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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Novella Review: The Valentine Challenge by Marisa Cleveland (and Giveaway)

The Valentine Challenge Blog Tour by Marisa Cleveland is being hosted by Entangled Publishing.

Tour Schedule: Feb 26 - March 15
February 26 – Reading Between the Wines
February 27 – Arianne Cruz
February 28 – Sparkles and Lightning
March 01 – My Life With Books
March 04 – Ren’s Rambles
March 05 – My Reading Room
March 06 - Books and Needlepoint
March 07 – Janna Shay
March 08 – Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
March 11 – Waves of Fiction
March 14 – Stuck in Books
March 15 – Ramblings from this Chick

Title: The Valentine Challenge
Author: Marisa Cleveland
Publisher: Entangled Publishing/Flirt

About the novella: Stacey Bradford believes in love, but when her hot boss, Marshall Royce, decides to close her best friend's flower shop - days before Valentine's Day! - Stacey declares war.

Intrigued by Stacey's devotion to her friend, the hearts and flowers holiday, and belief in true love, Marsh issues a challenge - prove love exists or deliver the closing documents to her friend herself.

Stacey never could resist a challenge, but when Marsh makes Valentine's Day the deadline for their deal, Stacey must decide how far she's willing to go for love. 

My Thoughts: Cute story - quick read.  Stacey overhears the HR director plugging her credentials to Marsh for his assistant position.  He is quick to say he isn't interested - but not for the usual reasons.  He doesn't want another young, pretty assistant.  Seems they tend to make a play for him and he refuses to date coworkers.  Stacey is desperate for the job and is intent on proving him wrong.  

In order to help save her friend's business, Stacey has fallen into an unlikely wager with Marsh.  She must prove true love exists and that he will fall in love.  Marsh is challenged by Stacey because she doesn't back down and doesn't fawn all over him like past assistants.  Even though her friend's business isn't as close to the chopping block that Stacey thinks it is, he decides to go along with the bet as well.  

Cute one for around Valentine's Day.  Could easily be expanded into a book, flesh out the characters some more - have Stacey and Marsh have a few more misunderstandings.  I like the combination of humor and desire - makes your pulse race.


tfalick said...

Thanks so much for the review! Sounds like a cute story! And thank you for the giveaway as well!

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Renald said...

This is a fun one to read.DebP

Diah Didi said...

Aaw... the synopsis sounds very intriguing and your review made it more delicious. Guess it's must read.
Thanks for reviewing and for the giveaway. ^^

Meghan said...

Thanks for the giveaway! This looks like a hot novella!

mestith at gmail dot com

Faith said...

Closing a flowershop right before Valentine's Day--what a clever premise!

CherylS22 said...

Sounds like a fun read for Valentine's Day~
Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for taking the time to read my novella! :)


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