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Black Tie Optional

(Wild Wedding #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  564 ratings  ·  199 reviews
Everything about Coleman Grant III oozes power and sex. And not the perfunctory kind either, but the sheet clawing, heart stopping, gasping for air after you’ve screamed so loud you can’t breathe kind. From his dark wavy hair that stands in an artfully rumpled mess, to the blue eyes that sear your skin, to his full, sensual lips - on the surface he’s pure perfection.

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Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press
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Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
3.5 stars

Review and Excerpt at Of Pens and Pages.

Coleman Grant III and Olivia Ramsey are on two opposite sides in society—the 1% vs. the rest of the world. The rich asshole and the hippie tree-hugger.

You would think they don’t get along, and you’re right. They don’t. With Olivia pestering Cole every morning to save the endangered northern long-eared bat and Cole ignoring her, love and affection are obviously the least likely result.

They don’t expect to see each other in Las Vegas, but when they
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
What do you want, Olivia?” he’d asked.
“Everything,” she whispered.

Well, hello there, new series to obsess over. It's nice to read ya. Ha! See what I did there? OK, that was totally cheesy so just ignore me. But seriously though, Ann Marie Walker has a super fun new series in the works and this was a great way to start it! Black Tie Optional was cute, sexy, and fun. If there's one thing this author can do, it's write one heck of an intense alpha and may did she strike gold w
Black tie Optional by Ann Marie Walker is a 2017 St. Martin’s Press publication.

This fast-paced, quick-witted romantic comedy is an ‘enemies to lovers’ themed story, with a side of opposites attracts.

Oliva is a humanitarian, hippie-ish, organic, animal lover, who is hounding the obnoxious, but very wealthy, Coleman Grant, about saving an endangered species.

The pair mixes like bleach and ammonia, sending toxic fumes into the air every time they meet. But, neither one of them are blind and secr
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

Ann Marie Walker is another new-to-me author who's added herself to my pile of future reads and Black Tie Optional is pretty much what you'd get if What Happens in Vegas and How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, had a lovechild.


This was definitely a book that hooked me more in the latter half: the humour was spot on, the heat levels nicely steamy, it had a good injection of light and sweet and didn't scrimp on the verbal sparring between Olivia—vegetarian and saver of animals—and Cole, billi
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: smp, shit-hot-series
4 - "You're a lot less charming when I'm sober." Stars!

Nothing gives me more pleasure than discovering an author whose work I get along with, but that I haven’t read before, and although well-known Ann Marie Walker is an author now to me.

Black Tie Optional is the first book in the Wild Wedding series, and Cole and Olivia’s story was just all round easy reading. Plenty of humor, lots of chemistry and verbal sparring, and two characters that you cannot help but like.

He might be hotter than Ryan
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

Coincidence is the foundation of many a romance plot and I accept that. It can be quite funny when the H/h end up bumping into each other during the course of their romance. However, there comes a point when it is not funny anymore and becomes just silly. Almost, but not quite there with "Black Tie Optional". This is a really fun, contrived and delightful romp about two totally
Lighthearted, sexy and fun.

He wants to keep his family’s empire. She wants to save the endangered species that’s being threatened by his empire’s latest development. The only way for Coleman Grant III and Olivia Ramsey to get what they both want is to compromise and… get married in Las Vegas? Because that’s what two sane people who despise each other on site because they’re completely opposite and have nothing in common do right? RIGHT?

Well, perhaps there is ONE thing they have in commo
Mindy Lou's Book Review
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars!

