🔥 A Little Steamy
A pampered and privileged Manhattan socialite must teach an unpolished and denim-loving nobody from the Louisiana Bayou how to fit in with the upper crust of New York City.
🔥 A Little Steamy
Trope: Makeover Romance, Fish-out-of-water
"It's the perfect contemporary romance read ahead of Valentine’s Day, too, with a NYC flair and Gossip Girl energy.” —NY Post
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Central Park Pact comes a reverse My Fair Lady for the modern era about a pampered and privileged Manhattan socialite who must teach an unpolished and denim-loving nobody from the Louisiana Bayou how to fit in with the upper crust of New York City.
Violet Townsend has always been a people pleaser. Raised in the privileged world of Upper East Side Manhattan, she always says the right things, wears the right clothes, and never rocks the boat. Violet would do anything for the people closest to her, especially her beloved grandmother. So when she asks Violet to teach the newly-discovered grandson of her friend how to fit in with New York City’s elite, Violet immediately agrees. Her goal? To get Cain Stone ready to take his place as heir to his family company…but to say he’s not exactly an eager student is an understatement.
Born and raised in rural Louisiana and now making his own way in New Orleans, Cain Stone is only playing along for the paycheck at the end. He has no use for the grandmother he didn’t know existed and no patience for the uppity Violet’s attempts to turn him into a suit-wearing, museum-attending gentleman. But somewhere amidst antagonistic dinner parties and tortured tux fittings, Cain and Violet come to a begrudging understanding—and the uptight Violet realizes she’s not the only one doing the teaching. As she and Cain begin to find mutual respect for one another (and maybe even something more), Violet learns that blindly following society’s rules doesn’t lead to happiness…and that sometimes the best things in life come from the most unexpected places.
Lots of upscale New York City vibes in this one, though the hero is rough around the edges
This book is written in third-person, with heroine-only POV. A lot of readers only like first-person, and only like alternating POV. So you've been warned!
Violet is a bit of a snob at the start of the story. Good-hearted, but still snobby. Because I love a good character arch, and characters who are given room to grow from the first page to The End!
And Cain's a bit of a cold jerk. Because, honestly? I love the hard-nut-to-crack heroes, so sometimes I write them.
🔥 This book has an explicit sex scene, but only one.
This story is very Manhattan-focused but also takes a fun detour to New Orleans at Mardi Gras!
“Have you ever been in love for real? With a woman, I mean?” Violet didn’t mean to stop walking, but somehow they’d come to a halt, facing each other on the quiet, early morning Harlem sidewalk.
“No,” he said without hesitating.
“Ah. I get it. Too tough and strong to do something as silly as falling in love?” she teased.
He didn’t smile back. “Not quite like that.”