Black Tie Optional by Ann Marie Walker #Review @AnnMarie_Walker

About the book

The Proposal meets Two Weeks Notice in Ann Marie Walker's new standalone romantic comedy, Black Tie Optional, which New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst calls, "a fun, sexy romp that will keep every reader entertained!"

Everything about Coleman Grant III oozes power and sex. And not the perfunctory kind either, but the sheet clawing, heart stopping, gasping for air after you’ve screamed so loud you can’t breathe kind. From his dark wavy hair that stands in an artfully rumpled mess, to the blue eyes that sear your skin, to his full, sensual lips - on the surface he’s pure perfection.

Too bad he's an asshole. An arrogant, uptight corporate raider hell bent on destroying the environment one species at a time.

Everything about Olivia Ramsey screams hippie humanitarian. From her blond hair tied in a sloppy bun, to her faded jeans with the Bonnaroo patch sewn on the thigh, to her combat boots still splattered with mud from the previous day’s site visit.

So it makes perfect sense that they would get married. In Vegas. Stone-cold sober.
Cole needs a wife. Olivia needs to save an endangered species. But what starts as a marriage of convenience soon turns into a battle of wills and sexual tension. Love is a game, and Olivia and Cole are ready to win.



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My Review

After just finishing a thriller I was looking for an easy going and light read for a change of pace. After reading the description for Black Tie Optional I hoped it would be perfect. So what did I think...

Olivia is determined to save an endangered species and unfortunately Cole is standing in her way. It's a lot of fun to see how relentless Olivia is in her mission to get Cole to come around to her way of thinking. Cole could be arrogant at times but I liked how as the book went on his character mellowed and became more likeable. I loved the friction between Olivia and Cole their interactions were fiery and full of chemistry. They were completely different people but somehow they couldn't keep away from each other especially when
they decide to enter into a marriage of convenience.

This type of story has been done many times with varying degrees of success and I have to say on the whole this story works pretty good. Black Tie Optional manages to be both fun and flirty with lots of sparks flying between the two leads. The sparring between the characters is very entertaining and definitely a highlight of the book. Overall a fun story of enemies to lovers that asks the all important question of can opposites attract?


Plenty of light hearted moments and lots of sizzling chemistry!


With thanks to St. Martins Press & Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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