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Austin’s first Beauty and the Brit book takes an all-too-familiar trope and turns it into something remarkable. She deftly defies convention, delivering scenes that are both sensual and humorous. Her characters are witty and sympathetic and their bond is searing and romantic in equal measure. The contrast between the decadent, fairy-tale setting and the mundane realities of both characters’ lives makes this an engaging work on a number of levels — and the sum total is a novel that is unique, erotic and passionate.
Since her mother’s death, Allie Campbell has cared for her grief-stricken father and troubled sisters. When her father loses their home to British investment tycoon Trevor Blake, she knows there is no one else who can help her family — and that she has nothing else to barter but herself. Allie agrees to Trevor’s mocking suggestion that she cater to his every need for two months. Trevor never wanted a mistress, let alone one as unpredictable as Allie. But every day, and every night, makes him unwilling to let her go. (SOURCEBOOKS, Aug., 336 pp., $13.99)