Mr. Big: A Novel

Mr. Big: A Novel

by Delancey Stewart

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Mr. Big: A Novel by Delancey Stewart

He’s tortured and dark, angsty and arrogant. You want the truth? He’s kind of an A-hole.

He’s also the CEO.

Everything in my life goes according to plan, and that’s the way I like it. I got the degree. I got the job. Now I just need to prove that I have what it takes to succeed in the real world.

If there’s one thing that’s not in my plans, it’s falling in love with my boss.

Most relationships don’t start with one person calling the other out in public for being an arrogant jerk. Then again, most CEOs don’t cut their own employees in line at the coffeehouse and bark orders at people like they own the place.

Maybe pissing Oliver Cody off isn’t the right move. And now that he’s part of my world, all my plans go straight to hell.

This sexy standalone novel includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Praise for Mr. Big

“This is a masterful piece of writing. I could not, and did not, put it down until I finished the book. It’s difficult to say how much I loved reading Mr. Big, but when you read it you will understand.”USA Today

Mr. Big is funny, emotional, and a whole lot sexy. Delancey Stewart provided romance, conflict, angst, friendship, and family [with] an entertaining cast of characters.”—Harlequin Junkie

“Oliver and Holland are realistic and easy to sympathize with, and they have smoldering chemistry. This is a heartwarming story with interesting characters and a good plot line.”—Cocktails & Books
 
“I felt for each character. . . . Loved the writing and can’t wait to read more from this author.”—Alpha Book Review
 
“I loved being able to follow the journey and I am absolutely convinced that I will read a book from this author at any given time.”—Jeri’s Book Attic (five stars)

“Ollie is no match for Holland. She takes a dickish, spoiled pretty boy and turns him into the sexy, bad boy alpha of her dreams. Hot chemistry, sizzling sex, and a hero you can’t wait to get what’s coming to him, Mr. Big will keep you turning pages.”USA Today bestselling author Jamie K. Schmidt,

Mr. Big is the kind of smart, sexy delight that every woman deserves to read! Delancey Stewart will make you believe in true love in this steamy, heart-wrenching tale.”USA Today bestselling author Sierra Simone

“With a smart, feisty heroine and hot, tortured hero, Mr. Big has everything I look for in a contemporary romance. Witty, sexy, and full of heart!”USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399181801
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 275
Sales rank: 43,901
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Delancey Stewart writes contemporary romance. She has lived on both coasts, in big cities and small towns. She’s been a pharmaceutical rep, a personal trainer, and a direct-sales representative for a French wine importer. But she has always been a writer first. In addition to wife and mother of two small boys, her current job titles include pirate captain, monster hunter, Lego assembler, and story reader. She tackles all these efforts at her home outside of Washington D.C.

