Paying Her Debt by Emma Shortt
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Length: Short Story (131 pgs)
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Stephantois
Fired from the job she so desperately needs, Andy Jones is shocked to find a wallet stuffed full of cash. It belongs to none other than Alexander Ioannou, millionaire extraordinaire, and the man responsible for her firing.
Alexander comes looking for the woman he suspects of misappropriating not only his funds, but his grandmother's ring. He's shocked to find it’s the woman who has been haunting his dreams.
Rather than turn her in, Alexander thinks of more interesting ways for Andy to pay back her debt…
Andy Jones has met with some misfortune and was working two jobs, until she gets fired from one by her boss, Alexander Ioannou.
At first this story seemed to have lots of clichés: down on her luck poor girl meets billionaire, for instance. However, the author gave it some twists that I liked. She did a top notch job introducing us to Andy. We’re plunged into the story of where she’s working…in a gourmet food store. The description was great and I really felt like I was there with Andy. You learn that she is working two jobs and can sympathize with her when she’s tired and accidently falls asleep on the job. She’s caught red handed by the hero, Alex, who comes across as sexy and yes, you like him despite the fact that he fires poor Andy.
Trouble seemed to follow her everywhere. For example, his wallet, which contained his grandmother’s ring, falls into her purse and then Andy getting mugged. Alex is her knight in shining armor and I liked the idea of the ring and that his grandmother left it to him for the sole purpose of giving it to the woman of his dreams. I knew that person was Andy, but the ring being lost put me on edge and made me want to read more.
The two characters came across as real people who had at last found one another. Andy is a modern girl and very likeable so you’re glad she wins over this prince charming. The dialogue between these two was great. This is 131 pages but pacing is brisk so you can finish it in an hour or two. I also liked the secondary characters in this story and thought Alex’s friend definitely deserves a story all his own.
If you’re looking for a Cinderella type story with lots of sexy scenes, this will be a perfect read for you.