Recommended by: Got this one off of a review on Laurie Likes Books blog.
From the Back Cover: When the big three-oh comes and goes, Clarise Robinson finds she isn’t all that disheartened with the curves life has thrown her way. As a matter of fact, she’s learned to work with them-as head of the women’s department at Eubanks Elegant Apparel, she’s known for her style and her sass.
Yes, the female once deemed “cautious” by her college buddies has unquestionably left that wallflower image behind to grasp a new label: “confidently curvy.” But deep down, Clarise knows she’s still holding back, still playing it safe, particularly when it comes to her best friend, boss, and secret fantasy, Ethan Eubanks. And now it’s time to throw caution to the wind, to take off the gloves and, perhaps, everything else…
My Thoughts: Hmm. Well, I honestly don’t know what to say about this book. I really wanted to like it ~ and I guess I must have on some level because I finished it. But, I expected more of a story. Yes, it’s the female-friend-secretly-in-love-with-her-male-best-friend kind of tale ~ and also an employee-secretly-in-love-with-her-boss kind of tale. Clarise is a single just-turned-30 professional woman. Okay, she’s a little tubby. How little I’m not sure. Maybe 20 or 30 pounds? Not quite sure on that one. She wants to eventually become a buyer at Eubanks Elegant Apparel. Ethan is a good-looking 30-something executive for Eubanks ~ his father founded the company and he along with his twin brother, Jeff, oversee the operations. Ethan and Clarise have been friends for three years. Essentially, it’s been three years of Clarise listening all about Ethan’s romantic exploits.
Then, the employees of Eubanks go to Tampa for company bonding and also to enjoy the Gasparilla Pirate Fest. Then Ethan and Clarise’s relationship changes. Which, since I always go for the HEA, I should have been happy about. But it seemed to be all sex. I mean when did he develop feelings for her? One minute they’re friends and the next they’re having sex all over Tampa. And, not that I’m into racy sex scenes because I’m really not, but the sex scenes were just……unfulfilling.
I guess I’d rate it Okay. Again, I did finish it and normally if I completely dislike a book I don’t bother. So I must have liked something about it on some level. I just don’t know what it is.
(I made an executive decision ~ Posting about the Gasparilla Pirate Fest counts as part of the celebration of “Talk Like a Pirate Day”)