Review: The Beauty and the CEO
BEAUTY AND THE CEO - Carolyn Hector
Harlequin Kimani Romance
BUY
June 2017
Category Romance
REVIEWER:  Alicia Aaron | RATING:  A
REVIEW: THE BEAUTY AND THE CEO is Carolyn Hector’s latest novel in the Once Upon a Tiara series and it chronicles the love story of Zoe Baldwin and Will Ravens. Zoe is a makeup artist who is basically auditioning for the Creative Design Director job at Ravens Cosmetics. Will is a former professional soccer player turned CEO of his family’s beauty conglomerate, Ravens Cosmetics. When they first meet they don’t know who the other is, but it is an instant attraction.

Their first initial meeting is hilarious to me because here you have Zoe going into an interview and trying her hardest not to be notice the fine man waiting to board the elevator. Who needs to be aroused going into an interview? Then you have Will who is attracted to Zoe and trying to decide if he wants to act on that attraction. His dilemma is that the male members of his family have a bit of a reputation as ladies’ men and he doesn’t want to add to the narrative, but Zoe is fine and he’s struggling. They end up not doing anything about the attraction, which is a good thing as Will and his family is set to interview Zoe and a few other makeup artists for a job within their company.

What next ensues is a sweet love story in which Will and Zoe get to see each other in a totally different light when they head to Georgia to work a beauty pageant. The more time they spend in each other’s company, the harder it is to ignore the chemistry between them. Did I mention that they are at the same bed and breakfast and have rooms that are connected via a bathroom that they share?

In between half of Will’s family trying to sabotage him and the company, the antics of the side characters and the country outings, Will and Zoe’s love story blossoms. Will gets to see Zoe’s hometown (it’s where the pageant is being held) and he understand why she wants to work for his company (both of their families have ties that go back to the beginning of the company).

In the beginning, Will doesn’t think she’s the right fit, but he slowly comes around once he sees her versatility in her body of work. The final test will ultimately come down to Will choosing which beauty queen has the best makeup (and of course who wins the crown) as all potential workers are tasked with doing the makeup of the beauty queens.

Will and Zoe’s story made me smile; it was a gentle love story. Not one full of passion, although they had that; but one full of tender love scenes. This is definitely a book that I would recommend to anyone, especially if you’re a fan of sweet romances.

1st July 2017 | romcol@caribsurf.com