Title: Miss Congeniality (The Misses Trilogy #1)
Author: Marie Garner
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 28, 2014
When America’s sweetheart…
Brea Richards is America’s sweetheart. Dubbed Miss Congeniality by the media, Brea has spent years honing her current reputation. And being one of the leading stars of a prime time television show…priceless. It’s a long way from her humble beginnings, but that’s her secret to keep. Or at least that’s what she believes until she gets the phone call.
Meets America’s bad boy…
Lance Holder is America’s bad boy, the guy they love to hate. He lives life the way he wants, and makes no apologies, regardless of what anyone thinks. All everyone sees is the tattooed, motorcycle riding, reckless movie star, preventing anyone from looking beneath the surface. And that’s just fine with Lance. Until his new gig puts him right in the path of Brea.
Will either one escape unscathed?
Lance is the newbie on Brea’s show, and everyone is watching to see if America’s bad boy will influence Miss Congeniality. They don’t know Brea’s worst influences happened long before Lance entered the picture. And Lance seems to be one of the only ones to see beyond her current façade. Maybe America’s bad boy is just what America’s sweetheart needs…
Brea tried for calm but failed miserably. Her temper didn’t flair up often, but when it did she tended to lay waste to everything in her path. “Easy for you to say grabby hands,” she hissed. “And what the hell were you doing insinuating that we had a relationship?!”
“First of all, I wouldn’t have had to say shit if you didn’t try to eye fuck me on the way in.”
Brea narrowed her eyes, gritting her teeth so she didn’t rise to his bait. “I didn’t try to eye fuck you. And who says shit like that?”
He leaned in so close she could feel his breath, causing a tingle in the base of her spine. “The guy who you were about ten seconds away from pulling into a back room.” She pulled away, needing the distance, before glaring at him.
“And don’t touch me again without permission.”
He chewed on his bottom lip, looking her up and down like he knew exactly where he wanted to touch her. “What pisses you off more? The fact that I had to squeeze your leg to prevent you from spouting off at the mouth…or that you wanted me to squeeze much more than your leg?”
Her nostrils flared, from desire or anger she didn’t know. They say there’s a thin line between love and hate, and she never felt it more acutely than she did today, as though ever nerve ending was on fire. She didn’t know why this man did it for her, but he did.
“You are obnoxious as hell.” It was pretty weak as far as comebacks went, but she couldn’t think straight. All she wanted to do was feel, but she wasn’t about to give in to shit when it came to Lance.
“That all you got? You really are…nice.” When he said it like that it made it seem like she had the plague.
“One of us has to have manners,” she replied in a way that would have made Emily Post proud.
“Yeah, and one of us had to preserve your reputation in the media. Will they speculate about us? Yes. Did I play it off so they think there’s nothing serious about us? Yes. Just wait and see what they write about you, I guarantee you will be the victim of my evil clutches.” She shifted from side to side, knowing he was probably right. They would be much more forgiving of her, but if she said anything they would have circled like vultures around new prey. She should probably thank him for his foresight, but he had been such an ass about everything.
“And as far as the other stuff- the shit between you and me? You look at me like that again, and I guarantee we’ll be doing a lot more than playing grabby hands under the table.” And just like that, he walked away, slamming the door on the way out. She plopped down on the couch, trying to pretend like she didn’t want to call him back for more.
T Birds 4 Bare Naked Words **** Review
Who hasn’t dreamed of leaving it all behind and moving to Hollywood to become famous? That is just what Brea did. After growing up for her first eight years in a less than healthy and safe home, she along with her older brother were finally rescued and raised by a loving couple. Although they weren’t allowed to adopt the two kids, they filled the parent role and gave Brea enough confidence to take off for her dream once she turned 18.
Leaving her brother to deal with some family issues that won’t go away was the hardest thing she had to do but with a promise made to him that she would never give up she finally succeeded and landed a starring role in a television drama. With her ideas in life that said she would never give her power away to a man, she was going to be faced with an even larger battle to keep that promise when bad boy star Lance Holder joined the cast as her new love interest on the show. With her reputation of being the good girl in the eye of the media, let’s just say the press was eating this duo up.
It was clear to Lance that Brea wanted him from the first moment she saw him at the press conference but he is going to have to learn what is holding her back and that maybe pressing her up against a bar or wall isn’t the best way to get her to submit to his talent in the bedroom or give her heart over to him in real life. Brea has two other costars, Raquel and Clare that will add a bit of spice to the story with their relationship woes and their loyalty and friendship to Brea. The ladies will always make sure she is accountable for her feelings and actions regarding Lance. Can you imagine having real feelings for a sexy man and never letting yourself be free to explore the chance? If that isn’t bad enough, how about if you have to pretend to be a hot steamy couple on a show and your body responds on camera in ways that you are fighting in real life.
As we watch where the duo couple is heading, the burdens they will encounter with the media and public opinion will cause a bit of friction and stress to their lives. Brea is going to come face to face with the guilt of leaving her brother to follow her when news of what he has been doing is uncovered. He isn’t going to have an easy time nor is he going to make it easy for her to enjoy her riches that she has earned.
I loved the character development in this book. The author did a wonderful job at giving each person their own individual personality yet weaving the differences together to make a very enjoyable plot. The way she explained life as a television star was so well done, it gave us a clear picture of that part of the world and career. The emotional description was perfect for me throughout the whole book. I was able to feel the stress, fear and had empathy for what they gave up in their lives for the dream of being a star. The flow was very smooth and I fell in love with these characters and loved how we even had some drama with the costars family members. Brea really did create her own family in Hollywood and a place to finally belong.
Marie Garner has quickly become another author I plan on watching.