A chance meeting with a handsome stranger turns into a whirlwind affair that gets everyone talking.
Dating is the last thing on Olivia Monroe’s mind when she moves to LA to start her own law firm. But when she meets a gorgeous man at a hotel bar and they spend the entire night flirting, she discovers too late that he is none other than hotshot junior senator Max Powell. Olivia has zero interest in dating a politician, but when a cake arrives at her office with the cutest message, she can’t resist–it is chocolate cake, after all.
(From the Book Blurb)
Party of Two is my fourth by Jasmine Guillory and by now I know I can rely on her impeccable style and ability to create strong female characters. If you read the previous books in the series, you will recognise Olivia as Alexa’s older sister, but the book can be read and enjoyed as a standalone.
Olivia Monroe leaves a big shot law firm in New York to start her own practice together with her friend Ellie back home in LA. Olivia is smart and hard-working, but moving across the country and starting a new life isn’t easy. You need to find a house, buy a car, go to endless networking events to get new clients and so on. There is absolutely no time for dating and it is fine for Olivia at the moment. When she meets and flirts with handsome Max in a hotel bar, she doesn’t tell him she is a lawyer. Who needs another stupid lawyer joke? Much better pretend to be an accountant.After all, she isn’t going to see Max ever again, so she can talk about anything she wants and that is infinite superiority of three-layered chocolate cakes above any other kind of dessert. Olivia discovers later that Max is a rising political star and junior senator for California. Still, it doesn’t change the fact that this isn’t the right time to complicate her life with romance.
Max knows that he met someone special in Olivia. He is charmed by this woman who doesn’t know who he is and doesn’t laugh at his jokes to keep him happy. Whenever she smiles, he feels he earned it and Max can’t help being interested. Max’s friend Wes points out that Max tends to act impulsively and it would make sense to take things slowly with Olivia. Max’s job comes with its own challenges, not least of which is being in constant media spotlight. Can you blame him for wanting to be with someone who likes him for himself and not his wealth or status?
I loved both protagonists. Olivia is a planner. She likes to check all the details and analyse all aspects before committing herself to a decision. She is confident and measured in everything she says or does. Max, on the other hand, is quite impulsive. Opposites may attract, but making this kind of relationship work requires special attention and willingness to communicate and compromise. There are some serious issues they have to deal with: long-distance relationship, lack of privacy and intense media scrutiny of their past. I like the way they recognise and learn from their mistakes and change their behaviour. Max learns not to put Olivia on the spot with the press or push her go to his political events or accept his last-minute plans. Olivia learns to be more flexible and more open about her feelings to help Max understand better her decisions.
Another charming and entertaining addition to the Wedding Date series which already has numerous fans.
Thank you to Edelweiss and Berkley for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
- Have you read Party of Two or is it on your tbr?
- Have you read Jasmine Guillory’s previous books? if yes, are you a fan?
- Do you like the Opposites Attract trope in romance?