Saturday, May 14, 2016

Review: "The Accidental Engagement" by Maggie Dallen (Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit)

The Accidental Engagement (#1)
by Maggie Dallen

Publisher: Lyrical Press
Series: Chance Romance
The Accidental Boyfriend (#2) (affil.)
The Accidental Elopement (#3) (affil.)

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit
Publication Date: November 24, 2015

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Description from Publisher: Oops... It started as a regular night for New York City restaurant hostess Ivy Sinclair, until a rowdy customer turned out to be world famous playboy Jack Everett. Thanks to the paparazzi, now the world thinks they’re a couple—which couldn’t be farther from the truth. But when a brooding, sexy businessman offers her a simply irresistible proposition…

Uh oh... Just when cutthroat venture capitalist Daniel Gladwell thought he’d never close the deal with an Italian conglomerate, a simple mistake becomes the perfect opportunity. All he has to do is convince Ivy to pretend to be Jack’s fiancĂ©e while on a business trip to Italy to offset Jack’s bad boy reputation. As long as Daniel doesn’t sabotage the plan by claiming the tempting waitress for himself...

Oh yes! It was supposed to be a business only arrangement. But in the magic of the Tuscan countryside, neither Ivy nor Daniel can fight the attraction building between them. In the world’s most romantic setting, the line between business and pleasure is one that begs to be crossed...

My Rating:
Sexiness Rating:
Very cute story with sizzling sexual tension practically from the get-go.

Daniel was very believable as a workaholic with some interesting motivations. He was flawed in a way that worked, though it was a bit crazy how cold he could be! You could feel the ice when he turned it on! Ivy was a bit pathetic at times in regards to her life. I didn't get much of a sense of her having much of a drive, but this works well for an "opposites attract" type of story. The biggest thing to her being her family was admirable, as was her work ethic.

There were some really adorable lines in this, especially from Daniel. "When this is all over, and we’re back in New York, I promise you’ll not only stay until morning, but I’ll wake you with breakfast in bed. How does that sound?”"

The dialogue throughout felt very genuine, including the big fight. Fights aren't always written so well in fiction, so definitely big kudos to Maggie Dallen there. It was emotional in exactly the right way. The one issue that I have is the amount of times that everyone says "You're an idiot" or some variation always including "idiot." I think that maybe adding some sort of acknowledgment of it being used a lot would make it less repetitive.

All of the supporting characters were wonderful! I look forward to more about Jack and Holly in the next book, as I really liked what I got to know of each in this one. Jack really infused a good amount of humor into every scene he was in.

This story was fairly predictable. I saw the Brunelli's plan practically from the beginning (sneaky old man! ;)), and the end reveal from a ways off, but the little hints here and there were cute. Overall, a sweet and sexy romance that I would recommend to any fan of the genre!

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