Chloe Winters moves from Boston to Canada, taking up a new job as private tutor to a six-year-old girl. But the girl is the daughter of dark, brooding billionaire Gaelan Byrne, and Chloe soon finds herself trapped in a tempestuous relationship with a man who can’t seem to let go of the past.
Of all the billionaire romance novels I’ve read recently (and I’ve read a few!), this is by far the most overblown. That’s not necessarily a bad thing: the windswept cliffs of Newfoundland make for an epic backdrop, and there are times when The Billionaire’s Secrets seems to be channelling the spirits of the Bronte sisters. If you can suspend your disbelief a little, you’ll likely find this to be a grand, romantic book that doesn’t shy away from a few cliches.
If I was being overly picky, I’d say that I felt the character of Chloe wasn’t quite strong enough to support the narrative. She comes across as a little bland, a problem that is emphasised as her emotions seem to change to suit the novel’s narrative. And Gaelan is just a little too brooding to be believable. But overall this is a decent entry in the billionaire romance genre.
Star rating for The Billionaire’s Secrets: 3 stars.
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