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The Housekeeper's Awakening great story and great characters. This reminded me of the Pygmalion story A playboy hero decides that he can take his plain jane innocent housekeeper and make her a sexy desirable confident woman Very entertaining, great alpha male character, sweet and vulnerable ambitious doctor heroine I loved that both hero and heroine are struggling in a very real character arc growth They both have issues but they face their demons and find the inner strength to overcome their dark past I would have given it 5 stars but an epilogue wit This reminded me of the Pygmalion story A playboy hero decides that he can take his plain jane innocent housekeeper and make her a sexy desirable confident woman Very entertaining, great alpha male character, sweet and vulnerable ambitious doctor heroine I loved that both hero and heroine are struggling in a very real character arc growth They both have issues but they face their demons and find the inner strength to overcome their dark past I would have given it 5 stars but an epilogue with no babies is a big no for me This was basically a cookie cutter book It s a 100% bog standard, run of the mill plot with absolutely no surprises and no juicy plot lines to make things exciting Just by reading the dust jacket you can absolutely predict everything that ll happen In a word, the book is boring There s nothing wrong with the writing style and the characters aren t too annoying, but there s just no meat to it Even the Black Moment and the reconciliation were a snore And nobody got any comeuppance for their This was basically a cookie cutter book It s a 100% bog standard, run of the mill plot with absolutely no surprises and no juicy plot lines to make things exciting Just by reading the dust jacket you can absolutely predict everything that ll happen In a word, the book is boring There s nothing wrong with the writing style and the characters aren t too annoying, but there s just no meat to it Even the Black Moment and the reconciliation were a snore And nobody got any comeuppance for their bad behavior at the end either On the whole, I can t recommend this one as anything other than a completely mindless veg out read view spoiler The story opens with Carly working as Luis s housekeeper She s been working for him some undefined amount of time but it s long enough for her to have become well acquainted with Luis s manwhore ways We get a fun little montage of memories from Carly at the beginning where she recounts how many times she s stumbled across naked supermodels in the house who were lying in wait for Luis And then there were all the times she s found abandoned lingerie in the pool or on top of the flagpole So yeah, right from the start we ve got no illusions about Luis s character up to this point in his life He hasn t been one of those alpha heroes who gets chased by lots of women but only has discreet affairs with a select few of them Nope, Luis has been happily partaking of the wham baam thank you whatever your name is lifestyle For YEARS Luis actually says that women are as meaningless and interchangeable to him as the tires he used to get through during his racing days Damn That s a dyed in the wool manwhore right thereLuis is technically retired from racing but he recently participated in a charity race during which he wrecked his car, resulting in a shattered pelvis The race took place in England, which is why he s been stuck at his English manor house for weeks while he convalesces Ordinarily he prefers muchexotic climates And since that is the case, he and Carly have rarely crossed paths the whole time she s been working for him Now, however, they ve been in forced proximity for several weeks and it s about to get worse.You see, Luis is so ungodly handsome apparently that he effortlessly and completely unconsciously casts a spell on every woman who enters his stratosphere so that they all inevitably fall in love with him, even when he s being incredibly arrogant, demanding and down right rude The latest victim of this magical effect is Luis s physical therapist A no nonsense, ultra practical, stiff upper lip British woman who is appalled by her own lack of professionalism at allowing herself to fall for her client Luis has noticed her increasingly omnipresent blushes when she s around him and knows that yet another empty headed female has succumbed to his irresistible charms and he thinks less of her for it He, too, despises her lack of professionalism and he fires her.Then he decides that Carly, his housekeeper remember, will now take over as his physical therapist Giving him thrice daily massages, helping him through his exercises, and swimming with him in the pool He insists it must be her No one else will do He s fed up with hormone addled bimbos who can t stop throwing themselves at him and since he s known Carly for a long time and she s proven resistant to his charms, she s the best option He couldn t possibly, you know, hire a MALE physical therapist instead Nope, it s Carly or bust Never mind that she s got no knowledge whatsoever about PT and DOES have a real full time job of keeping his house in order Nope, none of that matters Both he and his recently fired female PT insist that it isn t difficult to do the PT s job and that the she can show Carly what to do in just a matter of minutes And that smell you re noticing is all the bullshit lying around and getting trodden on by this ridiculous plot My sister is a PT and my sister in law is a massage therapist and both of them had to go through extensive training to do their jobs because you can absolutely injure someone if you don t know