I love a good romance book, who doesn’t? Ok, so maybe there are a few out there that don’t read romance novels but hey, it’s their loss.
I first read Once in Paris years ago, actually it was the very first romance novel I ever read and to say the least I was hooked.
The heroine is eighteen year old Brianne Martin who runs into a very sad looking Pierce Hutton while she is at the Louvre. They strike up a conversation and she finds out that his wife just died a few months earlier. Pierce is a business acquaintance of her step father’s and she couldn’t stop herself from finding out why he looked so sad.
Later on, now after her nineteenth birthday Brianne runs into Pierce once again this time at a Bistro. Pierce is so drunk she fears he may be robbed if she doesn’t help him back to his room. If you’ve read a romance novel you just know what’s coming next, that’s right he can’t manage to undress himself and virginal Brianne decides to help him and help herself to a little peek of his manly goods. The best part of that scene by far is as she’s leaving she tells him she’ll wait for him to recover from the grief of losing his wife. Pierce had also told her if she ever needs anything to look him up.
Over the summer Brianne spends her time in Nassau with her mother and stepfather. Her mother who is no mother of the year does nothing when her husband makes Brianne spend time with a nasty little fellow named Philippe Sabon who is from an Arab country and who her step father wants to do business with. Brainne is terribly frightened of Philippe because of his perverted reputation of liking virgins.
Brianne makes herself known to Pierce once again and they spend time getting to know one another on a more intimate level. But things don’t really heat up until Brianne’s step father is about to force her into a marriage with Philippe. Brianne then pleads with Pierce to take her virginity so Philippe won’t want her anymore and she won’t have to marry him. Of course it doesn’t take all that much coercing before Pierce says yes, but things go from bad to worst after Pierce insists they must marry.
Even though they are married Pierce still loves his dead wife and wants to get a divorce as soon as Brianne is safe from Philippe. This news destroys Brainne because she’s in love with Pierce.
Again things seem like they will soon fall apart until Pierce and Brianne are taken hostage by Philippe and she finds out that he isn’t the monster she first thought he was. Things don’t settle down for these two until close to the end of the book and for me that was the best part. The story keeps you wanting to read, and spirals along at the pace of an out of control train. You won’t find yourself bored with this novel for one minute and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good romance book and really, who doesn’t?