Stranded with the Tycoon is a contemporary romance novel by Sophie Pembroke. It’s set in the UK, mostly Chester and mid/south Wales, with plush hotels and cosy cottages, yum.
This novel tells the story of Lucinda Myles, a woman who makes workaholics look lazy! What with her day job, attending conferences, looking after her family and trying to write a book, Luce hasn’t had any time for romance in the past few years, and she doesn’t see that changing any time soon.
She’s at a conference that she really doesn’t want to be at, just before Christmas. As she tries to check in to her hotel room, she finds that there’s been an error and the room has been double-booked. The hotel is full, and being so close to Christmas, everywhere else in Chester is full, too. Left with no bed for the next few nights, Luce is understandably very unhappy. Then things get even worse. She bumps into Ben Hampton, a guy she knew at uni as he dated her best friend. They never got along particularly well back then, and there was also an incident that Luce has been desperate to forget ever since.
It turns out that Ben is now working for the family business – the hotel business, and he’s in charge of the very hotel they’re in. He has the largest suite in the place, naturally, and offers Luce the spare room. She resists at first, but given she has no choice, she eventually relents. What follows is a story of two people rediscovering one another, as well as finding out what’s changed in the intervening years, and what’s stayed exactly the same.
I very much enjoyed Stranded with the Tycoon. I loved that the lead female was a history buff, and some of the references made me smile. The writing style is easy and engaging, the characters fun and likeable – despite their faults – their back stories worked for me, too. Overall, a very romantic tale which left me with a warm and fuzzy feeling. I look forward to more from Ms. Pembroke.