what the heck you re doing And considering that Carly s dream is to be a doctor and she spends all her time studying for her prep courses, you d think that she, of all people, would refuse to perform these tasks without the proper training And it s absolutely hysterical that Luis tells Carly to just go ahead and hire a temporary housekeeper to do Carly s real job while she s busy helping him with his PT Yep, it makes total sense to hire someone to fill a position that s already filled so that the original employee can move over to do a task they re not qualified for instead of just hiring a PT in the first place And, I d like to add, the housework is never, ever mentioned again after this So we don t know if she hired someone off page or if she and Luis were just happily letting the dust bunnies take the place overBut anyway, now that plot contrivance has gotten us on the path, we spend a few weeks, first in England and then in the South of France, with Carly giving Luis massages all the time and feeling embarrassed to be in a swimsuit in front of him See, Carly is a curvy girl and she s got low self esteem because of her backstory Her mother always wanted to be a model but couldn t make it So when she was blessed with a naturally beautiful daughter Carly s sister , she put all her love and focus on giving that daughter everything she wanted and needed to become a star while ignoring and belittling Carly Also, when Carly was 16 she went to a party where she was sexually assaulted, but not full on raped, by a drunk rich boy Carly s mother convinced her not to report the crime because it was Carly s word against the boy s and since his parents were rich, no one would believe her story which honestly is probably EXACTLY what would have gone down So those two factors have led Carly to want to do everything in her power to keep attention as far away as possible She deliberately dresses in shapeless clothes, doesn t wear makeup and just fades into the background everywhere she goes.We get a few of Luis and Carly s interactions described but not many, really Not enough to establish any kind of bond between them There s a lot of focus on how Carly is feeling either embarrassed by her body or embarrassed by her body s response to Luis s proximity and hopes he hasn t noticed, but nothing much in the way of conversation We don t get much of Luis s perspective but what little we do see doesn t really help the situation much In the beginning he found himself attracted to Carly and he was rather unflatteringly shocked at his own body s response He refers to her as Miss Mouse and other equally derogatory things while mentally comparing her to all the other women he s slept with in the past and finding her lacking.Eventually the passion that has been building bubbles over in the massage room and Luis is all set to have sex But then he says something insufferably arrogant and it yanks Carly back to reality She reflects that Luis is way out of her league and rightly assumes that his sudden interest is just a result of propinquity So she pushes him away He s completely thunderstruck that any woman could or would resist him and demands an explanation Carly blurts out that she s a virgin and that makes her a freak as if it s something shameful Then she runs up to her room Luis follows her and she confesses to her almost rape He insists that what she needs is not a trip to a therapist so she can work out her issues in a healthy way, but rather a visit to Love Dr Luis s sexual healing rehab center She agrees to give it a shot.The next day, Luis gives his staff the day off and prepares to seduce Carly the right way by starting with dinner But Carly has gotten cold feet and started fretting about whether to call the whole thing off She s in her room dithering when Luis comes to find her and basically just won t take no for an answer, though it s not really a forced seduction Of course the sex is mind blowing and they get it on all night.Luis leaves her bed before dawn to slip back into his own room so the servants won t know that he s banging the helpbut then he slips right back into her room a few hours later before Carly can go down to breakfast because he s so hot for her again that he doesn t care what the servants will think if he s caught and tells Carly that she shouldn t either.After this we fast forward through several weeks with just a paragraph stating that they ve been getting it on every night while supposedly having a nice time with each other during the day Too bad we never saw any of that relationship building time on the page.Eventually he takes her out and gives her a Cinderella moment but it s late enough into their relationship that it doesn t feel tacky like it so often does in romance novels Luis actually was attracted to her the way she was And it didn t bother him at all to be seen in public with her, despite her unflattering and unstylish clothes It s only when Carly complains about feeling self conscious because she doesn t fit in with all the gorgeous people in Luis s set that he decides to buy her the clothes Luis was refreshingly unsympathetic to Carly s self deprecating insecurities, which I liked since I hate self deprecating heroines He told her straight up that he loved her body but that if she didn t, then she should do something to change it, not just sit around whining about it Too right Eventually Carly s sister sees a picture of Carly and Luis in a magazine and sends Carly an email demanding to know what s up Carly gives a generic response just saying that she s there in a professional capacity After weeks of allegedly being happy, Carly knows that things will have to end soon She s thinking