Author: Roxanne Snopek
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 5 Stars
In the space of about a second, successful restaurateur Dane Bergman has gone from millionaire playboy to daddy. Now he’s the sole guardian of a very adorable and willful four-year-old child, and he’s counting on his executive assistant, Pamela Atwater, to save his ass. Even if it means bringing her along on a month-long ocean-side retreat…
Pamela Atwater prides herself on being the perfect assistant. Whatever Dane wants or needs, she’s there—pretending to ignore Dane’s golden charm and drop-dead gorgeousness. On vacation, however, Pamela sees a side of Dane she never imagined. And it’s a side that tempts her to cross the line between professional and personal. But is one month enough time to prove to Dane that his perfect assistant might just be his perfect match?
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
The Millionaire Daddy Project is yet another fantastic contemporary romance by the ever-talented Roxanne Snopek. The story centers around the complicated, sometimes over-dependent relationship between Dane Bergman, the CEO of a multi-million dollar line of restaurants, and Pamela Atwater, his assistant and lifeline in the corporate world.
The book was fast-paced, easy to read, and nearly flawless in execution (I found one typo—but I’m not going to hold that against it… it was an ARC copy after all). The chemistry between Pam and Dane was sizzling and understated in the best possible way, and I had no trouble being caught up in their relationship. It didn’t feel rushed or forced. In fact, I originally sat down with the intent to read a few chapters late last night, and before I knew it, it was 2 AM and I was 86% of the way in. I was utterly sucked into the story.
Though Pam and Dane were not my usual favorites as a couple—both were a little more tight-laced than what I expected—I fell in love with them regardless. I wanted them to succeed both as a couple, and as a team as they worked to win over Dane’s daughter, Dani. Though the main theme of the book centered around the romance between Pam and Dane, there were some definite undercurrents of redemption, humanity, and forgiveness—and I ate it up with a metaphorical spoon.
Overall, I loved the book. I’m a huge fan of formulaic romance, and though this certainly fit into that category, it didn’t feel like a formulaic romance. The characters held a lot of depth. There wasn’t an over-abundance of the misunderstandings or melodramatic drama that usually plagues these types of novels, and though, yes, there was an epilogue to tie up the story (as there usually is in formulaic romance), it felt genuine. Rather than an after shot of the happy couple either getting married or giggling over an unexpected pregnancy, Pam and Dane stood side-by-side in solidarity, on equal terms in their partnership till the very end. It didn’t feel cheesy or overdone, just… complete.
If you like romance and you’re looking for a heart-warming tale filled with family and a bit of an off-limits romance, you’re going to like this book. I urge you to give it a read—it’s certainly going on my keeper shelf.