Author: Cat Kelly
Reviewed by: Aggie
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: M/F Contemporary
Summary: Scandal-wracked playboy, Charlie Marchetti, arrives in New York two days before his brother’s wedding, determined to prove he’s a reformed man, reliable, responsible and—yeah, all those good ‘R’ adjectives. No trouble, no drama and no mistakes. Ah, the best laid plans…
First, the airline lost his luggage. Second, all five of his ex-wives are coming to the wedding, probably just to remind Charlie he’s an ass who takes nothing seriously and will die alone and unloved. Oh, and third, he has no date for the wedding.
Then he meets Persey Chancellor at lost luggage. Within minutes she’s summed him up as a “bastard” and a “pervert”. Damn it, but he’s intrigued. With gum in her hair and tattoos up her arm, this uninhibited, potty-mouthed stranger could be his shocking trump card—an ultimate prank on the ex-wives.
Can the man dubbed “Charming Charlie” by the paparazzi, convince Persey to spend two days posing as his unlikely girlfriend? Hey, he’ll do whatever it takes. But the last laugh might just be on him.
Be Warned: anal sex, spanking
Review: Persy Chancellor and Charlie Marchetti don’t have anything in common, except for the fact that they both lose their luggage in the New York City airport. This sucks big time. Persy is on the run from her past and to get away for a while and Charlie is in the Big Apple to attend his brother’s wedding. The five times married Charlie is a loser in love and life. He is a famous dpartment store owner who lived the playboy lifestyle until it caught up with him. Now he is trying to change. Persy is also famous. She’s a singer, but Charlie doesn’t recognize her. All he wants to do is offer her a place to stay until their luggage is found. She looks so bedraggled and homeless. Persy breaks down and accepts but not without reservations and suspicions.
” Whatever It Takes ” is a pretty good novella. Both the main characters are deceiving each other a bit. Persy doesn’t want Charlie to know her real identity and Charlie doesn’t want Persy to know that the reason he wants her as a date to his brother, Jack’s wedding, is to show her off to his ex-wives.Typical man. HA!
The banter between them is witty. The sexual tension pretty thick. The viewpoint is told in third person, alternating between Persy’s and Charlie’s perspective. The action flows smoothly. And when they do have that first sexual encounter he goes down on her. I liked that. Some men in books are just greedy bastards. LOL.
Regardless of the good nookie, Persy is also a wonderful character. I loved her potty mouth and blunt, bold attitude. She has “girl balls. ” Charlie isn’t so bad either. He’s a nice guy, with some male ego going on, but at least he doesn’t have ulterior motives when he offers his hotel room to Persy, like some male characters would.
If I have to criticize ” Whatever It Takes” it’s that the ending was a bit conventional for my taste, yet a happy one. And the 14-year age gap between characters was sort of, ” oh ,the typical older man, younger chick ” story.
However, these two nit-picky things by this neurotic reviewer doesn’t detract from an entertaining read. Highly recommended.