This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Released on August 17, 2015
I thought this one sounded hilarious and promised some sparks and sizzle. And when you’re right, you’re right! Right from the start, this book offered snark, misunderstandings galore, sexual tension, and a pair of true opposites between a workaholic CEO and a wild erotic romance writer. Or are they that different after all? I ended up having a moderately good time with this one for a lighter, sexy read.
This is part of a series that is one of those that can be read out of order or standalone. The What Happens in Vegas series is written by multiple authors and only shares the tie of same setting so mixing and matching is perfectly fine.
Jessie Jameson is known as Jessie James the Outlaw of Romance and is a top bestselling erotic romance writer. She is popular with the fans and enjoys interacting with them at the Vegas Romance Convention. It has been a year since she was at this same convention and that ended in a disastrous one night stand that left her bruised. And wouldn’t you know it the very jerk who gave her a false name and skipped out on her the next morning before turning out to be the CEO of her publishing company shows up at the Rom Con.
Grayson Reynolds is there for one reason and one reason only. He plans to sell off the romance line for his publishing company. The deal is good, but the other company will only agree if Jessie James signs with them. He has been avoiding the woman who slept with him and then skipped out for over a year, but now he has to deal with her and their past. He is confused by her attitude toward him with their first encounter.
After several missed opportunities, they finally hash things out. But then the former attraction flares hot again. Grayson has the dilemma of his need to get Jessie to agree to the deal and before he complicates it by taking her to his room. Jessie can’t figure out Grayson’s hot and cold behavior and she certainly doesn’t understand his cold, cynical attitude toward romance real or fictitious. But when it all comes down to it, will Grayson put business first and can Jessie forgive him if he does?
This is a light-weight story and got a bit loose in the plot at times. The story opens up with a bang-up beginning that really grabbed my attention both with the characters and my curiosity about what really happened that night the year before. The story gave some genuinely tough barriers in that Grayson was a workaholic who didn’t believe in romantic love while Jessie believes in a balance of work and life and very much believes in love. There was also that heated discussion about romance being an inferior genre which is always a good way to get a reader’s dander up at the one holding that view. 😉
Now, while I didn’t expect a lot of development because it’s a novella and the sexual fireworks were par for the course, I found it distracting and, apparently, so did the couple. They couldn’t even have simple, needed conversations without wanting to jump each other and doing so. I couldn’t shift gears with this pair and needed a bit more convincing when this wrapped up with a big red bow.
But that said, I expected, light, fun, and lots of sizzle and it definitely delivered on that. I would like to read more of the series because the other stories look promising, too. And it’s good to know that they can be picked up any order. So, if you’re looking for a quick, hot, opposites attract romance, give this one a try.
My thanks to Barclay Publicity for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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