|For Love or Money by Clodagh Murphy|
For Love or Money
Lesley has always fancied herself as an amateur sleuth, a sort of modern day Miss Marple without the support stockings.
So when Al wants to hire her to investigate his elderly uncle's young fiancée, she jumps at the chance. It doesn't hurt that the job will involve posing as Al's girlfriend and joining his glitzy, star-studded family on holiday in Nice.
Stella still can't quite believe she's engaged to legendary actor Sir Peter Bradshaw. She accepted what she thought was a deathbed proposal. Now she has a living, breathing fiancé and a wedding to plan.
First, though, she has to get through a holiday in the South of France with Peter's extended family, who all seem convinced she's a gold-digger with her sights set on the family fortune.
As Lesley bonds with Stella over shopping trips and bottles of rosé, she thinks she has it all figured out. After all, it's no great mystery why a young woman would marry a fabulously wealthy seventy-two-year-old with a heart condition, is it? It's an old story.
And Al may be the nicest boyfriend she's ever had (even if he is fake), but Lesley believes in instant attraction and there's just no spark ... no matter how fit he looks in his swimming trunks. So there's no chance he's going to grow on her.
But people have a way of surprising you, as she's about to discover ...
When Lesley meets Al, she thinks it’s a one-off until he turns up at her door and makes her an offer she can’t refuse. After all what could be better than two weeks in the south of France, with your boyfriend and his famous acting family, even if he’s not really your boyfriend, but someone who has asked you along undercover to investigate his uncle Peter’s new fiancée, Stella.
How hard can it be to sit in the sun and play the girlfriend, even if his cousins are total heartthrobs and you find yourself bonding with the lady you are supposed to be snooping on. Stella’s love for Peter seems genuine enough and she’s delighted to have a friend in Lesley, but with the mystery surrounding her past, they can’t help but feel there is something she’s hiding.
I loved this book; the characters were great fun and the chemistry and dynamics between them really brought them to life. There is glitz and glamour, emotions and heartache, plus lots of humour too, all brought together with a mystery to be solved. No one is being totally honest when it comes to relationships, but can they keep to their stories when real feelings begin to bubble to the surface.
This book has a bit of everything, and the intriguing plot kept me page turning well into the night. If you are looking to escape the winter blues with some fun and frolics in a villa in the south of France, look no further.
|Clodagh Murphy, For Love or Money|
Clodagh Murphy lives in Dublin, Ireland and writes funny, sexy romantic comedies. She always dreamed of being a novelist, and after more jobs than she cares to (or can) remember, she now writes full-time. For more information about her books or to sign up to her newsletter, visit her website at http://clodaghmurphy.com/.
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