by Lucy Eden
Publication Date: May 29, 2019
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Billionaire CEO Alexander Wolfe has spent years putting in 120-hour weeks in the office and adding zeroes to his net worth. But lately, work has left him feeling burnt out and uninspired. Then he is given the chance to go head-to-head with a legendary corporate raider and the man he’d idolized his entire career. He seizes the opportunity, immediately jumping on a plane for Barbados to close the deal in person. If he’s successful, it’ll be the biggest win of his career.
He had no way of knowing that meeting a mesmerizing beauty would have the power to derail everything...
Calypso Sterling has no time for men who value her beauty over her intellect. Instead, she focuses all her energy on her studies and career aspirations. But when her home—and a closely guarded family secret—is threatened, she’s ready to defend all she holds dear.
She had no way of knowing a handsome stranger had the power to take away everything she’d ever loved...
This standalone, workplace/ enemies to lovers romance features characters from Everything’s Better With Kimberly, is full of alphas and steam and has NO cheating.
This is the novelized, extended version of the previously published novella of the same name.
This is more of a 3.5 star read because I’m not a fan of insta-love, and this book relies heavily on that trope.
“Does your brain have an off switch or is everything open for negotiation?”
“I could ask you the same question,” I replied causing the corners of her full, soft lips to quirk into a small smile.
I loved Callie. She’s strong, smart, resourceful and devoted to her family. I had a harder time with Alex. His entire life revolves around work, and then as soon as he meets Callie, he drops everything – literally everything – for her. It was weird and for a long time I couldn’t understand what Callie saw in him. Luckily, there was a lot else to distract me. I loved all the descriptions of Barbados: the flying fish, the food, the sightseeing that Callie and Alex did. Callie’s family was amazing, and I moved by the reason behind Callie’s selfies and her “memories are precious” attitude. Callie’s biracial, and I liked that Alex’s whiteness was specifically addressed by Callie and her family.
It did feel a bit like a traditional category romance. The main part of the book ends with View Spoiler »a proposal and an (unintended) baby, and the epilogue takes place many years later at their daughter’s wedding. While I’m usually not a big fan of those types of epilogues, but I loved that there was a super sweet love scene between the 40-something-year-olds. While the “let’s stand around and look at all of our wonderful children” epilogue is common, I haven’t seen ones with actual love scenes with all the changes that come after a bunch of both kids and years. « Hide Spoiler
Overall, even with a disliked trope, this was pretty enjoyable and I’ll definitely be picking up more books by this author.