Heartless by J. Sterling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Romance for the sake of romance!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 😪😠🤐🥰
The heroine: Elizabeth – she walks in on Ben, her boyfriend of three years in flagrante, with his face between the legs of her roommate Kim. He claimed it was her fault because she is too ambitious and has dreams that are too lofty. Eight years later, she was a boss in an industry which thrived on people stomping on each other to climb to the top. She has no need of a man in her life.
The Hero: Daniel – founded and ran a web based Company in San Francisco and excelled at starting up and investing small companies and selling them for billions. He was young, hot, self-made and very good at his job.
The Story: Elizabeth is the youngest executive in the history of the movie studio she works for and is forced to attend a mixer for the top 30 under 30 in California. She is not looking forward to the event that is being held in San Francisco, but was glad she was able to take the company jet to SFO from Los Angeles. On her way there she browsed the profiles of the other 29 individuals (most of which owned the companies they worked at). She kept returning to the profile of Daniel, whom her PA suggested she meet at the event.
I liked this one, Elizabeth was intelligent and feisty. Daniel told her about his multiple friends with benefits situation and she told him that she would bet at least one of them had feelings for him and he insisted the opposite, thinking she was talking about a heartbreak she had suffered being that she has never met either of the women he had casual relationships with. Men are so stupid sometimes.
Daniel relentlessly pursues Elizabeth which is out of character for him, since he only had relationships for sex and only with girls he knew for years. Elizabeth enjoys his attentions but has been hurt in the past and not just by Ben.
This was a cute love story which was mostly about just the romance. Sometimes I like a romance for the sake of a romance without a ton of side storylines and this was a good one. Told in dual points of view, dual narration by Jason Clarke and Erin Mallon who are two of my favorite narrators. Jason has an intelligent sounding deep voice and Erin has a soft and clear voice which is very pleasing.
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