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Review and New Release: Tangling With the CEO by Annie Seaton (Book one in the Half Moon Bay series)

Tangling with the CEO: A Half Moon Bay Novel by Annie Seaton

Blurb:

Mixing business with pleasure never felt so right.

Blake Buchanan and Anastasia Delaney were roommates in college and could never see eye to eye about anything. The only time their walls came down was during one night of passion before Ana left without a word, never expecting to cross paths with Blake again.

Years later, Blake has made his millions. He comes back to Ana’s small California town to manage a corporate takeover that will close down the home restoration business she’s poured her heart and soul into. The fiery Ana is determined to convince money-minded Blake of her business’s worth, but when a family emergency throws them together, their walls come tumbling down once again…

Problem is, Blake’s business-first position hasn’t changed. And Ana can’t fall for the man who could become her boss—it’s not only her job at stake, but her heart.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(really, it’s 3 1/2 stars)

This was an enjoyable read, and a promising start to a new series. I like that the Bliss line is one I can share with my 14-year-old without having to worry about her learning too much too soon 🙂

What I liked:

– The premise of the novel–I love the hero/heroine with a past, especially when that past involved a mystery/misunderstanding

– Blake’s niece and nephews (and their dog)–what a fun group! They made for a nice ice-breaker to ease Blake and Ana into a relationship again

– The elderly people of Nebitton–I can see them contributing a lot to future novels in the series

– The setting. A nice blend of San Francisco and small-town California, neither of which I’ve been to, but they sure sound like fun

– Very sweet ending 🙂

Things that made me go hmmmmmmmm:

– Conflict felt a bit contrived at times–the hero and heroine (heroine especially) seemed to go out of their way to manufacture and/or extend their difficulties. Ana’s refusal to listen to Blake toward the end really rubbed me the wrong way

– Does anyone in the US call a yard a “garden”? I’ve noticed this a few times lately, but it’s always been non-US writers doing it…it’s not a huge deal, obviously, but it still gives me pause. I’m always picturing the characters actually in a garden; in this book I was hoping the twins weren’t going to trample any tomato plants as they ran around… 😉

Overall this was an enjoyable read in a series I’m hoping to read more of in the future. Georgie and Sienna definitely need their own HEAs. Hopefully Jack will feature in there as well….

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

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