Best-selling author, Liz Fielding, has more than 15 million books in print. Nominated seven times for RWA's prestigious RITA award, she won with The Best Man & The Bridesmaid in 2001 and The Marriage Miracle in 2006. A Family of His Own won the RNA's Romance Prize, and was named Reviewers' Choice Best Harlequin Romance by Romantic Times BOOKreviews in 2005. She has also been given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Romantic Times.
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As magical as the holiday season to soon be upon us, Mistletoe and the Lost Stiletto by Harlequin Romance author Liz Fielding was not only magical, it was charming, truly a Cinderella meets Prince Charming love story.
Lucy Bright was determined to get away from the man she was due to marry, because he not only lied, he deceived her in a most terrible way. Facing him at a press conference and taking a file from his office, she fled the press conference with his bodyguards chasing her. She spotted the upscale department store, Hastings and Hart not before breaking off the heel of one of her red stilettos during her attempted dash to hide. All Lucy could think of was the entire betrayal of her fiance and wanted just to hide in the department store restroom. However, while fleeing up the back stairs she stumbles and literally falls into the arms of Nathaniel Hart, and there is immediate chemistry between them. She takes his breath away but not for long because again she escapes his grip.
Nathaniel Hart was know overseeing the family business because his cousin wasn't able to perform those duties. He was an excellent architect and had broken his father's heart when he hadn't wanted to become involved with Hastings and Hart. Thanks not all that got broken, one learns later on in this incredible love story, that Nat also got his heart broken when the woman he loved, his cousin's wife was killed in a car accident. He didn't do Christmas but he felt obligated to be working at the store. He was also determined to find the owner of the shoe left in the stairwell and to find out why body guards were chasing her.
You'll love Lucy Bright's character. As a baby, she was abandoned by her extremely young mother, raised in foster care, worked many jobs to get her degree in business.Read more ›
Read this book in March but I think will read it again around Christmas. It's amazing how Liz Fielding can bring out so much romance and passion, the whole lot and not going beyond kissing. Don't get me wrong, I like the sex as much as the next gal but this romance is a genre of its own. Well done!
You know Christmas time is coming when I start cracking out the Christmas books. This year I decided to start getting into the holiday spirit by reading this book. I've been reading Harlequin's since I was 11 (probably shouldn't have been) but those were often the only books left in the house that I hadn't read already. Anyways Harlequin's have had a special place in my heart since then.
After a tough week at school I wanted nothing more than to settle down and read something easy, quick, cute, funny, and christmas-y. I was actually surprised by how much I liked this book. Sometimes, I find that though I've got love for the Harlequin books they get a little too corny for my tastes. This one had a Cinderella twist to it so I suppose it was a little corny. I like corny. I wouldn't be with my better half this long if I didn't (I mean that in a nice, loving way Babe). But I enjoyed it immensley.
It had the cheese factor but it was not over done. I found Lucy Bright the protagonist to be quite likeable, and I hated her Fiance Rupert for using her to make money (the sad thing is men actually do take advantage of women for financial gain more than we think). So I was glad that she found her Happily Ever After. I like how though she was blonde, she was not a ditz! Thank you Liz Fielding for giving readers a heroine with a brain and a sense of humour. I loved the ending!
All in all it was a cute, Christmas love story where I connected to the characters.
Suddenly Lucy Bright had everything a girl could want. From getting noticed during a secretarial job interview to becoming the fiancee of retail tycoon Rupert Henshawe, this modern Cinderella has a fairy tale life... until she discovers everything is a sham! All her dreams were the manipulations of a clever publicity stunt. As Lucy runs away from Rupert, the false dreams, and the media buzz, she accidentally falls straight into the arms of Nathaniel Hart. From the moment Nathaniel sees her eyes, he is drawn to the mysterious woman, wanting to protect her. Just as quickly, she slips through his arms. Will Nathaniel be able to find the woman of his dreams? Even more daunting a task awaits him. If he finds her, will he be able to get her to trust him? Having been fooled once, will Lucy find true love, the kind of love that transcends the glitz by reaching down to the heart?
MISTLETOE AND THE LOST STILETTO is a fun modern twist on the Cinderella story, complete with references to Twitter, CCTV cameras and cell phones, that also stirs the heart a timeless Christmas message. Liz Fielding does an excellent job at showing the emptiness of the false glamor of a fairy tale in name only. Precise imagery heightens the sensation of Lucy's fear as she escapes the media and Rupert. This hint of action and light suspense keeps the reader glued to the pages as Nathaniel tries to hunt her down. From the beginning, Liz Fielding presents Nathaniel as a man of honor and generous spirit as he aims to protect Lucy as a patron of his store. Liz Fielding deftly creates a contrast between Rupert, seen mostly through his advertising handlers, and Nathaniel, seen directly through his own thoughts.
MISTLETOE AND THE LOST STILETTO is a wonderful romance to read during the Christmas season.Read more ›