I can’t lie, I have a weakness for Harlequin stories. Their formula works for me and in all my years of reading their stories I think only a handful have been a “miss” for me. This isn’t one of the misses. And even more, this is a new to me author whose stories I’ll gladly continue to read. This is a tale of a nice, likeable girl who doesn’t have any issues or baggage in her background. She loves her siblings, parents and is an optimistic person. Folks, do you know how hard it is to find a book whose heroine is the girl next door and she’s not boring, rude or ornery? Let me tall ya, it’s hard.
Tori Randall and her twin sister Lauren are the owners of By Arrangement, an event coordinating business. It’s a successful business but they’ve needing that big break to put them over the top and become the event coordinators to the rich and famous. It’s with great delight that they’ve been hired by Obsidian Studios to make a big impression at the Hollywood Hills Film Festival. Garrett Black recently inherited the studio from his dead father. His previous life as a director/producer has given him some basic knowledge on how to run a studio but there a lot to learn and the business is floundering. These two opposites don’t make sense on paper but this isn’t a script and next thing you know, emotions are running high, clothes are flying off and love is in the air.
The chemistry between the twins, Tori and Lauren, was heartwarming. There weren’t at each others throats; instead these are two sisters who adore each other and have each other’s back in every circumstance – who doesn’t need that? Even more, the dynamic between the Randall family was fun and it’s clear to see where the girls got their love of event planning with a mother who never missed a chance to celebrate a holiday. What a gift – turning their passion into a livelihood. While Lauren’s role was more of the business side, Tori’s the idea girl. I really liked what these sisters represented and the way that Teresa Carpenter wrote them made me interested in finding out more about them.
Garrett Black is coming back from a really bad car accident and has some lingering physical issues but nothing he can’t handle. He’s a bit of a jerk – you can actually take out the ‘bit’ and just call it like it is. His excuse is that his daddy didn’t love him and so now he treats people as if they’re disposable. I didn’t empathize with that because his rationale for his bad attitude was too easy and convenient and didn’t make him stand out. What did stand out for me was his first meeting with Tori; it’s pretty cute because Tori has a habit of taking her shoes off, even when she’s on the job. Anywho, she filling in for the valet at a function that Garrett attends and when he pulls up in his fancy car. In her excitement, she’s a car girl, she inadvertently tries to park his car without her shoes, which Garrett is totally against because God forbid you enter his vehicle with dirty feet. I didn’t do the scene justice but trust me – it’s funny.
The vibe between these two worked. Tori didn’t come off as being indecisive. She didn’t play games, nor did she allow Garrett to intimidate her with his sometimes, oftentimes, brutish attitude. Garrett didn’t do anything that made me shake my heard in frustration, for which I was grateful. I would love to say that the story had great suspense, or some mysterious puzzle to solve, it didn’t – instead it was just an above average story about a couple of decent people who came together and the romance that results from their attraction. I enjoyed the character building and pacing both was good. The only thing is I wanted more interaction of the sisters with their family but that’s just me wanting more. Maybe Lauren will get her story told next, she had something going on that I would like to read about.
Happy Reading folks!
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Her Boss by Arrangement
by Teresa Carpenter
Release Date: September 2, 2014