Series: Happy Pants #1
Published by Ballantine Books
Publication Date: August 9th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
A sassy, sexy, laugh-out-loud rom-com between the hottest man never to be tamed and the woman crazy enough to try
SHE WANTS TO CHANGE THE WORLD.
Taylor Reed is no stranger to selfish, uncaring CEOs. She was fired by one, which is why she has created her own executive training program—helping heartless bosses become more human. So Taylor shocks even herself when she agrees to coach Bennett Wade, the cutthroat exec who got her unceremoniously canned. She’d love to slam the door in his annoying but very handsome face, but the customers aren’t exactly lining up at her door. Plus, this extreme makeover will give Taylor the golden opportunity to prove that her program works like a charm.
HE WANTS TO BUY IT.
Bennett Wade is many things—arrogant, smug, brusque—but trusting isn’t one of them. Women just seem to be after his billions. So when he hires Taylor Reed, he has no desire to change. Bennett is trying to win over the feminist owner of a company he desperately wants to buy, but something about the fiery Taylor thaws the ice around his heart, making Bennett feel things he never quite planned on. And if there’s one thing Bennett can’t stand, it’s when things don’t go according to plan.
They are a match tailor-made for trouble.
I don’t know about you but I have been conditioned to think a certain way about books with cocky, difficult CEO characters so when I read the blurb for this book, I thought ‘Fifty Shades’ and having never read anything from this author I wasn’t sure what to expect. One thing is sure: Ms. Pamfiloff’s brain is a very busy place which translates into an entertaining, hilarious and sometimes annoying love/hate story with unpredictable characters and requires a healthy sense of humor to appreciate it.
Taylor Reed’s quest to convert disconnected CEOs focused on the bottom line only from seeing their employees as one more line item on the balance sheet to investing in them via her executive training program is about to come to a humiliating end. Faced with losing everything, the only lifeline available is from the last person she expected. Wade Bennett, the man who cost her her job and was the driving force behind starting her own business needs her expertise and while turning him down feels really good, it doesn’t pay the bills and this may just be the perfect opportunity to pay him back. But prolonged exposure to Bennett while still annoying reveals a man with loyal and dedicated employees, something that’s hard to understand considering the way he treats her.
I have to admit that I liked Taylor from the beginning – all that snark and sass hit the right notes with me just as much as her don’t quit attitude, but Bennett was a little harder to take. He came across as an entitled and annoying d-bag with the condescending way he spoke to her. Their constant misunderstandings and missteps left me literally exhausted and I had to wonder if there would come a time of calm between them but the end made up for the non-stop drama in a big way.
I am looking forward to reading more about secondary characters that were introduced in this book as well as more from Ms. Pamfiloff.
I have to repeat that a healthy sense of humor is needed to appreciate this story becasue the drama is non-stop, all the way to the end and it can be tempting to give up before getting there.