Tailored for Trouble: A Romantic Comedy

Tailored for Trouble: A Romantic Comedy

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by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
     
 

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A sassy, sexy, laugh-out-loud rom-com between the hottest man never to be tamed and the woman crazy enough to try
 
SHE WANTS TO CHANGE THE WORLD.
 
Taylor Reed is no stranger to selfish, uncaring CEOs. She was fired by one, which is why she has created her own executive training program—helping heartless bosses

Overview

A sassy, sexy, laugh-out-loud rom-com between the hottest man never to be tamed and the woman crazy enough to try
 
SHE WANTS TO CHANGE THE WORLD.
 
Taylor Reed is no stranger to selfish, uncaring CEOs. She was fired by one, which is why she has created her own executive training program—helping heartless bosses become more human. So Taylor shocks even herself when she agrees to coach Bennett Wade, the cutthroat exec who got her unceremoniously canned. She’d love to slam the door in his annoying but very handsome face, but the customers aren’t exactly lining up at her door. Plus, this extreme makeover will give Taylor the golden opportunity to prove that her program works like a charm.
 
HE WANTS TO BUY IT.
 
Bennett Wade is many things—arrogant, smug, brusque—but trusting isn’t one of them. Women just seem to be after his billions. So when he hires Taylor Reed, he has no desire to change. Bennett is trying to win over the feminist owner of a company he desperately wants to buy, but something about the fiery Taylor thaws the ice around his heart, making Bennett feel things he never quite planned on. And if there’s one thing Bennett can’t stand, it’s when things don’t go according to plan.
 
They are a match tailor-made for trouble.

Praise for Tailored for Trouble
 
“Smart, heart-wrenching, and wonderfully sexy, this is contemporary romance at its finest. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff pulls expertly at the heartstrings with a sassy heroine and the most compelling hero I’ve read in years.”USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne
 
“Swoony, sexy, and laugh-out-loud funny! Bennett Wade is an absolutely delicious hero—and this book left me wanting more.”New York Times bestselling author Laura Kaye
 
Tailored for Trouble is fast-paced romantic comedy at its best, with laugh-out-loud moments, sizzling chemistry, and a rollicking journey around the world with a sexy billionaire who’s so much more than the size of his . . . wallet.”USA Today bestselling author Kylie Gilmore
 
“Pamfiloff’s skilled pacing ramps up the tension and attraction between Bennett and Taylor as they crisscross the globe together, and their consummation feels like a well-deserved payoff for them and the reader.”Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/18/2016
Pivoting away from the paranormal (the Kings series), Pamfiloff adds just a dash of magic to an aphrodisiac cookie from San Francisco’s Happy Pants Café that nudges corporate trainer Taylor Reed a bit closer to tycoon Bennett Wade. Mr. Wade, as he insists on being called, seeks out Taylor for training, even though their first professional encounter resulted in Taylor leaving her job. After that disaster, Taylor picked herself up and started her own corporate training business, targeting CEOs like Mr. Wade who could benefit from more compassion. Unable to turn down his job offer—though she’s tempted to give him some incorrect training—Taylor begins to realize that Bennet’s aggressive, goal-driven behavior stems from a guilty secret he’s been hiding from the world. Pamfiloff’s skilled pacing ramps up the tension and attraction between Bennet and Taylor as they crisscross the globe together, and their consummation feels like a well-deserved payoff for them and the reader. Taylor’s brothers and friends are set up to find their own matches as the series matures. Agent: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary. (Aug.)
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“Pamfiloff’s skilled pacing ramps up the tension and attraction between Bennett and Taylor as they crisscross the globe together, and their consummation feels like a well-deserved payoff for them and the reader.”Publishers Weekly

Tailored for Trouble is definitely worth a read . . . and then a re-read!”—Epilogue Book Blog
 
“It’s sweet and funny and engaging, and has everything that makes Mimi Jean Pamfiloff an author that you need to check out.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
 
“A sweet, entertaining story with a lot of emotion . . . A really great read!”—About That Story
 
“With Tailored for Trouble, I laughed. I cried. I laughed some more. I yelled at my e-reader. I got the chills. I cried again. But thank goodness, in the end, I sighed a big ol’ exhale of relief.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers
 
“Fantastically written . . . [Tailored for Trouble] will suck you in and have you laughing one moment and ready to punch the main characters the next.”—Wicked Reads
 
“Yet another winner from Mimi Jean Pamfiloff.”—Hannah’s Words
 
“A must-read . . . This book is funny as hell. . . . If you’re looking for a story that will brighten your day this is the one for you.”—Lush Book Reviews

“Smart, heart-wrenching, and wonderfully sexy, this is contemporary romance at its finest. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff pulls expertly at the heartstrings with a sassy heroine and the most compelling hero I’ve read in years.”USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne
 
