Content Warnings: sexual scenes, loss of loved one, blackmail, and mention of being cheated on.
Taylor wants to turn one of her family’s many estates into a getaway retreat but she isn’t confident about where to start. Having been to every hotel Roman has ever built she’s convinced he’s the perfect person to guide her. Determined to elicit his help she’s willing to bid, however much it takes, to win some of Roman’s time.
Roman prefers staying out of the spotlight but when his sister-in-law asks him to be part of her charity action he agrees. Roman regrets agreeing…until he sees the stunning blonde in the gold dress. It’s been a long time since romance and relationships have entered Roman’s mind but now that he’s met Taylor she’s all he can think about.
I loved the idea of Taylor bidding on Roman to finally get time to pick his brain about what it takes to be a hotelier. She’s determined and hopeful while he’s reclusive and somewhat jaded.
Though I loved the overall idea, and these are tropes I enjoy, I just wasn’t feeling the chemistry between them. I don’t even know if I could put my finger on what I needed but I needed something more. Perhaps if this had been a slightly longer novel and we had a little more time I could see the how/why they were drawn together and connected.
The Little Black Book mystery, in this book, felt like we just have more to speculate but not that we’re getting closer to uncovering who’s behind it all. I’m hoping that book three will give me the chemistry and mystery that I’m looking for.