Monday, February 17, 2014

The Tycoon's Socialite Bride by Tracy Livesay ~ Review

Source:  Received an eBook copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Tycoon's Socialite Bride by Tracey Livesay

To avenge his mother's mistreatment at the hands of her upper-crust employer, self-made real estate tycoon Marcus Pearson needs entree into their exclusive world.  When D.C. socialite Pamela Harrington comes to him for help, Marcus realizes the golden admission ticket he's been seeking has suddenly fallen into his lap.

Pamela will do anything to save her favorite cause, even agree to a marriage of convenience. The altruistic "it-girl" isn't worried about the pretend passion with Marcus turning real; she's sworn off powerful, driven men who use her for her family's connections.

So she'll deny the way her pulse races with one look from his crystalline blue eyes.  And he'll ignore the way his body throbs with each kiss from her full lips.  Because there's no way he'll lose his blue-collar heart to the blue-blooded beauty.

My Thoughts:

4 stars - That perfect Indulgence, like letting dark chocolate melt on your tongue.

First Impression...

I love the idea of a mixed race couple and that cover is so beautiful.  This is Tracey Livesay debut so I didn't know what to expect there I but I have read Entangled Indulgence before and that was enough to have me picking this one to read next.

The Characters...

I really liked both Marcus and Pamela right away.  Both have been treated unfairly by those in power in the past.  Both have drawn strength from those experiences.  Both refuse to allow the attraction they feel for each other to stop them from getting what they want.  Hehe...good luck with that last one.  Once the kisses start, they can't really resist each other. 

The Story...

Love the stories where their relationship is pretend and they struggle to resist the chemistry.  Fighting the way their bodies reacts to another is always great fun.  Marcus wants to buy a hotel but the owner won't even look at his bid because he's new money.  The snobbery is over the top.  But if Marcus has a bride from old money, he might be able to get the bid seen and accepted.  Pamela wants to save the women's shelter that helped her a year ago.  Marcus owns the building the women's shelter occupies.  He proposes.  And the fun begins.

The Writing...

The writing style was third person but it rotated from who's perspective it was from.  I think I like this kind of third person.  I still feel the connection with the main characters but I also get more.  The little hints of what was behind the strong feeling of these two where perfect.  I understood them without needing all the details and when they were ready to tell us they did.  Very enjoyable.

In the end...

This is a quick read that I read in an evening.  The heat was perfect for me.  Enough to get me swooning and fanning but not so much that I want to hide what I'm reading and just blush.  It's that perfect Indulgence, like letting dark chocolate melt on your tongue.  If that's your thing, then check this one out.

About the author:

Tracey Livesay wrote her first romance novel at the age of eleven, called "The Healing Power of Love.” With a detour through college and law school--where she met her husband on the very first day--she’s finally achieved her dream of being a published author. She lives in Virginia with said husband and three kids.


  1. This sounds like a fun one! I'm gonna have to check it out. Great review

  2. I don't think I've read an Indulgence yet. I love the sounds of this one!