“You have the one thing I don’t: a respectable last name. And now I have something you want.”
A ruthless businessman, Marcus has dreamed of the day when he would own the Holcomb, a luxurious hotel in DC, just to spite the man who humiliated his mother years ago. But his “new money” isn’t good enough and he needs someone who fits in the world of “old money”. He devises a plan to ask Pamela, the daughter of a Senator, for her hand in a marriage of convenience. With her background of “old money” he knows he’ll get the respect he deserves. Helping the G street women’s shelter is all that matters to Pamela. They were there for her when she needed them and she wants to repay the kindness. If only her father, The Senator, could love and respect her for who she is instead of what she represents. She’s tired of men who only see her name and pedigree but don’t want her for her compassion and intelligence.
This was my 2nd book by Tracey Livesay and I enjoyed it. For me, marriage of convenience can be hit or miss but I really liked how up front both Marcus and Pamela were about what they wanted. Neither one had any romantic expectation going in even though feelings quickly got in the way. The maturity of both characters was really refreshing and I appreciated how they went about setting up their marriage of convenience. Like two actual adults they worked out what each wanted and how they would go about it. It’s not romantic necessarily, but it was nice to read a marriage of convenience where one of the characters wasn’t already romantically invested and just desperate to be with the object of their affection in any way they could.
Pamela was a really enjoyable character; she was so compassionate and genuine. She loves helping at the shelter and she’s willing to do anything, even marry a stranger, to help save it from being sold. Marcus was a pretty tough shell to crack all the way to the end. He’s worked years and years to accomplish his dream and he won’t let anything get in his way. But this also means stomping over anything or anyone who gets in his way. He’s pretty ruthless through most of the story and it’s not up until the very end that he realizes what’s most important in life.
••• Book Details •••
In Love with the Tycoon #1 • Romance, Contemporary • Entangled • February 10, 2014
To avenge his mother’s mistreatment at the hands of her upper-crust employer, self-made real estate tycoon Marcus Pearson needs entree into their exclusive world. When D.C. socialite Pamela Harrington comes to him for help, Marcus realizes the golden admission ticket he’s been seeking has suddenly fallen into his lap.
Pamela will do anything to save her favorite cause, even agree to a marriage of convenience. The altruistic “it-girl” isn’t worried about the pretend passion with Marcus turning real; she’s sworn off powerful, driven men who use her for her family’s connections.
So she’ll deny the way her pulse races with one look from his crystalline blue eyes. And he’ll ignore the way his body throbs with each kiss from her full lips. Because there’s no way he’ll lose his blue-collar heart to the blue-blooded beauty.