If you read anything this weekend, read Black Tie Optional by Ann Marie Walker. Cole and Olivia will have you laughing from page 1, I kid you not.
Cole is a rich boy who apparently hasn’t ever seen first hand how the other half lives. He’s into making money and his daily encounters with Olivia (an environmentalist) won’t deviate him from his goals. Of course, that’s until he marries her.
I couldn’t put this book down. I’m not sure what I was expecting but certainly, it wasn’t anything like what this book delivered. It’s hilarious!
If anyone asked me to pinpoint my favorite part of the story, I wouldn’t be able to do it. Olivia with her “save the world’s endangered species” spiel is funny, but when she introduces Cole to Bertha (her 1979 car) and tells him how to start it up, I couldn’t stop laughing. Especially when she tells him to pump it 3 times, then say come on, baby. Also, let me not forget their rushed wedding in Las Vegas with Elvis and Olivia shows up in jeans and flip-flops. Her smart mouth is a total clash with Cole’s upper-class mannerisms. And their banter and sexual tension are off the charts.
Seriously. This is one of those books that are super fun to read, light-hearted, and that you won’t want to miss. I’d never read this author but I will sure be reading the rest of this series.
Black Tie Optional
Ann Marie Walker
May 30, 2017
The Proposal meets Two Weeks Notice in Ann Marie Walker's new standalone romantic comedy, Black Tie Optional, which New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst calls, "a fun, sexy romp that will keep every reader entertained!" Everything about billionaire Coleman Grant III oozes power and sex. And not the perfunctory kind either, but the sheet clawing, heart stopping, gasping for air after you’ve screamed so loud you can’t breathe kind. From his dark wavy hair that stands in an artfully rumpled mess, to the blue eyes that sear your skin, to his full, sensual lips - on the surface he’s pure perfection. Too bad he's an asshole. An arrogant, uptight corporate raider hell bent on destroying the environment one species at a time. Everything about Olivia Ramsey screams hippie humanitarian. From her blond hair tied in a sloppy bun, to her faded jeans with the Bonnaroo patch sewn on the thigh, to her combat boots still splattered with mud from the previous day’s site visit. So it makes perfect sense that they would get married. In Vegas. Stone-cold sober. Cole needs a wife. Olivia needs to save an endangered species. But what starts as a marriage of convenience soon turns into a battle of wills and sexual tension. Love is a game, and Olivia and Cole are ready to win.
Evie is a certified PMP by day. Reading has been and always will be one of her favorite pastimes, but she also enjoys sharing her thoughts about other interests. A romantic at heart, she’s an eclectic music junkie and wine lover. Checking out nearby restaurants featured on the Food Network is a must, and HGTV is usually to blame for all the decorating and redecorating in her house. Travel is part of her life agenda, and the beach is her own personal space to dream and relax.