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Mr. Big 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the best book. I not sure I like both Oliver and Holland being messed up. It was definately different than I am used to reading. I still think it could have been better. I do like getting thoughts from both of them though. That was mainly the plus for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Such a great story!
CeeCeeHouston More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by Delancey Stewart but won't be the last. The story was really good and I enjoyed the back and forth tug of emotions between the two characters., even though it was a bit slow to start with. If you take the time, and just go with it, you'll find a great story. I like the way we got to find out about Oliver's past and the reason for him acting the way he does. He's in a dark place and often gets mired in his own head, and feeling sorry for himself. Holland hates the job she has as a sales rep. for a tech company ng. She's a qualified statistician and dreams of working for Cody Technology., so much that she has a 'secret project' to help her get there. Then she meets Oliver and becomes immersed in his life. There were so many different aspects to this story. It wasn't just a romance. It had more depth than that and that's what I really enjoyed about it. The ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
PennieM More than 1 year ago
Oliver has had the rug pulled out from under him and everything he believes. Holland is a new graduate and finds out that even though she is qualified for the job she applied for she is not the right gender for it. She takes a job with the company just to get her foot in the door anyway and works on a program and little does she know Oliver is the one who wrote and developed it. This is just one of the things that brings them closer or at least gives Oliver an excuse to get closer...These two have so much chemistry and it smokes right off the page and keeps the pages turning. I started this book with a preconceived notion and I am really glad it was proved wrong. I really enjoyed this one and will be looking forward to reading more of this author! **Received an ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
LorelaiMom More than 1 year ago
4 Stars! Meet the Heroine & Hero: Holland O’Dell is a smart, independent & beautiful woman trying to make in a corporate man’s world. Oliver Cody has been on hiatus from his position as CEO of a large tech company, trying to find himself. The Story: Oliver & his father founded a sports analytical tech company. Once graduated from college, Oliver assumed the role of CEO as was always planned. One day, Oliver just stopped & looked around at his life & felt like he didn’t know who he was or if this was what he truly wanted. He decided to take a hiatus from his position and left on a journey of self-discovery. He gets an unexpected call one afternoon; his parents have passed away & he’s needed back home. Holland graduated at the top of her Master’s program. She has always wanted to work at Cody Technology, but got her first dose of corporate gender inequality when she was passed over for her dream position in applied analytics in favor of a man that barely graduated at the bottom of her program. She was instead given a position in sales. She however did not let this get her down, she figured she would get in where she could, then show her worth & earn her way into the position she deserved. Holland starts secretly working on a project that will take an old, unused tech from the company & turn it into something new & worth selling. This is where our hero enters. They meet in the coffeehouse at work, he’s being a jerk & she calls him out on it. He is instantly intrigued & he notices that she is looking over the plans of some old company tech that was deemed worthless. He introduces himself by a nickname & as a former employee, then offers to help her out with her plans. Oliver has been in a really dark place since his parents died. A huge secret was revealed to him by their lawyer & he feels betrayed by his parents & wants nothing to do with anything that reminds him of them, for example acting as CEO of their company. But once he meets Holland, she is like a bright light in his life & her project sparks back to life in him what he always loved about his company. Oliver doesn’t wait too long to reveal who he is, but she is upset once it is revealed. Cody takes back control of his company with renewed life & he wants Holland to get recognition for her brilliant mind & is upset by the gender inequalities at his company. Will these two be able to work things out before they all fall apart? Many things come into play that could throw a wrench into it: demons from both their pasts, their working relationship & a huge life changing surprise. The Verdict: I really, truly enjoyed this book. Both main character have so much depth & so many layers. It was heartbreaking to watch Oliver struggle with his parent’s secret & the sense of betrayal he had from it. Holland had a difficult past through foster care & feelings of being unwanted, but it was beautiful to see what she made of herself in spite of that. I loved that each character had something that the other needed to bring them up out of the darkness they both felt. Their love story was sweet & I enjoyed reading it. This was a slower paced book, but I liked it & felt like it worked with the story. I still was so invested into the story after only a couple chapters, that I finished it in one night! I definitely recommend this book & author to others! *ARC provided free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
