In Right Billionaire, Wrong Wedding by Victoria Davies, Darian King doesn’t know the first thing about organizing a wedding, so when his sister asks him to plan hers, the only person Darian can turn to for help is his very trustworthy assistant, Allison Reed. The thing is, Darian knows mixing business with pleasure is wrong, but there’s something about Allison that attracts him to her. But what happens when he learns the secret she’s been trying so desperate to hide. Will their love survive, or will Darian ruin any chance he has at happy ever after?
”You’d give up your Saturday for me?”
Blue eyes pinned her, and she resisted the urge to drop her gaze. “Planning a wedding isn’t a nine-to-five kind of task. Besides, when have you ever complained about me working odd hours?”
“True enough. You are ever the reliable assistant.”
“Of course I am.”
Reliable. Dedicated. The woman you called when you had a problem that needed fixing. That’s what her role in Darian’s life was.
Allison Reed is getting sick and tired of being available to her boss’s whims every hour of every day, but she would do anything to please billionaire Darian King. Asking her to plan his sister’s wedding is way out of her job requirements, but she agrees to do it. Especially since she’s looking for another job, one less demanding and needs his endorsement of her work to impress any prospective employer willing to hire her. Can she find a way to keep her decision to leave a secret, or will her choice blow up in her face just when she’s starting to make Darian see how good they are together?
I’ve read a couple of books by Ms. Davies and absolutely enjoyed them, so I couldn’t wait to read this first book in her Sexy Billionaire series, and I’ve got to say that it does not disappoint. The way this story started had me feeling sorry for the heroine, because of the dilemma she’s facing. She has strong feelings for her boss, and yet, she’s finding it harder and harder to be able to deal with her job and the fact that she’s at her boss’s beck and call twenty four hours a day / seven days a week. That sort of demand on her time is taking its toll on her, and it’s palpable she needs a change in pace otherwise she’s going to burn out in her position as a personal assistant.
The dialogue was well-written and the characters back stories definitely drive this story. Darian’s reasons for not wanting a relationship was a strong obstacle for this couple to overcome, and when I finally discovered why, I felt sorry for him. He’s held a lot of guilt inside due to an accident he couldn’t have changed the outcome of, even if he had done things differently that day. Yet, at the same time, I was cheering for Allison to be the one to finally change Darian’s mind. That she’s the one to finally make him realize that he can’t let the past hold him back from finding happiness.
He arched a brow. “Are you telling me you believe in true love? You spend as much time chained to a desk as I do?”
Careful, she thought. Don’t let those lines blur even more. “For Jenny’s sake I hope there can be something lasting between two people.”
“It’s a nice fairytale,” he agreed.
She tilted her head to the side. “This is why confirmed bachelors shouldn’t plan highly romantic events.”
He scoffed at her words. “I can be objective about all this. It makes me the perfect planner.”
I enjoyed both characters, but there were moments where Darian frustrated me. At times, I thought the hero took Allison for granted, which is proven when he learns her secret. She’s been the best assistant he’s ever had, and yet, the way he treated her illustrates the expectations he has for everyone and everything. He expects everything to go his way. Really, he should appreciate the fact that Allison is a miracle worker; a woman known for her loyalty to both him and her job. Why react the way he did when she’s been there all the times he’s needed her?
While Allison, I thought she was a fantastic heroine. She’s hard-working, smart and I liked her tenacious attitude when it came to planning the wedding. She took charge and did her best to find the perfect venue, food, cake etc. Also, I liked her determination to prove to Darian that he deserved to be happy. She brings out a playful side to the hero that he never allows people to see, and I was cheering for her to be able to break through the hero’s walls. Certainly, she wasn’t afraid to express her opinion when the hero uncovered her secret, and they were definitely words Darian needed to hear. Besides, with Darian’s sister on her side, there was no way the hero could escape his decision to stay away from her.
Overall, this was a really good book to start off Ms. Davies Sexy Billionaire series, of which the sex scenes were hot and illustrated that being friends with benefits can lead to so much more. Even though the hero is adamant he won’t ever be able to offer the woman he’s falling hard for a chance at happy ever after. Then again, if anyone can get Darian to change his mind, it would be Allison.
The way this story ended was wonderful, and I loved the words the hero said to the heroine when they finally talked after everything went sour between them. How could the heroine not want to give him another chance when his words are so special? I would recommend Right Billionaire, Wrong Wedding by Victoria Davies; if you enjoy the friends to lovers trope or sexy billionaires that find love when they least expect it.
Darian King has never met a challenge he couldn’t handle. Running a billion-dollar corporation? Piece of cake. Hostile takeovers? A walk in the park. But when his little sister begs him to plan her wedding, Darian finds himself less than prepared for the task. Luckily, he knows just who to ask for help.
Allison Reed wants nothing more than to leave King Enterprises behind. Being the personal assistant to a man like Darian is a 24/7 job. Asking her to help plan a wedding is simply the icing on the stress-filled cake but to leave she needs a glowing reference and will do anything to get it. Even plan a wedding with the man of her dreams.
Stepping outside the office has unexpected consequences. Darian doesn’t believe in relationships, yet he’s starting to see Allison in a whole new light. But he doesn’t know her secret, and she fears that by the time the vows are exchanged, she won’t just be leaving her job behind but her heart as well.