Maid for the Millionaire
I was on the fence about the reunion romance Maid for the Millionaire throughout most of the book. I was engaged by the hero and heroine, but ultimately felt that too much time was spent inside their head. The result? A qualified recommendation.
Liz Harper has come a long way since she left her husband three years earlier. Insecure socially with her husband’s wealthy clients, she now moves easily between all layers of Miami society. Liz started her own business – Happy Maids – and turned it into a successful, growing company. Liz doesn’t just run the office, she also pitches in with maid duties from time to time. It’s on one of these occasions that she’s shocked to discover that her company’s newest client is her ex-husband, Cain Nestor.
Cain is stunned when he discovers that Liz is his new maid. But he’s even more upset to realize that he is still attracted to her and the attraction is mutual. However, they both have reasons for not wanting to get back together, and Liz plans to avoid Cain in the future. That falls through, when she discovers Cain sick at home when he should be in the office, and ends up nursing him through the night.
Soon, they’re thrown together more frequently, when Cain ends up volunteering with Liz in a cause close to her heart: Rehabilitating homes for abused women.
This isn’t a quick, easy reunion, but a slow process, in which they each learn who the other is now. The author carefully develops the characters of Liz and Cain; neither is one-dimensional. While Liz grew a lot after their marriage ended and before the book begins, Cain grows tremendously over the course of the book.
I like that neither Liz nor Cain is portrayed as completely to blame for the failure of their marriage. They each withheld important things from the other.
I enjoyed seeing Cain become more at ease with the abused women and their families, and liked the scenes where Liz and Cain worked together rehabbing homes. However, ultimately, too much of the book occurs within the heads of Liz and Cain, as they reflect on their marriage, go over every interaction they have with each other. They’re each so afraid of hurting the other again, afraid of being hurt themselves, and uncertain of the other’s feelings.
I liked the notion that when they initially came together, it was all heat and sex. They eloped without really learning who the other person was. This time is completely different.
This was a quick, generally enjoyable read. If there were a few more interactions between Liz and Cain, and a bit less time spent inside their heads, the book would have worked better for me.