Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Owner's Secret by Kimberley Montpetit {Review}

The Owner's Secret (A Secret Billionaire Romance, Book 4) by Kimberley Montpetit
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Spellbound Books
Source: Kindle Unlimited
A brutal storm. A cryptic message. A life changed . . . forever.

Melody de Lyon's cozy New Orleans bookstore is her pride and joy – until a violent hurricane sweeps it all away. Forced to flee the storm by boat with her ailing grandmother, she wonders how she will ever pick up the pieces of this disaster.

Then, in a fevered state, her grandmother utters a cryptic message that sets Melody on the quest of a lifetime: “Go to White Castle.”

With nothing left to lose, Melody seeks out the old mansion – a beautiful Southern relic haunted by secrets. Once there, she finds Britt Mandeville, the handsome and charming White Castle caretaker.

Sparks fly, but any hopes of a relationship between them are dashed when she discovers that Britt is already spoken for.

When Melody stumbles across a strange 60-year-old photograph in the house, she is determined to find answers – and the shocking revelations and strange twists of fate lead her right back to Britt.

Can she put all the pieces of the puzzle together, or will family secrets and true love be lost to her forever?
My Review: 3.5 Stars
It was a little surreal to read this book just as Hurricane Florence was marching through the Atlantic, unleashing a stormy fury on the Eastern coast of the United States. The book opens with a hurricane in Louisiana--both physically and literally, ha ha. 
Melody has an interesting family and her journey to White Castle, at her sick grandmother's urging, really showcases the crazy, but I especially enjoyed the slight mystery that developed. Her arrival takes Britt, the jack-of-all-trades, by surprise, but the sparks that instantaneously fly between them are no laughing matter.
Both Britt and Melody are old-fashioned: they love things of the past, stories of times gone by, and their speech and mannerisms are from an older era. A more suited match couldn't have been made by anything other than chance. This is sweet, but seemed a little incongruous to who their inner characters were, especially when given very recent relationships.
I love that this romance isn't neat and tidy--there are some messy connections to deal with--in multiple facets of their lives, which made it enjoyable. 
Content: mild romance; mild moments of peril 

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