Thursday, June 2, 2016

REVIEW: "Saving the CEO" by Jenny Holiday


Saving the CEO (49th Floor, #1)

(49th Floor #1)

Contemporary Romance
Entangled -- October 2014
Ebook, 253 pages
Read in May 2016
Purchased

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RATING: 4.5 STARS

SUMMARY
Real estate mogul Jack Winter has rules. Lots of rules. After all, a man doesn’t build an empire without a little discipline. And on page one of the rulebook? Don’t sleep with your employees. Especially when there’s a multimillion dollar real estate deal at stake...

Luckily for Jack, Cassie James isn’t really his employee. She’s a hot bartender who just happens to be the math genius he needs, and if they share a wicked chemistry? Well, that's just a sexy little perk. So they strike a deal: Cassie helps Jack with the merger. And until the deal goes through at Christmas, they can indulge every sexy little impulse they desire. But the more rules Jack makes, the more he seems to break...


THEMES & TROPES
Billionaire Hero, Genius Heroine, Opposites Attract

MY THOUGHTS 
I discovered this author/series early in 2016 when I devoured Sleeping with Her Enemy.  This book is the prequel and I found it to be even more engaging.  I think I have found a new author to become obsessed with!

The hero is Jack Winter, owner and CEO of Winter Enterprises which is a prominent real estate company in Toronto.  He is in a tight spot because he has discovered that an employee is stealing money from his company, but he doesn't want the news to get out until he can complete a major business deal.  Cassie James is the bartender at a restaurant that Jack frequently dines at and, through a series of events, Jack ends up figuring out that she is a math wizard who is exactly the type of person he needs to help get the deal done.  It also doesn't hurt that they have insane sexual chemistry even if that will complicate things much further when the facade has to end.

I loved almost everything about this book.  I found both Jack and Cassie to be super likable and down to earth.  Jack has a lot of responsibility and his personality shows that along with his issues with math that force him to turn to an outside person for assistance.  Despite his alpha attitude, I thought Jack was very sweet and it was obvious that he was falling for Cassie from the beginning.  For her part, Cassie is exactly the type of heroine Jack needed as well as being a strong character in her own right.  She has had to work very hard to get where she is at and still struggles to keep her head above water with school, work, and a troubled mother.

Jack and Cassie's romance is super steamy and lots of fun to read.  They don't really beat around the bush when it comes to their chemistry though both of them agree that there is a time limit for this "relationship".  These types of stories are intriguing to me because there are always repercussions for when things get real and feelings get in the way of just sleeping together for fun.  The relationship develops fast, but it didn't feel rushed because of the amount of time that they spent together, both in and out of bed.

This was a very quick read, but that does not mean it isn't powerful or underdeveloped.  All the characters are richly drawn from the protagonists to their co-workers to their friends/family.  The plot, while a little out there, was easy to follow and never went off the rails crazy.  There was a minor communications problem toward the end that I thought got fixed too quickly, but that is the only quibble I had with the story.  I highly recommend this book and can't wait to read more of Jenny Holiday's work especially in the 49th floor series.

READING CHALLENGES
2016 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

BOOKS IN THE SERIES

Saving the CEO (49th Floor, #1) Sleeping with Her Enemy (49th Floor, #2) The Engagement Game His Heart's Revenge

1 comment:

  1. And I have another book to add to my TBR. Seriously, it's always an issue, but I don't care. The more books the better.

    Anyway, this looks like such a fun book. Alpha heroes that are also sweet and caring are my favorite kind of heroes.

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