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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Review - Maxwell's Mansion by Donna McClaire

Title: Maxwell’s Mansion

Author: Donna McClaire

Publisher: Red Rose Publishing

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Rating: You NEED to Read

Reviewed by: MarthaE

Brenda Maxwell's new interior design client tells her to "paint, wallpaper, whatever" his hundred-year-old landmark mansion, "but for God's sake, don't go overboard." When she figures her grandiose plans will fit handily into his edict's "whatever" section, she launches them into a constant head-bumping mode.

Brenda's poor money management skills (that's his view, but what does he know?) and lawyer David Hasbrough's ridiculous need to control her life (that's her well-reasoned evaluation of the situation) combine to keep the battle going. Add a dollop of "the other woman's" interference, throw in secrets about the house and both their pasts, fold in a dab of parental abuse and a pinch of good old-fashioned mistrust, and you have a recipe for disaster. Is this couple's romantic goose cooked?
Well, he is a great guy. Headstrong, maybe, but she can't be near him without sparks flying and goose bumps popping out everywhere. Yet—well, that mansion has to be done right!

Although this is characterized as erotic romance I think that is misclassified. I found it to be sweet with some sensual scenes but definitely nothing erotic. It is a very enjoyable contemporary read.

Brenda is a bit of a control freak who does well with her own business so that she does not get controlled by someone else’s dictates. She loves restoring beautiful houses and immediately sees lots of possibilities in David’s mansion if she can just convince him that the house is worth it! She slowly sees lots of potential in David too is she can learn to trust that not all men are controlling and abusive like her stepfather.

David is hiding a secret about the house. He doesn’t want Brenda to know that he will be willing to invest more than basics in rebuilding and refurbishing the mansion. However, his efforts to help her address her money management issues lead to a lot of misunderstanding. Also, his connection with a beautiful, elegant and high powered real estate broker, who has designs on him, adds to the misunderstandings.

The story moves along well and it is fun to watch the interaction between the characters as they try to find common ground. It is not a complex story but an entertaining one. If you like a sweet romance with lots of miscommunication creating trouble, this is a fun read you don’t want to miss.

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