Lady Hermione Spencer is scouting out the Bay of Islands for suitable sites to recommend for her romantic retreats company. Although she’s based in England, when her parents ask if she’d housesit for them in New Zealand and look after the landscaping of their garden while they’re away, it sounds like the perfect chance to branch out with her business. The huge house feels like a palace after her small flat in London, and summer in the Bay is like paradise. Then the gardener arrives, and suddenly life’s not so simple anymore.
Danny Love has no patience with the snooty daughter of the Spencers, especially when she acts as if he’s beneath her because of her superior education. Danny didn’t go to university because he had to look after his father, but he’s made up for it by working all the hours under the sun to develop his own landscaping firm. Hermione assumes he’s just one of the rough and ready workmen, and it amuses Danny to string her along for a while, knowing that when she finds out the truth it’ll only make her embarrassment worse.
In spite of their insistence that they can’t stand each other, it isn’t long before the chemistry that’s been sizzling beneath the surface explodes. Both of them are determined it’s just a fling. What Danny doesn’t realize until it’s too late is that beneath the little-rich-girl persona is a passionate and vulnerable woman desperate to make her business succeed without her parents’ help. But by the time he discovers the truth, admitting his own secrets is only going to cause trouble…
Warning: features a woman who knows what she wants and a man not afraid to get his hands dirty.