“Swoony, sexy, and laugh-out-loud funny! Bennett Wade is an absolutely delicious hero—and this book left me wanting more.”New York Times bestselling author Laura Kaye
 
Tailored for Trouble is fast-paced romantic comedy at its best, with laugh-out-loud moments, sizzling chemistry, and a rollicking journey around the world with a sexy billionaire who’s so much more than the size of his . . . wallet.”USA Today bestselling author Kylie Gilmore

Kirkus Reviews
2016-05-17
After a billionaire causes a human resources specialist to lose her job when she calls him out for being a jerk, he hires her as a consultant. She never expects to fall in love with him.When Taylor Reed meets Bennett Wade, a billionaire CEO, he insults her boss, then her, and she tells him off, then quits her job before she can be fired, starting her own business which she hopes to use to teach upper management executives how to treat their people better. The venture is a complete failure, but right as she's about to throw in the towel, Wade tracks her down and offers to hire her as a consultant, which she refuses, having no desire to work for a man who's shown himself to be such an abusive jerk. Not willing to take no for an answer, Wade keeps upping the price for her services, until she finally gives in, hatching a plan to take his money but to fake her coaching services, ultimately teaching him a lesson by teaching him lessons that will undermine his negotiations rather than support them. Yet as the two spend time together—and fly to Tokyo and then Bali—Taylor comes to see a completely different side of Wade and learns the deep dark secrets that prove he's damaged and trying to make amends, and she falls in love with him. Unfortunately, Wade has taken some of her lessons at face value and may have sabotaged the deal of his life, making him doubt he can ever trust her again. Good writing, some humorous scenarios, and an intriguing matchmaking back story can't save two main (and several secondary) characters who come across as so annoying, inconsistent, and unlikable that we really don't care how they eventually get over their relationship misfires. An interesting concept and a strong start but ultimately disappointing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101967225
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/09/2016
Series:
Happy Pants Series
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
237,611
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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CHAPTER 1

Twenty-­eight-year-old Taylor Reed stepped out of the downtown Seattle office building into the pouring rain, thankful for having forgotten her umbrella. This way, no one would notice the tears streaming down her face.

I’m ruined. Completely ruined, she thought. And it wasn’t an exaggeration. Over the last three months, Taylor had maxed out her credit cards, borrowed every last dime from her 401(k), and depleted her emergency savings account, all to start her own highly specialized executive training company. Fifteen sales pitches and fifteen rejections later, including today’s very polite “Thanks, but no thanks,” she was at the end of her rope.

This is all his fault. That smug, cold-­hearted bastard who’d gotten her fired from a nice steady job. Okay, she’d technically quit, but still. There had been no other choice after that humiliating disaster. All because he was “the customer.” All because he had money and thought he could treat people like garbage. All because—­

Ugh. Shut up. It’s your fault. You let him get to you.

An image of those unfeeling, icy blue eyes flashed in her mind. She’d never forget them. Just like she’d never forget the glib smirk on his disarmingly handsome face, a face that might have you believing a real human being existed somewhere inside.

Asshole. Hope he chokes on one of his designer ties.

Not having a clue what she would do next, Taylor looked up at the sky, allowing the giant sloppy drops to cool her face. She would have to get another job. Start over. But starting over meant flying back to Phoenix, packing up her apartment, and praying one of her older brothers, who lived near San Francisco, would take her in without giving her thirty lashes—­verbal, of course. Then there’d be facing her father. In his mind, people either paid their own way or they were a waste of good clean air.

Oh, God. The humiliation. Taylor buttoned up her black coat and grabbed her extra-­large rolling laptop case to go flag down a taxi. With this rain, it would probably be a while, which meant she’d probably miss her flight. The perfect ending to a perfect shit day.

Taylor stopped on the corner just in time to see two empty cabs sail by. “Oh, come on!”

She dug her phone from her pocket, deciding it might be better to call a taxi directly, when the device buzzed in her hand. It was a San Francisco number. Maybe one of the companies who’d rejected her had changed their minds?

“Hello?” she said, trying not to sound too hopeful.

“Is this Miss Reed?” said a perky, sweet voice.

“Yes. This is Ms. Reed.”

“One moment please, I have a call for you.”

Just then a large white and blue bus with a loud rumbling engine pulled up. For crying out loud.

“Could you hold on, please? I can’t quite hear you.” She stepped into the doorway of a small café with a cheerful red awning and a sign in the window that read “Happy Pants. Now Available Here!”

Weird.

“Sorry about that. Go ahead,” she said, covering her exposed ear and noting her sad reflection in the glass. Her long wet brown hair and the mascara streaming down her pale face made her look like a cast member from the Walking Dead.

Rarrr . . . fabulous.

“Miss Reed, Bennett Wade here.” His deep, silky, unhurried voice instantly made her entire body tense up and her adrenaline kick in. “I’d like to speak to you. In person if you can make the time.”

How the hell did he get my cell number?

“What do you want?” she growled.

