by Shayla Black
Series: More Than Words #1
Published by Tantor Audio on April 11, 2017
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I'm Maxon Reed - real estate mogul, shark, asshole. If a deal isn't high-profile and big-money, I pass. Now that I've found the property of a lifetime, I'm jumping. But one tenacious bastard stands between me and success - my brother. I'll need one hell of a devious ploy to distract cynical Griff. Then fate drops a luscious redhead in my lap who's just his type.
Sassy college senior Keeley Kent accepts my challenge to learn how to become Griff's perfect girlfriend. But somewhere between the makeover and the witty conversation, I'm having trouble resisting her. The quirky dreamer is everything I usually don't tolerate. But she's beyond charming. I more than want her; I'm desperate to own her. I'm not even sure how drastic I'm willing to get to make her mine - but I'm about to find out.
More Than Want You is book #1 in Shayla Black’s new More Than Words series. A departure from her erotic romance novels, this series is more in the contemporary vein with a slightly new adult feel. For me, More Than Want You had a slow start and I had some issues with it. Ultimately, I have mixed feelings about recommending it.
Maxon Reed is a successful real estate agent who has his eye on an upcoming high-dollar deal. However, Maxon’s estranged brother, Griff, is also being considered as an agent. The Reed brothers used to be in business together until they had a falling out a few years back. Maxon is determined not only to win the contract, but also to prove that he’s better than Griff.
When Maxon meets sexy lounge singer/college student Keeley Kent, he gets the bright idea to use her as a pawn to “distract” Griff from the pending business deal. In turn, Maxon will swoop in and steal the contract out from under him. But first, Maxon indulges himself by hooking up with Keeley during a hot one-night stand.
I had issues with this immediately. Not only is Maxon using Keeley to get back at his brother, but also when he tells her about his idea that she should “distract” Griff, Keeley is super offended–and rightly so! However, that offense is short-lived because Keeley later agrees to go along with the plan. (Her reasons for agreeing are explained later on.)
Meanwhile, Maxon treats Keeley to a makeover, My Fair Lady style, so that she’ll be Griff’s perfect type. Eek. It’s not that she was hideous to begin with–she was already beautiful–but now she has the clothes, hair color, and style that will appeal most to Griff. That felt weird to me.
Honestly, I almost DNFed this book because this typically isn’t the kind of read that works for me, but since it’s a Shayla Black book, I really wanted to like it. Maxon is very arrogant and I had trouble liking him at all, but I was happy to see a deeper side of him toward the end. Keeley is likable, if a bit Manic Pixie Dream Girl at times. My favorite parts were the emotional moments between Maxon and Keeley when we learn why Maxon behaves the way he does and how Keeley responds to this newfound knowledge.
There’s a lot of subplot involving Griff that also serves as setup for the next book in the series. Since I didn’t love this, I’m unsure if I’ll read the next one. If you’re into arrogant heroes and whimsical heroines, this might be the book for you. As I mentioned, there are moments that I really liked, but overall it wasn’t quite my cup of tea and I’d say it was just an okay read for me.
Rating: 3 stars