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Winning Back His Runaway Bride by Jessica Gilmore

Winning Back His Runaway Bride by Jessica Gilmore

A wife to remember…a marriage to rescue!

When her workaholic billionaire husband is injured in an accident, Charlotte Samuels is shocked to realise he has no memory of their brief whirlwind marriage — or that they are about to divorce! Temporarily moving back in to Matteo’s luxurious Italian villa, Charlie must pretend they are still happily married until he is healed. Only, keeping her distance isn’t so easy when she’s falling in love with her husband all over again…

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Title:Winning Back His Runaway Bride
Author:Jessica Gilmore
Series:/
Pages:192
Category / Genre(s):Harlequin / Mills & Boon (True Love)
Contemporary
Trope(s):Amnesia
Married Love
Second Chance Romance
Point of View:Third Person, Past Tense, Dual Viewpoint (H&h)
Location:Kent, UK and Ravello, Italy
HEA:✔️
Release Date:4th February, 2021
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Heartwarming and sensual second-chance romance

I do so love a second chance romance, and I’m even more partial to one where a married couple get a second chance to get things right. So this story by Jessica Gilmore sounded perfect for me.

And it was. I really enjoyed it from beginning to end.

I admit to having preconceived notions of the kind of person Charlotte – Charlie – would be. So I was a little surprised when she was not the meek woman who fell for the bachelor billionaire. Charlie instead was fun, impulsive, quirky and someone who was determined to live her life to the fullest. At first, I wasn’t sure if I would like her – as impulsive as I anticipated her to be. I needn’t have worried as while Charlotte did have an impulsive streak, she was never thoughtless and was very self-aware. I really enjoyed her.

Matteo was everything I wanted and expected him to be. His memory loss bringing him back to a time when he was truly happy was both fantastic and heartbreaking. He was my favourite kind of hero – one who is sexy, slightly arrogant, a little grumpy over things not going exactly the way he planned but also just a lost little boy in need of a good hug.

The story didn’t really go the way I expected either, meaning that you could really see the love – and more importantly trust – building between Charlie and Matteo. There’s quite a lot of introspection by Charlie especially, but Matteo too and yet it never gets bogged down and the story always moves along at a pace. I had no problem picking up this book and finished it very quickly, always wanting to read just a little more.

“…a fresh and interesting story about a couple who need to find themselves on the way back to finding each other.”

As I mentioned, you really feel and see the residual feelings from Charlie and Matteo – and how much they want to rely on the love they feel. This is evident in the physical relationship between the pair. The door isn’t closed to us, and we do get some description, but it’s more sensual than sexual. It will still give you shivers and feels, however. Deliciously delightful and fit perfectly with the tone and feel of the story as a whole.

As you can tell, I really loved this book and the writing style of Jessica Gilmore – a new to me author. It was exactly what I needed – a fresh and interesting story about a couple who need to find themselves on the way back to finding each other. Nice and heartwarming.

But as much as I loved it, I’m still going to end my review on a moan. If EVER there was a book that cried out for an epilogue it was this one. I almost cannot find the words for how badly I wanted – nay, needed – an epilogue to round off the story. Fear not, it was a happily ever after… I just… epilogue. I need an epilogue, dammit!

Still 5 stars, though and a recommended read.

After learning to read aged just two, Jessica spent every childhood party hiding in bedrooms in case the birthday girl had a book or two she hadn’t read yet. Discovering Mills and Boon on a family holiday Jessica realised that romance writing was her true vocation and proceeded to spend her maths lessons practising her art, creating Dynasty inspired series starring herself and Morton Harket’s cheekbones. Writing for Mills and Boon really is a dream come true!
An ex au pair, bookseller, marketing manager and Scarborough seafront trader selling rock from under a sign that said ‘Cheapest on the Front’, Jessica now works as a Membership Manager for a regional environmental charity. Sadly she spends most of her time chained to her desk wrestling with databases but likes to sneak out to one of their beautiful reserves whenever she gets a chance. Married to an extremely patient man, Jessica lives in the beautiful and historic city of York with one daughter, one very fluffy dog, two dog-loathing cats and a goldfish called Bob.
On the rare occasions that she is not writing, working, taking her daughter to activities or tweeting, Jessica likes to plan holidays – and uses her favourite locations in her books. She writes deeply emotional romance with a hint of humour, a splash of sunshine and usually a great deal of delicious food – and equally delicious heroes.

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