Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Book Review: "The Makeover Mistake" (Kathy Lyons)

The publishing industry is a cutthroat place.

Nobody knows that better than Thea Danelle, an acquisitions editor at Fresh Fiction, where she works to find and court young, undiscovered, talented creative writers to publication with her superior marketing plans for their works.

But the last four ... wait, make that five ... young authors she's courted have betrayed her and contracted with Chang Smart Books via one of their acquisitions editors, a sleazy man whose wiles have nearly eliminated Thea's job altogether. If she ever got her hands on a higher-up at CSB, she'd give that leach a piece of her mind.

Enter Michael Thomas Chang, CEO of Chang Smart Books, a family business he owns and operates with his brother Jonathan. They've suspected for some time that one of their editors --- the same one with whom Thea's clients have contracted --- has been playing underhanded tricks to win new authors, but they haven't been able to prove it.

When Michael goes undercover in Vegas as a piano player at a bar during a publishing event to gather intel on their wayward editor, he isn't prepared for Thea, or the pain he feels at having inadvertently caused her distress ... or the sexy, brazen woman he finds beneath the dowdy clothes she wears.

The Makeover Mistake, by Kathy Lyons, debuts this month from Entangled Publishing via its Lovestruck imprint. If you like your romances sultry and a little cheeky, with attention-getting characters, look no further.

Lyons's characters are the lure in this contemporary romance. Michael Chang is the quintessential stuffed-shirt CEO, a fixture in the publishing industry in his business suits and with his briefcase ... until he discovers a side of himself previously unknown (or thought long since lost) when he strikes out as a jeans-and-T-shirt kind of guy undercover.

Perhaps it's no surprise that both he and Thea find themselves presented with an open door of opportunity into not only a sensationally sexy one-night stand but also a longer-term relationship when they each choose to climb out of their respective comfort zones and take a plunge into something different and unexpected.

And unexpected is the word for Thea. Her archetype is the frumpy librarian (once bitten, twice shy) who hides her beauty and sensual desires beneath the ugliest, baggiest clothes she can find, all in the name of professionalism and (in her case) the determination that she won't let herself be hurt again.

Which is likely why her transformation from dowdy to desirable is so praiseworthy. Readers won't be able to help but cheer her on as she throws aside her inhibitions and businesslike manner and cuts loose ... and then will sympathize when she thinks she's been betrayed again and runs to protect herself.

Don't miss this romance from Entangled Publishing. You won't regret it!

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Author: Kathy Lyons
Title: The Makeover Mistake
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Lovestruck)
ISBN: 978-1-63375-244-3
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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