Business Not as Usual immediately stood out to me. The colorful and fun cover art called my name until the book was in my clutches! It took me a couple of weeks to get started, but once I did, I couldn’t stop! Overall, Sharon C. Cooper’s novel was a light read, but the main characters had challenges of their own to work through.
Business Not as Usual Synopsis
Dreamy Daniels is working a secretarial job that leaves a lot to be desired. Overworked and underappreciated, she’s working hard to complete her degree after several hiccups. She places her hopes in winning the lottery with her grandfather. With so much going on, she doesn’t have time for love. Especially not with the attractive new potential investor that her boss is trying to woo. Or does she?
Karter Redford comes from Hollywood royalty. His father is an A-List actor and his mother is a socialite who’s focused on making all of the right connections. However, he chooses to be in the background as a venture capitalist and back other small companies and businesses. It is during one of these potential investment meetings that he meets Dreamy Daniels.
There were a few points in Business Not as Usual that resonated with me. I could totally understand Dreamy’s irritation with having to work in a job that you don’t see a future in. Nevertheless, I loved that she still had so much energy and positivity. She was able to make a fairly stressful workplace more enjoyable for her coworkers. Karter is working through a very emotional time in his life while we don’t see him before, there’s evidence to show that he’s changed tremendously. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about how he dealt with everything and how Dreamy also tackled her own personal challenges.
A book that genuinely makes me laugh out loud is always good for me! I love when I’m able to really go deep into the story and Business Not as Usual did just that. Dreamy’s grandfather is hilarious and reminds me of my own family members. A lot of us have that family member who says or does something unexpected. I really love how Dreamy and her cousin just embrace it!
While the ending felt just a little rushed for me, I really liked the pacing for the rest of the novel. The character development wasn’t extremely profound or dramatic. However, it was still there. I also liked that there were situations and interactions in the story that felt normal. The funniest parts of this story for me happened when I least expected them to!
This story didn’t necessarily fall into some of the tropes that I see often with romance novels. There were times when I thought, “Wait, that doesn’t usually happen that way,” which was very refreshing. I don’t mind commonly used tropes as long as I’m entertained, but this story followed its own pattern, and I couldn’t help but get into it.
After finishing Business Not as Usual, I would recommend it for readers who enjoy contemporary romance. Overall, the story is light, but there are serious situations that allow for character development and growth. If you want something light, funny, and steamy, add Business Not as Usual to your book list!
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