Tailored For Trouble by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
on August 9, 2016
A sassy, sexy, laugh-out-loud rom-com between the hottest man never to be tamed and the woman crazy enough to try
SHE WANTS TO CHANGE THE WORLD.
Taylor Reed is no stranger to selfish, uncaring CEOs. She was fired by one, which is why she has created her own executive training program—helping heartless bosses become more human. So Taylor shocks even herself when she agrees to coach Bennett Wade, the cutthroat exec who got her unceremoniously canned. She’d love to slam the door in his annoying but very handsome face, but the customers aren’t exactly lining up at her door. Plus, this extreme makeover will give Taylor the golden opportunity to prove that her program works like a charm.
HE WANTS TO BUY IT.
Bennett Wade is many things—arrogant, smug, brusque—but trusting isn’t one of them. Women just seem to be after his billions. So when he hires Taylor Reed, he has no desire to change. Bennett is trying to win over the feminist owner of a company he desperately wants to buy, but something about the fiery Taylor thaws the ice around his heart, making Bennett feel things he never quite planned on. And if there’s one thing Bennett can’t stand, it’s when things don’t go according to plan.
They are a match tailor-made for trouble.
I’ve never read a Mimi Jean Pamfiloff story before, so I didn’t know what to expect with Tailored for Trouble, but having a slew of hilarious supporting characters, excellent writing, and relatable and real characters it turned out better than I thought.
The battle of wills between Bennett Wade and Taylor Reed was so hilarious, steamy, and so right that putting down Tailored for Trouble was almost impossible for me. Usually when two of the main characters are pitted against each other, as Bennett and Taylor were, I find myself a little anxious as to how I will (1) like it, (2) wonder if it has done it’s job of fitting into the rest of the storyline, and (3) rate the story based off the success of number 2.
In having a battle of wills between characters the execution has been off the mark for a lot of books that I’ve read, and the reason this happens (I believe) is because authors try to do too much with this type of character interaction that it sometimes comes off as arrogant, cheesy, or downright high schoolish. But, what Pamfiloff did for Tailored for Trouble was present Bennett and Taylor as they were in their current state of mind, circumstances, and what they were hoping to achieve by the end of their story. She didn’t give us any background on them until the stage was already set for this battle, and in doing this I was able to get to know and connect with Bennett and Taylor before the main portion of the story took off; I learned that Taylor was a control freak and was somewhat riddled with insecurities, and that Bennett was a jerk because he felt that he had to be in order to survive in the corporate world.
Now while Tailored for Trouble was a good story and kept me highly entertained, it was sometimes the expectancy, as well as the judgmental approach and attitude, Taylor would have of wanting to be shown a sense of chilvary where billionaire’s were concerned that would irritate the heck out of me. When she would get into this mindset my irritation at her would flare up mostly because she would rave and rant because her expectations weren’t met by either her co-workers or people she thought should’ve known better. There were many times that I’ve wanted to yell to her, “You really can’t control what other people do honey.” But, at the same time I would find myself admiring her for having the balls for demanding more from those she surrounded herself with because of the belief that everyone should be treated with respect regardless of the amount in their bank account(s).
Bennett Wade, on the other hand, was a surprise to me. At the beginning of Tailored for Trouble I wasn’t sure if I liked him or wanted to punch him in his face, but it’s now that I’ve finished this dynamic story that I now know that Bennett was someone who at his core wasn’t a bad guy. Funny enough, as the clues would drop page by page that Bennett was more than his a-hole self I would sometimes feel sorry for him for the things that Taylor would put him through.
Seeing as billionaire romances and me don’t have that good of a track record, I’m glad that Tailored for Trouble ended up being the exception. I appreciated it so much that Bennett was so unique from any other billionaire alpha out in the romance world, I seriously don’t know if I would’ve been able to take another billionaire Hero who had an f’d up childhood and a slew of sexual kinks. Because of how well I connected with Tailored for Trouble and how dynamic the characters were, I can definitely see myself reading more Mimi Jean Pamfiloff stories.