about it by the pool one day when Luis asks her what s up He, too, had been thinking it was about time to end their affair He had business to get to and he knew that the longer things dragged out, the greater the chance that Carly would fall in love with him just like all the other women, and he doesn t want that He indulges in a rather prolonged session of patting himself on the back as he reflects on what a great favor he s done Carly by sleeping with her That he d single handedly gotten her over her attempted rape and now she ll be able to go on to have a healthy relationship with some other man A fact that doesn t give him even the slightest twinge of jealousy or displeasure He then fully canonizes himself by deciding that he ll doing her another great favor by breaking things off with her before she develops feelings for him So when he addresses her questions about what ll happen when they return to England, he makes it plain that their affair is at an end Carly is heartbroken because of this but hides it.Then Carly s sister turns up unannounced and really embarrasses herself by very obviously flirting with Luis Luis isn t tempted by the sister at all and neatly sends her packing when she starts fishing for a dinner invitation Carly walks her sister to the door and as soon as they re alone, the sister makes disparaging remarks about Carly s new clothes and insultingly demands to know if she s been dumb enough to sleep with Luis She tells Carly that she s a fool to let Luis pump and dump her just because he s bored, which is obviously all it would ever be to him with a girl like Carly Carly, used to a lifetime of being belittled by her mother and sister, and fresh from having Luis essentially break up with her, doesn t stand up for herself at all Then she goes back to Luis and asks him if he was attracted to her sister He gets really offended by her implication that he d turn around and bang her sister after becoming Carly s lover Even though he d given a very long and impassioned declaration about how men are physically incapable of being faithful to one woman and that he s got no qualms about sleeping with any and every willing female who at least possesses opposable thumbs You see, Luis s tragic backstory is that his father cheated on his mother with her best friend This led to Luis s mother letting herself waste away in her grief and cause the OW s husband to commit suicide So since his father, a man who had been married to his wife for over twenty years and claimed during that time that she was his soulmate, could cheat, every man must necessarily be a cheater.Luis, in his outrage at Carly s accusation which she didn t actually make, he essentially put the words in her mouth comes down on her like a ton of bricks Saying that she s a coward for not standing up for herself and not being brave enough to get out into society That she liked to think of herself as unattractive and of him as a manwhore because it was easier to go back to being unnoticed I didn t totally agree with his speech but he wasn t totally wrong either.Carly is hurt by what he says but strikes back by calling Luis a coward too That he was hurt by his parents fiasco and didn t want to risk feeling any hurt again so he adopted the no love mantra for his life to avoid that possibility He basically tells her that she s got a long way to go before she could become a doctor of psychiatry because her conclusions are all bunk Then there s kind of a weird shift in the tone of the discussion fight when he offers to pay her the last bit of money she needs in order to start medical school immediately He then tells her not to bother refusing out of some misguided attempt at pride because he could well afford the money and it wouldn t gain her anything to refuse it.Carly agrees to take the money and decides to give him a gift in return And that gift is to declare her love This, in her mind, is an altruistic thing because she wants him to know that he s loveable, not because of his looks or his money, but because of who he is on the inside whoever that is, since we didn t get to see it in this book He pretty brutally spits on her declaration and she runs off so he won t see her cry.Next chapter picks up several months later Luis is bored and restless but can t understand why He basically sits there wondering about his bad case of ennui for several minutes until it finally occurs to him that he misses Carly He then says that he knows what he wants but it s a big ask Then he races off to Carly s medical school He ambushes her in front of some new friends she s made and asks her for a word When alone, he declares his love and Carly tells him to get lost He persists for a while, with her throwing up roadblocks and him battering them down until she finally admits that she still loves him.The epilogue picks up 6 years later with Carly having just graduated medical school We get a recap of how they made their relationship work despite them being in very different social positions and Luis having financial investments all over the world while she had to stay in England They ve gotten married and we get a short description of how jealous Carly s sister was and how astounded her mother was at Carly s luck at landing a rich man Neither of them cared a bit that Carly had put herself through med school.And that s the end of the book Carly s mother, sister and attempted rapist get no comeuppance at all for their poor treatment of her, which I thought was a missed opportunity The sister, at least, could have become a3 dimensional character It wouldn t be hard to give her a few lines explaining that she, too, had been made to feel inferior her whole life