What happens when the most hated man in town goes after everyone’s favorite girl-next-door?
Reason #1: Big, bad CEO Aiden Beaumont wears his grumpy mask every day like a badge of honor. Mia Sparks wants nothing more than to honk his nose or throw a pie in his face, à la The Three Stooges, just to see if he’s capable of smiling. Unfortunately, she can’t. Because he’s technically her boss, and she’d like to keep her gig at the new five-star beach resort for longer than two weeks.
Reason #2: Everyone in her small hometown of Shell Grove, SC hates the man. He brought big business to their little beach town, and as far as her fellow citizens are concerned, that makes him the devil incarnate. But he won’t be staying forever, which works for Mia. She doesn’t go for the flashy city types anyway. She’s quite happy living her quiet life in Shell Grove. The faster the cranky—albeit stupidly hot—CEO is out of her life, the better.
Reason #3: Every time Aiden frowns at her, it hits her like a thousand-watt smile. He has a language all his own, and it’s starting to make way too much sense to her. She can’t avoid him in a town the size of a postage stamp, and it finally hits her that…she doesn’t want to escape him. This always-irritated, too-serious businessman couldn’t possibly be the stable safe haven she’s been looking for. Could he?
Aiden knows there’s a million and one reasons to stay away from the sugary sweet Mia. But who runs away from sunshine after living their entire life in a secluded cave? And when someone from her past unexpectedly emerges and tries to drive a wedge between the two of them? All bets are off. Aiden has never lost a fight in the boardroom, and he’s not about to lose the fight for the woman he wants to deserve. He just has to prove to her that he’s not the PUBLIC ENEMY CEO everyone thinks he is.
Title: Reasons Why Not to Date Public Enemy CEO (Shell Grove, #1)
Author: Melanie Munton
Publication Date: June 21, 2022
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
This book was so amazing I’m not even sure where to begin! It had clever writing, swoony romance, and a fantastic cast of characters.
I think I need to start with the writing. It was so well done for so many reasons. For one, it was clever. I don’t really know how to explain this, but trust me on it. It’s clever. Second, Munton did a great job of fleshing out each character’s thoughts. I got a really good sense of both Aiden and Mia’s personalities, and fears, and joys because their thoughts were well written. It didn’t feel like I was slogging through them either. Their thoughts were interesting and actually contributed to the story rather than just being there to get the word count up. Thirdly, this book was funny! Like, actually funny. I laughed out loud multiple different times which is not an easy feat to achieve so props to you Munton.
Moving onto characters…Obviously, I loved the two main characters, Mia and Aiden. They were likable, relatable, and funny. But what really impressed me about this book were the well-thought-out side characters. I got a really good sense of their distinct personalities even though they weren’t the center of attention in this book. Also, getting to know them decently well in this book just upped my excitement for when they get their own books in this series.
Next, I have to comment on the romance. It was swoony and heartwarming and everything. I swear, Aiden was in love with Mia from page one and I was here for it. They had their issues to work through and I think they were handled really well. I love these two so much and I hope I get to see more of them in the future books of this series!
I wish I could bottle up the feeling this book gave me so I could feel the feels whenever I like. If you’re looking for a swoony beach read, this is the one!
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Melanie grew up in the Midwest, but she loves living in the Southeast (where the beaches are!) now with her husband and daughter.
Melanie’s other passion is traveling and seeing the world. With anthropology degrees under their belts, she and her husband have made it their goal in life to see as many archaeological sites around the world as possible.
She has a horrible food addiction to pasta and candy (not together…ew). And she gets sad when her wine rack is empty.
At the end of the day, she is a true romantic at heart. She loves writing the cheesy and corny of romantic comedies, and the sassy and sexy of suspense. She aims to make her readers swoon, laugh out loud, maybe sweat a little, and above all, fall in love.
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