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Review: The Count’s Prize – Christina Hollis

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About the Book:
Genre: contemporary
ISBN: 9780263890921
Page Count: 192 Pages
Price: $ £3.49
Reviewer: Julie Bonello
Sensuality Rating: Sweet
Star Rating: 4 Stars

Author's Website: http://www.christinahollis.com

A gem of a book packed with glorious descriptions of the Tuscan countryside, wonderful characters, warm-hearted humour and powerful romance, The Count’s Prize is a dazzling tale of temptation, desire and everlasting love from the fabulous Christina Hollis!

Dr. Josie Street has left the stuffy confines of academia behind for the summer and travelled all the way to Tuscany to dig up new discovers and uncover the exciting mysteries of the magnificent Castello Di Sirena. With its corridors steeped in history and its grounds full of treasures she just cannot wait to unearth, the breathtakingly beautiful Italian castle is an archaeologist’s dream come true – and Josie cannot wait to get started! Josie is determined to make the most of this opportunity. She will not let herself get distracted by anything or by anybody – and she will certainly be giving the castello’s owner, Count Dario, as wide a berth as possible. However, the Italian Count has got other ideas and he cannot wait to get up close and personal with his lovely new house guest…

Dario’s reputation as a playboy with a penchant for wild parties, fast cars and beautiful women is legendary. With his aristocratic background, handsome good looks and seductive charisma, Dario is the kind of man who can have any woman he wants – and nobody is more shocked than him when he finds himself attracted to his sister’s best friend, Dr. Josie Street. Unlike the leggy supermodels he usually dates, Josie is plain, unassuming and would much rather spend an evening surrounded by dusty old books than painting the town red. Dario knows that Josie is not for him, but he just cannot stop himself from thinking about her or from wanting to take her into his arms and kissing her!

Josie cannot deny that she’s attracted to Dario. The prim and proper archaeologist might have sworn off men and vowed to keep her heart under lock and key, however, resisting the sexy Italian playboy proves absolutely impossible. Stolen kisses and unrestrained passion soon give way to something deeper, but before Dario and Josie can move on with their lives, they must first lay old ghosts to rest…

Will Dario and Josie take a chance on love? Or will they continue to let past fears and old regrets hold them hostage?

Christina Hollis never fails to pen powerful, sensitive and highly engrossing romantic stories that touch readers’ hearts, make them laugh out loud and keep them turning the pages late into the night and with The Count’s Prize this talented writer has once again written a sensational story of hope, second chances and redemption that I found impossible to put down!

With a smart and intelligent heroine readers will love, a hero to die for, dramatic intensity, emotional veracity and a magnificently vivid evocation of a Tuscan summer, The Count’s Prize is unmissable feel-good romance at its absolute best!

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posted Monday, September 3rd, 2012

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