Title: The Millionaire Upstairs
Author: M.J. O’Shea
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 1st 2016
Page Count: 198
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
He might be hard to work for, but he’s impossible to resist.
Sasha Sobieski has the perfect job working at legendary American fashion house Harrison Kingsley—or at least he used to. He just never thought he’d have to work for Harrison Kingsley himself. Harrison is exacting, difficult, cold, and hands-down the sexiest man Sasha has ever seen.
After years at the top, Harrison Kingsley knows what he wants, when he wants it, and exactly how he’d like it to be delivered to him. What he wants most right now? His new assistant. Sasha is mouthy, opinionated, and he drives Harrison mad. Problem is, Harrison can never tell if it’s with anger… or desire.
This is my second read from Dreamspun Desires and I’m starting to think that this series isn’t for me. So far, both books were pretty slow paced, low on the steam, with a Harlequin romance vibe to them (I guess it’s not just the lovely covers that send out that vibe!)
In “Millionaire Upstairs” there were things that I liked, and things that I didn’t.
Sasha. He is a great character and I loved his snarkiness. I also loved that he was no doormat, no matter how many times Harrison acted like an asshole.
The enemies-to-lovers trope. It was done well and and I enjoyed the push and pull between Sasha and Harrison. It also had a funny element to it which was nice.
The setting. Fabulous, posh and glamorous setting, first at The Hamptons and later in Milan.
I liked the writting.
Harrison. Well, I like my MCs to be real douchebags from time to time, but this guy kept hurting Sasha right until 92% of the book, calling him names and making derigatory comments in front of other people…
- Sasha overheard him talking on the phone about him twice, and then during an office party, in front of a big audience.
Harrison’s “redemption” and the way he chose to apologise in the end (see Harlequin vibe that I mentioned earlier).
- “Abducting the other MC to make him listen to your apology reminds me of my mother’s older romance novels. Not that I have anything against them, just didn’t feel it suited this story. Grow a pair, Harrison, and risk getting the door slammed in your face. Multiple times.”
It felt too slow. The MCs only got together at 75% and didn’t really spend time together. I guess I needed more romance. All these details about fashion and the fashion world were fine, but I’d rather have more time and space for the couple.
I really didn’t like Joanne, Harrison’s sister. I think she was supposed to be a good person, but to me she seemed manipulative and selfish.
Overall, this was just meh for me, but it could just be a case of “it’s not you, it’s me”.
You should read JLoves2Read’s review as she had a totally different experience than I did.