By: Jasmine Guillory
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.
Olivia is surprised to find that Max is sweet, funny, and noble–not just some privileged white politician she assumed him to be. Because of Max’s high-profile job, they start seeing each other secretly, which leads to clandestine dates and silly disguises. But when they finally go public, the intense media scrutiny means people are now digging up her rocky past and criticizing her job, even her suitability as a trophy girlfriend. Olivia knows what she has with Max is something special, but is it strong enough to survive the heat of the spotlight?
Olivia is Alexa’s sister. She’s a high powered New York lawyer that’s decided to move back to California and start a law firm with her best friend. She’s tired of men talking down to her, taking advantage of her hard work, and generally being dicks.
Max is a pretty boy senator that is looking to start a relationship because he’s lonely. He’s impulsive, and as a rich, white man has lived an incredibly privileged life. Still, he loves cake and pie, so he’s not all bad.
I don’t know if it’s because I just read the first book in the series, and it was about Olivia’s sister or if this is just the formula Guillory uses, but I noticed a lot of similarities. Max loved to see Olivia’s smile and laugh almost as much as Drew. Both women were hesitant to leap into things, though, Olivia much more so. It was also a long-distance relationship where most of their time together was on the weekend. Lots of deserts and food, which I loved, but dammit someone give me a cake!
Olivia and Drew were a cute couple, and once again, the conflict at the end was very believable. I couldn’t see how it would be overcome honestly, but I liked what they came up with, it was sweet.
I’m looking forward to reading the second book in the series, now that I’ve read the fifth, but I’m also a little apprehensive. Is it going to be as similar? I’ll find out, I guess.