He made a sound that was half-­chuckle, half-­throat-­clearing. “To speak. Didn’t I just say that?”

SOB thinks he can just call me? After what he did? “There isn’t anything you could possibly say, Mr. Wade, that I—­”

“I want to hire you.”

Ha! Funny. “What? It wasn’t enough to ruin my—­”

“Miss Reed.” She could hear the impatience in his voice now. “I’m a busy man, so—­”

“Ms. It’s Ms. Reed,” she corrected sharply.

“Fine. Ms. Reed, I’d like to discuss an offer, but not over the phone. I prefer doing business in person.”

Business with me? Maybe his brain has been polluted with too many supplements. She seemed to remember he looked like one of those guys who obsessed over his body as much as he did the cut of his suits to show it all off. Although, it was hard to tell with all that pious condescension oozing from his general direction.

“Sorry,” she said in the bitchiest tone possible, “but my schedule is booked, and I’m on my way to a meeting. I’ll have to call you back next lifetime. . . .” As she spoke, Taylor turned toward the street, noticing the long, gleaming black limo now parked against the curb. She couldn’t see past the tinted windows, but . . .

“You’re sitting right there, aren’t you?” she said into the phone.

The back window lowered and those pale blue eyes, edged with annoyingly thick dark brown lashes, were just as void of warmth as she remembered. But this time, his handsome face—­with its chiseled cheekbones, cleft chin, and a strong jaw covered in a charcoal black five o’clock shadow—­was missing that patronizing smirk. The man actually looked pissed.

Four Months Earlier

Taylor pulled into the crowded parking lot of HRTech Solutions, sweating bullets and cursing like a sailor—­a habit she’d sworn off for New Year’s but had just decided was completely impractical.

This can’t fucking be happening. She was now thirty—­Nope. Make that thirty-­one—­minutes late for her big presentation to the CEO of Wade Enterprises—­the man who had a reputation for lacking a soul and for having an unfailing ability to see the world as his personal mound of dirt meant for bulldozing. The man who had announced, last minute, that he’d be flying in from his San Francisco headquarters to hear about their managerial recruiting services.

The request was strange to say the least, considering she and her team usually went to the client, not the other way around. In any case, Taylor had been trying to snag a meeting with Mr. Wade ever since she’d landed contracts with several of his golfing buddies, who were all CEOs of various companies themselves.

The Prius in front of her suddenly spotted an open space. Shit. Dammit. No! She hit her brakes and watched the driver take his sweet time pulling in as she dug her nails into her steering wheel. Then, almost out of the way, the Prius driver began backing out, deciding he wasn’t positioned just right.

Sonofabitch! Come on! She sighed and then focused her frustration on the A/C button of her red Audi TTS, poking it ten times. But all the poking in the world wouldn’t magically make that Prius go any faster, just like it wouldn’t make the temperature go any lower.

It was nine-­thirty on this fine February morning and already five-­hundred-­hell-­in-­a-­hand-­basket degrees outside. Not even the devil would let his nuts live in this inferno.

She checked her makeup in the mirror to ensure it hadn’t melted down her face and noticed the incredibly attractive ring of red encircling her brown eyes. The result of having had two and a half hours of sleep.

Wonderful. I look like I’m stoned. Her phone buzzed on the passenger seat. It was her VP texting again.

VERA: Where are you now?

TAYLOR: Pulling into the lot. Is he there yet?

VERA: No. Hurry!

Taylor couldn’t believe her luck. This day might be saved after all.

“Take your sweet fucking time, buddy!” She pounded on the steering wheel as the Prius driver once again took his time edging back into the parking space. “Come on!” She honked the horn.

The driver slammed on the brakes and flashed her the middle finger.

“Great. Just great.” I’m about to lose my job, so fuck you back.

Why oh why had she taken this position to begin with? She wasn’t a pitchman, but her old college friend Rina, who also worked at HRTech, had talked her into it five years ago when Taylor had been fresh out of grad school and in desperate need of a paycheck. “You were born to work with people, Taylor,” she’d said. “You just smile and the room lights up.”

What a joke.

Yes, she enjoyed working with people and had a masters in human resource management, but so many of the executives in these big companies, the ones who used HRTech’s recruitment services, didn’t have a clue about how to treat the people they spent thousands to find and hire. It was always about the bottom line and shareholder value—­never about creating a workplace that employees genuinely looked forward to coming to each day. Didn’t they get that happy employees were more productive employees? It drove her crazy. But unfortunately, Rina had been right. Soon after starting at HRTech, Taylor had begun landing big clients and making good money—­something she couldn’t easily walk away from given her student loans.

Yeah. Well, those are all paid off now. As soon as she was able, she’d start looking for a new job, something more meaningful, back in the Bay Area. Kissing up to men like Bennett Wade, who she’d never met but couldn’t stand because she knew his type, was not her calling.

