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Master of Bella Terra by Christina Hollis


Cover art: Master of Bella Terra by Christina Hollis Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Master of Bella Terra (UK title, The Italian's Blushing Gardener)
Author: Christina Hollis
Publisher: Harlequin Presents Extra
ISBN-13: 978-0-373-52798-4
Release Date: January 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, Italy/Silver Island
Overall Rating: 3.75
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Christina's Website: www.christinahollis.com

Kira Banks escaped to Italy after a painful ending to a love affair. Now she loves only her little cottage, the solitude she seeks out and creating beauty by forming lush gardens out of weeds and dry, tired dirt. She’s happy with her life. Really.

Until Stefano Albani enters the picture. Rich, powerful, and handsome. He wants to buy the property surrounding her cottage. That will ruin her self-imposed solitude. He wants to offer her a contract to create a sumptuous rooftop terrace, courtyard, and more. Stefano wants her.

Now Kira is more than a little confused and perhaps even at war with herself. She knows there is no perfect ending or even the happy home and family. She’s quite certain that Stefano’s past had its painful moments as well; he as much told her that he doesn’t believe in love or family, either.

So where does that leave her and what should she do about Stefano’s propositions? Does she have it in her to have a casual fling and walk away? Kira doesn’t think she could stand the sort of pain that Stefano could deliver…

The driving force in this book is that Kira and Stefano have nothing yet everything in common. He needs a resting place and she needs a safe place. From themselves. They each long for the same thing but have gone in opposite directions either to look for it or to run from it. It’s a journey of fear and vulnerability and sensuality that is at the heart of the story.

Ms. Hollis pens a story of sizzling attraction and hopes and dreams long lost. Quite a combination for the reader to enjoy!

Happy reading,

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