Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Valentine Challenge by Marisa Cleveland

Stacey Bradford believes in love, but when her hot boss, Marshall Royce, decides to close her best friend’s flower shop – days before Valentine’s Day! – Stacey declares war.

Intrigued by Stacey’s devotion to her friend, the hearts and flowers holiday, and belief in true love, Marsh issues a challenge – prove love exists or deliver the closing documents to her friend herself.

Stacey never could resist a challenge, but when Marsh makes Valentine’s Day the deadline for their deal, Stacey must decide how far she’s willing to go for love.

I have to admit, I have mixed feelings regarding this book.  I'm teetering between liking it and not liking it.  I think that has to do with me not fully connecting with the characters the first time I read the book.

Stacey Bradford has a story that no one really knows about.  She's thirty-years-old and has a bachelor’s degree in finance.  Up until recently, she had a steady work history.  Now, she lives with her best friend, Frannie Frills, and has had three jobs in the last three months.

Marshall Royce is the IT Director for Dimistar Enterprises. Marshall (Marsh) has a history of NOT being able to keep assistants because they keep hitting on him.  I KNOW that makes him sound bad, but he really isn’t a bad/arrogant jerk.  He has a strict policy of not dating people who work for him.

Frannie’s florist shop isn’t turning a profit and the business is being looked at by the Dimistar Enterprises advisory board in an attempt to see what to do about it.  Dimistar just happens to be the company which granted Frannie financing to start her business.  Stacey discovers that her new boss, Marshall, is on the advisory board and tries to persuade him to not close Frannie’s shop.  One of Stacey’s ideas is to make Marshall believe in love.  Her thought is if he believes in love, then there’s no way he will vote to close a florist just days before Valentine’s Day.

The Valentine Challenge is a short story about what happens when you don’t have all the facts and jump to conclusions and what happens when love finds you and you aren’t looking for it. 

I'm looking forward to see what Marisa has in store for her readers next.

Rating: 3.5

Release Date:  February 12, 2013
Book Length:  62 pages
Source:  Personal Purchase
Reading Format:  Available in eBook

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Buy Link:  Kindle

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