The Owner’s Secret: A Secret Billionaire Romance by Kimberley Montpetit
A brutal storm. A cryptic message. A life changed . . . forever.
Melody de Leon’s cozy New Orleans bookstore is her pride and joy – until a violent hurricane sweeps it all away. Forced to flee the storm by boat with her ailing grandmother, she wonders how she will ever pick up the pieces of this disaster.
Then, in a fevered state, her grandmother utters a cryptic message that sets Melody on the quest of a lifetime: “Go to White Castle.”
With nothing left to lose, Melody seeks out the old mansion – a beautiful Southern relic haunted by secrets. Once there, she finds Britt Mandeville, the handsome and charming White Castle caretaker.
Sparks fly, but any hopes of a relationship between them are dashed when she discovers that Britt is already spoken for.
When Melody stumbles across a strange 60-year-old photograph in the house, she is determined to find answers – and the shocking revelations and strange twists of fate lead her right back to Britt.
Can she put all the pieces of the puzzle together, or will family secrets and true love be lost to her forever?
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“Before I forget,” Britt said, turning around on the threshold. “Here’s a key to your room. You can lock the door from inside and feel perfectly safe.”
When he handed over the old-fashioned key, Melody gave him a wan smile. “I think you are a mind-reader, sir. Thank you.”
Britt crossed the corridor toward the staircase and descended, giving her a quick glance over his shoulder.
Biting at her lips, Melody closed the door lest he think she was staring at him—even though she was staring.
How did a stunning man like Britt Mandeville become a caretaker of an old house, gardening, cooking, and repairing fences? Instead, he looked like a model for a fashion magazine.
Once, again, Melody wondered why her grandmother had insisted she come to White Castle.
Britt Mandeville was an enigma and she was full of questions about the man, but her grandmother’s almost desperate plea for her presence at this strange Southern mansion was the biggest mystery of all.
Knocking with her fist, Melody called out, “Mr. Mandeville, can you help me open the door?”
She shoved against the heavy doors one more time in case he didn’t hear her—at the same moment the massive front door popped open and she fell across the threshold, tumbling against the tall, solid caretaker. Literally falling into his arms.
“Oh!” she cried out, her face growing hot when Britt Mandeville threw his arms around her so she didn’t end up flat on her face. “I’m sorry. I couldn’t get the door open. I didn’t mean to—” she stopped, his face close—too close.
A rush of sensations came over her. Melody tried not to think about the man’s hard muscles underneath the soft flannel shirt he was wearing, or his sandpaper jaw, or the pair of amazing lips so close to hers—when she had practically knocked her face into his at the moment they collided.
“You’re fine now,” Britt said, sliding his hands along her arms as he bent to look into her face. “You okay?”
“Yep. I’m fine. Perfectly fine.” Except for her racing heart and a pounding in her ears, she was calm as a summer’s morning.
“The Owner’s Secret had me hooked from the very beginning. Britt Mandeville is a character who is hard to forget. Melody tries to, but all of Britt’s gentlemanly ways, and his devastatingly good looks are not helping. With the mystery of White Castle and her grandmother urging her to go there for refuge after the hurricane, Melody finds herself drawn to Britt and the strange memories surrounding the beautiful plantation mansion. I loved the mystery, the history of the southern plantation, the fun literary references, but especially the friendship and swoony romance between Britt and Melody. I didn’t want to set the book down, even after I had finished the last page. Clean and swoony romance readers alike, this is one book you’ll not want to miss!”
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Author Kimberley Montpetit
When she was in Paris, Kimberley Montpetit spent most of her souvenir money at the La Patisserie shops with their beautiful and delicious pastries. She grew up in the fabulous city of San Francisco, loves all things chocolate, and now lives in a small town along the Rio Grande with her engineer husband and three sons.
She once stayed in the haunted tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland and didn’t sleep a wink, sailed the Seine in Paris, rode a camel in the ancient world wonder of Petra, shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria.
Kimberley also writes Award-winning Middle-Grade novels with Scholastic and epic Young Adult novels with Harpercollins under the name, Kimberley Griffiths Little.
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