Review: Black Tie Optional by Ann Marie Walker

Posted May 14, 2017 by Hazel in Hazel, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Black Tie Optional by Ann Marie WalkerBlack Tie Optional by Ann Marie Walker
Series: Wild Wedding #1
on May 30th 2017
Also by this author: Release Me, Embrace Me
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Everything about Coleman Grant III oozes power and sex. And not the perfunctory kind either, but the sheet clawing, heart stopping, gasping for air after you’ve screamed so loud you can’t breathe kind. From his dark wavy hair that stands in an artfully rumpled mess, to the blue eyes that sear your skin, to his full, sensual lips - on the surface he’s pure perfection.
Too bad he's an asshole. An arrogant, uptight corporate raider hell bent on destroying the environment one species at a time.
Everything about Olivia Ramsey screams hippie humanitarian. From her blond hair tied in a sloppy bun, to her faded jeans with the Bonnaroo patch sewn on the thigh, to her combat boots still splattered with mud from the previous day’s site visit.
So it makes perfect sense that they would get married. In Vegas. Stone-cold sober.
Cole needs a wife. Olivia needs to save an endangered species. But what starts as a marriage of convenience soon turns into a battle of wills and sexual tension. Love is a game, and Olivia and Cole are ready to win.

Cocktails and Books received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.

Sexy, Fun and Full of Feeling!

I thoroughly enjoyed this read. The story itself wasn’t anything new – standard hot billionaire man meets his match in gorgeous, complete opposite woman, needs an insta-wife to keep his fortune … then attraction ensues. But where this one differs is the writing, the amazing character development, the intelligent dialogue and the entertaining character antics. From start to finish, Black Tie Optional was exciting, chocked full of laughs and had a lot of heart.

Olivia and Cole steam up the pages as their enemies-to-lovers story slowly and enticingly morphs into a sexy romance that completely pulled me in. They had a lot of obstacles to overcome, including a greedy granny bent on driving a wedge between them. Their personalities were totally different. Cole was brooding, didn’t believe in love and enjoyed getting under Olivia’s skin. Olivia was quirky, sweet and knew how to take things as they came.

But together, they had amazing chemistry and kept me glued to their unfolding story and rooting for their happily ever-after.

This was my first read by this author, but it certainly wasn’t my last.

About Ann Marie Walker

Ann Marie Walker writes steamy contemporary romance and is co-author of the Chasing Fire series (Remind Me, Release Me, Reclaim Me) from Penguin Books. She and her writing partner Amy K. Rogers instantly bonded over their love of alpha males, lemon drop martinis and British supermodel David Gandy. Ann Marie attended the University of Notre Dame and currently lives in Chicago.

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I'm a lover of books in all different genres but give me something with a deep, angsty romance and I'm one happy reader. If it's sexy-steamy and makes my tummy flutter, all the better. I love to share my views and thoughts on a book and could talk shop all day long. I have a coffee addiction I'll admit to and a wine obsession I think is better left unsaid. 😉 Oh and I adore hot, alpha male heroes who know how to make their ladies swoon. I've been reviewing for Cocktails and Books since January 2015.