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New Release Review! REFORMING THE CEO by Marisa Cleveland

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What happens when your next door neighbor is the hottest, most notorious playboy in all of South Beach?

Reece Rowe is on hiatus from respectability. Before she returns to her stable, boring existence of charity events and dating predictable, stuffy suitors who are only interested in getting closer to the wealthy family who adopted her, she’s going to get a taste of what she’s been missing. She screws up her courage and heads to Vincent Ferguson’s office to find out what all the women in South Beach already seem to know about him.

Once CEO Vin Ferguson’s tech company goes public, he’ll have proved he’s no longer the poor, gritty kid from the wrong side of the tracks. But, citing his bad boy reputation, some financial backers waver, and his friends suggest dating a more respectable woman to improve his image. Ridiculous. Because delectable but snooty socialites, like his next door neighbor, are way out of his league.

And then, Reese walks through his office door and makes him an offer. To say his jaw hits the floor is an understatement.

And he can’t believe what she just proposed…

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Let’s hear it for the fake romance! 🙂

I really liked Reece and Vin–though why doesn’t anyone ever ask me to make a deal like this for the summer? I’d love to learn to loosen up more! (Though I guess in real life the suggestion might seem more creepy than sexy, so maybe it’s a good thing? Darn it)–and spent most of the book rooting for those two crazy kids to get together for real. Trust me, they take their own sweet time!

And then that epilogue–it was not quite what I expected, but it was fantastic. I’ll never look at fancy pickup trucks (or oranges) quite the same way again 😉

But I digress…

My one issue with the story is that I really, really wanted Reece and Vin to discuss their pasts together way before they did, and not only because they’re each still hung up on things that happened to them growing up, but also because that past is getting in the way of their mutual HEA. (Actually, now that I’m thinking about it, I’m pretty sure that one of them doesn’t actually have that conversation at all. Their sibling does it for them, which is less than ideal.)

Still, everything is finally revealed, and since they both had a part to play in the big breakup, making things right again was also a joint effort. I really liked what Ms Cleveland had them do there.

And did I mention the epilogue? It went a long way toward making up for some of the frustration that came before.

Fingers crossed that Ms Cleveland gives us future books with some of the secondary characters…

Rating: 4 stars / B

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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