Title: The Girl Nobody Wanted
Author: Lynn Raye Harris
Series: The Santina Crown Series (Book 7 of 8)
Grade: CABR Gold Star Review
Publication date: November 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Presents/Mills & Boon
Synopsis: Stop the Press: Jilted Bride Stranded with a Notorious Playboy!
Anna Constantinides, publicly humiliated when her longtime fiancé announced his engagement to someone else, might have thought things couldn’t get any worse.… Until her private jet crash-landed on an uninhabited island, leaving her stranded with billionaire hotel magnate Leo Jackson.
Renowned playboy Leo’s reputation is legendary, and if the smoldering looks they were fighting to contain when rescued are anything to go by, there can only be one question on everybody’s lips: Just how long did it take wickedly sexy Leo to undress buttoned-up heiress Anna?
Review: Lynn Raye Harris has written a true gem in “The Girl Nobody Wanted” (TGNW) – an outwardly composed heroine with deep emotional wounds who faces off against a seemingly care-free playboy with his own family issues to deal with.
Anna’s strength amazed me; to remain composed while the paparazzi and her fellow royalty pay keen attention to her every move while attending her former fiance’s engagement party? That takes skill.
A businessman and owner of the Leonidas Group, which builds luxury hotels in exclusive locations.
This is Leo, as pictured on the I Heart Harlequin Presents website page dedicated to The Santina Crown series.
One can see what draws Anna to Leo even as she fights to deflect him from seeking the truth about what makes her tick. Where others see a serene princess-in-waiting, Leo sees a woman so busy suppressing her passionate nature, she doesn’t even realise it exits.
Anna is challenged emotionally by Leo on their two-person flight to Amanti; naturally Leo is a trained pilot and prefers to fly himself whenever he can, but when their plan crashes after they divert from the flight plan, the sniping turns to kissing. 😀
Boy oh boy, do Anna and Leo have chemistry together! They’re a great match in wits and in bed, or in this case, on the beach.
This story gets even better, yes it does, when they return to reality and have to face life after the island.
Leo’s relationship with his father shows a depth to our hero that makes you fall in love with him even more than you already did for shaking Anna out of her shell.
Anna herself inspires you because she’s willing to be bold, put herself out there, in the hopes of finding her own happiness and identity away from Amanti and Santina.
I’d love to be there when the Jackson family and the Santina royal family have a get together to see how Anna and Allegra interact. I’d expect some fireworks but a fun, loving relationship in the end. 😀
Although this is book 7 in The Santina Crown series, you don’t have to read the books in order. So head over to your nearest bookstore now and pick up a copy, paperback or eBook, of The Girl Nobody Wanted.