Penthouse Prince by Virginia Nelson
Published by Entangled on February 9th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Single mom Jeanie Long was trying to save her butt at work by reporting her manager to the company owner. Instead, she finds herself greeted warmly by gorgeous company CEO Camden James...and introduced to his father as his fiancée. Now she's been hired—complete with a hefty pay raise—to be the fake fiancée of the infamous “Penthouse Prince.”Camden doesn't believe in love. He believes in mutually beneficial business arrangements. With his real fiancée off cheating on him, Camden needs someone to help him prove to his father that he's definitely ready to marry. Yet Jeanie's combination of beauty and bluntness act like an aphrodisiac, and their “for the press” kisses look incredibly real. So real that Jeanie and Camden are either really convincing actors...or they've fallen for their own charade.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
This was a nice read for me. We have the typical business mogul with daddy issues who doesn’t believe in love. But attraction? Yes. Lust? Hell yes! So when Camden finds himself without a fiancée, and getting married is the only way to gain the company from his father, he chooses the first girl his eyes fall upon. Literally.
Jeanie is just an employee trying to save her job and sneaking to the top floor and speaking directly with the company’s CEO is her plan. Little did she know that she was in for the opportunity of a lifetime.
The deal is struck and she’ll pretend to be his fiancée until he gets the company, and she’ll get to live in a posh penthouse, drive an expensive car and save the money that will keep her and “her daughter” living in a way that otherwise would be completely out of her reach.
Now, this being a business arrangement, feelings will not come into play, right? Riiiight… what we have next is how 2 people develop feelings for each other, fight them, hide them, until the point that it drove me freaking bonkers.
So, I can’t put my finger on exactly what I had issues with, but Penthouse Prince didn’t completely work for me. It was an engaging read and Virginia Nelson’s writing style is enjoyable, but I guess that the main issues between the couple was a problem communicating their feelings and assuming (wrongly most of the time) what the other was thinking and feeling. I guess my main problem is that they can have that problem for so long, and after some time it just gets to the point where you want to grab their heads and bang them together to make them knock it off already. It was either that or banging my head on my kindle.
I did find it a little OTT some of the things that happened to them,View Spoiler » as in it wasn’t really necessary to have her ex-boss assault her on her wedding day, I mean, come on! « Hide Spoiler and I felt it was unnecessary drama added to the plotline.
Either way, it still was a quick read that kept me engaged and as I said I had a nice time reading it and I wouldn’t mind reading more from Ms. Nelson.
Rating: 3 Dramatic Stars
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