Title: The Charm of You
Author: Jennifer Probst
Publisher: Triple J Publishing
Publication Date: August 17, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Recieved an electronic copy via InkSlinger PR for the purpose of this blog tour in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4 stars
It Takes Three Simple Steps To Make a Guy Fall in Love with you…
Let the game begin…
Presley Cabot has come a long way from the overweight, awkward college student who fell hard for the gorgeous track star, Nolan Banks, only to be humiliated after their one night together. Now, she’s one of the billionaire badass owners of LWW Enterprises and has everything she’d ever wanted in life, leaving her past behind.
But when Nolan comes back into town, and doesn’t even recognize the girl he once destroyed, she decides to invoke her own personal revenge. The plan is simple—make him fall hard for her, then dump him. She transforms herself into his perfect woman using three simple steps to spin her web.
But she never planned on getting caught up in old feelings…and new promises…
Nolan Banks leaves Wall Street behind to open up a brewery in his small college town. Finally ready to carve out his life away from the dreams of his family, he never expected to find an immediate attraction to the sexy corporate mogul who challenges him at every step. He falls hard and fast, determined to show her they’re meant for each other, until the truth of their shared past shatters their fragile foundation. But Nolan is playing for higher stakes, and he’s not about to let Presley walk away without a fight. Can he convince her his feelings have nothing to do with the game rules, and everything to do with the woman she is?
“When bad things happen, there’s only one way to win. Go right through them to the other side, no matter how painful the journey was.”
Presley was something. Girl needs a therapist real bad. The fact that she was still so hung up on what happened that night in college made me want to shake her. Yes, it was terrible what happened. Yes, she had every right to be upset. But to let it control her life like that ten years later to the point where she wanted to get revenge on him? That is not healthy at all.
Nolan was a stand up guy. My favourite thing about him (without spoiling anythng) was the measures he took after he found out about that night with Presley. The way he handled the actions that occured that night made me appreciate him very much. Not going to lie, the fact that he was opening a craft beer place solidified him as a great dude in my books. Imagine all those delicious beers and food pairings.
I liked the other characters, but I felt so bad for them. They’ve been putting up with Presley obessing over a dude for ten years that she slept with/got hurt by once. God bless their hearts. I wish we had gotten to know a little bit more about them instead of only having them make an appearance when Presley was in crisis.
“It’s about satisfying you so completely, in all ways. Because you deserve it all. And I won’t stop until you do beg – loudly and often – so lets get started, shall we?”
Jennifer Probst is a great writer. She has such a beautiful writing style and I really enjoyed it. She has a talent of capturing the romance and writing some great sexual tension. The only time I was kind of like “ok we get it” was her use of the phrase “game over.” I feel like the characters said it so many times that nearing the end I was thinking that’s enough now.
My one issue was the plot. There were a lot of details that seemed far-fetched to me. I’m not going to list them all, but my main issue was the whole billionaire aspect to it. I know many books have those aspects with character’s jobs where you know it’s unrealistic, but it’s never mentioned besides in the beginning of the book, so it’s a detail you let slide. In this case, it was mentioned so much.
The pacing was good. Considering they had known each other ten years earlier, and clearly had an emotional connection, it wasn’t that far fetched how quickly they fell for each other. They were pretty similar and fit together so great. The pacing felt natural and there was never a point that I was questioning it. The one thing I wished there was more of was the ending. I waned to find out about opening night at The Bank.
Overall, The Charm of You was a good book. There was a steamy romance with some great sexual tension. However, for me, there were a lot of details in the plot that I thought were too unrealistic and brought up too many times that it distracted from the story a little bit. On the other hand, this book was filled with female empowerment and I adored that. Good for women who only focus on wanting to build each other up instead of tearing each other down.
Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.
She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at http://www.jenniferprobst.com