing story. It was also not an ‘overnight’ romance, a relationship that spontaneously develops. Fairfax’s amazing story takes you on this long journey right along with the characters in a manner that keeps you completely captivated.

Fairfax’s amazingly well developed characters contrast each other nicely. I really appreciate that the heroine isn’t a drop dead gorgeous model type. It really helps the novel seem more real to those of us who may not fit into the category. It’s really nice to read about love happening for the rest of us. She’s a real person with real problems and desires. Conversely, the male lead is all of these things, and a cowboy, and loaded.

Overall, this was a very cute story that kept me hooked throughout. It was a unique take on romance that left me wanting the lives of these characters, regardless of the issues that they may have.

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