I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Millionaire Makeover by Naima Simone
Series: Bachelor Auction, #2
Published by Macmillan on February 8th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, General
Source: Entangled Publishing
Reading Challenges: COYER Back to Basics
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
He promised to stay away...but some promises are made to be broken
Plain-Jane computer programmer Khloe Richardson needs a date—one to make the prince of her dreams jealous. Maybe then he'll finally see her as a desirable swan and not the ugly duckling in the second office from the left.
But when she bids on a bachelor at a charity auction, the man she wins is millionaire Niall Hunter—who once made intense, passionate love to her and then left without a word. She's determined not to let her guard down again—among other things—around the infamous Irish lothario.
Niall never imagined his penance for one hot-as-hell night with his best friend’s little sister would be transforming her from a shy wallflower to a sultry siren. Helping her attract another man is torture...especially when he promised his friend he’d stay away. Plus, she wants forever, and he's not a forever kind of guy. But Niall can't stop wanting her. Can't stop touching her. Can't stop, period. And damn if he can remember why he has to...
I liked the first book in Naima Simone’s Bachelor Auction series, but I loved The Millionaire Makeover. Gone were the pesky problems that the plot created for the romantic couple in the first novel, and instead readers get a great, swoon-worthy romance. The story centers around Khloe Richardson, and her brother’s best friend, Niall Hunter. Khloe’s friend Morgan takes Khloe to her social club’s bachelor auction to score a date for her work’s Christmas party. Someone hot who will make the object of Khloe’s affection, Bennett, finally see her for the sexy woman she is, instead of the plain-Jane computer geek he knows at work. When Khloe wins Niall at the auction it would appear as if all of her dreams are about to come true, except for one tiny problem. Not only is Niall Khloe’s brother’s best friend, but he’s the one-night stand that kicked her to the curb three years prior.
What I loved the most about this story was Khloe and Niall’s backstory. Having grown up together, Niall’s actions cut a lot deeper than if he was some schmuck off the street. Instead of making him unlikable, Niall comes off as a charmer because readers know off the bat what prompted Niall to do such a horrible thing. Young, wealthy, and charming, Niall Hunter is every woman’s dream on the surface, but has some serious issues he needs to work out. The epitome of a bad boy, readers can’t help but root for Niall to change his tune, and step up to the plate for Khloe.
As much as I was smitten with Niall, I also really loved Khloe. She’s beautiful, smart, and a good friend. My only complaint about her character isn’t really with her, but with the romance genre as a whole. Every time a woman is curvy, she has to have a self-esteem issue. Newsflash authors: Not all curvy women wish they were a size 2, and hate their bodies. Everything about Khloe screams that she would be a catch, except for how Niall has to show Khloe her worth. For once I would like to read about a curvaceous woman who loves the way she looks, and has a positive self-image to boot.
Aside from that one negative aspect of the story, I found Millionaire Makeover hard to put down. The story captivated me from the very first sentence, the pacing was steady, and the characters were well-developed and complex. I also found all aspects of the story to be believable, and in keeping with the characters’ personalities. I would recommend this book to romance readers looking for a great love story, with swoon worthy scenes, and a Pretty Woman vibe.