Hardworking Australian nurse Ben Adams inherits a substantial sum and decides to tour Europe. In Monaco, the home of glamour and the idle rich, he meets French billionaire playboy Léo Artois. After getting off on the wrong foot—as happens when one accuses a stranger of being part of the Albanian mafia—their attraction blazes. Léo, born to the top tier of society, has never known limits, and Ben, used to budgeting every cent, finds it difficult to adjust to not only Léo’s world, but also the changes wealth brings to his own life.
As they make allowances for each other’s foibles, Ben gradually appreciates the finer things, and Léo widens his perspective. They both know one thing: this is not a typical holiday romance, and they’re not ready to say goodbye.
The Bunny And The
Billionaire: An Odyssey in Research
by Louisa Masters
I got the idea for this book while I was travelling through Europe last year. Not surprisingly, it
was in Monaco, where the book is set, that Ben and Léo were introduced to my
imagination. Since I’d been right there just a short time before, when I sat down to begin writing, I thought setting would be a piece of cake.
I hadn’t accounted for the fact that my visit to Monaco was rather different from Ben’s, and my
experience there was completely different from Léo’s, who lives there. Not only did I find myself checking things with Google Maps, I also did a lot of googling about flight times and routes, where one can actually land a helicopter in Monaco (the answer: nowhere.), dress codes, décor (it’s definitely worth going to the website for the Casino de Monte-Carlo and doing the virtual tour—wow!), the cost of top-end bespoke suits, luxury cars (in which I am a lot like Ben, in
that I have no real interest, but was totally wowed by Léo’s), and a bunch of other stuff, including champagne.
That was a heap of fun to research. I’d known that there was some ridiculously expensive bubbly in the world, but I hadn’t realized quite how much—or how expensive it was. I spent hours wading through pages of information. Léo is fabulously wealthy, but tends not to be flashy (except for the car), so I didn’t think his favorite champagne would come in a diamond-studded bottle (yes, there are diamond studded bottles out there. What happens to the bottle once it’s empty?). Ultimately, the champagne I settled on wasn’t the most expensive one out there,
but a bottle still costs more than my monthly mortgage.
I came away from researching for this book with a lot more knowledge about what money can buy, if you have enough of it, and I have to admit, I had a lot of fun. It’s fascinating to peer into the lives of the wealthy sometimes!
Louisa Masters started reading romance much earlier than her mother thought she should. While other teenagers were sneaking out of the house, Louisa was sneaking romance novels in and working out how to read them without being discovered. She’s spent most of her life feeling sorry for people who don’t read, convinced that books are the solution to every problem. As an adult, she feeds her addiction in every spare second, only occasionally tearing herself away to do things like answer the phone and pay bills. She spent years trying to build a “sensible” career, working in bookstores, recruitment, resource management, administration, and as a travel agent, before finally conceding defeat and devoting herself to the world of romance novels.
Louisa has a long list of places first discovered in books that she wants to visit, and every so often she overcomes her loathing of jet lag and takes a trip that charges her imagination. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she whines about the weather for most of the year while secretly admitting she’ll probably never move.
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