This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Amanda Uhl, Author. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Charmed By Charlie by Amanda Uhl
Also by this author: Mind Waves
Genres: Contemporary, Humor, Romance, Womens Fiction
Release Date: April 18, 2017
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Format: ARC, E-book
Source: Amanda Uhl, Author
Purchase at: Amazon ◊ Barnes & Noble ◊ Kobo
Everybody loves marketing whiz Charlie Solanger—except the woman he really wants.
Creative genius Charlie Solanger has it all: good looks, money, intelligence, charm. And when he swoops in to save Reynolds Paint Company with a brilliant marketing campaign, he has all the ladies in the office vying for his attention. Everyone except math whiz Valerie Wilson.
Val’s not happy Charlie stole her promotion. Worse, his brand of flirtatious charm is reminiscent of her cheating ex-fiancé. So, how come she can’t get him out of her head? The more she challenges him, the more interested—and interesting—he becomes. What secrets is Charlie hiding, and who or what is behind the sudden mysterious drain on their company’s funds? The only way to find out is to join forces. Then it will be a battle of wills...and a triumph of hearts.
The Office meets Sixteen Candles! Charmed by Charlie is a sweet romantic comedy that is entertaining and heart-warming. From the start, you can’t help but be charmed by Charlie’s character. He is the total package but he also actually seems to care about what happens at the Reynolds Paint Company, the place where Val works. Val is not so thrilled about Charlie’s presence at the company though because he represents everything she wants to forget. She has her “safe and reliable” almost fiancé and here comes this guy who not only steals her promotion but everyone seems to be in love with him. Too bad Val is not as immune to his magnetism as she wishes to be.
Poor Val, she has had a rough go of things for the past few years. Having followed a man to Cleveland who she thought was her future, only to be crushed under his heel, Val is no longer looking for anything other than safe. Her world is exactly as she wants it to be. Even if it is a little boring, at least her life is consistent and secure. When she meets Charlie she immediately writes him off as no good but in his relentless pursuit of her, she comes to find out there is more to him than meets the eye. She is just not ready for anything exciting or unpredictable.
Charlie knows that Val is just the person he needs on his team, even if he is unable to tell her the entire truth about why he is at the company. He also can’t help wanting to know more about the woman who seems to be immune to his charms. Someone is sabotaging the business, divulging company secrets, and Charlie must find the culprit! There is little time before the company will be pushed past the point of no return. In order to figure out what is happening Charlie needs eyes and ears on the inside. Someone like Val who is smarter than she is given credit for. Val can tell that he is holding something back but agrees to help him because he does seem sincere about wanting to help the company. Also, he really doesn’t give her a choice as he is unrelenting in his charming ways.
Such a hilarious story with Val trying to deny the attraction between her and Charlie all the while managing inter-office relationships with malicious and quirky characters. Then throw in her coming to terms with her “safe and reliable” fiancé, Val needs to choose which world she is going to pursue. After having her faith in herself shaken does she have what it takes to trust her heart?
I really found this story to be a romantic read with just the right amount of conflict to keep the story moving. It is not just a romance read though, it is about life, relationships, and learning to seize the day. The ending is climatic but also very satisfying. I recommend that you give this story a try and see if you too are Charmed by Charlie. 😉
*Thank you to Amanda Uhl for this eARC of Charmed by Charlie*