What they say: Kate’s waited three years to meet the new owner of Darrock Castle. What she did not expect was her intense attraction to the sexy-as-sin recluse billionaire with dubious scruples that included—but was possibly not limited to—random threats, unreasonable firings, community snubbing and suspicious helicopter activity. But she’s falling, sinking to the bottom, and there she finds a vulnerability in the man she’d never have imagined.
When Alexander Gerardo decides to teach the local reporter a lesson, what he finds instead is a woman who fills spaces he’d never known were there. Who crashes over walls he would have sworn he’d never erected. His natural aversion to the media has deep roots, but when it comes to Kate, he’s never wanted anything or anyone else more. Even if it means he’s playing with fire and tempting disaster.
What I say: Falling For Alexander is the second book in Claire Robyns's Corkscrew Bay series. I haven't read the first book Falling For the Guy Next Door (although I'll probably go back and read it now) but thankfully it works well as a standalone novel.
Kate lives in the small Cornish town Corkscrew Bay where she runs and owns a local newspaper. Kate is really into preserving local traditions but much the her annoyance, Alexander, the mysterious and never-seen owner of the area's stronghold, Castle Darrock has closed the castle and grounds. Alexander isn't interested in public tours or events he just wants privacy.
The book begins with Kate using her paper to try to persuade Alexander to allow the longstanding town Easter Egg hunt to take place in the castle grounds. The mysterious Alexander turns out to be a beautiful, passionate and extremely secretive Italian Billionaire who likes his privacy. Kate's schemes to change his mind were hilarious and their bantering was really entertaining.
Alexander is determined not to like Kate because she is a reporter; he loathes the Press and is wary of all journalists (I'll let you discover why), but he can't seem to forget about her. Alexander's backstory was really sad. I have to admit I was expecting more a more kinky reason for his privacy; I've clearly been reading too many E.L. James and Jodi Ellen Malpas books!
After the way the book ended I'm expected Finn and Izzy to be the focus of the next story. Falling For Alexander is cute but not too cutesy. The naughty scenes were not graphic, mainly romantic or implied. I love the South West of England and am seriously considering moving to Cornwall!
4 Stars in my Sky!
My fav non-spoilery quotes:
- Alexander was the ice-cream advertisement on a melting summer afternoon.
- "I'm the girl with one half missing and yet completely whole. And if that's possible, then anything and everything is."
- Was he writing down her name? What for? This wasn't The Godfather, she reminded herself, even if the mysterious Alexander Gerardo had a hint of Italian accent to match the name.