Tailored for Trouble is a character driven story, which is great, because the characters sold the story to me as a reader. I love when an author takes the time to develop characters, but Mimi Jean Pamfiloff takes it a step further and develops complex characters. Taylor, and especially Bennett, are like onions, and, even in the final remaining chapters, the author is still peeling back their many layers to show the reader what motivates them. For me, this is the best part of the story!
I truly enjoyed both of these characters. Bennett Wade seems like your typical jerk, billionaire boss. There are many times throughout the story that I personally wanted to punch him. Like Taylor, I want him to be a better person. I want him to treat Taylor better. Basically, the reader becomes Taylor, and the more the author reveals about Bennett, the more I want a happy ending for him. He still makes me angry, but all those times that I wanted to punch him make sense as the story progresses. And, really, his character motivation ends up making him an incredible male protagonist in this story. Taylor, the female protagonist, is a ball buster. She says what she wants, and if someone makes her angry, he or she is sure to get Taylor’s opinion. She is ballsy and says what she feels, and I absolutely love her for it. There is also an introspective nature to Taylor. She evolves as a character because she comes to realizations about herself. Yes, Bennett helps her get there, but she has the light bulb moment and runs with it.
These two together are awesome. The arguing, the fight for dominance, and the sexual tension are great. The only thing that I wish for is more of them together. I felt a lot of the novel had the two main characters spend a considerable amount of time apart, and the reader spends a lot of time in Taylor’s thoughts. I would have liked to see more Taylor and Bennett, because, when they are together, it is truly magic.
I did enjoy the story. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff takes her time telling this story, only revealing bits and pieces to the reader as needed. I found this to be intriguing, because it left me with a desire to know more. I needed to know why he made the bet? Why he is so hard? Why he has his thing? All of these pieces make up their story, and the slow reveal kept me engaged. And really, by the during the falling action and resolution of the story, Bennett completely redeems himself, so the need to punch him that I felt during the exposition and rising action is completely unjustified.
This has been my first book by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, and I would certainly pick up another book written by her. The characters are great, the story is intriguing, and the writing style of the writer is excellent. This is certainly worth a look if you need a good office-romance in your life!
ARC received in exchange for an honest review
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.
About the Author:
When San Francisco native Mimi Jean went on an adventure as an exchange student to Mexico City, she never imagined the journey would lead to writing Romance. But one MBA, one sexy husband, and two rowdy kids later, Mimi would trade in corporate life for vampires, deities, and snarky humor.
She continues to hope that her books will inspire a leather pants comeback (for men) and that she might make you laugh when you need it most.
She also enjoys interacting with her fans (especially if they’re batshit crazy). You can always find her chatting away on Facebook, Twitter, or saying many naughty words on her show MAN CANDY on Radioslot.com !
Find out more about Mimi and upcoming books at www.mimijean.net.