Tailored for Trouble by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Tailored for Trouble by Mimi Jean PamfiloffTailored for Trouble by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Series: Happy Pants, #1
Published by Ballantine Books on August 9th 2016
Pages: 368
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Taylor Reed is no stranger to selfish, uncaring CEOs. She was fired by one, which is why she has created her own executive training program—helping heartless bosses become more human. So Taylor shocks even herself when she agrees to coach Bennett Wade, the cutthroat exec who got her unceremoniously canned. She’d love to slam the door in his annoying but very handsome face, but the customers aren’t exactly lining up at her door. Plus, this extreme makeover will give Taylor the golden opportunity to prove that her program works like a charm.
Bennett Wade is many things—arrogant, smug, brusque—but trusting isn’t one of them. Women just seem to be after his billions. So when he hires Taylor Reed, he has no desire to change. Bennett is trying to win over the feminist owner of a company he desperately wants to buy, but something about the fiery Taylor thaws the ice around his heart, making Bennett feel things he never quite planned on. And if there’s one thing Bennett can’t stand, it’s when things don’t go according to plan.
They are a match tailor-made for trouble.

‘Tailored for Trouble’ starts out as delicious antagonism which I thoroughly enjoyed. Hilarious even, because I really loved the no-holding-back arguments that both Bennett and Taylor immediately got into. The tension between them is ugly and almost repulsive, without too much of a sexual undercurrent that makes you rub your hands in glee when they finally fall into each other’s arms by the end of the book. Yet what followed pretty much stumped me: a crazy traipse around the globe, filled with weirdness rather than building tension and so much pretence/evasion on both sides that I found myself as jet-lagged, exhausted and frustrated as the characters who seemed to be operating on a level beyond rational logic.

By the time I was halfway through, I didn’t have any clearer perspective of how that was going to happen, apart from a bewildering kiss when neither of them seemed to like each other much still, carried along as I was by Taylor’s voice that flitted from time to time towards hysterical.

I never felt though, as if I had a grasp on these characters at all, which is the primary reason for my lukewarm rating. Bennett’s behaviour particularly confusing and exasperating and near bi-polar: flirty yet domineering, crude yet supposedly protective, just to begin with. But he’s also blunt and an arse for a lot of the book, dragging Taylor around for business that no one really is quite clear about, and we’re only given hints given of Bennett’s ‘true self’ by his rather insane mother who never quite says directly. I also found myself wondering why Taylor pretty much let herself be taken along for the crazy ride – apart from the bouts of lust that she feels each time she glimpses what Bennet is like under the clothes – when there didn’t seem to be head nor tail of anything I could make sense of. The sudden realisation that she’d fallen in love with Bennett after 4-5 days made it too much of an instant-love case, rendered more unbelievable because I was never really convinced by Bennett’s (as tortured by his past as he may be) sudden personality switch in the last 2 chapters of the book.

Yet ‘Tailored for Trouble’ isn’t a bad read however; not really, not when it does have the elements of a rom-com that isn’t meant to be taken seriously and is good for a fun, laid-back afternoon.