Released: July 1, 2014
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Fanny Press
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: Sally Friday is a mess. Not only is she tortured by self-doubt, but she is also clumsy and has no fashion sense. However, these qualities are exactly what her boss is counting on when she sends her to spy on reclusive millionaire playboy, Roman Daniels. Sally, normally an office clerk for the gossip magazine, Normandy, interviews for the position as Roman’s new secretary.
His jealous PA, Antonia, immediately hires the girl, confident that her disheveled appearance will make her invisible to Roman’s wandering eye. Reliably disaster-prone, Sally makes a memorable first impression, and Roman wonders if he will survive her employment. But there is something about Sally that Roman can’t dismiss. Unlike every other woman, she is unswayed by his masculine good looks, and he keeps catching intriguing glimpses of her feminine potential. When Sally takes a midnight dip in his pool, Roman makes an eye-popping discovery: Sally is hiding a luscious hour-glass figure beneath those baggy clothes. Her hidden assets as well as her refreshing innocence have Roman hooked.
That is, until his growing feelings and fear of commitment get in the way and he decides to back off. With the help of Roman’s best friend Paul, Sally plays to Roman’s jealousy and gives him a taste of his own medicine. But what will Roman do when Sally's deceit is revealed?
Ugly duckling Sally Friday has always felt unloved and not wanted. She’s was orphaned at a young age who was then left to the foster system. With very few friends and no support system she was kicked out with no money and nowhere to go, she pulled herself up and found minimum wage jobs. She was even able to take journalism courses at a local college. She currently finds herself as an assistant for a fashion magazine surrounded by beautiful, seemingly vain people and a horrible boss.
Roman Daniels is a handsome, wealthy man. He also happens to be an extreme womanizer taking women once and as a play thing. He’s never wanted a relationship; the closest he’s come to it is by repeatedly sleeping with his assistant, Antonia.
Antonia sets up to find a new secretary to fulfill that of the recently retired lady. She calls for interviews knowing that other attractive woman will vie for the spot and hopefully more with the notorious playboy. Sally’s boss sends her to try to get hired and then get a story on the very private man. Not shockingly, as an unsightly and clumsy person she was handed the position and nearly immediately sent to be his live-in secretary in the English countryside.
The first several chapters are enormously campy and over the top…think a British version of Ugly Betty. In fact, that’s pretty much what kept running through my head. Then after the next few chapters, I realized I was drawn in. Not ever sure when it happened but it did. It’s quirky and familiar and really turns out to be sweet. Roman starts out hugely as a jerk that focuses very much on appearances and fulfilling what he’s been used to. He definitely doesn’t seem to care about hiring people capable of being successful, that just an afterthought. As expected, Sally turns into the swan with the help of her fairy godmother AKA her new gay best friend and the gardener, Paul. He immediately sees a kindred spirit and sets out to make her outside as nice as her inside.
Although larger-than-life, this story is quite enjoyable. It’s funny, charming, and sincere. Sally becomes a bit more layered as you see her progress from her unattractive shell and come into her own. In the end, it is very much a Cinderella story.
Rating: 3.5 stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.