Release Date: August 12
Entrepreneur Ryan Michaels never loses. Well, except that time, a few years ago when he lost a promotion to spoiled rich girl, Charlotte “Charlie” Ray. Now he’s forced to hire his nemesis to secure funding to develop a string of luxury boutique hotels. Not only does she not fit his corporate vision, but she’s too damn attractive for her own good. And his.
Working as VP of Sales and Marketing for a luxury hotel is Charlie’s dream job. Too bad her boss is Ryan Michaels, the same pompous stick-in-the-mud that she remembers. If he tells her that this project is his legacy one more time, she might scream. Or maybe kissing him will get him to shut up?
Because that’s the other thing. The sizzling attraction between Ryan and Charlie is impossible to ignore. But everyone knows not to mix business and pleasure. Don’t they?
Overall Rating 3.5
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Reviewed by Ladyballs
This is the first book in California Suits series and it was alright. Ryan is starting his own high end hotel conglomerate with his close friends and has a very specific vision of what he wants. He is a hot alpha who is a hard worker with a heart of gold.
Charlie comes from a secretive background and is a superstar in her field. She ended up beating Ryan out for a huge promotion at a company they both worked for years ago. They literally hated each other. She keeps quiet about her parents, past and personal life and parents which irked me more than once. Evidentially her father was absent most of her life and a lot of her issues revolve around him. But she is proud of everything she has achieved on her own merit.
Due to a very odd situation, Ryan is “forced” to hire her as his second in command. I wanted to love these two trying to work together. I thought it would be cute and funny but the book never got there for me. It dragged at times and I skimmed more than once. The storyline had so much potential but I felt there was too much fluff and not enough action. The fact that Charlie’s background is brought up again and again but seemed secretive bothered me. I wanted to finally know all the details and have Ryan find out. I didn’t understand why it played such a big factor and took away from a great plot to me. The storyline could have been amazing but lacked in execution. Perhaps you will find it perfect for you.
Meet Claire Marti
Claire Marti is an award winning and USA Today Bestselling author of swoonworthy Contemporary Romance novels set in Southern California, including the Pacific Vista Ranch series and the Finding Forever in Laguna series. She lives in San Diego with her husband, silly dog, and two clever cats.
Claire started writing stories as soon as she was old enough to pick up pencil and paper. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in English Literature, Claire was sidetracked by other careers, including practicing law, selling software for legal publishers, and managing a non-profit animal rescue for a Hollywood actress.
When Claire’s not writing, she’s teaching yoga. You can find her sixty+ online classes on the international website www.yogadownload.com. A breast cancer survivor, Claire is a sought-after speaker on the power of yoga and meditation. She’s been published in numerous magazines with articles on wellness and is the author of a memoir, Come Ride with Me Along the Big C, on her experience beating breast cancer.
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