KTCastle More than 1 year ago
Those sentences right about sum him up. Oliver Cody is everything a woman wants: handsome, rich and lost, so very lost. Let’s accept it ladies, we all want to save a hot guy when we can. Oliver is a CEO of a multinational company and he recently found out that his parents adopted him and never told him the truth. He was always loved, we had everything he wanted, but he feels hurt that he never knew the truth until it was too late. That is, until he found the woman that changed it all for him. Holland is a hard working woman with her serious load of baggage. She has planned her life step by step since she was a child. At the moment, she’s completely concentrated in her career, not interested in much else. Not even when Oliver steps into her life, and probably specially when she founds out who he really is. There is a lot of information on how she, as a woman, struggles to be taken seriously in an environment that’s mostly dominated by men, on how she’s always fought to be taken seriously and treated with respect to to her worth and nothing else. When Holland and Oliver first met, she has no idea who he really is. He is quite interested in her from the beginning, but she is only interested in her plans to advance in her career. Eventually she gives him the chance to help her out with her project and get’s the break she’s always craved for. Unfortunately when Holland finds out who Oliver is, she doesn't’ feel like she deserves it at all… even if she really does. They both help each other in ways they needed, until they finally let the other in and start healing and come to terms with themselves. That is until there’s a new complication in their plot. . I loved to see how this characters interacted with one another. It wasn’t love at first sight, it wasn’t enemies to lovers romance… it was about finding that person who is going to help you accept yourself. There are a lot of twists due to insecurities and omissions, as I read through the pages I wanted to slap them both on multiple occasions for being so dense. I enjoyed the book so much and highly recommend it to any contemporary romance reader.
Lit_Litehosue More than 1 year ago
Oliver and Holland make some magic in the process of working together on a project that could end up saving his company and paving the way for her to get into the career that she has always dreamed of. Mr Big has great character development and is a great way to pass a lazy afternoon.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
This was a good read for me. I liked the characters, although Oliver could be annoying at times. But the chemistry is good. The story has plenty of drama and the sex is steamy. An entertaining read.
CCarroll More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars So I have a love-hate relationship with this book. I loved a lot about the story that the author created. We get Oliver who is on a mission to just give up. He has a lot of anger and kind of floats through life. He meets a girl and finds an immediate connection which was awesome. But then he got stupid. I pretty much liked Holland. But she had a lot of back-and-forth issues that started making me cuckoo. Then she just got plain stupid. Through all the weird ups and downs we finally get an HEA at the last minute. So I guess that makes me happy because I love happy endings. But I also didn't really connect too much with the characters. The beginning was fun and funny in many parts, but towards the ending, it just plain frustrated me. I don't want to be frustrated when I read a story. The writer did give us plenty of hot scenes and heated connections that made up for a lot of the idiosyncrasies of the story. Definitely worth it to read the story just go to it with an open mind.
readsandreviews More than 1 year ago
There’s nothing quite like being in the right place at the wrong time. Delancey Stewart’s Mr. Big is a story about just that, a romance between two people who find each other at the absolutely wrong time in their lives and, while they fall in love easily, their journey to happily ever after is a difficult one. Holland may be one of my favorite heroines this year. I loved her strength, the way she went after the things she wanted, and how she faced adversity head-on. Raised in foster care after being abandoned shortly after birth, she’s worked to shrug off her feelings of abandonment. With a carefully constructed plan, she finished graduate school and found her almost-dream job. Her life is about control after having none as a child, yet she’s not closed off. She just has a plan. While working on a project that she’s sure will help her move into a position she deserves in a male-dominated company, she falls in love with her boss. