Book: The Billionaire’s Secret
Series: The Billionaire Duet #2
Author: Nana Malone
Release date: 17 September 2019
Main characters: Zia Barnes, Royal Guard and bodyguard to the rich and powerful. Theo Coleman, philanthropic businessman who’s been inveigled into playing stand-in to a member of the Royal household.
It was supposed to be a simple job. Go to the Winston Isles, stand in for my billionaire double for a few weeks.
But between the kidnapping attempt and accidentally falling in love with my bodyguard, things have been far from simple.
The good news, at least now the woman I love knows who I really am. The bad news is, no one else knows and someone is still trying to kill me.
I came to the Winston Isles to save my mother’s life, now I’ve got so much more than I bargained for. The trick will be to hold on to my brand new life and not get killed in the process.
Why you should read it: Bodyguard to the Billionaire ended on one heck of a cliff-hanger and so if you’ve read it, you’ll be desperate to find out what happens next. Zia and Theo have grown closer and closer despite the secrets between them, but now the situation has come to a head, with the appearance of the real Derrick Arlington. With Zia feeling betrayed, Theo has a lot of work to do in order to win her back. As always, I enjoyed the dialogue and the banter and the inclusion of the peripheral characters. This story wasn’t just a romance, it was also a story about love (all kinds) and family. I found it quite touching in places, and I certainly didn’t see the twist coming. The romance between Zia and Theo didn’t feel rushed and I certainly enjoyed the steady build of heat, the intrigue and the humour of the book.
What you may not like: Not much to dislike, in my view. The ending was perhaps a little abrupt, opening up the way for more books in this setting, but that’s it really. The characters were well rounded, the humour was lively and punchy and the romance was slow-burning. So, like I said, not much to dislike. I will say that Penny the Queen was a bit annoying in this particular book – wanting to be in the thick of the action while 7 months pregnant with the heir to the kingdom. Okaaay.
Rating: 4/5 for a truly enjoyable read that made me smile and kept my interest throughout the story. I never want tales from the Winston Isles to end!