Series: First Impressions, #1
Published by Entangled: Lovestruck on December 14th 2015
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While he may look like the love child of a movie starlet and an NFL linebacker, Ben Langley has the people skills of a half-drowned porcupine. Why socialize when there are chemistry labs and bad sci-fi flicks? If he has any hope of taking the helm as CEO of the family business, Ben needs an image makeover. Pronto.
Enter Holly Colvin, owner of First Impressions public relations and branding firm, and the woman who just saved Ben from the clutches of an over-attentive sales clerk. Holly’s rebranded hundreds of companies in her career, but she’s never rebranded a person. The guy clearly needs help, though, and she’s just the woman for the job.
With the clock ticking for them both, Holly and Ben face off over wardrobe malfunctions and business jargon that sounds a lot sexier than it should. But can Holly make Ben into the man he thinks he should be without losing the man she’s starting to love?
Ben Langley is eager to strip the geek out of himself, but then again, geekdom as he discovers, is more than just skin deep, especially after he hires Holly Colvin to do that particular job. What he doesn’t really count on is the eruption of innuendoes, the burning mutual attraction and the pull between desire and duty that happens thereafter.
I laughed at the amount of geek speak and behaviour in this story and for most part, loved Ben more and more as his loveable nerd-side didn’t bow to the sleazy narrow path that his father had set out for him. It isn’t often that I’m swayed by a particular protagonist more than the other, but Ben remained the spotlight stealer in this, so much so that it almost eclipsed Holly and their growing relationship. I loved the multi-faceted layers to him (geek heroes who are really NOT growling, demanding alpha males in disguise are as rare as they come) while Holly seemed a lot less complex than her obsession needing to keep her company afloat and her alpha-male issues. Strangely enough, I felt alright with this little imbalance (that much was I invested in him) as I hungrily followed the so-called journey he undertook to get himself rebranded as the new CEO of Langley enterprises.