Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Review: Million Dollar Devil & Million Dollar Marriage by Katy Evans


SHE'S CRAFTING THE MAN OF HER DREAMS ...
AND THE DEVIL'S IN THE DETAILS.
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MILLION DOLLAR DEVIL
by Katy Evans
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Format: Paperback
Release Date: May 28th, 2019
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]

Heir apparent to her father’s company, Lizzy Banks needs a man. The perfect man. But when the rich “fundbabies” she usually rubs shoulders with prove impossible to hire, she takes a chance on a raw beast of a man salvaged from the wreckage of a bar brawl.

James Rowan earns a modest income as a YouTube daredevil, but he can’t refuse Lizzy’s million dollar deal. As she polishes his rough edges, creating a sophisticated gentleman fit for the highest circles of society, not only does she bring out the perfect man—it’s like she’s making the man of her dreams. How can she resist?

Though Lizzy loves seeing James in his clothes—and out of them—he isn’t the kind of man you bring home to Daddy. Her father’s disapproval and the pressure of the campaign have her eyeing the straight and narrow, but Lizzy’s finding it awfully hard to resist the devil on her shoulder…
  


As a book lover, I have an extensive list of authors I absolutely never refuse to read. From a young age my go-to's were Robert Munch, RL Stine, Dav Pilkey, and so many more. As a teen it was Cassandra Clare, Diana Gabaldon, JK Rowling, and as an adult the list is so expansive I'm surprised my brain can retain that many names and book titles. However, with that said, there are always names that immediately stand out of the bookshelf to me as I'm browsing, reminding me of past books loved, and one of those names is certainly that of Miss Katy Evans. So when Ambur of Thomas Allen & Son reached out to me about Katy's Million Dollar series, consisting of Million Dollar Devil and Million Dollar Marriage, I was eager to dive right in. My most recent dose of Katy Evans' work was the Real series, which I absolutely adored!

Million Dollar Devil focuses on the tale of James and Elizabeth (Lizzy). Lizzy is the heir to her father's corporation - Banks LTD. As such, she comes from an incredibly rich family and has spent most of her life socializing with the elite, but is desperate to make her own name in a world and business only built for men. When she's tasked to introduce a new face to the company, she discovers James, a social media star who's extremely rough around the edges. James has a modest income and earns it solely to give his younger brother a better chance, however he doesn't expect to have an immediate connection with Lizzy, one that could seriously complicate a million dollar contract.

I had a bit of a rough time getting into Million Dollar Devil. Don't get me wrong, in the end I absolutely adored the story, dialogue, and chemistry. However, Lizzy wasn't an immediate win in my books. She wasn't the kind of heroine I enjoy reading, but James certainly made up for it. James came across as a more realistic character, one I found relatable and superiorly well-developed. With that said, I did deeply enjoy James' chemistry with Lizzy. I loved their story, the peaks of their passion for one another, and their lows that led to their own personal discoveries. I found it to be a perfect standalone novel, one I'd highly recommend to a romance lover looking for a sexy summer read.


Rating: 
4 / 5 Cupcakes


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THEY AGREED TO GET MARRIED.
THEY DIDN'T AGREE TO FALL IN LOVE.
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MILLION DOLLAR MARRIAGE
by Katy Evans
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Format: Paperback
Release Date: July 23rd, 2019
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]

If someone had bet Nell a million dollars that she would be saying “I do” to a complete stranger on national television, she’d have called them crazy, but with her crushing student loan payments sending her deep into the red, she’s out of options. This should be nothing more than a business transaction—until she sets eyes on her groom, and everything changes.

The game is on the instant Luke spots Penelope “Nell” Carpenter. He’s out for the money, yes, but getting a little dirty with Nell doesn’t sound too bad either. Everyone knows he’s not the marrying kind, so it’s a good thing it’s just for show. God knows he’s the worst guy his pretty wife should pick for real.

They have nothing in common, but if they want the grand prize, they’ll have to beat out eight other couples. Proving that total opposites attract should be easy enough…as long as they don’t fall in love in the process.
  


Million Dollar Marriage focuses on the story of Penelope (Nell) and Luke. Nell is a student with crippling loan debt and Luke is at the risk of loosing everything he worked hard to maintain - his bar. When the opportunity for both of them arises, in the shape of a tv show with a grand prize for the winning couple, both Nell and Luke see an opportunity to rescue themselves from debt. Sadly, both are polar opposites - Nell being the rule follower and Luke being the rule breaker. But can the duo come together and beat out the other couples for the grand prize? Can they do so without falling in love?


I think I loved Million Dollar Marriage far more than Million Dollar Devil. It may have been because either party weren't immediately well-off, from two different social circles, and actually came from similar financial understanding. There was more believability between Nell and Luke's chemistry foundation, and I loved that. Nell was an instant win for me. I liked her non-rule breaking attitude, and how straight laced she came across. Additionally, I couldn't resist immediately loving Luke's bad-boy persona and his rough dialogue. The duo, without a doubt, made a wonderful team, both narratively and emotionally. All around, Million Dollar Marriage was an absolute win for me!


Rating: 
5 / 5 Cupcakes



When it comes to both Million Dollar Devil and Million Dollar Marriage by Katy Evans, I absolutely adored both titles individually and together.  Both titles had their own strengths, and I highly recommend romance lovers give both titles a go!


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