Mills & Boon The Beautiful Widow

by Helen Brooks

4.00 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)

4.00 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)


Toni George needs a job to clear the gambling debts her late husband secretly accrued. With tiny twin girls to feed, she has no choice but to accept a position with notorious heartbreaker Steel Landry. Steel is intrigued by and more than a little attracted to the beautiful Toni, though he knows that she is offlimits. But she’s as nervous as a kitten whenever he is near – so maybe she isn’t as immune to his potent brand of masculinity as she’d like to be…?

Genre, Romance

About The Author

Rita Bradshaw (born 1950 in Northampton, England) is a British romance novelist, she wrote historical romances as her real name and under the pseudonym Helen Brooks contemporary romances at Mills & Boon since 1992.

Average Reader Rating

4.00 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings

Reader Reviews

6 reviews for Mills & Boon The Beautiful Widow

  1. 4 out of 5

    “Amazing Reading”

  2. 4 out of 5

    The Beautiful Widow was a lovely book. Toni was in a unhappy marriage but she stayed for the sake of her twin daughters, then her husband died and she learns he had a gambling problem. Toni moved back in with her elderly parents and went to work.Steel raised his sister, and now that she is married, he enjoys his freedom, he is a tough employer but fair and takes an interest in their well-being as well. He interviews Toni and hires her, he feels attracted to her but she has kids and lots of baggage and his employee, but very soon they share a kiss.Steel backs off and then we learn that he is head-over-heels in love with her and has been wooing her and getting to know her for months without Toni noticing.
    Toni is wary and I loved how great Steel was with her.
    Lovely book.

  3. 3 out of 5

    Lovely story. Realist in me understands that heroes like Steel Landry are only available in fiction but the story was so swoon-worthy romantic, I couldn’t help loving it. Four years of unhappy marriage taught recently widowed Toni George not to trust men again. Death of her husband not only ended the marriage but also uncovered an unpleasant truth that her husband was a gambler leaving Toni and their two little twin daughters with mounds of debt. Thanks to her supportive parents, Toni and the girls have a place to stay but she needs to find a job to start paying off the debt. Before marriage she was a successful interior designer and per friend’s recommendation she was able to secure an interview with Landry Enterprises owner Steel Landry. Steel had built his property business from ground up and now,20 years later, he is enjoying the fruits of his labor. He works hard and plays hard and, until meeting Toni, doesn’t know what he is missing. He is attracted to her almost right away but it takes her a long time to lose her insecurity and wariness. There was no sex in the story but rather strong sexual tension. This was a character-driven story of two people getting to know each other, slowly losing their preconceive notions of each other and falling in love. It was a very romantic story and the epilog was just an icing on a cake!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Over the next few months, Steel allowed Toni free rein to design the spacious apartments worthy of the very elite. Working closely on the project, they were thrown together constantly and Toni slowly began to care for her rich employer. Surprisingly, Steel genuinely seemed to like her twins, Amelia and Daisy, too. He was kind, witty and sweet. Suddenly, he didn’t seem like the rich and powerful icon she’d imagined him to be. The man beneath fascinated her, but after such a disastrous marriage, could Toni trust her feelings again? This was a wonderfully different story. The depth of the characters overlaid the romance in a sweet web of love. From the time I spent in England, I really identified with the renovations at the cottage and with Steel’s determination that with Toni George and her two little girls, he would begin anew. Wonderfully different.

  5. 4 out of 5

    I truly enjoy books written by Helen Brooks. Whenever I finish one, I just sigh. She writes such wonderful stories about love and its power to heal the broken. This is a book about two people that have chosen to insulate themselves from love. One fears the risk of mistake, the other fears losing their freedom. Yet together neither can deny their attraction. It takes time for both to work through the issues and risk opening themselves up for heartache.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Brooks always pens such wonderful love stories with wounded characters that fight their inevitable HEA. Steel realizes that they’ve met too soon, that Toni needs time to get used to the idea of a new man in her life, and he takes it slow, giving Toni as much opportunity to get to know him as he can. When he declares that he wants to move ahead with a relationship, Toni runs scared because she knows her heart would break when he got tired of her and moved on. I loved how shaken up Steel is when he thinks he’s lost all chances of a life with Toni, but he still battles on and makes one last effort to convince her that he loves her. Lovely, lovely story with a HEA epilogue as an added treat.

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