by Ginger Voight
Kindle Edition – Read February 18, 2015
Original Release Date: October 1, 2013
Length: 324 pages
Throughout her 23 years, Peyton Prescott was used to running the show. That went into overdrive the minute she agreed to become a bride. Born into an affluent Southern family, she was expected to fulfill her social obligation to marry well, and found that unsuspecting groom in her pushover fiancé, Leland Goodreau. He, like the rest of her family, catered to her every whim to keep her happy, and she predicted a satisfactory, if not boring, existence as his missus.
In fact, the only real human to stand up to this bridezilla from hell is Mateo Bravo, one of the chefs she considers to cater the blessed event. Sparks fly the minute they meet and out of sheer defiance, she hires Mateo and his sister Naomi for every social gathering in the remaining months until she marries.
Mateo, unlike any other man she’s ever met, doesn’t put up with Peyton’s behavior. With a masculine energy that she finds alluring and exciting, he turns her entitled existence upside down by showing her she’s not always the boss. No one is more surprised than she is when she finds out that she kind of likes it.
Peyton decides to seduce, and then dump, the middle-class cook, just to get him out from under her skin. Instead she finds out that there are a few things in life even the great Peyton Prescott can’t plan.
I was reluctant to read this book, and mostly it held up to my expectations. There were some good parts that were enjoyable but overall it was just too contrived and lasted longer than it should have. There are too many POVs and living here in Texas, I understand the “good ol’ boy” mentality. Granted these tycoons in the story a little higher in pay than oil money, even though these are oil barons, the mentality is still there. We have a few wealthy heiresses, one that follows the typical heiress stereotype. She is out for money, marrying because it is expected and to the ‘right’ person, not for love. She is a kept woman, of course she has a degree but she is expected to stay out of man’s work. Then there is the other one, she is a tomboy, loves to get her hands dirty, loves women is completely the opposite of other girl. They are best friends, but not really. Peyton (typical socialite) walks all over Lissette (the other one) and everyone else in her path. What is this story about? Well it’s kind of a coming of age Peyton realizes that her boring life may not be all that it’s cracked up to be and Lissette just wants to be free. Then there are the Bravos a catering family with their own stories. Everyone has a POV, it’s too much really, pick a story and character not everyone has to have a voice. The ‘romance’ of Mateo and Peyton is cookie cutter, you know what’s going to happen, you know what the reaction is going to be to everyone around Peyton is going to be. It’s a quick read though. There are some fun times, I always like when a lady stands up for herself in a ‘man’s world’ even if nothing comes of it. This is just a typical contemporary romance, set in my good ol’ Texas, so points there, it just was too predictable and fluffy for me.
“You show me someone who gets everything they want whenever they want it and I’ll show you a person who will never truly appreciate those things they have.”
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