The Prius finally got out of the way, and she zoomed past, taking the little road that led to the back of the building where luckily she found an empty spot.

Now thirty-­five—­Nope. Make that thirty-­six—­minutes late, Taylor ran in her black heels, clutching her laptop case in one hand and oversized brown leather purse in the other. Once inside the twenty-­story glass-­and-­steel rectangle, Taylor made it to the elevator just in time to watch the doors slide shut in her face.

“Sonofabitch!” She jabbed at the elevator button and looked down at her watch, suddenly noticing several strange spots on the lapel of her black blazer. Oh, no. She must’ve missed a few drops of bleach when she’d spritzed the kitchen counters last night before bed. Cleaning helped her unwind and feel in control, especially when her crazy job made her head spin from the constant juggling. She had laid her blazer on the counter this morning while she’d been looking for her keys.

As she waited for the elevator, she freed her hair from its ponytail and finger combed the length of it over her lapel to cover the spots. The elevator chimed, and she jumped in. Moments later, Taylor arrived at the top floor and sprinted for the executive conference room where Vera waited, along with six senior managers, all of whom reported to Taylor.

“Hi, everyone. Sorry I’m late,” she threw her bag down on the long gray table that stretched the length of the room, “but I was stuck in traffic and then some jerk in a Prius was blocking the—­”

“I assure you,” said a deep, cold voice, “that my poor driving was a direct result of a man my height trying to maneuver a vehicle meant for one of those emaciated, tree-­hugging vegetarians.”

Oh no. Taylor gazed across the room at the scowling man in his early thirties wearing a black suit and seated at the head of the table. His thick, wavy brown hair was neatly combed back, and his eyes were a shocking pastel blue, almost too light to even be called blue.

Taylor actually stopped breathing for a moment as their eyes met and a chill swept over her entire body. Something about the way he looked at her made the room feel unsafe. Not in a “he’s psycho and going to murder me” sort of way; the man literally filled the entire space with his daunting presence. You weren’t sure if you wanted to bow down to him or run.

Yes, he was that intimidating.

“I’m s-­so sorry about that,” Taylor said, taking her seat as gracefully as she could, “but as you can see, I was in a hurry to get here—­”

“To meet you obviously,” said Vera, who sat closest to Mr. Wade. “And I know I’ve already said this, but I assure you that this is not how we treat our custo . . .”

Mr. Wade held up his palm, offering no sign of human warmth or civility. “I’ve already wasted enough of my morning on incompetent idiots. I don’t need to hear a list of excuses from some bottle blonde who calls herself a vice president yet can’t figure out how to ensure her clients have proper limo service from the airport.”

Taylor’s mouth fell open as she witnessed poor Vera’s face turn red. Had this man actually called Vera an idiot and then ridiculed her appearance?

“Yes, well,” Vera cleared her throat. “My sincerest apologies, Mr. Wade. I promise I’ll speak to our Travel Services Manager immediately. It won’t happen again.”

Taylor couldn’t believe that Vera had let Mr. Wade’s comments slide. She was about to say something when Vera turned her head in Taylor’s direction. “Taylor, whenever you’re ready.” Something in her tone made Taylor bite back her words.

“Of course. Just one second while I pull up the presentation.” She popped open her laptop and the home screen came up, but the presentation shortcut was missing.

What? But how? She looked up at the anxious faces around the table. Okay, hurrying, hurrying . . . She clicked on the documents tab and found the file, but when she tried to open it, the little circle on the screen kept spinning, like an evil doughnut taunting her sanity. “Um . . .” She looked at Mr. Wade. “My computer is a little slow; big file. Probably too big because I stayed up late making sure—­”

“So, Bennett,” Vera chimed in, “while Taylor is taking her sweet time loading the presentation, why don’t you tell the team here—­”

“Did we fuck last night?” Bennett interrupted, his cold gaze locked on Vera’s face.

Taylor froze and looked across the table, unsure if she’d heard him correctly.

“Sorry?” Vera’s face went from red to a mortified shade of white.

Bennett Wade leaned forward in his chair toward Vera. “Did. We. Fuck. Last night?”

The room filled with a ghastly, awkward vibe, and Taylor was pretty damned sure everyone was pinching themselves underneath the table. Had he really said that?

Vera shook her head. “I—­I don’t understand.”

Pinning Vera with his eyes, Mr. Wade slowly eased back in his chair, his black suit stretching across his shoulders. “Only my mother and women I fuck get to call me Bennett. So unless I got stinking drunk last night, which would have to be the case for me to ever touch a woman like you, then you’ll refer to me as Mr. Wade.”

Meet the Author

Mimi Jean Pamfiloff is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling romance author. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow your dream. Mimi lives with her Latin Lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and the rat terrier duo, Snowflake and Mini Me, in the San Francisco Bay Area. She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make a big comeback for men.

