Published by: Bell Bridge Books - August 7, 2014
Rating: 3.5 stars
NOTICE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
When a popular self-improvement program gives Lisa Reynolds a smoking hot body, she wins an unexpected prize: a Caribbean cruise as the club’s corporate spokesmodel. Lisa, a hardworking insurance sales rep who prides herself on her brains, hesitantly accepts the siren call of being admired for her figure, too.
But suddenly this new glamour girl faces magnetic CEO Harlan Jameson, whose interest in her matches her attraction to him, except . . . the “real” Lisa isn’t this workout babe he created. And old self-doubts about being loved for herself resurface.
Harlan’s not what she thinks. A self-made success, lonely, and isolated by a busy schedule . . . he’s drawn to Lisa’s honesty and warmth. When he understands her fears, he sets out to prove there’s only one thing he wants her to change for him: her last name.
This was what I'd call a cozy romance. The cover had me thinking more "New Adult" while the read seemed more light romance. It was a sweet duet between two people who aren't as they seem who find one another in a sea of people who are pretending to be who they're not.
Lisa and Harlan's romance builds slowly against the background of visual beauty and big business. The secondary characters (in my opinion) had more gumption than the main characters. I felt my focus wandering at times and had to keep making myself progress in the story. It's not that the writing was bad - there was just no intensity there - nothing to sink my teeth into. That said, a lot of people like these type of romances and would enjoy the simplicity of this one. I think it's really just me and my taste coming into play.