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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Mr. Knightsbridge by Louise Bay

 A Review by Wendy
4.5 The Gem Before You Stars
* * * * 1/2
 Spoiler Free

He had an older brother and a loving mother and father. These parents were creative and talented, both of them. This meant they were equals in the success of their world-famous jewelry store in London.

The work produced from this team was beyond compare and when royalty wanted something more than special, they came to Dexter's parents. In what should have been a perfect family tale of Dexter and his brother taking over the business, after the parents were tired and wanted to retire...that did not happen.

Instead, a horrible accident happened cutting down the parents, leaving college-aged Dex unable to deal with the pain. Then add his older brother selling the company to a competitor, it was too much for Dexter. He only had his college brothers now...and when everything settled, he didn't have the one woman he thought was his future.

These experiences marked Dex. Made him singularly focused. He would build another jewelry company, equal in quality as his parents and when it was, only then would he open a store in London.

Over the years, Dex's inherent and keen talent to "see stones" as to how they should be presented led his goals to be attained. He had multiple locations all over the world. Waiting lists for the designs they did.

Now he was back in London and it was only due to one thing. The Heirs of Finnish Royalty were marrying. Dex's parents had made the jewels given to the past royals. Now there was a competition to make for this new couple for their wedding for all of the big jewelry houses. Dex is determined to win and honor his parents.

Hollie Lumen may have come from opposite beginnings of Dex but she was someone who was equally determined. It takes determination to come from her distressed background, overcome all odds, and make something of yourself. Her parents didn't have the means to hold things together. It was Holly's ability to make miracles happen that gave her baby sister the chance to go to college. By working a couple of jobs all at the same time while going through her own education, she held this difficult family together.

Early on Holly was fascinated by stones and their beauty. She took design classes and then decided to do jewelry on her own. She opened an Esty shop and was surprised at how many people wanted her work. Holly was serious about learning everything she could and applied for internships everywhere. She got lucky and won the Sparkle one in London.

Now Holly is standing, looking at the amazing pieces from the past and is tempted to pinch herself. Never would she have believed she would have this opportunity to work with this Sparkle's team designing the contest work. She is stunned yet allows herself a moment to say, hey I made this happen.

Dex is working the room as best he can. He does not wish to be there and most of the people there can't stand him anyway. They think him arrogant and full of ego. Well, point taken...but he is someone who has proven when he says something and designs what needs to be done, the pieces work.

Dex looks to where a special piece he remembers he loved years ago and sees a lovely woman standing there. She is gazing at the gems as if they are talking to her and giving her the secrets of the world. He walks over and when he addresses her, he is knocked back...her eyes are magnificent, they are exactly like rare emeralds.

These two have a different conversation than the norm...He is impressed with how Holly talks design and sees her as someone he normally never would approach. This Holly is a special woman, American, and seems innocent in a way. Dex does try to ask her out, Holly says no so he gives her his number and hopes she calls.

This was a very strong story. There was much to grab onto. If you are loving a relationship with spice but some angst, it is there. If you like to have two people who are really taken with each other...It is there too. There were a couple of things causing me to not do five stars, but overall every piece fell into place. The whys of both of these characters were answered and that is always a great thing in books.

Mr. Knightsbridge is a lovely addition to all of the solid work from Louise Bay.

 A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review

USA Today bestselling author, Louise Bay writes sexy, contemporary romance novels - the kind she likes to read. Her next release will be Mr. Knightsbridge on July 7th.

Ruined by bonk-busters and sexy mini-series of the eighties Louise loves all things sexy and romantic. There's not enough of it in real life so she disappears into the fictional worlds in books and films.
Louise loves the rain, the West Wing, London, days when she doesn't have to wear make-up, being on her own, being with friends, elephants, and champagne.
She loves to hear from readers so get in touch!

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