Author: Marisa Cleveland
Release Date: 12 February 2013
Number of pages: 45 pages
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Flirt)
Source: ebook provided by the publisher
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author's Website, Amazon, Read an excerpt
Grade: 4.5 stars
Goodreads appetizer: Stacey Bradford believes in love, but when her hot boss, Marshall Royce, decides to close her best friend's flower shop - days before Valentine's Day! - Stacey declares war.
Intrigued by Stacey's devotion to her friend, the hearts and flowers holiday, and belief in true love, Marsh issues a challenge - prove love exists or deliver the closing documents to her friend herself.
Stacey never could resist a challenge, but when Marsh makes Valentine's Day the deadline for their deal, Stacey must decide how far she's willing to go for love.
My Thoughts: Although Valentine's Day was long past I couldn't say no to The Valentine Challenge when I read its blurb. I pictured it to be a short and cute read and it was that and much more.
I won't repeat the premise of the story since you can read it above, let me just tell you that Marisa Cleveland's smooth and captivating writing style sucked me in instantly and I devoured the pages without wanting to come back for air, I needed to know what would happen next with Stacey and Marsh much more than any lunch or bathroom break.
I found both character charming in their own way (to be exact Stacey was lovely as the reader could easily understand and relate to her, while Marsh was a wonderful dark and brooding hero :-), and their chemistry was off the charts (that scene at the bar had me shivering with all the delicious sexual tension between them)!
Verdict: The Valentine Challenge was a lovely, well written story that I savoured until about 70%, it was a clear 5 stars story until the big crisis/insta-love/resolution of their crisis. I wasn't blown away with the ending and the resolution of their problem, even if the last sentence was a great way to end the story as it made me smile and chuckle. I just wish the story were longer so the author would have had more time to develop the crisis and its resolution better. Marisa Cleveland has a great writing style and I can't wait to read more stories of hers, hopefully full novel length ones!
I seriously urge you to try this novella, I'm sure it will surprise you!