Tangling With The CEO (Half Moon Bay) –
Author: Annie Seaton
Date of Publication: December 9, 2013
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.
Just a quick comment on the light and fluffy cover – I like it. Entangled does such a great job with having a very particular feel to each of the different imprints via their covers. I think this is one of the first Bliss books I’ve read and I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for more. I just checked out the description of the line overall, and it’s very specifically aimed at having closed-door/non-explicit sex, and man, after a steady diet of ever-increasing heat, I could use it.
Now, onto this book specifically. I liked having three women being into renovations and building their own business up around it. Ana was a great character, clearly family oriented (she gave her college to be with her mom during the late stages of cancer, which is how she and Blake split in the first place), and passionate about her beliefs (she’s very service-oriented and giving to the community). She’s built a very big life for herself in the Half Moon Bay area, and is firmly grounded there.
Blake is your seemingly typical hard-nosed, profit-driven CEO. It’s why he and Ana fought so much back when they were in college – she wanted more charity-esque ideals to win out, he wanted the almighty dollar. But Ms. Seaton doesn’t sit back and keep him an alpha jerk interested only in money. That’s where she definitely sets Blake out among the low-key contemporary romances. While he never stops being a entrepreneur, she lets him grow beyond that. I won’t spoil this by saying how, but just suffice to say, I was very impressed by how he changed his life in the end.
The secondary characters were great. Having twins of my own, I was utterly charmed by Blake’s twin nephews, and the rest of the kids were adorable. I suspect we saw a future couple being introduced, in the form of Blake’s boss’s son and one of Ana’s business partners/friends, but I’ll have to wait and find out.
Blake and Ana were a pretty good couple together. They balanced each other nicely. The one thing I struggled with was how seemingly deliberately obtuse Blake was in not figuring out that it was Ana who’d been his appointment when she first showed up, and with Ana’s inability to push forward with why she’d been there in the first place, and making it clear that it was her Blake was supposed to meet with. A minor grumble, but it dragged out a little too long for my liking.
Other than that, this was a great little read and a good introduction for me to the works of Annie Seaton.
Thank you as always, Entangled, and thank you Ms. Seaton for a good book.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.