A cute enemies to lovers, marriage of convenience to true love, opposites attract story. Olivia has been hounding billionaire Coleman Grant III every morning to get him to move one of his deals because it's endangering the northern long-eared bat. He barely gives her the time of day until they both end up in Vegas, drunk and giving into their mutual attraction. Mortified the next morning, Olivia tries to leave only to have Cole give her a proposition. Marry him and he'll save the bats.

i would have probably rated it better if it weren't for the fact that the ending was abrupt and there were too many unanswered questions like what about the grandma? it was mentioned too many times that she was a person to be scared off but she did nothing. the situation wasn't resolved and as soon as their relationship issues resolved, the book got over. like wtf happened to the plot??
"The Proposal meets Two Weeks Notice" is a perfect description for this light read...
and sometimes you are just in the mood for it...
Sissy's Romance Book Review
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book Review For: Black Tie Optional by Ann Marie Walker 'Black Tie Optiona'l by Ann Marie Walker is book One in the new series called "Wild Wedding". This is the story of Coleman Grant III and Olivia Ramsey. Cole is the true picture of a Rich Business man with no care for the little things or the environment. Which is whole opposite of Olivia's world. Olivia cares about every little thing and saving endangered animals if they are ugly or cute. An right now she is working on getting Cole to help ...more
3.5 I enjoyed this better the more I read, it turned into a decent slow burn, but the start was poor; it was kind of ott, trying too hard to be funny.

Complete story, available on ku.
Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
Fun, surprisingly witty and verrrry sexy!!

I LOVE the enemies-to-lovers romance trope and Ann-Marie Walker executes perfectly. This story has heart and heat and soul!

Coleman and Olivia seem an unlikely pair: she's an activist who hates everything Coleman stands for: wealth, privilege and corporate America. Their smart and witty banter and the uber-steamy sex scenes elevate this contemporary romance above many in the genre and make this story a definite must-read. The Chicago setting is fabulous!
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up.

It’s no secret that the Marriage of Convenience is my favourite trope when it comes to historical romance. But it’s a plotline that is less easy to pull off in a contemporary, so I was keen to read Black Tie Optional – the first in Ann Marie Walker’s Wild Wedding series – to see whether it could be made to work in a non-historical setting. The answer is yes, for the most part, but it seemed to me that some of the things I so love about
Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love romances and I love the feeling when a good book makes me laugh out loud. Sure, authors can be funny, but creating a story that’s both funny and sexy is a talent not many people have. New-to-me-author, Ann Marie Walker, has that kind of talent. Black Tie Optional has a generous measure of humor and passion. So prepare your ribs to be tickled and your heart to be melted in this first book of Walker’s Wild Wedding Series.

Olivia Ramsey had spent her adult life and most of her teens speak
Wit & Wonder Books
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
** ARC provided by the author for an honest review **

Black Tie Optional by Ann Marie Walker was a funny, high sexual intensity, and had 2 characters that were similar but so different. It was a marriage of convenience that got them together in Vegas because of needs they both had. She wanted to save endangered species and he needed to be married so he doesn't lose his families estate and wealth. What started out to be just a marriage of convenience turns into a sexually charged relationship tha
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reading Black Tie Optional I felt a bit like the characters Cole and Olivia. I had been in a reading drought (I was super busy), but it was time to dive deep into a book and really connect with it. Black Tie Optional was the book that I got to connect with.

The fun thing about Black Tie Optional is that I think we can all identify with aspects of both Cole and Olivia. From their passions, to their cars, and maybe their embarrassing moments too. Well maybe not the embarrassing moments.... At least
Elle G.
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance (fake relationship)

This is a fun little romp and I enjoyed it immensely! I haven't read a book quite like it in ages so I had a lot of fun and quite frankly a lot of smiles while reading it! It's funny, romantic, and an overall blast! Now I know why so many readers rave about Ann Marie Walkers work- she clearly knows how to write a fantastic novel and engage her readers. With that, this book packs the punches and will leave readers feelin
Bette Hansen
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! This is a new to me author but she definitely gained a new fan with this one. This story is a great blend of opposites attract, marriage of convenience, and enemies to lovers. The banter between Cole and Olivia is hilarious and I just loved these two together. Cole is in desperate need of a wife to stave off his grandmother's attempts to strip him of his inheritance so he makes a deal with Olivia. She agrees to marry him and he sets up a foundation to save the pesky rodents she' ...more
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, sexy, romcom

4.5 stars

I was immediately pulled into this story. The idea of a marriage arrangement isn't new, but all the supporting details make Olivia and Cole's relationship stand out. They are almost as different as two people can be, practically archenemies, but the sexual attraction is inescapable. Sparring off ends with epic bedroom hookups which leads to a frenemies with benefits situation and a fake marriage business arrangement. Nothing will stay in
Three and a half stars.

