START ME UP by Maggie riley IS NOW LIVE!!
check out my review plus a little excerpt to celebrate the release of this fun romance novel!
enjoy your visit, readers! ❤
He’s arrogant, sexy and aloof. And now I have to write his book.Jack Willis is every bit the start-up prodigy—seriously smart, inventive, and
totally sexy. With his incredible mind, extraordinary body, and a bank account
with more zeroes than you can count, he would give the sharks from Shark Tank a
run for their money. Everyone from Wall Street investors to drooling house
wives wants a piece of him. Everyone except Libby Hanson, that is.Libby Hanson is a crafty, curvy bombshell, more accustomed to macrame and
crochet than fine dining and stealth engineering. She reads, she writes, she
drinks wine with her cat…and she’s never even heard of Jack Willis until she
lands an interview that will change her life forever.Jack needs a book written—and fast. His sexy new car is about to be released on
the market, and a New York Times bestselling book would be the perfect
marketing push to get his business to the next level. He could have any writer
he wants: but he wants Libby. She’s feisty, gorgeous, and has a way with words
like nobody else.
To write his book, Libby has to see everything he does. She gets thrust into a
brand new world of A-list red carpet events, meetings with executives, and long
nights in the workshop that grow increasingly intimate. But to write a
bestseller, Libby needs more. Their connection is off the charts, but she’ll
need to discover the real Jack—the man behind the inventions, the man who’s
steadily stealing her heart. Jack has secrets—lots of them—and Libby will do
anything to get the scoop. With Jack’s true nature coming to the surface, Libby
finds herself torn—will she expose the man everyone is dying to get the dirt
on? Or will she protect the man she is slowly but surely falling for?
I read the synopsis of this book and pretty much signed up on the spot! I have always been a fan of broody hero romances; and opposites attract tropes – and when it’s both of them together? It’s like the heaven have opened up and rained down on me!
Jack is a self-made millionaire, and while he has the reputation of being a shrewd businessman but he guards his personal life like ferocious dragon. He remains a mystery even to his employees and the world him – so he decides to actually let a ghost writer write about his business; just in time to boost publicity for his newest car release.
Libby is a free mind woman who ghost writes crafting manuals; but when she gets a lead on assignment she knows nothing about ; but she needs the money so the new territory of writing the biography is not scary enough to let go of this opportunity.
Libby goes into the assignment blind; and she is like a breath of fresh air for Jack; though he doesn’t really know how to deal with an open woman being a private person himself.
It was an adventure to see how these opposites attracted to each other – to see how Jack ends up a bit more open, a little less guarded around Libby and Libby on the other hand, gets to be exploratory; she tries out experiences that she never has before, opens up her mind and heart to new experiences, deal with insecurities she thinks are her lacking.
Though, there are secrets that Jack doesn’t want anyone to know; but somehow somewhere Libby gets the courage to actually show Jack’s humane side to the world. Jack is secretive for a reason, though I really did not understand why, even after all that they went through together, he still didn’t trust Libby – this was one of my main contention with this plot of the book – it seemed that with the growing feelings and their experiences together; I did not feel his reasoning was good enough for the secrecy.
Another issue that I had was that I need them to actually get used to the “secret” – and not just get a glimpse of it in the epilogue.
Still a wonderful book that I read in one sitting – definitely will check out more from this author ❤
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .75
“You have no idea what I do, do you?” I asked her point
blank. No point beating around the bush for much longer. And I was curious how she’d react. Most people would stutter and immediately deny their lack of knowledge.I wasn’t surprised when Libby’s reaction was different.
Everything about her was different.She laughed, the sound a little nervous and a little sheepish. “I don’t, I’m sorry,” she confessed. “I don’t like to come so
unprepared, but I’m afraid no one was very forthcoming with details about the job. Just that someone needed a ghostwriter.”“Only you didn’t know who that someone was,” I leaned back,
watching her.I couldn’t help it. There was something about her that captivated me. And I was the kind of man that paid attention when my gut told me to. I wouldn’t have gotten as far as I had if I hadn’t developed a pretty damn good set of instincts. And my instincts were saying that Libby Hanson deserved a closer look.Two red spots had appeared on her cheeks. “I’m afraid to say
I didn’t know who you were when I walked in. And I still don’t.”Even my name hadn’t sparked any recognition. Either Libby
had been living under a rock for the past few years or she just didn’t travel in the kind of circles that discussed the latest tech inventions. Or the latest millionaire gossip mill. It was incredibly refreshing. Everyone else I had interviewed for the ghostwriter job had nearly fallen over themselves, quoting other articles or pieces that had been written about me, trying to impress me. And that was if they were men. If they were women, they tended to start batting their eyelashes and making unsubtle attempts to display various body parts.
Even though it had been happening for years – ever since my name and photo were on the cover of Forbes – I still couldn’t get used to women throwing themselves at me with such aggression. I’d always been lucky with the ladies, but the fame and the money made it out of control. I didn’t like fawning, I just found it annoying. And I really didn’t want to work with someone who was going to try to flatter and butter me up, even if it was for the sake of the book. A book which I had been loathed to do in the first place. I hated talking about myself. I wanted to talk about the work, about what I wanted to accomplish, not which supermodel I was rumored to be dating or all the money I was making. My personal life was just that – personal. And I intended to keep that side of me out of the press and out of this book.Which is why I found Libby’s lack of information appealing,
and I saw the opportunity to avoid the usual pitfalls I often found when being interviewed. She didn’t know me, didn’t know my reputation. She would be able to approach this book without any preconceived notions. Without any agenda. Itcould actually be about the work, and not about me.For the first time the book didn’t seem like the worst idea
ever.“You’re hired,” I told her.
interests include red wine, sushi, strolls through Central Park, and steamy
men- both real and imaginary. She lives on the Upper East Side with her German