Saturday, January 2, 2016

ARC Review: The Millionaire Upstairs by M.J. O'Shea


He might be hard to work for, but he's impossible to resist.

Sasha Sobieski has the perfect job working at legendary American fashion house Harrison Kingsley—or at least he used to. He just never thought he’d have to work for Harrison Kingsley himself. Harrison is exacting, difficult, cold, and hands-down the sexiest man Sasha has ever seen.

After years at the top, Harrison Kingsley knows what he wants, when he wants it, and exactly how he’d like it to be delivered to him. What he wants most right now? His new assistant. Sasha is mouthy, opinionated, and he drives Harrison mad. Problem is, Harrison can never tell if it’s with anger… or desire.

My rating:

This is the first book in the new Dreamspun Desires series published by Dreamspinner Press. The series has a Harlequin feeling to it, and the books should be read as such.

In this first offering, we are introduced to Sasha Sobieski, a very talented fashion student who's hired by his dream fashion company, Harrison Kingsley. He first meets the fashion house owner, Harrison himself, upon leaving the co-owner Joanna's office after being offered the position. Needless to say, the meeting does not go well.

Fast forward to Joanne being super pregnant and needing to take some time off, with Sasha being sent to the Hamptons for the summer to get ready for the Resort Fashion shows, assisting Harrison. Clearly, this isn't Joanna's most brilliant idea, knowing how Sasha feels about Harrison, and vice versa, but she insists, so Sasha packs his bags and his cat and hops into the company car to be taken to Kingsley Manor.

I love the enemy-to-lovers trope, and the author used it quite well here. Sasha carries this book for me, with his snark and thoughts, but also his vulnerability and emotions.

Harrison is an absolute dick for most of the book, and while he redeems himself at the very end, he didn't win my adoration with his assholish behavior for most of the book. He doesn't deserve Sasha, to be honest.

I also didn't like Joanna much - she came across as spoiled and unreasonable and manipulative.

The writing is wonderful, full of emotions. There's moments when Harrison hurts Sasha profoundly, with actions and words, but Sasha is no doormat and refuses to let Harrison treat him that way.

The setting of this book was perfect for this series - The Hamptons as a backdrop, a fashion house of high reputation, a lavish trip to Milan, Italy - and I enjoyed reading about the lives of the rich and famous spending their summer in the Hamptons.

This book is a romance lover's dream - slightly OTT, with an out of reach settings for mere mortals, but rich in romance, hurt and comfort, and excellent use of tropes that I expected for this series.

Well done!

** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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