Book & Author Details:
Taming the CEO by Hayson Manning
Publication date: June 5th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
To save her family’s business, fledging CEO Daisy Cater must win the bid on a resort on St. Maarten. There’s a small catch, though. The seller insists all bidders visit the island and experience the singles retreat firsthand. This wouldn’t be so bad…if only rule-maker Daisy weren’t paired with her bitter rival, the hot and broody Alexander Gillard. Keeping her enemy close just became a whole lot harder.
Alexander “Zan” Gillard didn’t expect to be partnered with gorgeous Daisy at the idyllic singles retreat. A challenge that has them cuffed together ignites an explosive chemistry, and soon Zan wants more than four days with this bewitching woman who is nothing like he expected her to be.
But their families are at odds and reality awaits them at home, along with a betrayal that threatens to blow their newfound trust apart…
This book felt a little bit like a book of two halves. It seemed to me that there was a whole back story that I had missed which led to the premise for this story. I’ve checked, and if there is another book, then I can’t find it.
As result, the first part of the book was somewhat disjointed for me. It did hit its stride after a while, and I found myself warming to both characters and enjoying their back and forth. But when the ultimate fall out came, without the missing context from a previous book, it felt like an over-reaction.
That said, the interactions between Daisy and Xan had a deliciously wicked edge to them, and felt organic. The juxtaposition of their two characters was humorous to read, and I found myself rooting for them as a couple.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
I love Princess Bride, Young and the Restless, Days of our Lives – the drama is deliciously addictive. Big Bang Theory but will take Wolowitz over Cooper. Star Trek not Star Wars. Undercover Boss, Secret Millionaire – any story that shows the little guy making it. I follow the Buffalo Bills like a religion. I am spellbound by showjumping and equestrian eventing. I love curling up and reading all books – no genre is off-topic. I like ironing, I hate peas, love donkeys, I play a killer game of Scrabble. I will often be heading towards the fridge for another Diet Coke. I eat nothing with legs and believe wine goes with everything, oh and I’m an expert at finding new and inventive ways to avoid exercise.
I live in the sparkly beachside suburb of Redondo Beach in California with my infuriating shoe-dropping husband and my two boys who speak in mystifying grunts.
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