I received a complimentary copy of this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest and voluntary review.
Published on: 27 April 2020
Published by: Dawn Hill Publications
Type: standalone, series
Author: Kyra Radcliff
Read: 30 July 2020
Shelved: 30 July 2020
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Get here: Amazon USA / Amazon UK
A bitter beginning that led to the sweetest ending…
The last thing small town mayor, Katherine James, wants is a call that her brother is behind bars. Not a good look. When she goes to see him, however, he swears that he’s innocent and is being framed by the brother of the woman he loves.
Set on doing whatever it takes to get her brother out of this horrific predicament without employing her powers as mayor, Katherine finds herself agreeing to a bizarre deal with the cunning and wickedly handsome Tate Reilly: Be his live-in social secretary for one month in exchange for dropping the charges against her brother.
Sounds easy enough, right?
But when a quiet, unassuming beauty falls under the command of an arrogant, hot-as-sin jerk, things are bound to get interesting. It’s not long before the searing attraction between the two threatens to consume them both.
Weeks later, when the tables turn and Tate finds himself on the other end of the stick this time around, Katherine throws him the same deal that he’d thrown her.
During their last deal, things had gotten far too hot and heavy to contain.
This time, their blazing passion just might burn the house down.
Katherine James is a smart, witty, and determined Mayor of Blissmore who is a saint for what she has to go through with her incarcerated brother, Keith. She was able to save the island of Blissmore from poverty by helping increase interest in investing in the island in the span of three years.
Tate Reilly is a venture capitalist with a company that he started from the ground-up. He is also the tall, dark, brooding, loud-mouth thorn in Katherine’s life as he decides to hire Kathrine to be his live-in social secretary for two weeks in exchange for dropping the robbery charges of Katherin’s brother, Keith. Tate’s character is odd because he hired Katherine immediately, knowing that she is related to someone he distrusts his sister to be with, without doing any background checks, etc before whisking away to his mansion. I will just give the benefit of the doubt that he believes that Katherine will not rob him when he’s asleep.
No woman has stood a chance with me, once I’ve made up my mind. Katherine, I’m going to make you mine.— Tate, An Uneasy Alliance
The story is good and although it’s not a new theme, verging on the underdog story. The writer is British and uses a few British terms but not to the point that readers will not understand (or have to whip out Google searches) per word – which I appreciate. The balance of terms makes the wording relatable.
It was hard to relate the characters at first but as I read further in I can see the uniqueness to each. I like fierce and strong heroines and can see it in Katherine. It’s sad to see her be “abused” by Tate without him knowing the truth. Tate is intense but also all-over-the-place with the way he seesaws between hate and lust for Katherine. The accusations are unfounded and very “shallow” that if only he knows how much she is taking just for the love her brother. I can see why Katherine is cautious and feels that the arrangement is like an entrapment, especially with all the “push and pull” from Tate.
I like how the story turned unexpectedly (I don’t want to spoil the fun of this book) when readers think that it’s the end. I like this and commend the author for pulling this well without making it turn cheesy.
The bond of Katherine and her brother, Keith, is wonderful in siblings that lost their parents. You see her talk to Keith with respect, even if she knows that her brother was wrong on how he went about asking for the hand of Samantha (Sam). Although Tate and his sister, Sam, took care of each other without their parents (also died in an accident), their relationship is different from Katherine-Keith. The juxtaposition of the sibling relationship of Katherine versus Tate is very blatant. I am in awe on how Katherine did deliver “reality” to Tate in order to see that Sam is already an adult and will have to decide things for herself soon or else lose her forever.
1.) The book can get confusing since the POV quickly changes without letting readers know so you should be patient and “readjust” yourself on this. One moment you’re in Katherine’s headspace then the next paragraph, you jumped to Tate. A suggestion if this goes back for reissue/republishing to have the POV indicated or move to the next chapter so readers can shift POV slowly.
2.) Scene changes can be abrupt with no separators i.e. from an evening discussion to driving out the next morning. It knocks you off one scene to another. Separators will surely help if the author would want to still continue with the chapter.
3.) The pacing threw me off at times (most likely because separators were lacking) as there are scenes that were slower versus some that glazed through, especially in the end. Maybe it would have benefited the book to have a section as “epilogue” to help readers readjust with the story.
Overall, I like the book. It’s easy to read and relate though both character’s self-doubt of what is going on between them can get a bit tiring especially when they bicker. The chemistry is good and mutual thus makes the scene believable. The unexpected part in the middle of the book as the story turned in another way was great. I would recommend this book for easy reading with a siding of “revenge”.
I cannot wait to see what other books come out for Kyra Radcliff.