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Tailored for Trouble: A Romantic Comedy 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
D-B1 4 months ago
A fabulous and fantastic, humorous and romantic, beautifully written by the phenomenally, talented Mimi Jean Pamfiloff. I was given an ARC from NetGalley and Random House Publishing for an honest review. Taylor Reed meets with an obnoxious, arrogant, sexy man, Bennett Wade, in a board meeting. She tells Mr. Wade off, gets fired, and is propositioned by Mr. Wade. Taylor runs her own small business in helping CEO's better relate to other people, and Mr. Wade needs her help in trying to win a business deal. When Taylor finds out about a bet Bennett made, Taylor wants to sabotage Bennett's plans. Taylor learns that there are redeeming qualities about Bennett and her feelings for him are changing. Taylor and Bennett's chemistry is off the charts, the story line is memorizing, outstanding, heartbreaking, and captivating. Read the highly recommended, must read love story of Taylor and Bennet.
DaneWeimMama 9 days ago
Loved this book from the very first page. This was a funny, sweet, & very sexy read. I can't wait to read more by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff. Taylor was feisty, sassy, & just plain funny. Bennett (or Mr. Wade as he demands to be called by anyone not his Mother or sexual partner!) is arrogant, funny, & sexy! The interactions between these two had me giggling out loud on several occasions. Advanced Reader Copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 21 days ago
Fast fun read
Anonymous 21 days ago
I really enjoyed this book. I laughed and I also felt the connection between Bennett and Taylor. Would highly recommend!
SexyVixenReader 3 months ago
I am totally a fangirl of Mimi Jean Pamfiloff and book 1 of Happy Pants series did not disappoint. Bennett the hot alpha billionaire and Taylor the girl who thinks she can change him was so amazing and funny I couldn't put it down. And the sizzling chemistry between these two is off the charts. I laughed and smiled the entire time reading this. ;-)
treemonkey 3 months ago
I was just introduced to Mimi Jean this weekend and read both books in her Happy Pants series, the pre-quel and the newly released Tailored for Trouble. I couldn't put them down! Great characters and storytelling with lots of funny inner dialogue. Mimi Jean builds relationships with equal amounts of tension and tenderness. I can't wait to read the next books in the series!
Anonymous 3 months ago
I had received the book as an advanced reader, and surprisingly loved it! I recommended this book to everyone coming in to the store for a light and funny beach read!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Great storyline
caroldh4 3 months ago
Tailored for Trouble by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff is book one in the Happy Pants series. This book was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review by NetGalley, Ballantine Books, and by the author. I read the prequel to this book, Happy Pants Café, some time ago and fell in love with it. So when I had the opportunity to read this book, I literally jumped at the chance. And let me tell you, it was absolutely amazing. I love ALL of Mimi Jean’s books. I think I love every one more than the one before it. Taylor Reed has pretty much hit bottom. She lost her job, although it wasn’t the job of her dreams, she was good at it and it paid well. Then she had the bright idea to start her own company, a company that will help big company CEO’s to better relate to their employees, thus making the workplace a happier place. She put every cent she had into the start up, but hasn’t been able to snag a single client. She’s ready to throw in the towel so to speak when she is approached by Bennett Wade, the man who is responsible for the loss of her job in the first place. He has the gall to ask Taylor to come to work for him, to help to train him. There is no way Taylor will have anything to do with this despicable man, no matter how good he looks in that suit. That is until she finds out a few details pertaining to the real reason Bennett wants to hire her. Perhaps she could change up her program a bit. Changes that would work against Bennett. Perhaps she could get a bit of revenge. Bennett Wade is the owner of his own conglomerate. To say the man is driven would be a huge understatement. Bennett has issues. Deep seated issues that he keeps well hidden. A past that has darkened his heart. But the first time he saw Taylor and her lack of fear to say whatever she wants to him whereas most people were afraid of him, drew him to her. Bennett is working on the deal of his life, something that will change everything, something that means everything. He does need Taylor to help him to seal the deal. But more than that, he just wants her to be near him. The woman infuriates him and intrigues him all at the same time. “Men like Bennett Wade didn’t take no for an answer. In fact, no’s only made them more determined.” So begins the war of wills between Bennett and Taylor as they begin a journey that takes them around the world. It is also an emotional journey of discovery, as these two break down each others walls and dare to let each other into their hearts. I fell in love with Bennett immediately. From one page to the next, you can’t decide if he is truly a despicable cruel man, or a saint. His actions constantly contradict. Taylor was perfect for him. She held nothing back. She was the only one who ever dared to say whatever she wanted to to him. And let’s talk chemistry. These two were smokin! Bennett oozed hotness. And at the bottom of all of this are those fabled magical love cookies from the Happy Pants Café. It is said that if you eat one of them, you will find the person you are going to marry within seven days. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, you have done it again. You have written a story that stole my heart. And thank you, thank you for not ending it in a cliff hanger. I am just in love with this book. I can’t wait to see what you have planned next for this series. In the mean time, if you haven’t read the prequel yet, Happy Pants Café, now is the perfect time.
