Saturday, October 23, 2010
CINDERELLA & THE CEO (Kings of California Series) - Maureen Child
The Kings of California miniseries has been a delight to read and Cinderella and The CEO by the very clever Maureen Child is no exception. The author’s hero, Tanner King is Scrooge and the Grinch all rolled into one! However, beware because the girl next door and her family run the Angel Christmas Tree Farm and Tanner is about to meet his match!
Tanner King was a loner. So much so he built his million dollar home in the small town of Cabot Valley for peace and quiet and a place where he could work in private. He was very close to his cousins and attorney but as far as he was concerned he needed no one, he learned that lesson at an early age from his parents. However, he had two problems, he needed to get his next game ready for production and he needed to concentrate. However, that wasn’t possible because the tree farm next door was open year round, played Christmas songs loudly all day long. If that wasn’t enough, they had a gift shop, an adopt the tree program and catered to children’s birthday parties and weddings and it was a noisy mess. So much so, Tanner had called the sheriff many times and wanted them stopped!
Angel Tree Christmas farm had been the family business for decades and now they were nervous that their new billionaire next door neighbor could shut them down. The tree farm employed the town’s residents plus the fact that some of the items sold in the gift shop were created by the residents of Cabot’s Valley. People came from all over for their weddings and Ivy Holloway was hoping to put her wedding and events business on the map and therefore expanding her business. Now Ivy was concerned the very powerful Tanner King could shut her family business down not only hurting her but the entire town!
With the help of Tanner’s attorney and friend, Ivy was hired as Tanner’s housekeeper with both of them hoping to soften Tanner with the main goal being for him to learn about Angel Christmas Tree farm and meet some of the residents of residents. Tanner doesn’t need a pretty housekeeper but the very persuasive Ivy cooks, cleans and makes him feel things he doesn’t want to feel and while reading this wonderful romance I kept holding my breath because secrets always have a way of surfacing and when they did, it was explosive.
Ivy and Tanner had magnificent chemistry. Ivy had started this whole charade to save her tree farm and her hometown. However, then it grew into something more. She wanted to help Tanner King, she wanted him to get to know the town’s residents, to have him see what warm and wonderful people they were, wanted to “save” him. Ivy knew he had trust issues because of his family and how would he react when he found out she had lied to him?
When the secret was revealed that Ivy was actually the owner of Angel Christmas Farm I knew it was going to be explosive but what I didn’t expect was how painful it was to read how Tanner felt the betrayal nor how Ivy would feel the loss of the man she loved. All I could think about was if the wall he had erected around his heart would come tumbling down and if he, because of Ivy and the town, would get his happy ending.
Even though Cinderella and The CEO are not “billed” as a Christmas romance, it should be because it was truly a “Christmas miracle” and beautifully written by Desire author, Maureen Child.
Scrooge had moved in next door and Ivy Holloway was at his mercy. Billionaire Tanner King wanted her year-round Christmas-tree farm shut down so he could have his peace and quiet. He had enough money and power to do it, too. Leaving Ivy with only one option—tame the savage beast.
Tanner had found little tranquility thanks to his annoying neighbor. And then he found himself saddled with a gorgeous housekeeper he couldn't keep his mind—or hands—off. Trouble was, these two women were the same person…leaving the CEO wondering if he could really love his enemy.