because of their mother s obsession That she d had it drilled into her mind her whole life that her only worth lay in her looks That Carly was the smart one and that she herself shouldn t even bother trying to learn something But no, that s too deep for this book The sister s just a shallow, self involved twerp.We also never find out what happened to Luis s father and his lover, which is irritating Did they live HEA together Or did their role in the deaths of her husband and his wife poison their relationship Lame hide spoiler So yeah, it was just a very tame story with absolutely no surprises in store The Black Moment wasn t even really all that black and Luis s discovery that he loved Carly was very uninspiring 3 stars Rather a bland read, with the heroine very self conscious of her body image Glad she refused to marry him until she was almost finished with med school. A promising romance The plot is almost the same with another HP long time ago, well, don t they all Anyway, the hero s feeling was unbelievable I couldn t feel his happiness, sorrow, love, basically it s flat So, when suddenly he said I love you I rolled my eyes big time I loved the heroine, tho. Kendrick has an easy writing style with better than average characterisation The hero was typically flawed your average commitment phobic playboy but I like that he didn t pander to the heroine s insecurities If you don t like your appearance, then change it, but don t keep doing nothing and then complaining about it, because it s boring view spoiler I also like that he didn t allow the sister s arrival to blow out into a massive misunderstanding hide spoiler For me, it s not a keeper Kendrick has an easy writing style with better than average characterisation The hero was typically flawed your average commitment phobic playboy but I like that he didn t pander to the heroine s insecurities If you don t like your appearance, then change it, but don t keep doing nothing and then complaining about it, because it s boring view spoiler I also like that he didn t allow the sister s arrival to blow out into a massive misunderstanding hide spoiler For me, it s not a keeper, but it was still very readable This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Luis Martinez is an adrenaline loving playboy who is recovering from a race car accident that broke his pelvis His skill with the women is evidenced by the fact that his physical therapist has just fallen in love with him and he s had to fire her So he brings in his plain, staid, mousy little housekeeper, Carly Conner, to oversee his recovery She s worked for him for years and managed to hide her attraction to him, but now that she s in close quarters, he notices He a also intrigued why she Luis Martinez is an adrenaline loving playboy who is recovering from a race car accident that broke his pelvis His skill with the women is evidenced by the fact that his physical therapist has just fallen in love with him and he s had to fire her So he brings in his plain, staid, mousy little housekeeper, Carly Conner, to oversee his recovery She s worked for him for years and managed to hide her attraction to him, but now that she s in close quarters, he notices He a also intrigued why she hides her femininity, why she has no sex social life and why she s still a virgin Since he s bored and grumpy, he sort of makes her his project he shows her what sexual pleasure is like and teachers her how to be feminine, but he s clear from the start that it s nothingthan sex But while Carly has been learning all of this, she s also learned a lot about Luis He s hiding just like she is, to protect himself from getting hurt When their time together is over, will he care that she s fallen in love with him So after reading some reviews, I was expecting a fluffy sort of romancewhich doesn t ring true in my experience with Sharon Kendrick And this didn t come across as fluffy at all The angst wassubtle, having to do with each character s progress and growth towards becoming relationship ready Carly, thanks to Luis s attentions and her own realizations because of them, goes from mousy plain shy toconfident, a littleaware of her appearances and with enough backbone to walk away from Luis when he can t give her what she realizes she deserves But I like that she didn t change completelywhen she left, she left that glamorous stuff behind and just took the growth with her Luis also makes strides He isn t an asshole, but he is also not a nice person He s blunt and pretty uncaring of how his words hurt Carly He s selfish and hedonistic and unapologetic about it all He starts out wondering how on earth he could be attracted to such a plain girl and then just rolls with it, determined to get her out of his system I liked how that selfishness sort of slowly melted away, but was disappointed at how little introspection we get on his part Carly throws out her opinions about his lifestyle and when she s gone he changes them, but there isn t enough of his reflection about it I also really liked the ending even with the separation and how Luis comes after Carly and puts things on her terms He doesn t sweep in and take over the way you d expect a guy like him to do He offers to walk away and says he s willing to work around her dreams and her schedule and the epilogue proves it I was so thrilled that Carly and Luis view spoiler did not have kids while she completed medical school She followed through with her dream and he supported her all the way hide spoiler Thatthan anything showed how far Luis had come I expected it to be a cute harlequin insta love, funny and sexy book But this was not.Sure the synopsis says its harlequin but the bad writing