Author: Belinda Williams
Publisher: Momentum Books (Pan Macmillan)
Rating: 4 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: She’s in a long-term, committed relationship. With her business.
In three years Madeline Spencer has single-handedly grown her marketing agency, Grounded Marketing, into one of the country’s fastest growing companies. But her success has been at the expense of her social life, and her girlfriends have had enough. They’ll do whatever it takes, from speed dating to blind dates, to show her there’s more to life than work.
Only Maddy is having a hard time forgetting about her business. She’s about to pitch for her biggest client ever and the mysterious media mogul, Paul Neilsen, has volunteered to mentor her. Maddy might just be in with a shot of landing the account – if she can keep her mind on the job. Working with Paul is not at all what she’d imagined, and Maddy finds herself torn between her ever increasing workload and her feelings for Paul. She’s discovering playing in the big league means making sacrifices … and Maddy must decide what she can’t live without.
Review: I don’t know why these romances set in Sydney are so enchanting to me–the foreignness of it, the totally different lifestyle, or what. I just know that I adore them. And this book by Belinda Williams is a great example; the sassy characters, the gorgeous landscape, and the completely different work-scape combined to give me a great romance with superb character building in a setting that blew me away. Let’s all move!
Maddy’s built up her own ad agency from scratch and she’s ready to move it up a level–to the big leagues. Her dad’s help comes in the form of a mentor, Paul Neilson. Paul is a great “pitch” man–he’s amazing at selling his ideas to customers. If he can help detail-oriented Maddy hone her pitching skills, she’ll be unstoppable.
Paul really admires Maddy, both for her gorgeous good looks and her business savvy. It’s obvious she’s got what it takes to make it to the top, and with his help he can see her achieving whatever she wants. She’s got that intrinsic “it” factor that breeds success. But as he’s learned, sometimes the sacrifices you have to make to have a successful business definitely derail your personal happiness. Take his life, for example. Alone in his early forties, divorced, workaholic, not getting to see his two sons much at all. That’s why he’s always reminding Maddy to make sure to leave room for a life. He’s actually a great mentor to her.
Of course, in the way of all romances, working long hours together breeds interest which leads to spending time together. As a relationship builds outside the parameters of Grounded Marketing, Maddy’s business, Paul opens up his life to her. She grows to love his two sons and becomes involved in their lives. Not thinking she could have children, Maddy’s ready to embrace them as her own and isn’t bothered by the fact that with their fifteen year age difference, Paul doesn’t want anymore kids. What she is having trouble with is the increasing demands from the big company they’re now working with–last-minute changes, huge demands, and an increasing workload that’s close to crashing her personal life and new-found relationship. How can she fit the demands that a high-profile business puts on her against the need to have a personal life? Can anyone do it without sacrificing their own desires?
Of course, we all know the answer to that is NO. Because if everyone could have their cake and eat it too, we’d all do it, right? It’s all about the compromise, as Maddy and Paul learn in this smoothly written, funny yet complicated romance. Lovely characters, fully developed plot line with a twist that kept me guessing, and funny, realistic friends that made this series a new must-read for me. Thanks again, Belinda Williams!