The Playboy's Dark Secret

The Playboy s Dark Secret Leaving behind an international career and an elite party lifestyle soccer star Dean Thorn has returned home to run the family vineyard after thirteen years abroad Tormented by a dark secret he has

  • Title: The Playboy's Dark Secret
  • Author: Madeline Ash
  • ISBN: 9781743485682
  • Page: 352
  • Format: ebook
  • The Playboy's Dark Secret

    Leaving behind an international career and an elite party lifestyle, soccer star Dean Thorn has returned home to run the family vineyard after thirteen years abroad Tormented by a dark secret, he has vowed never to get close to a woman again.No stranger to hard work, Rafi Dalton is too busy for love Since running away from her career as a professional ballerina, she hasLeaving behind an international career and an elite party lifestyle, soccer star Dean Thorn has returned home to run the family vineyard after thirteen years abroad Tormented by a dark secret, he has vowed never to get close to a woman again.No stranger to hard work, Rafi Dalton is too busy for love Since running away from her career as a professional ballerina, she has been building a new life for herself as a seasonal worker with little money and no fixed address.Rafi is nothing like the women Dean left behind She is strong, independent and not remotely interested in his fame or money The attraction between them pushes him right to the edge but can he trust her enough to leave his past behind The Playboy s Dark Secret is a tender, sexy romance set on a beautiful Australian vineyard.

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    1. Jill

      This is the second title I've read by this authora.week!d she continues to impress me with real depth, great writing, fantastic dialogue. All this from an Australian authorwho knew? Here I've been searching the world for great contemporary romance authors and there's been one all this time in my very own backyard!Loved the setting, the ex-footballer (aka soccer) hero, Dean, the heroine, Rafi.But seriously, the title needs changing. I never would have picked this up, based on the title had I not [...]

    2. Christina ~ Brunette Reader

      "The wine region dipped and swelled towards the distant mountains; a landscape of vineyards awaiting the harvest."Coming back home to Yarra Valley and his family vineyard after thirteen years abroad has been a much needed respite for Dean Thorn. A soccer star in England's Premier League retired at the top of his career, he has learned the hard way that sometimes, contrary to appearances, fame, wealth, adulation and success can do nothing but conspire to make your life miserable. After a difficul [...]

    3. -y.a

      Just google it:My first CR by Australian author is Darcy Daniel’s Playing the Part. It motivated me to google Paulownia plantations. The opening scene in this novel was lovely and it also sent me to google Australia vineyard. Duh, I kinda want to visit Australia just to settle my curiosity once and for all;) This book has an ex-soccer player, a former principal dancer for the Australian Ballet, wine, a good supporting cast, decent drama, and some steam. Just okay:The story dragged a bit in dev [...]

    4. Luli

      Me ha encantado.Me ha parecido una historia honesta, realista, diferente, no me lo esperaba y me ha sorprendido gratamente.Generalmente en los romances contemporáneos hay tanto melodrama, tantas tonterías, tantos malentendidos y falta de comunicación que al final siempre me parece que he leído una historia que jamás podría pasar en la vida real. Aquí no ha sido el caso. A pesar de que “el secreto” del protagonista es lo que prácticamente les impide estar juntos, y a pesar de que se d [...]

    5. Karina Ramirez

      4 Stars!! This book was very very good!Dean Thorn ex football (soccer for us Americans) is taking the humble way and has joined up with his brother to run their families vineyard in Australia. What he doesn't expect is to fall for the new grape picker ex ballerina Rafi Dalton. It must've been saving her from that runaway cow in the beginningHowever, both of them don't have a picturesque past. Dean with his ex wife troubles and Rafi with a whole plethora of new responsibilities normal 21 year old [...]

    6. J

      An Aussie book set in a vineyard during harvest time. I have to admit that Australian English has lots of unfamiliar terms and sayings for this basic American English speaker, but even with that this book had beautiful prose and was a great story.The main story is about a ballerina, who against the wishes of her family, decides to forego her career to give birth to and raise a baby she unexpectedly conceives during a tryst with her male ballet partner. Her family disowns her and to make ends mee [...]