CCarroll 4 months ago
There are so many thoughts tumbling through my mind from this book. The first one is Damn, he is HOT! Loaded with simmering heat and off the wall anticipation, you wonder if they are ever going to get to the main event. Those pages flew by in hopes that it remained as good as it seemed... and it did! Bennett is dripping with sexuality and oozes passion but he has a secret too. He has flaws and is a stubborn jerk sometimes but you know when he falls, he will be all in. Taylor is a great match up for him. Also stubborn but she recognizes where her heart is going. This book is loaded with heat and it was a thoroughly enjoyable read! This author knows how to ramp up the sexual theme and keep it humorous, fun, and oh, so sexy and delicious too! I cannot wait for more in this fun series!
snoopypeach 4 months ago
Taylor is full of fire and drive, but that's not propelling her business as she expected. Getting hired by the man who killed her career seems like the perfect chance for a little revenge. Too bad revenge isn't the only thing on her mind. Bennett is dominating, privileged, and motivated. He has no reservations about doing what needs to be done to close a deal. But, sometimes people are more than deals and the walls he's built up can make that hard to see. When Taylor bursts into his life like a tornado, he might have met his match. The build-up to Taylor and Bennett coming together was deliciously frustrating. This author has a way with words that makes you emotionally invested right from the start. Her snark and whit are charming and I found myself laughing more times than I can count. Which propelled the story into a fantastic read. I loved both of the main characters, they had so much depth and personality I couldn't help but be won over. When it comes to the sexy scenes, hold on to your ice pack and be ready for your e-reader to be incinerated! Through the emotions back and forth between Bennett and Taylor, and the antics of the other characters there is not a single thing I would want to change in this story, I thoroughly loved every minute! Received a copy for an honest review.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I loved this book...funny as hello?
Momscookingthebooks 4 months ago
This is the first time I have read anything by this author and I really enjoyed it. This was such a fun read! I laughed out loud many times! The book was well written and it flowed well! Taylor’s inner dialog was a riot and you always knew what she was thinking! This can be read as a stand-alone as it is the first book in this series, however there is a prequel, The Happy Pants Cafe, which I haven’t read. Loved the story-line that if you ate a particular love cookie from The Happy Pants Cafe, you would fall in love within 7 days. The set up for this was a riot! Taylor Reed is beautiful, very smart, loyal, and a foul mouthed fire cracker. She doesn’t take crap from anybody. She grew up the youngest child of a famous race car driver father and an actress mother. Her mother died giving birth to her and she has three very successful older brothers. Tailor grew up feeling guilty for the death of her mother and didn’t feel like she was as successful as rest of her family. Her family loves her and never meant to make her feel like she wasn’t successful and never wanted her to feel guilty for the death of her mother. They are very supportive in their cave man type ways! Taylor was trying to get her business and new program off the ground by training ignorant and arrogant (her experience) CEO’s and upper management on how to treat their employees so they have a positive work experience and would in turn cause better productivity. She had just quit her job for fear of being fired after a confrontation with Bennett Wade when he was supposed to attend one of her training sessions. Bennett Wade is not your typical rich and powerful CEO. He is handsome, smart, sexy and he is so much more! He is like an onion; he has layers (actually mentioned in the book)! He and Taylor had crazy chemistry! This was not insta-love, it is more like frenemies, there is a lot of buildup, flirting and banter, and the sexual tension was intense! I loved Bennett and Taylor’s characters! There is a host of secondary characters that are hilarious and I would love to know more about them. Hopefully there will be books about Taylor's family and Bennett’s mom! Even though this is a romantic comedy, there are touching moments that tug at your heart! I am not going to give anything more away on this! There is a lot that happens and your heart goes out to the characters! You really need to read this laugh out loud funny, sweet, romantic comedy. It was a fun read and a breath of fresh air from the more intense reads! I look forward to reading the prequel, The Happy Pants Cafe and future books in this series!
Anonymous 4 months ago
I'm not one to ever leave a book review, in fact this is my first one , but I loved this book . The story was equal parts funny , sweet, and sexy and the characters were so well thought out. This book was perfect! Definite must read
gigiluvsbooks 4 months ago
