15 January 2017

Book Review: The Accidental Engagement (Chance Romance, #1) by Maggie Dallen

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Lyrical Press
Published: 24th November 2015
Pages: 156
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance, 
Main Characters: Ivy, Daniel,
Date Read: 28th October - 4th November 2016

Rating Given:


It started as a regular night for New York City restaurant hostess Ivy Sinclair, until a rowdy customer turned out to be world famous playboy Jack Everett. Thanks to the paparazzi, now the world thinks they’re a couple—which couldn’t be farther from the truth. But when a brooding, sexy businessman offers her a simply irresistible proposition…Uh oh...
Just when cutthroat venture capitalist Daniel Gladwell thought he’d never close the deal with an Italian conglomerate, a simple mistake becomes the perfect opportunity. All he has to do is convince Ivy to pretend to be Jack’s fiancée while on a business trip to Italy to offset Jack’s bad boy reputation. As long as Daniel doesn’t sabotage the plan by claiming the tempting waitress for himself...Oh yes!
It was supposed to be a business only arrangement. But in the magic of the Tuscan countryside, neither Ivy nor Daniel can fight the attraction building between them. In the world’s most romantic setting, the line between business and pleasure is one that begs to be crossed...

I received a review copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I'm not the biggest fan of the cover as I feel it might be a bit too cheesy and I don't feel as though it's in keeping with the novel as I didn't feel as though the book was all that romantic as the cover would suggest.

As soon as I started this book I knew I wasn't going to fall in love with this book and I wasn't wrong, yes there was some moments that I enjoyed but for the most I didn't enjoy it as much as what I thought I would. I didn't quite get the romance between the two main characters Ivy and Daniel as for the most part I didn't like the way he treated her or even those around him. It wasn't until the very end when I saw why she fell for him but for her to have already fallen for a guy like him baffles me. There was a little spark between the two throughout the book but I just didn't want them to be together. I didn't feel as though there was much of a story happening within this book, I just wanted something a little extra to capture my attention. I actually started to warm to this book by the end as I wanted to see what was going to happen next.

I wasn't much of a fan of the two main characters but I did like some of the secondary characters. With Ivy I felt as though she didn't have a backbone and annoyed me to no end and I would find myself rolling my eyes a lot of the time. Daniel has to be one of my least favourite male characters as he was annoying and so pig-headed he just had no redeeming qualities. Jack, the guy that Ivy was blackmailed to be 'engaged' with was the best character in this book and I actually wished he ended up with Ivy.

Overall, I wish this was stronger as it had so much promise but in the end it just didn't do anything for me, but with the next book being about Jack I'm inclined to continue with this series and just hope it's 10 times better than this one.