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Beneath the Veil of Paradise (The Bryants #1)

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  71 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Having a passionate affair on a desert island was not something Millie Lang ever thought she'd do...Since tragedy struck her life, Millie has cocooned herself in her work, leaving no time to think or feel. Chase Bryant has his own reasons for escaping it all. As long as they both know this paradise is just for one week with no messy emotions all should be fine. But neither...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by Harlequin (first published November 2012)
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This was indeed one emotionally intense read! It deals with some very serious issues and I cried more than once.
This story progressed to a place I really wasn't expecting. Chase, the hero, really turns the tables big time on Millie,the heroine. In the meantime he doesn't actually realise that he's turning them on himself as well ! It's a bit complicated but well worth the read. I read it in one sitting. Couldn't put it down.
Be prepared though, it's quite full-on emotionally.
Alex is The Romance Fox
Beneath the Veil of Paradise is the 1st book in the Bryant Brothers Trilogy This is such an intense, heartbreaking and sad story about Chase Bryant, a successful, gorgeous architect and Millie Lang, a hard-working career woman.

Millie and Chase meet on a beautiful island and decide to spend one week with each other, with no strings attached. [image error]

This was really an emotional read that pulled at my heartstrings and a few times I shed tears as the story unfolds and we learn the pain and tra...more
4.5 - 5 stars
To say that this book took me by surprise will be an understatement. I expected a run-of-the-mill story about a holiday fling but I got one intense read.
Appearances are deceiving. At first, Millie appears an uptight workaholic and Chase seems a reckless playboy. But soon enough the reader can see, through the cracks in their armours, that there are many hidden secrets on both sides. KH reveals them bit by excruciating bit, keeping the reader on his toes, eager to know more about th...more
Sara  HarlequinJunkie
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Kate Hewitt's Beneath the Veil of Paradise offers readers a compelling story in which hedge-fund manager Millie Lang and successful, self-made architect Chase Bryant meet and strike a sexy vacation bargain in tropical surroundings meant to last for a brief time only:

"'You give me one week" … He leaned forward, the urgency and excitement he field coming out on his voice, his body. He felt it thrum between them with the pulse of an electric current. 'One week. Seven
I found out about this one after I discovered that In the Heat of the Spotlight was book 2 of the Bryant Brothers miniseries. I much prefered this book. Millie abd Chase are both such wonderful people who deserved to find each other and fall in love. As ever the path to happiness had its ups and downs. Will now read book 3 as soon as it is released. Can't wait to see what befalls Aaron !
I am so tired of books making the stakes so high as to be unreachable. Sometimes, it's because they are writing to a specific audience, and they want the characters relate-able. That's great.

In this book, both characters are seriously damaged. Crazily so. The only thing missing is their messed up childhoods. She's recovering from the death of her child, and he has leukemia. The stakes are too high. Too high because it seems they were set that way because the author wanted to shock and appall. Ot...more
Lily (Lily Pond Reads)
Courtesy of Harlequin through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Ah I love finding books that I just soak right in within a day that leave me loving them and satisfied. Beneath the Veil of Paradise just happens to be one of those reads. When Tragedy struck her life, the only way Millie knew how to cope with it is to immerse herself in a lot of work. When she is forced to take a vacation to the beautiful islands of the Caribbean, she runs into Chase Bryant a handsome playboy whose family h...more
Hsiau Wei
This book tell the story of Chase Bryant who was captivating by the sight of Millie Lang at the beach front where both of them is vacationing. What really capture the attention of Chase on Millie at that moment was that she looks like a painter with all the equipment in front of her but she have not make any move to paint. He approached her and it is the mark of a weeklong fling for them which they have agreed to. Both of them have a secret that they carries and only they themselves is able to h...more
Diah Didi
Jan 03, 2013 Diah Didi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: harlequin lovers
It's my very first book I read in 2013, and my very first book of Kate Hewitt. And I loved it!
At first I didn't quite enthusiast reading it. I mean, it's a bit too cliche for an uptight woman to meet a handsome playboy guy. After some pages, I still thought it that way. And then started to think, when will they do it? But when they did, well, okay, I can understand if Chase (and Millie) put some distances. I just thought the emotions between them started to get more intense. And when Chase was f...more
Fiona Marsden
4 1/2 stars. This is a full on emotional story. Millie is two years on from a tragedy that left her numb and frozen inside. Chase has his own secret, about the worst possible one considering her history. They meet, both reluctant holiday makers in paradise, a resort in the Caribbean. The attraction is at first unwelcome but with a week before returning to the real world they agree to a no holds barred affair.

