Author: Jenny Schwartz
Summary: She can buy anything she wants…except the courage to stand up to her family. That’s where he comes in.
Jessica Trove is a billionaire Cinderella, bullied by her family, and terrified of the responsibilities crashing down on her shoulders. She knows what she needs to do — she just needs to find the courage to do it.
That’s where Brodie Carlton comes in. Jessica is used to buying anything she wants, and what she wants right now is a hero. She’s going to make Brodie Carlton an offer he can’t refuse: be her emotional bodyguard, and she’ll make him rich. The only question is who will guard their hearts. – Goodreads
Review: A copy of this book was graciously provided to me through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Romance, a category that I enjoy but know going into it that it could be a bit…fluffy, which is fine except I have a thing about strong women. That does not mean that she needs to be some kick butt superhero or that she is always strong and independent, but I guess stubborn in some aspects? Let me bring this to the book and maybe I can explain better. What was hard for me was how Jessica ‘needs’ Brodie; and this need was established right from the start and it sort of raised my hackles.
The premise of the book is that Jessica is getting pushed and emotional manipulated by her stepmother and stepbrother into relinquishing her control over the family company that she recently inherited. She needs someone to help her from crumbling under the pressure and that brings Brodie into the picture. I liked him as a character but I think their relationship and progress could have been more believable if somehow they knew each other prior. Maybe met a time or two.
I just had a hard time swallowing how easily Jessica opened up to Brodie and what little backbone she had. I feel that we could have gotten the same story but with Jessica a bit tougher and I do like vulnerable and broken characters so it wasn’t that she was that way. Perhaps if Brodie was a lawyer that she had been assigned it could have worked a bit better. His reason for being there would be more established and I think it would have taken away Jessica GOING to find Brodie. Add a bit more realism to the tale.
Regardless I would try out more works by Jenny Schwartz; this was a quick read for me and if you enjoy a swoony romance where the male swoops in to save the female then you will absolutely LOVE this book. If you however enjoy a stronger female I am not sure I would recommend this to you.