says something else.Carly connor is a poor girl, she works for Luis who is a billionaire retired race car driver She works in one of his hug mansions that he rarely visits But after the injury to his leg that leaves him needing bed rest and physio he chooses the same mansion that carly works in spend his time.Carly plans on becomes a doctor once she ha I expected it to be a cute harlequin insta love, funny and sexy book But this was not.Sure the synopsis says its harlequin but the bad writing says something else.Carly connor is a poor girl, she works for Luis who is a billionaire retired race car driver She works in one of his hug mansions that he rarely visits But after the injury to his leg that leaves him needing bed rest and physio he chooses the same mansion that carly works in spend his time.Carly plans on becomes a doctor once she has enough money to pay for the tuition So since Luis is irresistible, all the ladies mainly the physiotherapists fall in love and fall out of clothesoften So luis fires them all and appoints carly to give him his massages.As any book, they are attracted to each other And carly is a virgin So I liked the intimacy between each other One day when carly is giving him a massage, one thing leads to another and carly gets scared and runs away So luis comes back to her room after a long time coz he cannot wall so well and learns that carly is a virgin and has issues with her body They make a pact that they would have a physical relationship and no talks of love So as all the books, carly falls in love and luis laughs it off So carly leaves him.luis gives her the money to start her education which she takes and leaves Towards the end, he comes back to her to her uni and professes his love for her Finally she does completes her medical degree and they marry The end.Now what I didn t like about this book was luis being a dick most of the time Him telling carly to lose weight and pretty much saying she isn t good enough And carly just let s him use her as he seems fit and humiliate her when he wants to Not cool Unpopular rating and review But I liked it Predictable and safe and not very long I loved both the h and H Both were extremely modern and gave each other space Carly is a sensible housekeeper biding her time until she has money to enrol into med school Luis is your non average alpha who is into car racing and thanks to an accident is currently recuperating One fine day he asks his evasive housekeeper to be his masseuse, basically because every other female masseuse would already be planni Unpopular rating and review But I liked it Predictable and safe and not very long I loved both the h and H Both were extremely modern and gave each other space Carly is a sensible housekeeper biding her time until she has money to enrol into med school Luis is your non average alpha who is into car racing and thanks to an accident is currently recuperating One fine day he asks his evasive housekeeper to be his masseuse, basically because every other female masseuse would already be planning a marriage and babies with him Carly is shy yet she can totally talk back to this arrogant alpha Working in close quarters leads to hot sex and Carly loses her v card on the relentless persuasion of Luis Carly has some baggage that makes her reserved Luis has some too that obv makes him a commitment phobe Some distance and reality checks later there is a sweet HEA I loved Carly She was smart and non clingy She was also a semi nerd I thought she was adorable and I loved her waspy replies to Luis incessant arrogant bully behaviour If you can call it that He was also a bit of a sweetie I will re read this one Wish there were babies At Her Boss S Beck And Call Recovering From A Terrible Car Accident, World Renowned Playboy Luis Martinez Is Bored, Grumpy And Frustrated He S Sick Of Nurses Fussing Over Him, So He Fires The Lot And Demands His Sweet, Innocent Housekeeper Massage Him Back To Health Carly Conner Has Spent Her Life Trying Not To Be Noticed But Now With Her Boss Looking At Her Differently, Every Day The Tantalizing Tension Between Them Grows When Luis Whisks Her Away To His Villa In The South Of France, How Long Will She Be Able To Deny The Temptation He Poses Especially When He Makes A Second Shocking Proposition


About the Author: Sharon Kendrick

I was told off as a child for making up stories little did I know that one day I d earn my living by writing them To the horror of my parents, I left school at sixteen and held a bewildering variety of jobs I was a London DJ in the now trendy Primrose Hill , a decorator and a singer After that I became a cook, a photographer and, eventually, a nurse I waitressed in the south of France, drove an ambulance in Australia, saw lots of beautiful sights but could never settle down Everywhere I went I felt like a square peg until one day I started writing again and then everything just fell into place I felt like Cinderella must have when the glass slipper fit Today, I have the best job in the world, writing passionate romances for Harlequin I like writing stories which are sexy and fast paced, yet packed full of emotion stories that readers will identify with, laugh and cry along with.My interests are many and varied chocolate and music, fresh flowers and bubble baths, films, cooking and trying to keep my home from looking burglarized Simple pleasures you can t beat them I live in Winchester, one of the most stunning cities in the world, but don t take my word for it come see for yourself I regularly visit London and Paris Oh, and I love hearing from my readers all over the world so I think it s over to you


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