Once upon a time, I had everything: money, power, a multimillion-dollar company, a loving family. Well, at least I thought I had everything. Then my parents died, and I found out my whole life was based on a lie. That’s pretty much the moment when I went numb. Told the world to f*** off and went on a bender of epic proportion, just to see how far I could fall before I hit rock-bottom.
Now I’m back and all I want in this world is my morning—okay, afternoon—coffee. Then one of my employees has the nerve to call me out for cutting the line at the coffeehouse at the company I own. Sure, I’m a little scruffier than usual, but come on, bitching out the CEO? Not a smart career move. Just who does this smart-mouthed ball-buster think she is? And more important, what do I have to do to get her number?
Holland O’Dell may be uptight, but I wouldn’t mind taking her back to my place and ripping off that business-casual blouse/skirt combo and burying myself in her curves. She pushes my buttons, but at least I’m feeling something. And whatever it is, I won’t stop until I get more.
I have never read anything by this author before, but after reading the blurb, I decided to give it a go. In the beginning, I really liked the story. I enjoyed meeting Holland and Oliver. I loved the banter and interactions between the two of them. The tension was great and couldn’t wait to see where their story was going to go.
As the story progressed, I did start to have some issues. The pacing became slow, and I just wasn’t into all the back and forth between Oliver and Holland. I love good angst and the will they/won’t they as much as the next person, but for some reason, I just wasn’t feeling it between Oliver and Holland. The angst was missing and all the back and forth was driving me nuts. Also, I don’t feel as though Oliver stayed true to himself throughout the story. I loved the cocky jerk he was in the beginning of the story and as the story progressed, I don’t feel that he was as strong and as confident as he was in the beginning. Don’t get me wrong, I totally get that being with Holland would change him, but I missed the confident, cocky man. Also, Oliver made some pretty questionable decisions and assumptions about a certain issue that really turned me off. And When Oliver does get his head out of his ass, Holland forgives him way too quickly and that just really bothered me. In the end, both the characters and the overall story left me wanting more.
Aside from this issues that I had with this book, I will say that it does deal with some heavy issues and I can kind of understand some of Oliver’s behavior. I think this book had a lot of potential, but it just missed the mark for me. I think this is definitely a situation where this book will work for some, but not for others. Even though this book was a miss for me, I’m still glad that I took a chance and checked it out.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*