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Powerful Italian, Penniless Housekeeper (At His Service #1)

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  229 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews

Though Sarah Halliday is very ordinary, her dangerously attractive new boss is not content with her scrubbing the marble floors of his Tuscan palazzo....
Instead she finds herself catapulted into Lorenzo Cavalleri's star-studded life--with a wardrobe to match Makeup masks her blushes, silk evening gowns flatter her fuller figure, but underneath Sarah's still the shy, frump
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ebook, Harlequin Presents #2886, 192 pages
Published January 2010 by Harlequin (first published November 6th 2009)
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Alex is The Romance Fox
Another great book by one of my favorite Mills & Boon authors (I wonder what’s happened to her? I haven’t seen any new books by her…does anyone have some info?)

From the 1st page, you are swept away into the most heartwarming and beautiful love story about two people who were destined to meet.

Sarah Halliday is such an inspirational character. She’s a caring and loving person, who does everything for the people she loves and cares for without expecting anything in return. You may think that th
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willaful
4.5 stars; Make that Stupid Title, Surprisingly Good Book. Isn’t it wonderful how Harlequin can make a fresh story sound like the same old crap? This “powerful Italian” is actually a film director rather than a tycoon -- OMG, he rents a private plane instead of owning one -- and how lovely to see a hero with creative interests. And the heroine, though an overly self-sacrificing single mom, is hardly penniless.

This is Harlequin Presents like I rarely see it these days: with surprises; with attent
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Donna Alward
Mar 14, 2011 Donna Alward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read some of India's work before and loved it. I love her voice and the way she mixes down to earthness with a sense of glamour and elegance.

The evil stepsister was great (who reminded me a little of the self-absorbed sister in The Wedding Date. I only wish Fenella could have been the raunchy cousin from that movie, she was priceless). The fact that Sarah faded into the woodwork and worked herself to the bone fit the Cinderella premise perfectly. She was so taken for granted by everyone be
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Kay
Mar 04, 2012 Kay rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
From the openning pages, Ms. Grey swept me away into Sarah and Lorenzo's lovely, heartwarming Cinderella story. Lorenzo's disillusioned and feels that he's sold his integrity to make the glamourous box office hit his actress exwife had persuaded him to make. He wants to find again the passion for the art of making a film that has a soul of it's own. Sarah is a young woman who's very giving nature has robbed her of her dreams and living a life of her own. Lorenzo sees in her a truth and beauty th ...more
Veronica
Apr 20, 2016 Veronica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute romance.
Saly
The book was okay. I didn't like the heroine Sarah much, how she allowed her family to take advantage of her, and the father of her daughter as well. I felt she had zilch confidence.

Lorenzo was also just okay nothing great. He's a famous film director, and his wife just walked out on him and he's infertile. He wants the rights of Sarah's late father's book and it is a coincidence they run into each other twice. He keeps her on at his place for help. Just didn't enjoy the book much.
Suzanne
Jun 07, 2014 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet and well written romance story, despite the dumb title (What was Harlequin thinking?). Lot of things to like in this category; yummy food, charming children, the Italian setting, and a cast of interesting secondary characters.
Laura
Not really a "housekeeper" book, if that's why you want to pick it up. They're already friends and attracted to each other when he offers her the job as a favor. There's an almost Betty Neels feel to it, as Sarah is unappreciated and overworked by her well meaning but self centered family. Would have done well expanded rather than as a HP title, but that's more my preference. I like the stories longer. The misunderstandings were reasonable and I loved that single mother Sarah was able to keep he ...more
Shen
3.5 Stars

“You’re beautiful, Sarah, you’re so beautiful…can you see it now?”



A sweet story about a single mum with low self-esteem and the hot Italian movie director who shows her that she is more than she believes she is.