SHE WANTS TO CHANGE THE WORLD. Taylor Reed is no stranger to selfish, uncaring CEOs. She was fired by one, which is why she has created her own executive training program—helping heartless bosses become more human. So Taylor shocks even herself when she agrees to coach Bennett Wade, the cutthroat exec who got her unceremoniously canned. She’d love to slam the door in his annoying but very handsome face, but the customers aren’t exactly lining up at her door. Plus, this extreme makeover will give Taylor the golden opportunity to prove that her program works like a charm. HE WANTS TO BUY IT. Bennett Wade is many things—arrogant, smug, brusque—but trusting isn’t one of them. Women just seem to be after his billions. So when he hires Taylor Reed, he has no desire to change. Bennett is trying to win over the feminist owner of a company he desperately wants to buy, but something about the fiery Taylor thaws the ice around his heart, making Bennett feel things he never quite planned on. And if there’s one thing Bennett can’t stand, it’s when things don’t go according to plan. They are a match tailor-made for trouble. Review: One of the things that I loved about this story is the witty writing. I was reading at work (don't tell) and at points I was laughing out loud and had to stifle my laughing. Not saying there is not a lot of heart there is. Bennett's and Taylor's first meeting has to be one of the most confrontational and tense first meetings ever. The being in each other faces goes on from there. Everything that can go wrong for Taylor seems to happen, but the one good thing is her meeting Bennett and their love story. Bennett, he is a very complicated character. He comes off at first as a real piece of work. A jerk, cold, uncaring, but as the story goes on I fell in love with him just like Taylor did. There is more to him that is revealed as the story goes on and he has way more depth to him. There is a lot of "will, they?" "won't, they?". They do have the help of some magic cookies and revenge forgotten. I have read Ms. Pamfiloff and always like her fun and sexy writing style. Now, I have not read the prequel to this story, I fully intend to though. 4.5 Stars *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
Anonymous 4 months ago
Well the woman has cost me another night of sleep because I could not put this hook down until the end.
weluvdopey 4 months ago
This is a great book; this book is part of the Happy Pants series written by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff. This book can be read as a standalone, but once you read this one you will want to go back and read the other one. Taylor Reed is no stranger to selfish, uncaring CEOs. She was fired by one, which is why she has created her own executive training program, helping heartless bosses become more human. So Taylor shocks even herself when she agrees to coach Bennett Wade, the cutthroat exec who got her unceremoniously canned. She’d love to slam the door in his annoying but very handsome face, but the customers aren’t exactly lining up at her door. Plus, this extreme makeover will give Taylor the golden opportunity to prove that her program works like a charm. Bennett Wade is many things arrogant, smug, and brusque but trusting isn’t one of them. Women just seem to be after his billions. So when he hires Taylor Reed, he has no desire to change. Bennett is trying to win over the feminist owner of a company he desperately wants to buy, but something about the fiery Taylor thaws the ice around his heart, making Bennett feel things he never quite planned on. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Another fan-frigging-tastic read!
Barb-TRC 4 months ago
Tailored for Trouble by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff is the 1st book in her Happy Pants frantic comedy series. This was a different type of romance that was like none that I have ever read previously. It was humorous many times, but in the beginning I couldn’t stand the hero; since he was an arrogant bully; then I felt sorry for the heroine, who made me squirm at some of the things she did; this seemed to change constantly throughout the book. We meet Taylor Reed, who while doing a presentation at work, she loses control of her temper when she listens to the sarcastic and nasty Bennett Wade brutally bring down her boss. Taylor will lose her job from her outburst, which leads her to start her own training company that will teach CEO’s and upper management how to act and make the workplace a better environment. Enter Bennett Wade once again, who wants to hire Taylor to help him, especially since he is working on a very important deal. Taylor turns down the offer from the hated Bennett Wade, but he is relentless in trying to convince her. Then Taylor devises her own plan to get revenge, by sabotaging the training she will offer him, and accepts the job. As noted earlier, I did not like Bennett early on, but I also thought Taylor was a bit crazy herself, especially with her wild and sexual comments. Granted, she didn’t mean to say many of the things she did, but she was mesmerized by the sexy handsome Bennett, even if she hated him. At times it was funny, but I also thought some of this was overdone. What follows though is a slow build romance with two people totally different and opposites. Bennett slowly becomes more likeable, as we get to know him and the things from his past that haunt him. Even if he is controlling, Taylor finds herself falling in love with Bennett, and is willing to work on his issues to help him get past them. Taylor did make a wonderful heroine, as she was funny, smart, and independent. Bennett was someone you couldn’t like early on, but he turns into a good guy, as he changes when he recognizes that Taylor is the one person that was meant for him. But there are things that will cause stumbling blocks to their relationship, which seemed to happen a lot. Tailored for Trouble was a good story, with a beginning that turned you off of the hero, and then gave us a nice romance.
Cali-Jewel 4 months ago
Loved this book another Mimi Jean awesome adventure was exactly what it promised to be. Made me laugh out load and had people looking at me funny (oh well). Was a little sad and exciting at times and so intense that I just could not put it down. Taylor is Strong, fun, smart & caring everything Bennett needs but does not seem to want, he is the hardest guy to get to know. Getting to know the people around him is the only way Taylor gets to know him. They are the best kind of couple bringing out the extremist of each other. Loved every up and down. I so want to get to know Taylor's brothers better....
LynnLTX 4 months ago
