In the outskirts of enchanting Paris, Chantal finds herself captivated by an extraordinary treasure—Chateau Vauquelin. But her dream of restoring this once magnificent masterpiece faces a formidable obstacle: the enigmatic and alluring Alessandro Kirkwood, the chateau's new owner. Alessandro plans to transform the historic building into a soulless haven for the elite, leaving Chantal desperate to save it from ruin.
Chantal's reputation as a brilliant interior designer with an unwavering passion for reviving historic structures becomes her only weapon. To win the crucial interior design contract, she must convince Alessandro that she possesses the expertise and vision needed to restore the chateau to its former glory. But winning over Alessandro proves to be no easy task. He views Chantal as nothing more than a privileged heiress who will flee at the first sign of hardship.
However, Chantal's unwavering determination and irresistible ideas chip away at Alessandro's defences. Despite his vow to steer clear of romantic entanglements, the vulnerability he glimpses in the feisty designer sparks an undeniable attraction. The chemistry between them crackles with intensity, leaving them both yearning for more.
Yet, as their connection deepens, a shadowy presence lurks within the chateau's walls. Mysterious incidents plague their path, threatening to unearth buried secrets. And when Chantal's haunting memories resurface, she discovers more than she is willing to admit about the tragic day her parents perished—a revelation that sends shivers down her spine.
“Ruinous Designs is a spellbinding tale of two opposites colliding, where the chemistry between Chantal and Alessandro sizzles with undeniable intensity.”
Ruinous Designs is the fourth book in the Tangled Hearts series—a contemporary romance set in France appealing to readers who love an opposites attract, billionaire romance with an edge of suspense.
Sara Claridge writes contemporary romantic suspense novels that blend mystery and intrigue with passionate romance.
Born in London, her life took an unexpected turn when she followed her adventurous spirit and relocated to France several years ago on a whim. It’s here, nestled in the eaves of an old farmhouse deep in the French countryside, that she lets her imagination run wild, weaving tales of love, mystery, and danger.
When not writing at her desk, Sara can often be found in the garden. Usually with a glass of red wine in one hand and a good book in the other.