Wednesday, February 19, 2014
The Tycoon's Socialite Bride by Tracey Livesay
assume, based on that title, that this is the book of an arrogant playboy tycoon who has married some brainless, self-important, princess of a socialite. Wrong. Our tycoon, a man named Marcus Pearson, is a self-made man whose mother worked at hotel when he was a child. An incident occurred that resulted in the firing of his victimized mother. At the time Marcus was too young to do anything about it, but he made a vow to his mother that he would get revenge one day. He's worked hard with this goal in mind and becomes incredibly rich, but he soon finds that being filthy rich and on the cover of every magazine means nothing to the old money in D.C. He just doesn't have the pedigree to pull off his revenge. Enter the socialite with a heart of gold. Pamela Harrington works closely with a woman's shelter that is near and dear to her heart. She confronts Marcus because his company has not only purchased the building, but it has also given an eviction notice. She needs him to change his plans or the abused women and their children who depend on the shelter will have no place to go. When Marcus finds out that Pamela is the daughter of a Senator with family roots that run deep in D.C., a plan hatches...
I really liked that everyone in this book acted like mature adults and there was very little pretense. Everyone was upfront with their motives - Marcus didn't try to lie or trick Pamela into marriage, instead he made his proposition and Pamela accepted it. When Marcus does something in the book that could have ruined his budding relationship with Pamela he doesn't try to cover it up with a lie. This was a refreshing change of pace as many books rely on trickery or half truths to create conflict. Pamela is a great character to me. Some could say that she's a bit of a "poor little rich girl," but I don't see her that way. She's a product of her upbringing in D.C.'s elite society. Her father has expectations of her and, wanting his approval, she hasn't wanted to disappoint him. Working with the shelter, however, is the one thing that she's worked on that hasn't had her father's stamp of approval. I feel bad for Pamela, but I love her conviction. It isn't too difficult to imagine the relationship that she has with her father "The Senator." At the beginning her behavior is so controlled by this man and his expectations that I could feel her anxiousness, disappointment and sadness whenever he is mentioned or she has to interact with him. Despite his ever-present disapproval, Pamela is a woman of her word and she doesn't waiver from here agreement with Marcus.
There wasn't anything necessarily "bad" about this book or how the story unfolded. Unfortunately, it just seemed kind of stuck in neutral to me. While it definitely wasn't anywhere near a bad book, it wasn't exactly memorable either. Is that a problem? Not necessarily. For me it just seemed to miss that something that could have made it stand out as more than a "good" book. All in all I do believe that it is worth reading and it is a book that I do recommend it. I'm giving The Tycoon's Socialite Bride a rating of 3.5 out of 5
*I received a review copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review*
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Published: February 10, 2014
Available at: Amazon