Breathtaking, delightful and pleasurable! This book sucks you into the unfolding story from the onset. It will most certainly entice a newcomer to put Ms. Shepherd on the top of their must-read authors list after reading Declan and Shelley’s story!

Never a disappointing moment with Ms. Shepherd!

HIRED BY THE BROODING BILLIONAIRE by Kandy Shepherd contains everything a Harlequin romance novel is…heartwarming, sensual and charming, it commands full reading devotion. If you picked up this particular paperback ( or e-book copy) then I suggest you clear your itinerary for the day, sit back, curl up and enjoy because this is a must-read novel you would want to read WITHOUT long breaks. IT IS THAT GREAT! The story brims with warm, evocative emotions. The romance in itself is mild but keeps the hero and heroine on edge even as their love blooms like the rosebuds as described within the pages. The characters cast, though few they are, enhance the plot and whilst doing so act out their roles with gracious perfection. I especially love the snippets of knowledge gained about gardening and flowers. I even now know the basics of rehabilitating an old fountain!

The story is about an isolated billionaire, a widower, Declan Grant, who lives in a huge mansion surrounded by an overgrown garden who hires a bold, cheerful, spirited and talkative horticulturist, Shelley Fairhill, to tend to his garden after his wealthy neighbors complain about its unkempt state. As Declan gets to know Shelley, he finds her an inspiration and sets to work on a new video game based on a warrior princess riding a white unicorn. Using Shelley as his muse, without her knowledge, Declan’s once broody nature quickly evaporates and it is not long before Shelley brings laughter back into his life. He finds Shelley’s companionship a welcoming distraction from the still raw memories of his wife and baby daughter’s death two years ago. Small gestures, kind words and informative dialogues later and this gorgeous geek hero longs to start a whole new chapter in his life with Shelley by his side. However, one small calamity ensues between H/h and things go awry. In the end will Declan and Shelley get their deserving HEA?

Ms. Shepherd’s descriptive writing oozes with an ease and tightness that makes writing a novel seem easy peasy!

Most Definitely Recommended
5/5 Stars


Beauty and the reclusive billionaire;

When billionaire Declan Grant decides his estate’s enormous garden needs taming, he hires idealistic horticulturalist Shelley Fairhill to take on the challenge. Since losing his wife, Declan has adjusted to a life of self-imposed isolation—he wants Shelley to tackle the weeds, then leave.

But as Shelley gradually restores order and unexpected beauty to his garden, her caring nature also begins to thaw the ice encasing Declan’s heart. Can he let Shelley’s light in and finally let his second chance at love blossom?

Expected Publication: August 4th, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin
Author: Kandy Shepherd


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