Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on May 6, 2014
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Marley Cartman is fed up with arrogant rich guys who treat her like garbage, so she vows to only date men with modest paychecks and a little dirt under their nails.
Her new boss, William Barclay, is exactly the kind of man she's trying to avoid: an eccentric millionaire with duct shape shoes and an unexplained vendetta against her.
But as Will and Marley butt heads over grumpy badgers and phallic artifacts, they discover that sometimes the opposite of what you want is exactly what you need.
Frisky Business was a humorous and fun tale about Marley and Will: two characters who are still dealing with the after effects of bad breakups. Marley was recently dumped by her fiancé, and Will is still reeling over the events surrounding the breakup of his marriage, several years later. Throw in an engaging plot, quirky characters, multiple wacky first dates, and a stop and start romance, and you have all the elements that make for an adventurous read.
I thought Marley and Will were well-developed, flawed, and very relatable. There’s sweet, smart, and capable Marley who’s a bit of a pushover, tells white lies on occasion, and spends a lot of her time being a people pleaser. Then there’s smart and funny Will who has major trust issues, avoids conflict with his wacky and often inappropriate sense of humor, and can be a little judgmental in relation to Marley. There were quite a few times where I wanted to shake some sense into both of them (especially Will), but I loved that we see both characters grow in certain ways by the end of the story.
As for their romance: they’re both attracted to each other, but there are many obstacles that prevent them from seeing the other as a viable love interest. For one, there’s a rule at work that forbids board members from dating, and since both are on the board, they want to honor that rule. There’s also the fact that Marley has decided to date men of average income, and since Will is rich, he’s out of the question. And then there’s the fact that Will doesn’t really trust Marley because she tends to fudge the truth. I won’t mention a couple of secrets that Marley has been hiding that also affect any future romance the two might have. But even with all the obstacles in their way, they still find themselves having hot and heavy make-out sessions, exchanging lively and humorous banter, and being able to relate to one another in a way that they can’t relate to anyone else. In the end, it was a bumpy but entertaining road to romance. (Reviewed by Quiana – The Book Lover)