Monday, October 24, 2016

REVIEW: "Right Billionaire, Wrong Wedding" by Victoria Davies (Contemporary Romance)

Right Billionaire, Wrong Wedding
by Victoria Davies

Publisher: Entangled Publishing - Indulgence
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: October 10th 2016

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Description from Publisher:
Darian King has never met a challenge he couldn’t handle. Running a billion-dollar corporation? Piece of cake. Hostile takeovers? A walk in the park. But when his little sister begs him to plan her wedding, Darian finds himself less than prepared for the task. Luckily, he knows just who to ask for help.

Allison Reed wants nothing more than to leave King Enterprises behind. Being the personal assistant to a man like Darian is a 24/7 job. Asking her to help plan a wedding is simply the icing on the stress-filled cake but to leave she needs a glowing reference and will do anything to get it. Even plan a wedding with the man of her dreams.

Stepping outside the office has unexpected consequences. Darian doesn’t believe in relationships, yet he’s starting to see Allison in a whole new light. But he doesn’t know her secret, and she fears that by the time the vows are exchanged, she won’t just be leaving her job behind but her heart as well.
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My Musings:
This is enjoyable enough and a light read... Darian is a likeable hardworking billionaire, though he felt a little generic. I liked Allison's sassiness, and felt that the two had good chemistry and great interactions (fun banter, sweet moments). Allison's insecurities were a bit much at times for me though, and was one of the things that made me like her a little less.

Another thing was the fact that she didn't seem to actually know what she wanted. I absolutely understand why she wanted to work less hours, but why did she not have an actual plan for what came next? It was odd to me that she didn't seem to know what type of job would give her what she wanted - just that her current job was great but the hours were too much. Why not discuss with your boss that you would like to reduce your hours? Why not line something else up before you put in notice at work?

There was something else that sort of ruined this for me, though perhaps this is just me.

"His normal rotation of bed partners tended to be slender, perfect examples of femininity, by societal standards at least. But he was quickly realizing how much he'd been missing out. He far preferred the generous curves of Allison's body to that of the stick-thin models who'd preceded her."

There were a few parts like this and I felt that they were unnecessarily negative (Really, "stick-thin"?). I enjoy diversity in novels, especially romance, and love when the hero and heroine are not "perfect" specimens with six pack abs, bulging biceps, porn-worthy dicks and breasts, etc., but there is really no need to disparage one body type in an attempt to compliment another. This type of cattiness isn't fun or empowering to anyone. It's one thing if the guy loves her body and appreciates it, but another when his voice becomes decidedly negative towards other women he has been with (What man would look at a hot, naked woman that he is attracted to and feel the need to compare like that?).

The "full-figured women have hotter bodies even when they are insecure about them" message that is all over this story reduced it to a specific indulgent fantasy that I think might be alienating for those who don't physically identify with the heroine. All sizes can and should be appreciated and I don't feel that bodyshaming is ever a good thing, no matter what the person's size, color, or shape.

That all said, I thought the the wedding planning aspect of this was fun and I like how they had to think outside the box to get several of the things done in time.

Overall, this was a decent romance with some steamy scenes and a great "Hot Boss and His Assistant" fantasy.

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author: Victoria Davies
Victoria Davies’s passion for writing started young. Luckily she had a family who encouraged believing in magic and embracing imagination. From stories quickly scribbled in diaries, her love of storytelling developed. Since then her characters may have evolved and her plots may have grown decidedly more steamy but she never lost her love of the written word. Writing is not only a way to silence the wonderful voices in her head, but it also allows her to share her passions with her readers.

Currently she writes from Toronto, Canada. While she has a healthy love for the unknown, this corner of the world will always be her home.
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