Friday, October 17, 2014

ARC REVIEW: Saving the CEO by Jenny Holiday

Title/Series: Saving the CEO
Author: Jenny Holiday
Publisher: Entangled Indulgence
Published: October 20th, 2013
Format: eARC | Pages: 251
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Publisher
★★★★★ (5/5) Stars!!!

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Real estate mogul Jack Winter has rules. Lots of rules. After all, a man doesn’t build an empire without a little discipline. And on page one of the rulebook? Don’t sleep with your employees. Especially when there’s a multimillion dollar real estate deal at stake...

Luckily for Jack, Cassie James isn’t really his employee. She’s a hot bartender who just happens to be the math genius he needs, and if they share a wicked chemistry? Well, that's just a sexy little perk. So they strike a deal: Cassie helps Jack with the merger. And until the deal goes through at Christmas, they can indulge every sexy little impulse they desire. But the more rules Jack makes, the more he seems to break...

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating!

This one completely took me by surprise. Allow me to be perfectly honest her for a moment. I got a lot of ARCs from Entangled this month. Usually I try to avoid going for books with CEO in their title because, let's face it, the guys are usually rich, workaholic, self centered jerks with very little to zero redeeming qualities about them. I do say try because every once in a while one will come along that has me intrigued enough to give it a try, this one being one of those books. I read the blurb and I just couldn't help myself. 

I decided to read this one first, sort of to get the one I assumed I'd like the least out of the way. Boy did this book really show me! I absolutely loved it. I loved the characters. Oh yes, I am eating my words, thoughts.., what have you. Lesson learned. Though the type of story may be familiar, billionaire playboy who works too much and doesn't want attachments meets sweet, curvy girl with spunk and they end up flipping each other's worlds upside down it's definitely fresh and not done in an "I've totally read this before" kind of way. 

Cassie was absolutely adorable and such a fun main character. She's sweet and has just a slight hint of innocence to her just enough to make her completely endearing. She's not really had a lot of experience in the guy department, just a high school boyfriend now gay best friend and then one other guy after that that was just sort of blah. With two real flops in the passion department, Cassie is sort of in this place where she feels like guys/sex/relationships are just a waste of time. She's also had a really crap life growing up part of which is still trying to drag her down and your heart really goes out to this character. If anyone needs to be swept off her feet and shown that there's more to life than what she's experienced so far, it's definitely Cassie!

Enter Jack. I was ready from the start to not like this guy. Yet the first time he comes across the pages we learn from Cassie's thoughts that while, yes, he is a bit aloof and serious, he's also overly generous. Strike one against my anti-Jack defense wall. Then as we get to delve into his POV we get to learn a bit more about this guy who's built his business empire from nothing and also about his childhood which in a different way is equally as awful as Cassie's and my heart spasms. There goes another crack in my anti-Jack wall. The more I read the more I liked him, both of them really. It's hard not to love either of them. Jack is genuinely this really great guy who works his ass off to get where he is and he's done it by all these rules for life he's set for himself, yet all it takes is for sweet little Cassie to come along and ignite a fire that has him breaking rule after rule to keep her by his side. Wall gone, heart meet Jack.

The heat and connection between Cassie and Jack was intense to say the least. But that wasn't what had me anxiously turning the pages, well okay it was part of the reason I am human! What had me going and unable to put this one down was the story. I was emotionally invested in every aspect of what was happening. Cassie's future with school, her relationship with the person who made her life miserable, Jack's business deal going through, all of it! It was such a good storyline. Add to that the fact that there are a whole slew of extremely likable characters that made this book so much fun to read and I was hooked. A complete goner! I can't wait to read more books from Jenny Holiday in the future. If this one is any indication of what I have to look forward to they'll be an instant one click from me, no blurbs, no questions.

Thank you Entangled for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!!

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