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to shake her for starting a relationship with Oliver or yell at her to quit second guessing herself professionally (though I understood why she would). Her situation was a perfect case of not being able to control what happens in life. Oliver is probably one of my least favorite heroes this year, though I easily sympathized with him. He’s a guy who found success while still very young and suddenly found himself questioning what he was doing with his life while still in his mid-20s. He bails on his family and company to take a “sabbatical” and while gone his parents die suddenly, leaving him with the company and a secret he’s not prepared to handle. I wanted to shake Oliver. I wanted to kick Oliver. I wanted… clearly Oliver brought out some violent impulses in me. Without giving away too many spoilers, it was clear to me that becoming a successful person so young left him ill-equipped to handle anything that remotely shook his foundation. With his parents gone, he’s without any support and with the secret they kept from him, his anger at them masks his grief at their deaths. When he meets Holland, she shines a light into the darkness he’s been living in, but their relationship ends up being another way he puts off grieving. What makes Mr. Big such a wonderful book is how readers get to watch these two unsure and somewhat broken people learn to deal with all that life is throwing at them. It’s never an issue of whether they love each other, but whether or not it’s the right time for them to love each other. When something happens that links them together in a way they can’t ever forget, both have to make decisions, personally and professionally, about how they’ll live the rest of their lives. Holland steps up in a way that had me cheering her on. Oliver takes a little longer, and I’ll admit there were times I wanted Holland to have her own personal HEA without Oliver in it. But, like in real life and with real couples, things don’t always happen on a schedule. While I thought the ending was a bit rushed and Holland a little too forgiving, Mr. Big is a truly entertaining read with lots of chemistry between the characters, but more importantly, true affection. There are great secondary characters, people who provide support and friendship for both Holland and Oliver. As a big sports fan, I really appreciated the business part of the book, especially as Holland and Oliver worked to land a big client. And, I liked how Stewart addressed the lack of equality in the business of professio
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
Wow! Just wow! I'm rendered a little speechless just finishing this book. It's good, but boy do I have mixed feelings about our boy Oliver. You read the blurb so I'll spare you the repeat. Oliver and his father run Cody Tech, Oliver is CEO until the day he decides he's done and takes off to surf around the world. Gone close to a year he's called home due the death of his parents. During the same time he also learns some other things he didn't know and he's an angry, bitter, self entitle little pis pot drunk. He goes on a bender that lasts for months, leaving the CFO his best friend in charge, he lashes out at everyone he sees and simply put, pathetic. It's not grief. He's angry because he feels like his whole life is a lie. Holland works for the company on the other side of the tower in sales, a job that is far beneath her MBA in tech design and her skeevy boss who likes to prowl around her desk. One of her friends at Cody is Oliver's secretary. She slips Holland the schematics for a new product that Holland has ideas on and after a shouting match at the coffeehouse between her and Hale (Oliver); they're sitting together going over her ideas and he's adding his. She mistakes him for some homeless sort of guy, she doesn't know Oliver and he doesn't tell her who he is. They actually go out, he's still withholding. Meanwhile she takes the design into work, meanwhile Oliver has to come clean and they present it to MLB. All the time Oliver spent away, plus his time off on his pity party has put the company in jeopardy, the company he and his father started and built. Oliver's still hanging on to his anger. Yet being with Holland helps temper that and she's good for him. I would have liked her with a little more backbone, but when the rubber hit the road with Oliver during a pivotal scene, as painful as it was for her, she stood her ground. Meanwhile she are Oliver are now apart yet working in the same building, he started to drink again, but managed to rein himself in. I think Rob threatening him helped. He's still a whiny baby through all this. All the crap he puts Holland through and his concern is about himself. Yeah, no you'd suck as anything other than who you are right now. Delancey did a great job writing Oliver, I wanted to seriously throat punch him several times. He didn't garner any pity from me. His mood changes and mind changes gave me whiplash. There is no one clear cut moment that wakes this man up, but he does. Then he nods off again. Wakes up. Finally puts his big boy pants on and man's up. But is it too late? What will Holland say or do? Holland's been alone for months. And the big question can she trust him? The jury is still out on that one. I liked this book despite wanting to smack him hard more than once, but truthfully I'm sure we all know or knew someone who's pretty much like Oliver and a woman like Holland. The story is solid, the writing is flawless and the supporting characters are great. The steam factor is present and hot. I'd hoped for more of a connection with Holland and Oliver, but given their circumstances I can see why at times things seemed to skim the surface. All in all a great read. Nice work Delancey!! 4.5 from me. **arc from NetGalley and Loveswept in exchange for a fair review***
