As much a comedy as it is a romance, The Suite Life finds the humor in a lazy playboy being exiled and forced to clean up his act. I’ll openly admit that at the start of the book, I wasn’t convinced our hero had any redeeming qualities whatsoever, but Leo most definitely won me over by the end. When paired with an overworked, independent single mom, Leo stepped up to the plate and turned into a great guy. As a super slow burn and (mostly) clean romance, if you’re looking for steam then you’ll probably want to look elsewhere. But if you’re looking for a light and fun read that features a couple whose connection gets deeper with every page, look no further.
The story follows Leo, a 27-year-old who is taking retirement in reverse. He’s living the good life while he’s still young enough to enjoy it, happily living off his wealthy parents and keeping his act just clean enough that his father won’t cut him off. Unfortunately, his latest tryst crossed the line, and now his father has given him an ultimatum – get (and keep) a job, find a place to live, no sex, no booze… and if he can keep that up for 6 months, life will go back to normal. As Leo enters the workforce for the first time, he begins to realize just how good he’s had it – especially compared to the way his coworker Bree has been living. As a single mom working her way through law school, she has zero free time and no patience for a guy whose entire life has been a vacation. But these opposites attract, and once Leo starts helping Bree, the differences between them start to fall away.
There’s something about Melanie Summers’ writing style that just works for me – it’s light, funny, romantic, and makes the pages fly by. I wasn’t completely sold on this one at first, because these two took a while to grow on me, but by the end I was loving the story. Leo redeems himself in a big way, and proved himself many times throughout the book. This is true romantic comedy, focusing on the humor as much as the romance, and The Suite Life takes it one step further by forcing our hero to abstain from sex. It’s possibly too slow of a burn, but I also liked that the focus was on the couple’s emotional connection. I’m glad I stuck around to see that connection bloom throughout the course of the book. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
From best-selling author Melanie Summers comes a seriously romantic, laugh-out-loud tale of a single mum and the man who restores her faith in love…
Handsome, rich, and charming, Leopold Davenport has always been the life of the party. But when he takes things too far, his father banishes the twenty-seven-year-old from his homeland of Avonia for six months. Threatened with disinheritance, Leo must find a job, rent a home, and grow up. With nowhere to turn, Leo moves to Santa Valentina Island, where his sister-in-law helps him find work as a bellboy at the Paradise Bay Resort. Little does he know that dealing with people’s baggage will make him examine his own. Will he check out or find that a long-term reservation is on his itinerary?
Twenty-six-year-old single mum Brianna Lewis (a.k.a. Bree) doesn’t believe in fairy tales—not after being abandoned by the father of daughter, Isabelle. A law student by day and concierge by night, Bree’s determined to give Isabelle the life she never had. Suddenly finding herself in dire straits, she converts her garden shed into a rental suite in hopes of climbing out of the financial hole she’s in. But when the only person interested in renting the suite turns out to be to Leopold Davenport, the ridiculously good-looking co-worker she loves to hate, she knows she must choose between being happy and being broke. But as she gets to know him, she discovers there may be more to him than flirty smiles and empty charm.
Can Leopold make the leap from ultimate playboy to become the man Bree needs in her life?
Will Bree allow herself to believe in happily-ever-afters or will she play it safe and hang a do-not-disturb sign on her heart?