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69 Million Things I hate about You by Kira Archer

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Netgalley/ Reviews 10th September 2017
69 Million Things I hate about You by Kira Archer69 Million Things I Hate About You by Kira Archer
Series: Winning the Billionaire #1
Published by Entangled: Indulgence on October 9th 2017
Pages: 257
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three-stars

After personal assistant Kiersten Abbott wins sixty-nine million dollars in the lotto, she suddenly has more than enough money to quit her impossibly demanding job. But where’s the fun in that? She decides to stay and exact a little revenge on her insufferable ass of a boss.

Billionaire Cole Harrington quickly figures out something’s afoot with his usually agreeable personal assistant. When he finds out about the office pool betting on how long it’ll take him to fire her, he decides to spice things up and see how far he can push her until she quits.

The game is on, with everyone waiting to see who will crack first. But the bet sparks a new dynamic between them, and soon they realize they just might have crossed that fine line between hate and love.

“69 Million Things I hate about You” doesn’t exactly cast romantic comedy in a new light, but its inventive, unique premise drew me to this immediately. After all, who wouldn’t want that sweet revenge on a demanding, serial-model-dater of a boss that piles you with nothing but stress and no time off?

I liked the tit-for-tat vibe, the oneupmanship that Kiersten and Cole got going the moment it was obvious that she was going to get back at him for the hard time he gave her for the past few months. But some of the games did veer towards the ridiculous/childish even as Cole put a different spin on Kiersten’s efforts to thwart him when he beat her at her own game.

Clearly, it’s all formulaic rom-com from here onwards as the stakes get higher and higher until it becomes clear that this holding pattern would break somehow, so shut down the nagging idea that having money allows you to do whatever the hell you want as both Cole and Kiersten cross over into the outlandish and give each other a hard to harder time. It’s a read that’s after all, fun though not entirely believable (I had a bit of difficulty making that leap from Cole’s and Kiersten’s pranks to their falling in love) yet adventurous in a way that makes it stick out in a long line of books.

three-stars

Loving Her Crazy by Kira Archer

Posted in Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Reviews 11th June 2016
Loving Her Crazy by Kira ArcherLoving Her Crazy by Kira Archer
Series: Crazy Love #3
Published by Entangled: Lovestruck on January 18th 2016
Pages: 186
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one-star

Iris Clayton is supposed to be on a tropical island, soaking up the sun and a few dozen mojitos. Instead, she’s snowbound in Chicago overnight, holding out hope the morning flight isn’t cancelled. Good thing there’s a hot cowboy to keep her company. And it doesn’t hurt that Mr. Tall, Calm, and Sun-Streaked can make her tremble with one sultry look from under his well-worn hat.
Montana rancher Nash Wallace sucks at ice skating, has no clue what a selfie is, and may be a tad averse to breaking and entering, but being with Iris makes him want to bend a few rules. Or, hell, throw them out the window altogether. She’s fun, spontaneously crazy, and can rock a Muppet fur coat like no one’s business. He’s falling hard and fast, but wanting to spend his life with someone after one night is insane.
Except, nothing has ever felt so right, and neither of them wants the night to end…

Falling in love in 24 hours is probably a concept better suited to fiction and the movies, and I’m a firm believer that’s where it’ll stay. But ‘Loving Her Crazy’ pushes this this way further than I’m able to tolerate and even a believer in serendipitous meetings might find Iris’s and Nash’s story too much of a whirlwind to be believable.

I skipped chunks when I found out most of the book comprised activities they indulged in during their long layover and actually wondered about the ‘technical’ difficulties of sex in impossible and public places. Call me a cynic, but I think they fell in lust, caught up in the impossibility of the situation and each other, stretching even the definition of what I consider a dubious HEA pizza-crust thin.

I think I just blew an afternoon on a story that went nowhere.

one-star

Driving Her Crazy by Kira Archer

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Netgalley/ Reviews 28th July 2015
Driving Her Crazy by Kira ArcherDriving Her Crazy by Kira Archer
Series: Crazy Love, #1
Published by Entangled Publishing on August 18th 2015
Pages: 220
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three-stars

Driven to (sexy) distraction...
Cher Debusshere hates being the black sheep of her posh, well-to-do family almost as much as she hates driving-which is exactly what she's forced to do when her flight home for her perfect sister's wedding is grounded. Fan-freakin'-tastic. Then a hot guy offers to share both the car rental and the driving duties...only to drive her crazy by assuming she's just some spoiled little rich girl.
Mechanic Nathaniel "Oz" Oserkowski is about as blue-collar as they come. There's never been a time he hasn't worked his ass off, and he's determined to prove it to the gorgeous princess in the passenger seat. As the miles pass, they bait and needle each other...until their lust and longing gets so hot it nearly overheats the engine.
They have nothing in common. Hell, they can barely stand each other. But sometimes it takes a journey to change the destination...

Cute and entertaining read about an impromptu road trip to hell with strangers who are thrown together (and couldn’t be more different) when a flight to New York is cancelled. Not too sure about the instant-love connection even if the chemistry between Oz and Cher is obviously evident.

Oz was an arse for quite a bit of the book, but I certainly understood the well-articulated pressures faced by Cher. The ending was rather abrupt and the epilogue merely hints at what had happened in the intervening years when I would have liked to know more how Oz and Cher got on.

Nonetheless, a light-hearted read that for a lazy afternoon.

three-stars
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