*I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. I was not paid by the publisher or the author for my review.*
The Ultimate Playboy — Maya Blake
New author, new story, new favorite. Basically that’s how I’ve felt since finishing The Ultimate Playboy by Maya Blake. I guess the storyline isn’t exactly new… but Maya gives it enough life and such a breath of fresh air that it seems that way.
In the book we meet Narciso Valentino… who is well.. a playboy. He makes exactly zero apologies for his playboy ways, and people aren’t exactly lining up asking him to make those apologies. He’s richer than sin, with the good looks to match… basically what I’m saying is that his name was a perfect match for the man.
Ruby Trevelli is our lovely heroine, and I just couldn’t love her more. She is sassy, and so full of life. She doesn’t have the most awesome past, but she doesn’t let that stop her from being an amazing human being.
Ruby is in the process of opening her own restaurant, a dream of her’s she’s had for seemingly forever. The only problem is that the money she won from a television contest (think of Chopped) hasn’t exactly been made available to her. She needs that money, and she needs it pronto. She’s a smart cookie and does some researching, and finds that the television company is owned by non other than Mr. Narciso Valentino. He’s a popular man, which means that he’s very hard to get a hold of.
But, because she’s a smart cookie (and maybe a little devious) Ruby finds out that Narciso is on his way to an exclusive private party in China. She manages to be blessed with great luck and is hired to be a waitress of sorts for the exclusive party… which will put her in the same area as Narciso… and hopefully she can manage to get a minute to talk to him. Hopefully.
Her good luck kind of runs out though, because all of the guests of the party are wearing masks. MASKS. Of course though, she’s able to tell which masked man he is just by his magnetic pull. This is where things get interesting.
Ruby manages to catch his attention, but not in the way she was hoping. Remember when I said he was a playboy? She gets a bird eye view of just how much of a playboy he is. She just wants a moment of his time to explain to him why his company owes her money. He just wants to get her naked, as quickly as possible. Obviously, these two ways of thinking don’t mesh up.
I loved how Narciso and Ruby were together. Yes, he’s a billionaire playboy, but she doesn’t really seem to care. She doesn’t let him steamroll over her, and keeps her sassy ways. I LOVED that. Narciso seemed to not know what to do with her. She amused him, but also infuriated him. Here’s this woman who doesn’t fall into his bed naked when he snaps his fingers. What is the world coming to?
Both Ruby and Narciso in my opinion were perfectly matched. They come from different worlds, but they compliment each other. She’s soft, but spunky. Ruby brings out the best in Narciso, and makes him become a better person. He’s closed off, and doesn’t trust people as a general rule, but he finds ways to bring her out of her shell, and boost her confidence.
There were times that this book made me laugh (usually when Ruby was sassing Narciso), made me mad (usually when Narciso was being an ass) and made me go awwww. The awww moments were when Narciso finally realized what he had… and what he needed to do to keep her.
Overall, I loved this book, and I would definitely read more by this author.
10/10 would recommend.