Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Too Cold To Love


Too Cold to Love
The Giovanni Clan series, book two
by Doris O’Connor  

Marco Giovanni has shut off his emotions following a messy divorce. His small daughter and his chain of bakeries are all he needs in his life. The string of nannies are an unfortunate necessity he could well do without. So why does his body have to remember its needs now with the latest and most unsuitable nanny ever?


Elise has always been the responsible one, so when she receives yet another SOS phone call from her wayward twin, she does the only thing she can do, she steps into her shoes. Having to go back to nannying is hard enough, the unexpected attraction to her arrogant employer is impossible to deal with. Especially when she is forced to agree to a marriage of his convenience to pay off the debt her twin accrued.


In a marriage based on blackmail can passion turn into love, or will secrets and lies destroy all?

I put the little Blurb first because it’s totally the reason why I picked this book up. Yes – that means that I read them out of order. Sorry!!!  But the whole “his small daughter – messy divorce – unsuitable nanny” made me pick it up.  Sometimes you can get in a rut with your reading and I felt like I was there.  I was looking for something different and a story about an Italian family just cries humor and drama.
I wasn’t disappointed! Elise grabbed my heart right away.  She was thrown into an impossible situation and… how can you not help family – even if her sister is being a tool.  She of course has a great idea.  All she has to do is to show up – turn in her resignation – problem solved.  If that was all her sister did to her then the plan might have worked but NO – the story keeps going.  This is where Doris O’Connor excelled.
Not to give much more away than that because - hey – who wants to read a book if you know everything that goes on and you will want to pick this one up. I enjoy that fact that Doris O’Connor keeps the plot going.  Her characters are so different from anything that I have read in a very long time.  I loved the dynamics between Elisa and her sister Jemima.  Marco Giovanni is as arrogant as you can get but once you understand his past you can almost feel for him. His daughter Mimi make you smile and will work her way into the reader’s heart but Mamma G, our matriarch in the family, adds all the color to the book! Good I love her and her trips to her special stores to get “toys” for her children.

This book is easily 4 chocolate dipped strawberries.  It’s a great read - I won’t hesitate to give any of her stories a pluck of the shelf in the future.
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