The Penthouse Prince
By Virginia Nelson
Narrated by Chandra Skyye
Publication date Nov 17, 2015
Running time 6 hrs 25 min
Audiofile provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Single mom Jeanie Long was trying to save her butt at work by reporting her manager to the company owner. Instead, she finds herself greeted warmly by gorgeous company CEO Camden James . . . and introduced to his father as his fiancée. Now she’s been hired—complete with a hefty pay raise—to be the fake fiancée of the infamous “Penthouse Prince.”
Camden doesn’t believe in love. He believes in mutually beneficial business arrangements. With his real fiancée off cheating on him, Camden needs someone to help him prove to his father that he’s definitely ready to marry. Yet Jeanie’s combination of beauty and bluntness act like an aphrodisiac, and their “for the press” kisses look incredibly real. So real that Jeanie and Camden are either really convincing actors . . . or they’ve fallen for their own charade.
Contains mature themes. https://tantor.com/the-penthouse-prince-irginia-nelson.html
If you can totally ignore the way businesses with a board actually function in America then you might ignore the confusing mix of a guy who runs a business and a guy running for office. This CEO, Camden, spends his days at public events like a politician, not running a business — Bull Hockey.
The premise of this story is that the father – who holds enough shares to make a majority, but who doesn’t know crap about business, wants his son to marry a cheating bimbo to stabilize his life. Well! There’s a plan destined to work out. Seriously, a man with a terrible marital history wants his son to follow in THOSE footsteps. And Camden is the only person who has run the company well enough to make it profitable. WHY then does he need to show stability?
The female love interest has a “secret daughter” whose existence and parentage she holds close to her vest. Lots of Children’s Services laws getting glossed over here. And the author throws in some armed forces patriotism; A Hero father killed in battle.
And, because I didn’t see any of the story as realistic neither did I believe the relationship or sex. And the couple might mess around but “real nookie” doesn’t happen until halfway through the story.
Liking a story is extremely personal and can be based in the tiniest part of a story – like when the hero says something nice to the heroine. As such, these opinions present only what I feel about a story, and to some degree about my perceptions of the quality of the book.
If you like, or don’t mind, fantasy in the bedroom and the office then my caveats are immaterial. We can say THE PENTHOUSE PRINCE is light and fluffy and doesn’t require care in the writing, but, if you are paying money for it, you deserve a quality story. If, as is said, the difference between porn and erotic romance is the story. then this is sitting on the fence. If you can get past these things, okay. But, I think you deserve more.