(Untamed Safari Series, #2)
by Leigh Archer
Published: August 5, 2015
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Length: 153 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Conservationist, Sophie Kyle, takes up a position on a private game farm outside Cape Town in the hopes of paying off her student loans, adding a glowing reference to her resume and indulging her passion for wildlife conservation.
Reuben Manning is a British businessman who has bought a game farm in Africa which he intends to use as a venue to entertain friends and business associates.
With the suddenness and intensity of a bush-fire, a powerful attraction ignites between the conservationist and the tycoon, but Sophie has only ever wanted to spend her days in the African bush, while Reuben’s life is corporate London.
As the sensuous bond between the two grows, they must find common ground or they are doomed to spend the rest of their lives a continent apart.
The cabin had been transformed into a fantasy bushveld haven of browns, creams and ochre; linen, silks and woven thread.
‘How?’ she breathed, gazing around her.
‘Do I approve? It’s beautiful. But when did you do all this? We were here… four days ago. It was in a complete mess…’
‘When there’s something I want, Sophie, I stop at nothing ’til I get it.’
The thudding of Sophie’s heart told her he meant every word he said. He had spoken with utter certainty. He was standing so close to her she had felt the breath of his words against the bare skin of her shoulder. He was a phenomenon. A whirlwind. A tornado. Passing through her life with such force she wondered if she had the strength to survive the encounter.
‘It’s beautiful,’ Sophie breathed softly, feeling calm, at peace; as if she moved in the eye of the storm.
‘It’s for you, Sophie.’
The tenderness of his words made her tip backwards, towards him, knowing he would not let her fall. She felt the press of his chest against her back. She knew why he had brought her here, the reason he’d done this for her, but she wanted to hear the sound of his voice, that sent a frisson of pleasure up her spine. ‘Why?’
He touched her shoulder; ran fingertips lightly down and along her bare arms. He kissed her shoulder, his lips feather-light against her skin. ‘Because I can’t promise you anything… except this, Sophie; here and now. You deserve more, but I’m not the one to give you that. Still, I want this to be special for you…’ He paused. ‘This has to be a time apart. There’s no future in it. Do you understand that, Sophie? Do you accept my terms?’
What happens when you have two people coming at a problem or issue from opposite ends of the earth, literally? Do they view it the same? Are their solutions of one mind? I would respond rarely. That is the situation in a nutshell in MOONFLOWER.
Sophie, a well trained and dedicated Conservationist (read as someone who works to protect animals, plants, and natural resources or to prevent the loss or waste of natural resources) has accepted a post on a game farm in Africa owned by business tycoon, Reuben Manning. Reuben Manning, a wealthy business tycoon with reputation as a bit of a playboy has just hired a lovely and dedicated Conservationist for his game farm in Africa so that he can return to business as usual in London as quickly as possible.
Unfortunately (as far as I am concerned) they hit it off extremely well in the physical chemistry department and before you know it, they've gotten as wild indoors as out, if you know what I mean. Sexcapades aside, at this point I felt like they kind of had to get that out of their systems or something because their ability to act like adults improved considerably thereafter. They could communicate and really talk with one another and try to find a solution to the issue of she truly wanted to be and needed to be in Africa and he truly wanted to be and thought he needed to be in London. Reuben developed a likable personality and from here on out, I wanted the story to continue. I guess maybe in the beginning I felt like Sophie was getting the short stick and a predictable one at that. If you can hang in there though, it is worth it. There is love and humor and the beauty found only in the Author's homeland.
Rating: 4 Stars
Heat: 3/5 Flames - Blush Worthy
I received this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. No other compensation was received.
Leigh writes romance novels set in her native South Africa. She has always had a love affair with Africa’s wild open spaces, the intensity of its people and sunsets. Her love of storytelling began as a child when she spent every spare moment playing barefoot in golden grass, watching wild creatures, learning to track spoor and dreaming up heroes and heroines dynamic enough to stand out in all the beauty and drama of the African landscape.
Always in search of adventure, Leigh’s journey as a writer has taken her from journalism through communications, to working as a novelist.