This is a simple tale of opposites attract.

Coleman Grant III is a powerful gazillionaire, corporate raider running his family's multi-million dollar business. He's first class air travel, chauffeurs, bodyguards and a Gold Coast penthouse.

Olivia Ramsey is a humanitarian who is trying to persuade Coleman Grant to save the endangered northern long-eared bat. She's combat boots and jeans, tiny condo and save the planet.

They find themselves guests at a joint hen and grooms we
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ann Marie Walker, congratulations on this brilliant standalone!  I truly enjoyed reading all about Cole and Olivia, two characters who are so different, yet equally interesting in their own ways.  I was hooked on your book from the very beginning and made my own predictions as to what I thought would happen.  I could easily relate to both and that made the characters even more lovable.  Your story turned out to be one filled with humor, sexy moments, a spectacular setting and a cast of character ...more
Hazel *Craves the Angst Reviews*
Reviewer's Note: Reviewing for Cocktails and Books, I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

4 Stars!
“I thoroughly enjoyed this read.... From start to finish, Black Tie Optional was exciting, chocked full of laughs and had a lot of heart.”
- Hazel w/Craves the Angst, Reviewing for Cocktails and Books

Read full review at Cocktails and Books.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you read anything this weekend, read Black Tie Optional by Ann Marie Walker. Cole and Olivia will have you laughing from page 1, I kid you not.

Cole is a rich boy who apparently hasn't ever seen first hand how the other half lives. He's into making money and his daily encounters with Olivia (an environmentalist) won't deviate him from his goals. Of course, that's until he marries her.

I couldn't put this book down. I'm not sure what I was expecting but certainly, it wasn't anything like what th
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A most funny and entertaining story!

Olivia Ramsey: is a kind-hearted environmentalist who has been relentlessly approaching Coleman Grant III to help her save the endangered Northern long-eared bat. And she is not going to give up no matter what. Olivia finds Cole gorgeous, but spoiled and self-centered and after 3 months of chasing after Cole, Olivia is glad to get away for a bachelorette weekend to Las Vegas with her best friend, Cassie.

Coleman Grant III: is a
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2017-reads
4 Stars

This battle of opposites was an entertaining read! Coleman, Cole, Grant is everything Olivia Ramsey despises. As a convinced environmental activist, she is a staunch opponent to ruthless businessmen approach to environmental matters. Cole is an influential and arrogant business tycoon and also happens to be her main target. She has made a habit of harassing him during his morning coffee run, to convince him of the validity of her cause in defense of endangered species. I loved her tenacit
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, contemporary
It was amazing how author took one of the most cliche trope in the history of romance and delivered a book written with sublimity and just the perfect mix of reality and fiction.

Olivia and Cole are multi dimensional characters who intricately entwine between your head and heart before you even come to realise it. I loved reading about them and their at times aggravating, at times funny and a whole lot more times heartwarming encounters. I really liked how their feelings for each other grew as th
Tales Of A Bookbug
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance
A fun, new, sexy read from a new-to-me author. It had two of my favorite tropes mixed in - fake relationship and opposites-attract.  

The starting itself had me laughing and swooning.I loved being in Olivia and Cole's heads.I loved their thought processes and how they tried to (unsuccessfully) convince themselves about certain things. 

Cole needs a wife before his 30th birthday to inherit the company else his grandmother mighy steal it away. Olivia wants to save the endangered species that is unde
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Ann Marie Walker is the author of eight novels, ranging from romantic suspense to romantic comedy. She's a fan of fancy cocktails, anything chocolate, and '80s rom-coms. Her superpower is connecting any situation to an episode of Friends, and she thinks all coffee cups should be the size of a bowl. You can find her at, where she would be happy to talk to you about alpha males, l ...more

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