Friday, August 29, 2014

Review: The Geek Billionaire Makeover (a Sexy in Seattle Novel) by Theresa Meyers

Title: The Geek Billionaire Makeover (Sexy in Seattle)
Author: Theresa Meyers
Source: Entangled Indulgence
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: August 18, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 3
Sexual - 3

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.
The storyline on this one really threw me off a few times.  The only reason Caroline agrees to work with the man she hates, Josh Martin, is because she is being blackmailed.  This whole thread seems to be incredibly out of place.  It only pops up a few times and the reasons behind it all seem very far-fetched.  Now, if we pretend that didn't happen and just let Caroline work with Josh so she can get revenge on him for some things that he did to her and her brother - then we would have had a perfectly good story.

I loved Josh's character, but I've always had a soft spot for geeks.  I find them too adorable to resist, and Josh definitely fit the role well.  Afraid of crowds and without a good public image, he has a lot to work on with Caroline - the girl he's loved since high school.  Caroline is an image consultant with a huge bone to pick.  But she wasn't counting on falling for the guy she trying to take down.

There were a lot of cute scenes in the story that really showcased both characters.  If only the whole blackmailing part had either been more prevalent and detailed or left out altogether I would have liked the story a lot more.

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

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