Brooke Hart was beautiful, smart, and groomed from birth to deal with adversity. Her widowed father did his best to raise his baby girl to be a strong-minded business woman. Then she found Tanner. Just when her world seemed perfect, everything turned upside down. Following Tanner’s tragic death, Brooke joins a start-up company that is developing a cure for the disease that killed the love of her life. Just before the treatment is ready to market, the company is gobbled up by a giant conglomerate. She moves to the acquiring company as its youngest VP and becomes enamored with CEO Chase Allman—only to be betrayed by him. Brooke rebounds again and sets out on a personal journey to discover what will truly make her happy. Sparks fly when she and Chase cross paths again in an unlikely way. Now, they need each other to find an abducted child and save thousands of people.
What am I doing here? Brooke had been asking herself that question for the past six weeks. The thirty-three-year-old vice president seemed to have it all, yet it felt as if her career ladder and life had crashed. Hoping to move on, relocating to the new company had officially backfired. All the blind dates set up by her well-meaning inner circle—her father, Melissa, Shane, and Todd—had fizzled before hors d’oeuvres. Online dating turned into mis-matched.com. Damn Tanner.
Feeling claustrophobic in this stuffy room, the corporate strangers eyed her like a piñata and they were clenching bats. The stiff dress code mirrored the culture, and both felt about as comfy as tweed pajamas.
Suddenly, the boardroom hushed. All eyes pointed to the entryway like canines at obedience training graduation. Except for Brooke, whose back faced the door. She craned her neck; a whisk of air drew her to the opposite direction, followed by a masculine scent of sandalwood and cedar. Seductive.
Mr. Smellgood looked striking from the side. His physique matched his fragrance. He set his fancy briefcase at the head of the table—mahogany on mahogany. As if revealing a game show prize, he slid off his navy suit coat. Brooke’s eyes widened as he draped it over the high-backed leather chair. He had a rugged build she expected to see on a mountain climber or surfer, but not on an executive for a drug company. Brooke’s instant attraction surprised her.
In the spirit of full disclosure I received an ARC in exchange for a honest review.
The metaphores are heavy-handed. The instant attraction felt forced. The backstory of the town came way too early and borders on the dreadful Info Dump. The plot dragged in some places and many of the twists were obvious. Tanner’s suicide bugged me and so the prologue made no sense. Opening a romance with the death of the beloved is a risky move, in this case it only confused me.
Once the story picks up it is easy to anticipate the next chapter and the next time the characters will see each other. The backstory for our hero is well thought out. I enjoyed how even though they went through so much pain and sorrow both Brooke and Chase prayed. The moments with Chase and Patrick praying were heartwarming. I adored the ending, though it was drawn out too.
About the Author:
J.P. Hansen is an international award-winning, bestselling author of three books, a professional speaker, and life coach. In addition, he is CEO of an executive search company, and for the past twenty years, he has helped thousands of people find their dream jobs. He was the youngest vice president of sales & marketing at a Fortune 30 company (ConAgra). Previously, he successfully ascended the corporate ladders at blue-chip companies Nestle, SC Johnson Wax, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. He graduated from Boston College with a BA in English and an area of concentration in Economics.
Since January, 2010, “The Bliss List-the Ultimate Guide to Living the Dream at Work and Beyond!” and “The Bliss List Journal” have garnered four awards (two international), including:
– ForeWord Book of the Year Medalist
– CAREER BOOK of the YEAR Award winner (Next Generation)
– Excellence Award National Finalist (Indie)
– USA Book News Award National Finalist
“The Bliss List-Discover What Truly Makes You Happy, Then Find Your Dream Job” is being published on May 16, 2013 by Reader’s Digest in hardcover (agented by Linda Konner).
His first novel, “Pink Slips and Glass Slippers,” became the #1 most downloaded book in the world (Amazon) within its first week in October, 2012, and again in January, 2013, and continues at or near the top in most rankings.
J.P. has appeared live as a “career expert,” reaching over 15,000,000 people on FoxNews, Daytime TV, CBS, ABC, NBC, and FOX affiliates, on numerous radio programs in top markets, and in publications like The L.A. Times, Fortune, AOL, CareerBuilder, CNN.com, and is a regular contributor on FoxBusiness.com (8 times). Omaha Magazine dubbed J.P., “The Ambassador of Bliss.”
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