He’s also the CEO.
Everything in my life goes according to plan, and that’s the way I like it. I got the degree. I got the job. Now I just need to prove that I have what it takes to succeed in the real world.
If there’s one thing that’s not in my plans, it’s falling in love with my boss.
Most relationships don’t start with one person calling the other out in public for being an arrogant jerk. Then again, most CEOs don’t cut their own employees in line at the coffeehouse and bark orders at people like they own the place.
Maybe pissing Oliver Cody off isn’t the right move. And now that he’s part of my world, all my plans go straight to hell.
There’s nothing quite like being in the right place at the wrong time. Delancey Stewart’s Mr. Big is a story about just that, a romance between two people who find each other at the absolutely wrong time in their lives and, while they fall in love easily, their journey to happily ever after is a difficult one.
Holland may be one of my favorite heroines this year. I loved her strength, the way she went after the things she wanted, and how she faced adversity head-on. Raised in foster care after being abandoned shortly after birth, she’s worked to shrug off her feelings of abandonment. With a carefully constructed plan, she finished graduate school and found her almost-dream job. Her life is about control after having none as a child, yet she’s not closed off. She just has a plan. While working on a project that she’s sure will help her move into a position she deserves in a male-dominated company, she falls in love with her boss. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to shake her for starting a relationship with Oliver or yell at her to quit second guessing herself professionally (though I understood why she would). Her situation was a perfect case of not being able to control what happens in life.
Oliver is probably one of my least favorite heroes this year, though I easily sympathized with him. He’s a guy who found success while still very young and suddenly found himself questioning what he was doing with his life while still in his mid-20s. He bails on his family and company to take a “sabbatical” and while gone his parents die suddenly, leaving him with the company and a secret he’s not prepared to handle. I wanted to shake Oliver. I wanted to kick Oliver. I wanted… clearly Oliver brought out some violent impulses in me. Without giving away too many spoilers, it was clear to me that becoming a successful person so young left him ill-equipped to handle anything that remotely shook his foundation. With his parents gone, he’s without any support and with the secret they kept from him, his anger at them masks his grief at their deaths. When he meets Holland, she shines a light into the darkness he’s been living in, but their relationship ends up being another way he puts off grieving.
What makes Mr. Big such a wonderful book is how readers get to watch these two unsure and somewhat broken people learn to deal with all that life is throwing at them. It’s never an issue of whether they love each other, but whether or not it’s the right time for them to love each other. When something happens that links them together in a way they can’t ever forget, both have to make decisions, personally and professionally, about how they’ll live the rest of their lives. Holland steps up in a way that had me cheering her on. Oliver takes a little longer, and I’ll admit there were times I wanted Holland to have her own personal HEA without Oliver in it. But, like in real life and with real couples, things don’t always happen on a schedule.
While I thought the ending was a bit rushed and Holland a little too forgiving, Mr. Big is a truly entertaining read with lots of chemistry between the characters, but more importantly, true affection. There are great secondary characters, people who provide support and friendship for both Holland and Oliver. As a big sports fan, I really appreciated the business part of the book, especially as Holland and Oliver worked to land a big client. And, I liked how Stewart addressed the lack of equality in the business of professional sports without getting preachy.
4 stars for Mr. Big. Heat level: 4
I received a copy of this book from InkSlingerPR in exchange for honest feedback.
Mr. Big was published in August 2017 by Loveswept.
About Delancey Stewart
Delancey Stewart has lived on both coasts, in big cities and small towns. She’s been a pharmaceutical rep, a personal trainer and a wine seller. Despite lots of other interests, she has always been a writer.
A military spouse and the mother of two small boys, her current job titles include pirate captain, monster hunter, Lego assembler, story reader, and tech writer. She tackles all these efforts from her current home outside Washington DC.