To save her family’s business, fledging CEO Daisy Cater must win the bid on a resort on St. Maarten. There’s a small catch, though. The seller insists all bidders visit the island and experience the singles retreat firsthand. This wouldn’t be so bad…if only rule-maker Daisy weren’t paired with her bitter rival, the hot and broody Alexander Gillard. Keeping her enemy close just became a whole lot harder.
Alexander “Zan” Gillard didn't expect to be partnered with gorgeous Daisy at the idyllic singles retreat. A challenge that has them cuffed together ignites an explosive chemistry, and soon Zan wants more than four days with this bewitching woman who is nothing like he expected her to be.
But their families are at odds and reality awaits them at home, along with a betrayal that threatens to blow their newfound trust apart...
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In Taming the Ceo (Right Man, Wrong Family #1) by Hayson Manning, both Daisy Cater and Alexander 'Zan' Gillard are determined to win a bid on a resort in St. Maarten. However, they're both expected to experience the resort firsthand before bidding. But what's worse, Daisy finds herself paired with her enemy and soon finds her dislike for him turning into her liking Alexander a lot. Yet, when he does something he knows she isn't going to like, will she turn her back on him for good, or will Alexander be able to convince her to forgive him so they can have a shot at happy ever after?
Enemy to lovers trope encompassing stories can be so much fun, especially when a book contains two strong main characters determined to get their way and not compromise unless it's to their benefit, and this story was a piece of ingenious writing that captured my attention from start to finish. However, with this story the bet they make certainly makes things more interesting, as Alexander believes the heroine's sister did something wrong and Daisy is adamant her sister would never do any such thing. Who is right? Will the truth come out?
The dialogue made this story a complete page turner due to the main characters back stories, which extends beyond the two of them and goes back to other generations of their families. Will Alexander and Daisy be able to cease the cycle of discord? Moreover, the dialogue was intense due to the heroine struggling to save her family business unless she wins the bid and what the hero does that makes the heroine feel betrayed. However, there was some really good teasing banter between the hero and heroine that had me amused. Both the main characters are quite stubborn when it comes to deciding on what activities they'll undertake at the resort including being handcuffed together. Even if that one is more pleasurable and eventually turns their strong chemistry into so much more when their relationship turns to physical intimacy and fan-your-face moments.
Both the main characters are engaging and had my complete attention while they battle to discover who will cave to the bet first. Moreover, the heroine is strong and brave by everything she does. I also liked the tight bond she shared with her sisters and how they would do anything for each other and how determined she was to seeing things through to the end no matter how tough things got. While the hero, I loved him. He's determined to win the heroine over and I liked the challenge she provided for the hero, because he's too confident and needs things shaken up. I also liked his way of life and how he feels about the heroine's need for lists. Couldn't she see there are benefits to being impulsive?
Overall, Ms. Manning has penned a delightful read in this book, which kept my eyes glued to every word until I realized I was finished this story quicker than I thought it would take me to be at the end. The way this story ended was wonderful, because of the outcome of who won the bid and how things were made right between this couple, considering the heroine never thought she'd be able to forgive the hero for what he did. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up perfectly, as readers discover how far the hero and heroine have come in their relationship and whether things have turned out for the better between the two families. I would recommend Taming the CEO by Hayson Manning, if you enjoy the enemy to lovers trope or books by authors Nana Malone, Kylie Scott, Dani Wyatt or Susan Ford.
Meet the Author:
I love Princess Bride, Young and the Restless, Days of our Lives – the drama is deliciously addictive. Big Bang Theory but will take Wolowitz over Cooper. Star Trek not Star Wars. Undercover Boss, Secret Millionaire – any story that shows the little guy making it. I follow the Buffalo Bills like a religion. I am spellbound by showjumping and equestrian eventing. I love curling up and reading all books – no genre is off-topic. I like ironing, I hate peas, love donkeys, I play a killer game of Scrabble. I will often be heading towards the fridge for another Diet Coke. I eat nothing with legs and believe wine goes with everything, oh and I’m an expert at finding new and inventive ways to avoid exercise. I live in the sparkly beachside suburb of Redondo Beach in California with my infuriating shoe-dropping husband and my two boys who speak in mystifying grunts.