on August 18th, 2014
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She wanted revenge. He wanted the only thing he couldn't have—her.
Image consultant Caroline Parker is willing to resort to corporate espionage to get revenge on Seattle tech billionaire CEO Joshua Martin. He may be king of the computing world now, but when they knew each other in high school, he was just the geeky friend of her younger brother she refused to date.
To successfully launch his new venture, Aeon Industries, Josh’s got to shake off his geek veneer and get into beast mode, and he needs her help to do it. Josh always thought the brass ring was his next big business coup, but once he sees Caroline again, he realizes that old desire to have her has never waned. Now he’s determined to make her his, no matter what the cost.
Caroline knows she can create a superstar from the geek, but she's got a deeper reason to sign on for the job. Helping Josh remake his image gives her an opportunity to get close to him--and get her hands on the plans for Aeon that could save her brother from a ruthless blackmailer. But as Josh's image makeover takes hold, and she starts to fall for her creation, she realizes too late that her venture into espionage could ruin more far more than Josh’s empire.
The Geek Billionaire Makeover by Theresa Meyers was a light, easy read but too predictable. The geeky billionaire recluse Joshua Martin went to high school with the beautiful image consultant Caroline Parker. Simply stated this is the age-old story of geeky teen boy asked out the popular girl who turned him down and now, years later, he wants another chance with her so he hires her to remake his image for an important business venture.
Caroline’s motivation for working for Joshua is more intense as it involves blackmail and corporate espionage. Mr. X, who is blackmailing Caroline to steal business plans from Joshua, and Joshua’s history with Caroline’s brother Connor are the most interesting parts of the story and we don’t get enough of them.
Joshua’s and Caroline’s attraction to each other is totally believable and hot, but he story could have been much more exciting if Ms. Meyers had focused more on the seedier part of the plot and if we learned more about Joshua’s and Connor’s falling out during college.
I do appreciate that Caroline allowed her sweeter side to take over once she realized she had genuine feelings for Joshua, but a good sub-plot was missed by not delving further into Joshua’s reaction to Caroline telling him about Mr. X and how he set up the blackmailer.