Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Geek Billionaire Makeover by Theresa Meyers

Title: The Geek Billionaire Makeover
Author: Theresa Meyers
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Sexy in Seattle #1
Main Characters: Josh and Caroline
Release Date: August 2014
Publisher: Entangled
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
She wanted revenge. He wanted the only thing he couldn't have—her. Image consultant Caroline Parker is willing to resort to corporate espionage to get revenge on Seattle tech billionaire CEO Joshua Martin. He may be king of the computing world now, but when they knew each other in high school, he was just the geeky friend of her younger brother she refused to date.
 
To successfully launch his new venture, Aeon Industries, Josh’s got to shake off his geek veneer and get into beast mode, and he needs her help to do it. Josh always thought the brass ring was his next big business coup, but once he sees Caroline again, he realizes that old desire to have her has never waned. Now he’s determined to make her his, no matter what the cost.
 
Caroline knows she can create  a superstar from the geek, but she's got a deeper reason to sign on for the job. Helping Josh remake his image gives her an opportunity to get close to him--and get her hands on the plans for Aeon that could save her brother from a ruthless blackmailer. But as Josh's image makeover takes hold, and she starts to fall for her creation, she realizes too late that her venture into espionage could ruin more far more than Josh’s empire.

My Review:
Okay, I am normally not a big fan of the billionaire trope, but when I saw the title of this book, I couldn't resist it...and then I read the story line. I love the backstory to this one and the history between the two main characters. 

There were three friends in high school and college that started up Josh's company. One of them still works with him as his PR guy, the third dropped out of the partnership to stay in school and missed out on the vast wealth the other two eventually received. Caroline's brother is that third, but that's not her only issue with Josh. When she was a junior in high school she turned him down for a date. Two weeks later he saw her in a heavy petting session with the quarterback. An anonymous letter was sent to her father and resulted in her getting sent to a military boarding school abroad where her life was more than just miserable...she was abused for 2 years. She's never forgiven him. 

Now Josh is a huge CEO with tons of wealth and power at his fingertips, but he's trying to sway some big-name players in politics with his new venture and needs a makeover to make those new friends. That's where Caroline comes in. She's been instructed (blackmailed) to take him on as a client because her blackmailer who she calls Mr. X wants her to ferret out the plans for Josh's new company. Caroline is happy to do something to take the high-and-mighty Josh down, but that's before she re-meets him and realizes that there is much more than just a business arrangement between them. 

Like I said this is a trope that I knew would work for me because in my book there is nothing sexier than a geeky guy who doesn't understand or know his own appeal. Josh is that guy. While he is great at flirting with Caroline, he truly has no idea of his own appeal for her. In his mind he'll always be that awkward 10th grader that she shot down in high school. As a reader, I loved that. I also really enjoyed the conflict that Caroline finds herself in. While she never appreciates the blackmail or the idea of breaking the law, she does truly have issues with Josh and wants to hurt him in his pocketbook. She always saw him as the guy willing to do whatever to make his goals and successes, no matter who he trampled along the way. Hiring her now to re-make him so he can get this deal just solidifies that idea she has of him. But that isn't Josh. While he absolutely is business savvy, he is not the heartless jerk she's painted in her mind. She has no idea what all happened behind the scenes back then. 

Josh is one of those characters that I just loved. He's a sweet, vulnerable guy mixed in with hot, sexy flirt. I loved the chemistry between the two and enjoyed every single minute of reading their story. It was a great one and I definitely recommend it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. 

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