Ashton, Leah, A Girl Less Ordinary, (Richmond, Surrey: Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2012).
Title: A Girl Less Ordinary
Author: Leah Ashton
Imprint: Romance (Cherish)
Issues: Addiction; Bereavement; Body Image; Bullying; Child Abandonment; Drugs; Self Esteem
Eleanor has worked hard to transform herself from the lonely girl she once was. Switching braces for a breathtaking smile, dowdy clothes for fabulous dresses, and heartbreak for flirty, fun-only dates, she’s now “Ella.” But one man can see the real woman beneath.
Fiercely private billionaire Jake Donner has never forgotten Eleanor, and he’s shocked to see how she’s changed. Sparks begin to fly as old memories haunt them—for the innocent attraction they once resisted is all grown up and won’t be denied again…
I’ve always loved stories where the heroine was an awkward ugly duckling who grows up to become a stunning, successful swan. Of course-she then meets a fabulous, drop dead gorgeous man and they both live happily ever after!
That’s how this story started, with dorky Eleanor in her school uniform crystal clear in my imagination. But then I thought-what if my hero isn’t quite so perfect? What if he was an outcast in school, too? And that’s how Jake was born-brilliant, geeky, reclusive Jake.
Later it became clear that Eleanor and Jake had a past-in fact, they were once best friends! Back at school they’d believed it was just the two of them against the world. But then something went very, very wrong…
I hope you enjoy Ella and Jake’s story, and the sparks that fly as they’re thrown together after more than a decade apart.
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