Monday, February 10, 2014

Review: The Tycoon's Socialite Bride by Tracey Livesay

Title: The Tycoon's Socialite Bride
Author" Tracey Livesay
Source: Entangled - Indulgence
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: February 10, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 3
Sexual - 3

To avenge his mother's mistreatment at the hands of her upper-crust employer, self-made
real estate tycoon Marcus Pearson needs entree into their exclusive world. When D.C. socialite Pamela Harrington comes to him for help, Marcus realizes the golden admission ticket he's been seeking has suddenly fallen into his lap. Pamela will do anything to save her favorite cause, even agree to a marriage of convenience. The altruistic "it-girl" isn't worried about the pretend passion with Marcus turning real; she's sworn off powerful, driven men who use her for her family's connections. So she'll deny the way her pulse races with one look from his crystalline blue eyes. And he'll ignore the way his body throbs with each kiss from her full lips. Because there's no way he'll lose his blue-collar heart to the blue-blooded beauty..

D.C. can be a difficult city to maneuver politically and socially.  And Marcus is realizing it's even more difficult if you don't have the old money - the blue blood family.  His lack of history is causing problems with his most recent business deal, and when he discovers that the daughter of a senator needs something from him, he has the perfect solution.

This was a very new take on the marriage of convenience for me - I had only run into in historicals up to this point.  Both parties enter the agreement knowing all the facts, so there was no hiding or fibbing involved and I found I really enjoyed the concept.   Pamela was a little too much of a good girl through out the story though.  While Marcus made his fair share of mistakes - she seemed to be too far above it all to be real.

The background of the business deal is quite interesting, but outside of that there really wasn't a lot of action or suspenseful moments.  There were a couple, but they were wrapped up and moved on from rather quickly for my taste.  However, this has shown me that I won't be turning books away just because they don't marry for love anymore.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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