Published by CB Creative Books
Publication Date: December 16th, 2012
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance
High fashion, high art, high expectations – this is Pretty Woman for the twenty-first century.
Money makes the world go round – that’s what twenty-something Grace Reeves is learning. Stuck in a grind where everyone’s ahead apart from her, she’s partied out, disillusioned, and massively in debt. If she’s dumped by another rock-band wannabe, squashed by anyone else at her cut-throat fashion job, or chased by any more bailiffs, Grace suspects she’ll fall apart…
So when older, sexy and above all, wealthy art-dealer Vaughn appears, she’s intrigued against her will. Could she handle being a sugar daddy’s arm candy?
Soon Grace is thrown into a world of money and privilege, at Vaughn’s beck and call in return for thousands of pounds in luxurious gifts, priceless clothes – and cash. Where’s the line between acting the trophy girlfriend, and selling yourself for money?
And, more importantly: whatever happened to love?
So, this book surprised me. I had previously tried reading it three times and couldn’t get into it, but I forced myself to give it till 10% in to make a decision and I am so glad I stuck through it.
Grace Reeves is a hot mess. She has TONS of debt, a shopping addiction, and horrible self esteem. While in the process of getting dumped by her loser boyfriend in the middle of a department store, she draws the attention of Vaughn, an older successful art dealer.
Vaughn is a jerk. He is demanding, rude and selfish. He is the kind of guy that refuses to apologize because he feels that he has nothing to apologize for.
Vaughn propositions Grace into an arrangement that is beneficial to both of them. Grace will be available to Vaughn’s every whim (professionally AND sexually) and in return Grace will be paid handsomely and make connections with many influential people that can help further her career in the fashion world.
But Grace and Vaughn, despite their faults, they start bringing out the best in one another.
She knew exactly what he meant. Despite their differences, because of their differences, they were a perfect mismatched set. Two sides of the same tarnished penny. An out-of-step Fred and Ginger. Vaughn was just as fucked up as she was – he was just so much better at hiding it.
I really did adore this book. I had problems with some of the British-isms and had to research certain sayings to understand what exactly the characters were describing. Also, Vaughn is not a character for everyone. He is more insufferable than charming, but I eventually was able to warm up to him.
But what made this book special was the dynamic between Grace and Vaughn. The banter, and growing feelings between these two had me laughing, smiling and of course, wanting to throw my kindle to the ground. I really enjoyed this book and am very happy that I decided to stick it out.