Title: Tailored for Trouble (Happy Pants #1)
Author: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Publisher: Ballantine – Random House Publishing Group
Expected Release Date: August 9, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Romantic Comedy
Format: eBook, Paperback
Page Count: 368
Rating: 3.55 Stars rounded UP
A sassy, sexy, laugh-out-loud rom-com between the hottest man never to be tamed and the woman crazy enough to try
SHE WANTS TO CHANGE THE WORLD.
Taylor Reed is no stranger to selfish, uncaring CEOs. She was fired by one, which is why she has created her own executive training program—helping heartless bosses become more human. So Taylor shocks even herself when she agrees to coach Bennett Wade, the cutthroat exec who got her unceremoniously canned. She’d love to slam the door in his annoying but very handsome face, but the customers aren’t exactly lining up at her door. Plus, this extreme makeover will give Taylor the golden opportunity to prove that her program works like a charm.
HE WANTS TO BUY IT.
Bennett Wade is many things—arrogant, smug, brusque—but trusting isn’t one of them. Women just seem to be after his billions. So when he hires Taylor Reed, he has no desire to change. Bennett is trying to win over the feminist owner of a company he desperately wants to buy, but something about the fiery Taylor thaws the ice around his heart, making Bennett feel things he never quite planned on. And if there’s one thing Bennett can’t stand, it’s when things don’t go according to plan.
They are a match tailor-made for trouble.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
To me this energetic romp came as a cross of comical manga and rom-com movie. We got the stereotype brooding, temperamental billionaire hero and outspoken, sassy heroine; both of the great appearances. I really enjoyed their battle of wit and struggle for control even over amusement, indignation, or smugness over both of the MCs antics or judgmental assumptions. Some of the scenes might be over the top for me and there were plenty of stereotyping of annoying riches’s attitudes and habits. Yet I didn’t mind them one bit, because somehow they just fit right in in this premise.
While the pull and push tensions were non-stop from the get go, the tone was mostly lighthearted until about the last quarter of the book where it got a bit gloom. But what I loved about the writing was even in a gloomy situation there was something to smile about; and how the characters never stopped trying. Of course, it helped that Bennett and Taylor had their equally entertaining supporting characters (staff, friends, parent, siblings) who helped making merry with their shenanigans.
What I found a bit off was the change of POV so late in the story (it was mostly told from Taylor’s POV except for two parts near the end). Call me nit-picky but those changes just threw me off, considering they mostly served as summary on Bennett’s first impression to present. As much as I liked our Mr. Wade, that off the rails kinda was what dropped the rating for me – on top of the rather rushed ending.
That saying, I’m still going to track back and read Happy Pants Cafe the prequel to this series and – of course – would keep watch for the next installment of Happy Pants series.
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher viaNetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.