I read this book years ago and forgot all about it. The second read was just as lovely as the first. I adored Sarah’s character. She is kind, sweet and a great mother. Her family is thoughtless to the point of unkindness. Lorenzo is such an unlikely hero. He’s taciturn, grumpy
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Kaetrin
Feb 16, 2013 Kaetrin marked it as wishlist  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, contemporary
recommended by Susanna Kearsley
Putri Septiana
Why do harlequin's heroine always stupid? Why always jumping to conclusion without confirm the fact? It's so frustrating to read. But there's a slight different from this book. The story is not so typical. The hero didn't blackmail and didn't took advantage of the heroine. He's not that ruthless compare to many of hlq presents' hero. The story feels...gloomy, I think. So many secrets, bitterness and hurt, especially from the hero. Part I love is when the hero presents the short movie at the endi ...more
Fanny Roswita Ria
Alur ceritanya ini mengenai Sarah Halliday, ibu tunggal yg merupakan penyedia katering profesional, dikhianati oleh pasangannya dan begitu rendah diri dg bentuk tubuhnya yg digambarkan "montok". Heroine bertemu dg Lorenzo Callvari, hero, merupakan sutradara terkenal&memiliki mantan istri yg luar biasa sensual&cantik, dlm suatu permainan yg diprakarsai oleh tmn adik tiri Heroine sblm Angelica, adik tiri Sarah, menikah.

Pertemuan kedua di Italia, membawa Sarah kembali masuk ke kehidupan Lor
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Sue Child
Apr 02, 2016 Sue Child rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not your typical Mills and Boon Modern / Harlequin Presents

This slow-starting relationship feels like it has two first meets. But pacing issues are compensated for by depth of characterisation and emotion.

The hero and heroine are sad and sadness imbues the writing, which I really felt and loved.

More heroine's story than hero's. Sarah's image problem is overplayed at times, and her feelings of inadequacy as a mother and low self esteem are easy to relate to but start to grate.

Lorenzo is older a
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babyfishmouth
First things first. The title of this book is atrocious. He is not powerful. She is not penniless. Italian and housekeeper are accurate but there are dozens of better titles that Harlequin could have chosen.

This was a good, quick read. It doesn't blaze new trails in romance but it does offer a nice slow build to a satisying HEA. The premise demands acceptance of many coincidences which eventually lead Lorenzo and Sarah to share a home and begin creating a lovely sense of domesticity before the
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Writerlibrarian
A very solid 31/2 stars. The title is awful. Really and has absolutely nothing to do with the story. I have no idea who came up with that really idiot title at Harlequin but man, it's really doesn't serve the book, the story or the author. This is friends to lovers kinda of story. Also two people who have had a life, have responsibilities, a career, both have ex. So far it's a very decent, interesting romance. I'm hoping the author doesn't pull a surprise obstacle from the proverbial hat. But th ...more
Asteropê
5-star for a HQN Presents books **
It was a refreshing change. The heroine is a divorced, single mom. The hero is a divorced movie producer. He's rich, he's Italian, but he's not an overbearing, overly alpha a-hole. There's minimal drama in the book, no OW or secret babies or blackmail plots. The romance is nice and I believed the hero loved the heroine. Unlike some Presents books where I sort of question it (you know, with last minute I-Love-Yous on the final page). I also like the Cinderella-ty
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Elizabeth
Aug 24, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually really liked this one. This is why I started reading all of these Harlequin books in the first place.
Tanisha
Nov 06, 2014 Tanisha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely slow and boring. I skipped most of the parts..
Timendu
Not a bad read in spite of the title.
Hannah G.
*3.5

this story deserved a far better title smh
Ltlmer2
Jul 13, 2014 Ltlmer2 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-rated
This one actually gets everything right (except the title). A great afternoon read.

For me "willaful" has a spot on review that says it all already so I won't belabour the same points.

Basically, if you like this genre at all or are tempted to try one, this book is top of the line and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Pam
I did not like the Heroine. She was to self loathing. Constantly whining about being chunky, or not being beautiful, a bad mother or stupid person. Please enough of the martyr/victim. I like my heroines with a little self worth or discovers she is worth it.
Kimberly
Jan 30, 2010 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I rate this book based upon other romance/Harlequin novels that I have read. This was given to me from a friend. It was an easy, entertaining read. I finished it in just one cold winter day.
Ana
Jul 23, 2013 Ana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
why everyone love public declarations, proposals, ect.? i hate it, it's lame and meaningless.
Brittney Bower
Aug 13, 2013 Brittney Bower rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
love and lust just go hand in hand
S
Sep 23, 2010 S rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, kindle, 3-5, hqn
3.5
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India Grey was born in England, UK. A self-confessed romance junkie, she was just thirteen years old when she first sent away for the Mills & Boon Writers' Guidelines. She can still recall the thrill of getting the large brown envelope with its distinctive logo through the letterbox, and subsequently whiled away many a dull school-day staring out the window and dreaming of the perfect hero. Sh ...more
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