Friday, April 27, 2012

Can't Buy Me Love by Maggie Marr

Title:  Can't Buy Me Love
Author: Maggie Marr
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: An LA Heat Romance #1
Main Characters: Nick and Lauren
Release Date: March 2012
ISBN: e-book
Publisher: NLA Digital Liaison Platform


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Sexual Intensity: spicy


This book was provided to me by the author and NetGalley in return for an honest review.


Story Overview:
Everyone knows that Cole Jackson is lethal--in his charm and in his reputation as ruthless media mogul and one of the world's great CEOs. A fact his former executive assistant Meg Parson has learned firsthand. He's the one who banished her from his executive suite with no explanation.

Determined to secure her long awaited promotion within Comnet, Meg Parson is back and can deliver the one deal Cole Jackson has always wanted and could never get. This deal is Meg's ticket to the top. Now Meg must juggle this high-stakes deal with her unfathomable attraction to her former boss--an attraction Meg has denied for three years. An attraction which raises painful memories from her past. An attraction that Meg's boss Cole seems to share. If Meg can't pull off this multi-media merger, not only is her career at stake but also her heart.

My Review:

This book is a fun, sweet, easy-to-read contemporary romance featuring a workplace romance. Something that Meg promised herself that she would NEVER engage in. She grew up with her mother jumping from boss to boss and having to change jobs and homes often based upon how badly those romances ended. Meg has worked hard at Comnet and even though she thinks her boss is uber-sexy, she will NEVER be jumping into bed with him. He is everything that she is NOT looking for in a man. (She keeps lists for EVERYthing, including her perfect man...and he does NOT meet any of her requirements. I liked her lists and her organization OCD in this story...it was a cute little detail.)

Career-wise, Meg has been languishing for 3 years as Cole's personal assistant. It's way past time for her to have a promotion and she's earned it, but he doesn't want to give her up. Finally, he is relenting and has decided that once this deal with TBC goes through, she will have her promotion. But there is one big catch in the TBC deal. The owners have disappeared so Meg and Cole chase them down to Costa Rica to seal the deal. Once in this romantic country surrounded by the example of  true love from the owners of TBC, Meg and Cole are finding it harder to stay concentrated on the business merger and not one of their own.

Like I said, this was an easy book to read and I enjoyed it.  It's a pretty typical contemporary romance with the conflicts that arise to keep the Hero/heroine apart. For me, what set  this book apart was the example of true love that came from Stan and Allison, the elderly owners of TBC. I liked what they added to the story and how they each would council both Meg and Cole on how to make their relationship work. Meg and Cole are caught up in the business side of things and Stan & Allison showed them how much more important love is in the long run. Just a gorgeous sentimental thread running through this book.

I like contemporary romances and this one was, plain and simple, a good one.

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