CEO Keira McBride has put more than a decade of blood, sweat, and tears into restoring her family’s magazine empire and knows she can handle any business challenge thrown her way…until sexy billionaire and corporate raider Nathan Cooper makes a play for her legacy.
Nathan’s not accustomed to losing and neither is Keira. When an all-consuming attraction threatens to devour them both, Nathan makes it clear he wants to move their relationship out of the boardroom and into the bedroom. Keira knows it’s going to be the negotiation of her life and the stakes have never been higher. This time, her heart is on the line…
I want to start this review off by saying that this is my first time reading a “grocery store romance” novel. I’ve read plenty of romance. I happen to LOVE paranormal romance but I haven’t read this kind. I tried a Harlequin book once and the people boning in a cave on a shelf made of ice wasn’t hot. I just kept thinking “my ass would be FREEZING!!!” Since then, I have steered clear.
Well, I was contacted by the publisher and asked to consider Tempting Acquisitions for review. I read the synopsis and it actually sounded really good so I decided to give it a shot.
I finished it over a week ago and have been waffling back and forth on what I want to say. I am going to try to explain myself as best I can but I want to start by saying that I rated this book at 3 stars. Now here’s the confusing hot mess of reasoning. I am going to be honest here but please know that I am not tearing this book apart. Just trying to explain why I am having trouble writing this review.
The core story of this book was actually really good. The core story is what kept me turning the pages but….
Yeah, there’s a “but”.
I liked the chemistry between Nathan and Keira but there were a few things that were completely implausible to me. We are instantly endeared to the main character Keira. She’s busted her ass bringing the family business, McBride Media, back to life after her father spent the majority of his career allowing it to simply fall apart. Nathan Cooper swoops in, a corporate pirate, with his sights set on taking McBride Media for a profit. This woman has poured everything she is and everything she has into making this company successful. It is her LIFE. This man comes into the picture to take that away from her and…….she swoons??? Within DAYS, mind you.
Part of what makes romance novels so much fun for the audience is living this big romantic fantasy through the eyes of the characters. As a reader, you get to experience the big romantic gestures and get swept off your feet. You get to fall in love over and over again, one book at a time. Well, Keira got swept off her feet alright. And directly onto her back. She slept with this man right after finding out that he plans to buy and dissect her life’s work. Something she swears she is adamantly against. I did not get the smile that comes with two characters hitting it off and sparks flying and throbbing……stuff. Instead, I wanted to shake the shit out of her! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!?!?!?!?! Instead of relating with the character, I could not FATHOM why she was going to pound town with this man. In the Godfather, when they said “go to the mattresses”, they meant go to war with your enemies. Not literally GO TO THE MATTRESSES. It was very frustrating to witness.
Then there’s the sex scenes. They’re really not great. Some of the things that are said during said scenes are just……that would never happen and even in “fantasy”, it was just very out of place.
Now, with all that being said, I want to reiterate that the story itself is a good story. And Nathan and Keira DO have great chemistry. Chemistry that is very convincing when they are not in the bedroom. The heat that’s between them when they’re not allowed to bone was WAY hotter than any of the sex scenes. And honestly, the way their relationship blossoms and the dialog I mentioned in the sex scenes – ALL of it would have been FINE had the book taken place over a longer period of time than…..oh….a week or so. The timeline was just way too short for the events to feel natural. It felt very rushed.
So yes, I am giving it 3 stars because I do believe the core story is good but just go into it knowing that there will be things that will frustrate you.