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Can't Buy Me Love by Maggie Marr
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Jun 04, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary
Read in May, 2012

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A powerful romance novel set in the glitzy corporate world. The writing is full of glamour and energy and will give you an adrenaline charge. A word of warning. Do not keep this for a bedside read. You’ll never sleep, I’m telling you. The prose is electrifying and energetic.

The build up to the romance is reasonably slow. But once the love scenes come on the scene, so to speak, the story turns sizzling hot. The love scenes are strongly written and highly erotically charged. But it’s sex for the sake of love, not sex for the sake of sex. The characters, Cole and Megan, leap off the page. An alpha hero and even an alpha heroine! He’s a hotshot business tycoon. She’s the perfect assistant who has lists for everything. They both have issues. He can afford his own airplane, but he can’t afford to trust his heart to a woman. She is fanatical about professionalism and aspires to be different from her mother, who mixed business with pleasure and became the victim of her mistakes. Meg may be in love with her boss, but she doesn’t want to be seen as the girl who slept her way to the top. How they work it all out makes an engaging read. There’s a black moment which really hits you, the reader, in the gut, but the conclusion puts everything into perspective.

The story balances the male and female viewpoint. It struck me that it opened with the male viewpoint and concluded with the female viewpoint. It’s not an easy job, balancing work and love and this story shows the reality of that. There’s a strong message which comes through. Success in business is great, but without love, well, it’s not worth much. As song, and the title of the book says, money, which translates into corporate success in this case, can’t buy you love.

Favorite Quote: She’d worked too long and too hard to let something as mundane as Cole Jackson seeing her nearly naked derail her career. She was a professional.
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