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The Millionaire's Ultimate Catch

The Millionaire's Ultimate Catch, October 2010
Millionaire Heroes #1
by Michelle Monkou

Kimani Press
Featuring: Zack Keathley; Naomi Venable
224 pages
ISBN: 0373861834
EAN: 9780373861835
Mass Market Paperback
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"Breezy, entertaining romance between a woman's basketball star and a real estate developer"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Millionaire's Ultimate Catch
Michelle Monkou

Reviewed by Patricia Woodside
Posted January 30, 2011

Multicultural African-American | Romance Contemporary

Women's basketball star Naomi Venable loves to help others, so it's no surprise that she runs to the aid of a young woman who is being attacked outside the Seattle arena just after a game. When Naomi is injured in the attack, she needs time to recuperate, and the Keathley family opens their doors and hearts to her.

Zack Keathley feels indebted to Naomi for helping his sister, sure, but he's also immediately attracted to her. Even while he fends off threats to his business, he can't help but make time to show Naomi just how grateful he is.

Michelle Monkou's THE MILLIONAIRE'S ULTIMATE CATCH starts off with a bang, what with the attack on Zack's sister and Naomi's rush to help her. I had a bit of a time believing Naomi was so injured she couldn't return to her Chicago home to recuperate since she didn't have any broken bones or other severe injuries. But of course, it was necessary for her to stay put in order for her and Zack to get together. Putting that one point of contention aside, I enjoyed the romance between Naomi and Zack.

Women's sports stars are a group underrepresented in romance novels. Monkou does a good job of scratching the surface of that world and crafting a believable hero for a woman who is both above average in height and athletically strong. I was glad to see her allow Naomi to show her softer side and to center their conflict around something other than their careers. As the romance reached the point of seeming doom, Monkou did an excellent job of leading the reader in one direction then revealing a plot twist that fit perfectly with the missed clues. I also loved that Monkou took the romance to Haiti, an island rich in culture and beauty, even as it struggles with the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.

THE MILLIONAIRE'S ULTIMATE CATCH is a breezy, entertaining read.

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After a daring, headline-making rescue, basketball star Naomi Venable accepts Zack Keathley's invitation to spend a week recuperating at his sprawling country estate. The sinfully sexy millionaire could have his pick of any woman in the world. But once he sets his sights on Naomi there's no way she can resist this rugged alpha male's charms….

Zack owes Naomi for coming to the aid of his baby sister. But grateful isn't all the driven developer feels for the sleek and sultry pro athlete. And once he makes up his mind, there's no stopping the aroused penthouse playboy! Caught in Naomi's seductive spell, can Zack convince this fearless sorority sister that their passionate paradise is meant to last forever?

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