Irena and Sacha come from two very different worlds.
An heiress to a fortune, Ren’s home-from-home is the Ritz, while the handsome and brooding Sacha has grown up in Paris’s less salubrious suburbs. So when an accident brings them together, romance seems an unlikely outcome.
When Ren’s society engagement reaches a very public end, Irena’s over-protective grandmother wants her home in London. Ren needs an excuse to stay in Paris, and so after some persuasion, Sacha agrees to pose as her new boyfriend. But only for the twenty-one days Ren’s grandmother has allowed her to nurse her broken heart before heading home to face the music.
Over the course of three weeks, Ren realises the world outside her exclusive bubble is more beautiful than she could have imagined. While Sacha reluctantly begins to see the goodness of the woman behind the wealth. When their time is up, will Ren want to return to her gilded cage, and will Sacha be able to let go of the woman he’s been ‘pretending’ to fall in love with…
Cute Christmas reads.
The main characters, Ren and Sacha are from opposite ends of society however they meet in a lovely way by colliding into each other. Later, they develop a relationship which can help Ren out of a situation with her family.
Ren is from a very wealthy family, but she is incredibly naive; She hasn’t explored and knows very little about real life, to the point where it’s almost frustrating. Sacha leads a relatively normal life as a teacher, helping out his family and travelling around Paris on his bike. As Ren persuades Sacha to act as her boyfriend in the lead up to Christmas so that she doesn’t have to go home and deal with her family-business crisis, they spend more time together and you start to understand more about the way they both are.
I wasn’t particularly keen towards Ren the beginning, she comes across as spoilt, but the way the author develops her throughout the story, giving up pieces of her background slowly throughout made me empathise with her.
In the end, their relationship felt equal with them both being able to teach the other something about themselves.