Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Undertow by Jen Greyson

by Jen Greyson

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Published by: Alexander Cole Publishing Group - October 24, 2014
Genre: NA, Romance
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.

Six single girls. One sexy billionaire bachelor. On water. What could possibly go wrong?

When Sangria Henlie's firm takes on a reality TV client, Sangria has no choice but to wade through ridiculous and tedious paperwork, heightening her distaste for unscripted television.

Mateo Darger puts the family shipping business ahead of everything—especially women. Six weeks with six lovely ladies in exchange for one hour of weekly prime-time television? Done deal.

But when Sangria visits his office to brief him about the do's and don’ts of this crazy cruise, the only thing he can think of is her—and by her clipped remarks, she thinks he's an unmitigated ass for taking part in a farcical charade.

At the last minute, he gets her on the boat. But he hasn't thought through his next move. She's furious—and Mateo has six other women to…ahem…impress? Will Sangria let down her guard, or will it be the longest six weeks of Mateo’s blessed billionaire life?

I loved the story. I loved Sangria and Mateo. I wasn't impressed with the run-on sentences. This book would have been a 4 if not for those. I know this is an uncorrected proof and I'm hoping these were edited out. . .

"I think Sangria is great, bummer that Stuart is being a turd about it." The comma should have been a period.

There was also another place in which Rinnae's character was called Sarina. Those things still need edited.

As far as the story and the zing between Sangria and Mateo, it got heated a couple of times and worked well. Sangria's wit and Mateo's ability to read Sangria were genuine touches to the characters. I cared about them and wanted them to get together. The other contestants were less well-drawn and a bit more ambiguous. The author tried to play up Kat as the nasty one and had Stuart telling Sangria that he wanted her to stick to Kat like glue. While Kat was nasty, she really only had one big moment where she let her true colors fly. That was long after the author built up the image of her being catty. Also, the only time Sangria had to be paired with Kat was on the treasure hunt. The bargain that Stuart made with Sangria, saying she had to be with Kat at all times just didn't ring true with what actually happened. The author put ideas out there, but the plot didn't necessarily justify what was said.

I really enjoyed the book overall and would read another novel by Jennifer Greyson. I just think this one needs some more polish.

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