Series: Those Scandalous Caffarellis #1
Published by Harlequin Presents on September 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: My own copy
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“I play by the rules, but they’re my rules.”
Poppy Silverton is as untouched as the leafy English village where she runs a tearoom. But her home, her livelihood and her innocence are under threat.…
Rafe Caffarelli is a mouthwatering specimen of Mediterranean manhood. He’s a playboy billionaire and determined to buy Poppy’s historic dower house.
Poppy will not give up the only thing that remains of her childhood and family. She’ll fight Rafe—and her attraction to him—all the way. And be the first woman to say “no” to a Caffarelli!
RuBY Review Challenge book number two for today is Melanie Milburne’s September 2013 release from Harlequin Presents, Never Say No to a Caffarelli.
This fabulous HP was Melanie’s 50th book – how fabulous is that?
Here are my thoughts on Never Say No to a Caffarelli:
Poppy Silverton may be virginal and sweet-natured, but she is no shrinking violet. I loved her determination, as well as the inherent kindness with which she seems to go about life. Poppy gives as good as she gets, and seeing how she didn’t back down or roll over the minute Rafe turned his attention on her, that made me love her even more. She may be young, she may be innocent in some ways, but Poppy refuses to be anyone’s fool again.
Rafe Caffarelli has strong hints of the traditional HP hero about him – the dark Mediterranean billionaire, the high achieving lady-slayer, all things I love – but he blessedly does not ooze Eau de Alphahole either! I do love me some alpha man, and Rafe is most certainly one of them, but just from seeing his initial approaches and interactions with Poppy, it was pretty clear to me that he had definitely eased up on the application of the aforementioned.
It was easy to believe the motivations of both Poppy and Rafe. Poppy just wants to maintain that link to positive childhood memories, and to see life breathed back into the manor. Rafe’s motivation may be commercial, but he isn’t coming in to bulldoze the place either. Watching them circle each other like prizefighters in the ring, neither willing to concede, was something I very much enjoyed reading.
The intimate scenes were done beautifully. I loved that the issue of Poppy’s virginity was addressed early on, and that she wasn’t ashamed of her status either. The chemistry between Poppy and Rafe is unquestionable, and the romance, while it does progress quickly, never seems rushed or false.
Raoul & Remy, the remaining Caffarelli brothers, certainly do prove to be compelling supporting characters, and it should be great fun to discover how Melanie has shaped their stories.
Never Say No to a Caffarelli is a pretty clear example of what I love about the Harlequin Presents line: the brooding alpha male, the spunky heroine, loads of emotion, a hint of fun and a captivating, believable romance.
Excellent reading to be had, for certain!