Friday, February 6, 2015

ARC Review: Penthouse Prince by Virginia Nelson

Title: Penthouse Prince
Author: Virginia Nelson
Source: Entangled Indulgence
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella
Release Date: February 9, 2015
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 3

Single mom Jeanie Long was trying to save her butt at work by reporting her
manager to the company owner. Instead, she finds herself greeted warmly by gorgeous company CEO Camden James...and introduced to his father as his fiancée. Now she's been hired—complete with a hefty pay raise—to be the fake fiancée of the infamous “Penthouse Prince.”

Camden doesn't believe in love. He believes in mutually beneficial business arrangements. With his real fiancée off cheating on him, Camden needs someone to help him prove to his father that he's definitely ready to marry. Yet Jeanie's combination of beauty and bluntness act like an aphrodisiac, and their “for the press” kisses look incredibly real. So real that Jeanie and Camden are either really convincing actors...or they've fallen for their own charade.
 This review actually go delayed a day because I wasn't sure what to say or how to rate it.  I went back and forth and I think I've finally made up my mind.  All else aside, this one has definitely made me think about it more than any other has for awhile.

I really liked Jeanie.  She was strong and fought for what she wanted in life.  She didn't turn down a challenge and repeatedly stepping up to the plate   She was fiercely protective of her daughter and was a "do the right thing" kind of gal.  While her judgement of how to get the right thing done wasn't always spot on - the mistakes made her human.

Camden was a bit of an arrogant prick at the beginning.  Confident in always getting his way and willing to pay whatever it takes to get it.  He gets soooo much better as the book goes on.  When he firsts offers the fake fiance/marriage of convenience type of contract I almost didn't want him to be the hero.  He is one of the most dynamic heroes I've seen in a long time.  He was a completely different person by the end of the story, but it happened in an incredibly natural and organic way that you didn't really notice until it slapped you in the face.

There are a couple side storylines to give the book some depth with both their families and some serious family drama, but I liked that it didn't get dragged into the romance every step of the way.  It was just presented as a way to round out the characters and show a bit about why they were the way they were.

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

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