Friday, 16 December 2016
The Clothing Mogul by Aubrey Parker (#2 The Trillionaire Boys' Club)
Series: The Trillionaire Boys' Club
Author: Aubrey Parker
Release Date: 6th December 2016
Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge, 2016 Read the Books You Buy, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): “You have to fall in love,” Alyssa suggests. And then, because she’s my publicist, she adds the key word: “Publicly.” My name is Ashton Moran, and I’m CEO of the $2.2 billion Hurricane Apparel company. You’d think that’d be enough, but it’s not. Not for Alyssa. She says my public image sucks. She says my being a womanizer is hurting Hurricane’s brand. So she found this girl, Jenna, who I’m supposed to pretend I’m in love with for the press. I’m not supposed to sleep with any other women for as long as this farce goes on. Only with Jenna — if she’s into it, which she will be. I understand what Alyssa is trying to do by making Hurricane more “family friendly,” but … Me? In love? With only one woman? There’s no way this is going to work.
The Clothing Mogul can be read as a standalone, though there are small references to the previous book in the series, The Connector. The reader doesn't need to have read the previous book to understand this one and vice versa.
I don't quite know how I feel about this book yet. On the one hand, I was compelled to keep reading, on the other hand, for about 75% of the book I just wanted to yell at Ashton and call him names. He wasn't a nice person, and he didn't think nice thoughts, particularly about women.
However, the fact that he was like that meant that his transition and growth were more obvious. It happened in small stages, but there was a clear turning point in what he felt towards Jenna, and i think it was obvious not only to the reader, but to him as well, he just didn't want to admit it.
I think my favourite part of this book though was Alyssa. She appeared in the previous one, but came across as a bit of a witch (sorry amazon friendly word needed!) but in this one, she came across as more of a powerful woman in her own right. Even Ashton actually seemed to respect her, which really says something.
There was a good amount of chemistry between Jenna and Ashton, even if their emotions were all over the place. But I could buy into the two of them. The ending was also really sweet and made their journey worth it!