I have a small (very large) obsession with reality TV shows. It doesn’t matter the kind. I watch The Real Housewives of everywhere, the singing competition, dancing competitions (Love the Jabbawockeez), and of course, the improvement shows. Jackie Wang’s new book takes what we all secretly love about these shows and adds a little unscripted romance.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Overall Rating: 4.5 Glass Slippers
Roman has worked hard over the years and become successful. He is a well known hospitality whiz and can take any hotel, bed and breakfast, or lodge and turn it into a thriving business. Or at least he thought he could. When he offered to help the Summers family with their small town hotel, he had no idea what he was getting into. The kitchen serves food that is barely edible, the front door sticks, and the rooms are unlivable. How will he manage to fix the hotel up in time for their grand reopening? He rolls up his sleeves and gets to work. The only problem is, Magnolia (Maggie) Summers keeps catching his eye. She’s hot, sassy, and a wonderful mom but she is holding something back. Roman dives in to try and fix all of her problems, but Maggie isn’t used to accepting help, especially not when her son’s father is back in the picture.
Maggie is wasting her life away, working in a hotel that she hates, for family who blame her for their biggest tragedy, and all while being known as the town’s worst kept secret. But she gets up everyday, takes her sons to school, and works hard. So hard that she’s nearly given up on her ambition to become a professional pastry chef. How can she? The boys need new sneakers, her family needs a hotel manager, but she needs a break. In walks Roman who offers to give her everything. But at a price. Is living happily ever after worth leaving everything she has ever known, taking her boys from their fathers and the possibility of a relationship. What’s a single mom to do when sex on a stick offers you more than just a good time?
I read a beta version of this book and it was a lot of fun. My husband works in the hospitality business so I knew a lot about hotels by proxy. I felt that Wang did a pretty good portrayal of the jobs, the different types of workers,and the problems that overtake struggling businesses.
Now onto Roman. I’ve read a few of Jackie’s books but Roman was one of my favorites. It had nothing to do with the fact that he was loaded (though that didn’t hurt). He embraced Maggie’s sons and treated them with respect and didn’t overstep his bounds. That is a fine line to tread sometimes. But I also liked how Roman wanted to help people. He went out of his way to help people wherever he was. He didn’t want the press, but rather he did it because he had a good heart. A good heart, a great ass, and an accent…I’m sorry, I got completely distracted by a new book boyfriend.
This is one of Wang’s steamier books but it is still on the tame side so I think this is a good book for beginning romance lovers, or those who don’t know what to do with a whip or a chain to check out.