The Millionaire Meets His Match
by Kate Carlisle
(Silh. Desire #2023, $4.75, PG-13)  ISBN 978-0373-73036-0
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The Duke brothers, Adam, Cameron and Brandon are not related by blood but rather by adoption. All have a less than stellar past through no fault of their own and Sally Duke brought them into her home, provided a stable and loving environment and adopted them. They are very close and together, they run Duke Development. But Sally is interested in them finding love and giving her grandchildren. Brandon is certain Sally has a plot to “help” them find marriages and has warned his brothers of her plot.

Adam was abandoned as a baby and entered foster care after a stint in an orphanage. He just does not believe in love or marriage. He laughs off Brandon’s warning until he is confronted by a strange coincidence. His long time and very capable assistant has just quit. He knew she was getting married and knew that she kept hinting that she wanted a life, but he was shocked when his HR manager (who happens to be a friend of his mother’s) told him that she had quit. Now he has to break in a new assistant right in the middle of a major development. And this new assistant is both competent and hot.

Trish James has worked for Duke’s for a year or so in the relief pool, taking on whatever assignment she was given. She is thrilled to be assigned to work for the CEO. She has no clue about Adam’s concerns and suspicions but she does find herself amazingly attracted to the man behind the title, and that is very distressing to her. Trish has an ulterior motive for wanting to work for Adam, but it is not for matrimony. Several years ago, Duke Development forced a small community of people out of their homes and shops to build a parking garage. One of those tenants was Trish and her grandmother. Due to the stress, her grandmother had a heart attack and died. All of Trish’s “family” of elderly shop owners were forced out and none have done well. Trish promised her grandmother on her deathbed and her friends at the funeral that she would make Duke’s pay. Her goal is to get into files and find evidence that Duke Development operates shady deals and leak that info to the media, thus ruining their reputation.

Adam and Trish are instantly attracted. Adam doesn’t want to be due to both his mother’s plot and because he has never crossed the line with an employee before. Trish has a view of the dastardly Adam and the longer she spends time with him, the harder it is to keep that picture of him in her mind. Their sexual tension is high and ultimately they succumb. Adam rationalized that he would seduce her and then get her to show her true colors. Trish rationalized that she would enjoy this man, knowing that when she revealed his ruthless side, she would lose her job and his trust. Neither one of them had a good plan in the long run.

As I write this review, I realize that this story line sounds really silly. But as I was reading this book, it worked and it worked well. Adam and his brothers are great characters who obviously love each other and their mother. They are caring individuals and their hero traits come through loud and clear. I can’t wait to read the other two stories.

Trish was a little less adorable, but she is obviously a caring person and the fact that she can question the stereotype she had of Adam when evidence indicated he was a good guy was a point in her favor. And the ending is a true happy ever after for everyone.

The Millionaire Meets His Match doesn’t break new ground but it is fun and the great start to stories about a delightful set of brothers. 

--Shirley Lyons


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