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Published by Entangled
Released on July 29, 2013
Normally when I read the word ‘billionaire’ in a blurb or title these days, I back away quickly not even giving the book more than a glance because of how saturated the market is with billionaire romances. Something made me grab it up to give this one by a new to me author a try. I am soooo glad that I did. It was a treat of a cute story with an adorable geek hero and a naive, but engaging heroine. For those who cringe at the thought of yet another hero with big bucks, you will be pleased to know that Lynne Silver’s hero is as normal as a geeky computer tech who is lonely for love can be.
Michelle Kolson, Iowa small town girl, has made it out of her town with a chance to make a success in the city. She’s landed a good job in a tech company. One week into the job, she makes her first friend over an office printer issue and is thrilled when he is as into her as she is in him. He’s cute, fun and the guy of her dreams. Can it be that simple?
Noah Frellish is the company founder and the CEO, but he’s no suave businessman. For the first time, he’s met a girl who is really into him- the real him and not his money. He knows he has to come clean with Michelle about who he is in the company if he wants to have a relationship with her, but he dreads her reaction to his true identity.
The plot, told from alternate points of view, is pretty straight forward and simple. It’s an office romance full of miscues because Michelle’s naive and not the sharpest tack in the drawer while Noah misses the obvious because he’s so busy trying to run a company. Michelle makes up for her issues in her down home warmth, spunk, honesty and love for Noah. It’s not that hard to anticipate what will happen when Michelle realizes who Noah is and I was prepared for her reaction. I was grateful to the author for not overdoing it with the angst and betrayal stuff. There’s a reasonable amount for someone of Michelle’s personality and I love how her office friend calls her on it (one of the funniest scenes in the book to be honest). The focus of the story and the best part truly was Noah and Michelle- so cute. The secondary characters were good, but the story mostly focused on Noah and Michelle. It was great watching them start as friends with him helping her and teaching her when she asked, but letting her do for herself so she could take pride in her own achievements (refreshing in a hero). Noah was definitely not your alpha hero, but more of the beta type. He was gentle, tender and uncertain. He was not afraid to put himself out there for Michelle and he did- great grand finale scene.
So if you’re looking for a fast, fun, light office romance with a touch of spice, give this one a try.
My thanks to Net Galley for the chance to read and review this book.