Title: Love Story
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Janine Boissard (translated from the French by Marilyn Achiron)
Publisher: in English by Amazon Crossing, 2012 (original French 2003)
Source: Free for review from Amazon Vine Program
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com: Claudio Roman is a world-famous tenor and perhaps even more well known lothario. His life is the envy of men in all walks of life, until a fateful random attack leaves him a shell of his former self.
Now, three years later and no longer performing opera, he is still a singer in very high demand—but he knows he can’t be too careful about his security. Women still fawn over him too, so it is hard to understand why, when in need of a new aide and publicist to travel and be with him night and day, he would hire a small, average-looking woman who he will later compare to a sparrow.
Laura is surprised the morning after her twenty-sixth birthday party when she is called into the boss’s office and offered the job of accompanying Claudio Roman on his singing engagement—effective immediately. Hesitant at first, she accepts the opportunity and throws herself into it with all the professionalism she can bring. Soon becoming the only one Claudio requests from the agency, her dedication to making sure that Claudio has everything he needs at all times endears her to the singer. She takes her position so seriously, in fact, that she sees the opportunity to play her sincerity against his cynicism and bring him the hope he gave up long ago. As Laura desperately searches for ways to restore his confidence and stature as a premiere opera performer, she awakens feelings in Claudio he thought were lost forever.
This novel is written in three parts “Her” then “Him” then “Them”, each from that particular point of view. It is so well developed that superlatives do seem not enough. The translation from the French appears seamless although so lyrical that I wonder if in the French could be even better. This is a Cinderella story. A poor educated working girl and the mega-star singer. Their love is not magical, although there is a fairy-godfather in the guise of talent agent David, it is slow developing and hard won. We see the ego of the famous man and the temerity of the hired publicist, Laura. Yes, she pities him but does everything in her power not to show it to him. She recognizes that she loves him long before he has a clue to his feelings or hers. This book loses a half point only in that I got a bit tired of the denial of feelings for so long in the book.
Janine Boissard is a prolific French author with over 40 novels. Hopefully more will be translated for an American audience.