I’ve been reading quite a few second-chance romances of late. There’s something so romantic and sweet about people who have been apart for whatever reason finding their way back to each other. As I said in a review earlier this month, sometimes the conflict doesn’t appear real or isn’t strong enough for me to believe that it would have kept them apart for the best part of a decade. I’m glad that the authors I have lately come across, including the wonderful Annie Seaton, have been creating these romances and making them not only real but entirely believable.
What is Tangling with the CEO about?
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.
So, here’s what I thought of Tangling with the CEO!
Tangling with the CEO takes place in the small West Coast community of Half Moon Bay, somewhere close to San Francisco. I love the small town feel and the lovely sense of community and friendship that weaves itself through the pages.
Blake is very much the businessman, risk-averse, well organised and prepared to follow the company line without question. But I really like that he isn’t your typical asshat CEO type – his compassion and love for his family shines through.
Ana is the opposite – she relies on shoebox accounting and goes on gut feeling more often than not. She is, however, a deeply caring and kind-hearted woman willing to do all she can to help her community.
Being a Bliss book, the romance falls more to the sweet end of the spectrum. I loved how this worked here. There was the existing chemistry between Ana and Blake based on their past history, and the way in which their renewed attraction was allowed to develop at a realistic and natural pace. They make such a lovely pairing, and you just want them to make it.
The children in this story were so well written. I think it’s wonderful how Annie has included a child character with special needs (autism in this case) and not glossed over nor over-complicated his part in the story. Blake’s other nephews and niece are sweet inclusions, especially the serious Maddy.
I am most definitely looking forward to reading more about the people of Half Moon Bay. There seemed to me to be hints at a possible story for Sienna in the epilogue for Tangling with the CEO, and I can’t wait to see how her journey turns out.
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Release Date: 9 December 2013
Note: I was provided with an advance reader copy by Bliss, an imprint of Entangled Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.