Published by Self-Published on October 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Throughout her 23 years, Peyton Prescott was used to running the show. That went into overdrive the minute she agreed to become a bride. Born into an affluent Southern family, she was expected to fulfill her social obligation to marry well, and found that unsuspecting groom in her pushover fiancé, Leland Goodreau. He, like the rest of her family, catered to her every whim to keep her happy, and she predicted a satisfactory, if not boring, existence as his missus.
In fact, the only real human to stand up to this bridezilla from hell is Mateo Bravo, one of the chefs she considers to cater the blessed event. Sparks fly the minute they meet and out of sheer defiance, she hires Mateo and his sister Naomi for every social gathering in the remaining months until she marries.
Mateo, unlike any other man she's ever met, doesn't put up with Peyton’s behavior. With a masculine energy that she finds alluring and exciting, he turns her entitled existence upside down by showing her she's not always the boss. No one is more surprised than she is when she finds out that she kind of likes it.
Peyton decides to seduce, and then dump, the middle-class cook, just to get him out from under her skin. Instead she finds out that there are a few things in life even the great Peyton Prescott can’t plan.
Born into one of the richest families in Texas, Peyton is spoiled and has this sense of entitlement surrounding her. With the upcoming nuptials her attitude is even more intolerable than usual. Not a single person in her immediate circle could tolerate her. Peyton’s parents give into all of her wants and needs just to avoid an outburst. She is bowed down to every single time up until the delectable “hired help” Mateo Bravo walks into their family home. He immediately challenges her which is something that she isn’t used to. She is intrigued and captivated by this man who dares to defy her.
With every cell in her being she wants this man. She tries to manipulate him, threaten him, seduce him into giving in to her every need but as much as she pushes – Mateo continues to ignore her demands even if deep inside he wants her just as badly. As they spend an unsuspected amount of time together Mateo discovers that there is so much more beneath the debutante attitude. Being around him changes her in so many ways she discovers that there is so much more to life than just power and money.
I will admit that I struggled through the first chapters of this book. Peyton was such an annoying, condescending little bitch that made me want to pull my hair out and put this book into a DNF folder. Like always I muddled through and once I got to that first pivotal point I have to say that I don’t regret a single moment after that. Come to find out the author had to portray this character to be THAT repulsive to make this story work and she did a splendid job in doing so.
“He watched her face as he slid inside her slowly. She wasn’t the first girl he had fucked, but he knew as she closed around him, her blue eyes locked with his own, she was the only one he’d made love to. This was far more intimate then sex. This wasn’t about lust or need; it was a connection that blended their two bodies into one….”
As much as I hated Peyton in the beginning she grew on me especially in the end. I thought that the way she changed was done exceptionally. She always had it in her but never was given that chance. When it finally clicked she was considerate and sincere about it. She too wanted to make a difference without the payback. Her relationships evolved and I loved when she finally made that step and reached out to her closest friend when she needed her the most.
I was amazed by Mateo. Just so you know, I had this guy imbedded in my brain while reading those scenes. Okay so let me swoon some more…and more… moving on…. I just thought he was great! He always had his priorities straight, he was generous and self sacrificing, gave up major plans for his family and never forgot his responsibilities and promises when most would have at a drop of a hat.
I loved how much control he had around Peyton. You know she did some hardcore seducing but was he swayed by her attempts? Let’s just say that for a while there was some remarkable tension going on between those two. When they got to that point I thought that in so many ways they fit perfectly -like pieces of a puzzle. The passion and romance between these two is sizzling HOT. It just wasn’t about the sex though. Every single time, they had that emotional connection that I look for in my romances.
I enjoyed this book for many other reasons. It didn’t just concentrate on Peyton and Mateo’s relationship but it also ventured on an unconventional relationship of another important couple in the story too. I liked how family played a very important role in the Bravo household. At a very young age the siblings were instilled with some great ethics and values and I loved how that affected them as adults. It was so different from Peyton’s family which made me appreciate it even more.
The main characters were most definitely from two different worlds and had so much going against them that I would have never thought that the author would able to pull it off but she did so flawlessly. Loved this emotional story of sacrifice and acceptance and how it proved to me repeatedly that love does conquer all.