Taylor Reed has been struggling for a while to make her mark in the world. She lost her job and started her own company to train self-centered, heartless CEO’s to be better leaders for their employees. Bennett Wade, who was reason Taylor lost her job in the first place, wants to use her expertise to help him buy a company that he desperately wants from a woman executive who cares not for overbearing, chauvinistic men. Taylor does not really believe in Wade’s sincerity, or that he wants to change, and so sets her own agenda especially when she finds out that several of his equally arrogant and badly behaved rich business friends who treat women as playthings have a bet going about her that is extremely reprehensible. Bennett may not be so bad after all once Taylor gets to know him underneath his non-caring, ruthless façade. Taylor sometimes strays a little too far to the ditzy zone when she gets enamored of Bennett’s attributes, but she is earnestly trying to be her best self and succeed despite the challenges. She was raised in the testosterone zone by a widowed father and three very successful older brothers who cut Taylor no slack. The time with Bennett does give Taylor a chance to reassess her goals and figure what she really wants from life rather than what looks good on paper. I found this contemporary romance a mostly fun read with a good mix of humor and some more serious topics such as women in the workplace and exploitive business practices. I enjoyed it enough to try the next in the Happy Pants series when it is released.
ljtljtljt 4 months ago
I love books where I can identify with the heroine, and Tailored for Trouble by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff pays off in that way. One of the two main characters, Taylor Reed, is a human resources professional, and so am I. I felt her pain while dealing with the arrogant and pompous CEOs of various companies, and adored her tenacity as she tried to make the workplace a much more pleasant experience. After being fired for speaking the truth, Taylor has been asked to coach the very powerful CEO Bennett Wade, and she is hopeful that her new curriculum will not only help him, but open doors to her new start-up organization. Bennett is the one who fired her, so coaching him is an odd request to say the least. Bennett is all things alpha. He is in control at all times and always gets what he wants. Presently, he wants Taylor's expertise and personal contacts to help him land a very worthwhile deal. He is truly a good guy and he helps others in need unconditionally. However, he needs to forgive himself for his mistakes from the past, especially since he is doing everything possible to make things better for those that he hurt. Bennett lets Taylor in, as their business relationship evolves into so much more. This is the first book I have read by Ms. Pamfiloff, and it certainly won't be the last. Her writing is crisp, full of humor, and very hot at times. I am truly looking forward to reading more from the Happy Pants series. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
MBurton 4 months ago
This book made me so happy!!! I absolutely love a book with great banter between the main characters and this had it in spades. I was very entertained by the constant back and forth between Bennett and Taylor. There were so many funny quotes just from Taylor's thoughts alone. I loved how Bennett came off as such a jerk at first but then Taylor started peeling back layers to find out what a great man he really was. Bennetts mom was hilarious! I loved the phone conversations between Taylor and his mom. I'm so glad to know this is just the first in a set of standalone series. There were so many great characters in this book that I would love to see in their own book. This was a safe read with no cheating and a great HEA! ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
AboutThatStory 4 months ago
This was such a sweet, entertaining story with a lot of emotion mixed it. I really enjoyed it! Taylor and Bennett where like oil and water! They had a fun, bickering chemistry, full of animosity and verbal sparing. They had a lot of push and pull happening in their relationship and it was great getting to see more and more of them as they really opened up. I thought there was nice character development overall as we learn all about them. As much as I loved that verbal sparing, sometimes it got a bit drawn out because of that bickering (I kind of wanted to shake them both and tell them to wake up!), but it was such a good storyline and I loved the relationship that was building, that I kept right on reading. I honestly couldn't out it down because I wanted to see how it all played out. Taylor cracked me up, she had some seriously funny internal monologue happening. I really enjoyed that. I liked Bennett but he was hard to read sometimes since he seemed to be so emotionally closed. He was arrogant, gruff and controlling but also really sweet, and caring. I just knew there was more to him and I kept wanting to know why he was the way he was. I loved all the emerging little details as things start to fall into place about his past. It was very emotional. There are several throughout the story actually, it was a much more emotional read that I thought it would be. I thought the writing was really good, nice and descriptive although a little drawn out at times. I thought the author had a really good voice, it was my first time reading her and I totally enjoyed it and would definitely read her again. The characters, build, and storyline totally sold this for me making it a really great read! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
MusicInPrint 4 months ago
Pamfiloff has again weaved an amazing romantic adventure. Tailored for Troubles about Ms Reed, an executive trainer and Mr Wade an executive in need of training. The Owner of "Happy Pants Cafe" Ms Luce supplies the love cookie that changes everything for Reed and Wade. Jet setting to Tokyo, Paris, and Bali is packed with much turbulence. It is heart wrenching the obstacles this couple faces to find their HEA. I have read the prequel by Pamfiloff "Happy Pants Cafe" it is cookie sweet! But Tailored for Trouble is a stand alone tail. This is an author that carries a plot along with fleshed out characters and vivid description. Thrilled my wish was granted by Random House/Netgalley to post my honest review.