Be careful what you wish for. Both of them find the intimacy brings out emotions and mem...more
Marina Andreou
Καλουτσικο...πραγματη αργει να παρει προς η ιστορια.Απο το μισο και κατι γινεται ενδιαφερουσα και εκει που γινονται οι αποκαλυψεις και τα μυστικα και θελουμε παραπανω..ερχεται η συγκινηση και τα χαρτομαντιλα.Ο επιλογος μακαρι να ειχε πιο πολλες σελιδες αλλα θα δω οταν συνεχισω και την δευτερη ιστορια αν συνεχισετε η εχει αναφορα για τον Τσεις και την Μιλι.
ETA: The re-read was just a good as the first time I read and commented.

This was not what I expected. I thought I was going to get light-hearted fun in the sun on an isolated island and I got so much more. The relationship between Chase and Millie flares red hot, but there is so much more to each of them and for very good reasons neither one wanted divulge all about their past at first. When they do there is so much emotion and angst, but they both benefit in many ways from their experiences. Al...more
I really liked this. Both of the main characters, Millie and Chase, were well-developed and likeable, and it was really nice to read them dealing with other issues outside and beyond their own relationship. Plus, who doesn't want to be seduced on a luxury desert island? If I had any criticisms it would be that the timeline of the story seems a little too short to be realistic. In my mind 4 days is really too short a time to develop the kind of relationship you see here between these two. If you...more
Marina Andreou
Καλουτσικο...πραγματη αργει να παρει προς η ιστορια.Απο το μισο και κατι γινεται ενδιαφερουσα και εκει που γινονται οι αποκαλυψεις και τα μυστικα και θελουμε παραπανω..ερχεται η συγκινηση και τα χαρτομαντιλα.Ο επιλογος μακαρι να ειχε πιο πολλες σελιδες αλλα θα δω οταν συνεχισω και την δευτερη ιστορια αν συνεχισετε η εχει αναφορα για τον Τσεις και την Μιλι.
Ugh, the entire story was so focused on the tragedy in the lives of the two characters it became tedious rather than a journey of discovery. Maybe I am just getting tired of all the books upping the ante on how miserable their life is so the love they find should be a miracle, but what happened to people having normal problems and finding happiness?
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the book was ok.just ok. though it had great potential with both chase and millie damaged people with very painful secrets, the story did not develop well. it was just sex between them n confiding in each other. i dunt get it how they thought they were in love. i did not feel any chemistry der as well. it was disappointing.
book is good lik 4stars. excellent plot but...big BUT! i hate it when there is that person that knows all about everything but he/she also has some isues that they don't discus but can sell others some deep shi*
Kerry Connor
I've been reading a lot of Presents lately, many of them very good. This one was tremendous. Moving, powerful and an excellent example of how great things can be done in the short series format. Loved it.
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Miniseries: The Bryants: Powerful & Proud
Category: Classic Romance
Harlequin Books
Miniseries: The Bryants: Powerful & Proud
Category: Classic Romance
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Kate is the USA Today-bsetselling author of 25 romances with Harlequin Presents, hundreds of short stories, and several historical novels and anthologies now available on Kindle.

She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women's fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.

Having lived in New York City, sh...more
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