    7. Jeannie Zelos

      The Playboy's Dark Secret, Madeline AshReview from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews. An interesting romance this one. Its not a heart stopping race, but a slow burn, push and pull one. Dean and Rafi are attracted right from the start, but he's given up on romance, and concentrating on the vineyard, and she's decided no relationships, just quick, live for now, enjoyment as she's her baby to care for. They're both escaping from troubled pasts, and I felt for them both. The title is a bit of a misnomer a [...]

    8. Amanda Lee Disheveled Book Blog

      ~~ Received an ARC from Penguin Books Australia I Destiny Romance via NetGalley for an honest review. ~~What a lovely story or two people that struggle with demons from their pasts. I loved both Dean and Rafi, they were both dealing with pasts that had hurt them. After finding each other they helped each other through that pain. The story and plot line are written wonderfully. Even though Dean’s past is a very sad one I thought it was beautifully written. Rafi is a very strong woman even thoug [...]

    9. Irene

      4 starsThe Playboy's Dark Secret was a really good read.Once I started reading I didn't want to put it down until, I liked both leads and my heart went out to both. I enjoyed seeing Dean and Rafi getting close and opening themselves to each other. Trust was a huge issue and I liked how the author dealt with this, she let her characters grow and seek help over time and didn't rush the HEA.This was my first book by Madeline Ash, I really enjoyed her writing and I will be reading more from her in t [...]

    10. Jennifer

      In the "Playboy's Dark Secret" (wrongly named, really, it's more serious than that title suggests) Rafi is running away from her life as a ballet dancer and Dean has returned home to his Australian vineyard after a career in professional soccer and a bad marriage. Famous and revered as a great footballer, he has dark secrets. He had a failed marriage and because of it he indulged in a lot of casual meaningless sex. Leaving that life behind he's returned home to help his brother run the family bu [...]

    11. Georgina Penney

      Sumptuous. I really didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. Oh, I knew I'd like it but I didn't expect to completely get lost in it for a good three hours this afternoon. Madeline Ash has a way with words that leaves you feeling like they're wrapped around you like a warm cozy blanket. Plus she included a cow in her introduction. Anyone who can add the presence of a cow and still create a gorgeous level of tension between two characters when the reader first meets them has my vote. An [...]

    12. CatherineWright (Cat's Guilty Pleasure)

      Rafi is a former ballerina and a single mother living on her own. She's learning how to be independent and trying to make a good life for her daughter and herself. She's trying to discover who she is besides just being a ballerina. Dean has retired from an illustrious career in soccer. He has moved back home to help his brother run the family business, he's also dealing g with a dark secret and self doubt. Both of them have had hard times over the last few years, dealing with physical and emotio [...]

    13. Chanpreet

      This book was quite a surprise. I was intrigued after reading the blurb, especially the fact that Dean was an ex-soccer star who had a secret. I tried to guess what it was as I read, but I wasn't even close to the mark. I liked Dean. I didn't understand why he was fighting his feelings for Rafi so hard. Rafi was a surprise as well. I loved her attitude towards handling everything that'd happened to her. I found it interesting she was the pursuer for most of the book, even though she had her own [...]

    14. Anima

      I'm in love with this Australian footballer and beautiful ballerina. Set in Australia on a vineyard we have Dean, a retired soccer player, and Rafaela (Rafi), ballerina taking a break. Each has their own troubled past, her estranged family and his demons from a nasty divorce and party lifestyle. This story has great casual banter with sexual undertones. Usually a romance has an alpha and a "weak" heroine, not this one. Yes he's rich, sexy and brooding but he's got this emotional depression that [...]

    15. Helen

      Dean Thorn has a dark secret one that will make him stay away from woman, Dean has just come home to the family vineyard after years away playing soccer he is quiet and his brother worries about him when he meets Rafi a beautiful young single Mum who is picking grapes on the vineyard she has given up her career as a ballerina and is just making ends meet but she is a determined lady who will do what ever it takes to get Dean to open up, this is a lovely story about abuse and what it can do to pe [...]

    16. Jenna Anderson

      Another great romance from Madeline Ash! If you like stories with heart, emotion, and intense longing Pick this one up. The setting, characters, and back story are all top notch. So well done.I received an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.Once you've read this one be sure to look up "Uncovered by Love"Madeline Ash is on my watch list! Write more please!

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