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars. Holland O’Dell is an algorithms expert who’s hired in the only suitable position (for a woman) at her dream company Cody Tech: in sales. It’s disheartening, but Holland’s a fighter. She survived three foster homes after being abandoned shortly after birth and has cobbled together a small nucleus of friends that she considers family. She’s also got a great idea for restructuring one of Cody Tech’s earliest device designs, and an in with a contact at Major League Baseball. Id she can refine and sell the product, she might garner enough support to get hired into her dream position in project development. Oliver “Hale” Cody is a young man adrift. He’d struggled with his posh life for just over a year, and went on an adventure to “find himself” when he thought the need for him at his own company was overblown. Cody Tech was started by his father, and everyone assumed he’d just take the reins once he finished schooling, but Oliver didn’t feel like he’d earned his position as CEO. While on his journey towards himself, Oliver’s parents were killed in a car wreck, and Oliver’s idyll was at an end. The truth of his adoption was revealed by the attorneys of the estate, and Oliver’s reeling from a sense of complete loss. Who was his true family? Not only didn’t he know this big secret about himself, how could he trust his parents’ decisions? His shenanigans and drunken rages have destabilized the company, and caused a major shake-up. While Oliver is mostly too distraught to care, he notices a woman, Holland, working late at the company, and admires how she doesn’t take his crap. Seeing that she’s working on a product he’d developed with his dad, he’s intrigued, and wants to help her fine-tune it. Through his repeated attempts at connecting with Holland, Oliver learns a lot about himself and his company. He learns about her childhood and feels a kinship for lost familial connections. He learns his company has a long way to go to overcome the ingrained misogyny and sexism. His attraction to Holland is a welcome advent into his broken emotional state, and Holland returns his interest–until she learns he’s the CEO. By then, however, they’ve already gotten physical, and hooked MLB for the project Holland developed and Oliver tweaked. Then, there’s drama. It’s all really rational and reasonable: Holland not wanting people to believe she climbed the corporate ladder using sex with Oliver, not her creativity and hard work. Oh, and there’s a couple break ups/make ups that cause each of them to really consider the meaning of family, and merit-based rewards, and feminism, and equality. I don’t want to give too much away, but the plot has a few turns I wasn’t expecting. That said, I think I mostly didn’t expect them because they were 99.9% unlikely to happen anywhere in real life, and I’m not an unrealistic person when reading realistic fiction. So, yeah, I kind of rolled my eyes on those things, and kept reading on anyway. The relationship-building between Oliver and Holland is hard work, they are young people for all their career accomplishments: both 26. Yeah, that was unrealistic, too. And, Oliver came off as sullen and spoiled for a good part of the book. Granted, I liked when he was happy, but a lot of the time he felt whiny. I liked Holland, and wanted to assure her–like her good friends did–that she didn’t have to be so very independent. It’s really not how the corporate world works, but she's young and naive.
Mgrabeel More than 1 year ago
Holland O'Dell is trying to make her mark in the world, a man's world. She knows she can do it, she just needs to get her foot in the door. Not one to easily trust another, she finds herself leaning more than she's comfortable with on the broody, surfer she met in the company coffee house. Oliver Cody thought he had things figured out, his life, his career, his identity, then his world crashed around him. He's angry and anyone within a 10 foot radius bears the brunt of it until he meets a very feisty, guarded girl in the coffee house. He can't stay away from her though he knows it is under false pretenses. This is the first book I've read by this author. I was hooked by the beginning and curious as to where the story was heading. I greatly appreciated Holland's independent streak even when she knew she should rely on another. She wasn't easily swayed. My heart wept for Oliver and his circumstances and I was happy he was able to move past his mental roadblocks to achieve a greater life. I would recommend this book to a friend and I look forward to reading more by this author.
micharch More than 1 year ago
Oliver and Holland do not have a great first meeting, second meeting or even third meeting. Oliver is reeling after the loss of his parents and a long kept secret that has him questioning everything about himself and his life. Holland is a woman on a mission and is taking no prisoners in her quest to cross off items on her list of where she wants to be in life. She was raised in foster care and her sense of self-worth is sometimes sketchy at best. Ollie and Holland finally agree to work on a project together, after she comes up with the initial idea. She has no idea who Ollie is and he goes along with it for a while. Her snap judgments got old after a while. I am all for a woman knowing her worth, but her idea of Oliver being just above a homeless man got really old. She didn't want anyone to judge her upbringing, but she was quick to put him in a box in which he didn't belong. Ollie has his own baggage and did not handle news of being lied to his whole life well at all. He was already struggling with his sense of worth and purpose before the tragedy that reshaped his life. He did not handle his emotions well at all and acted like a toddler at points. I did understand his anger and issues with how he was "lied" to his whole life. I thought he should have manned up earlier than he did and at least did what he could for the company that he was CEO of. Both Ollie and Holland had a lot of growing up to do. The push/pull got old after a while and I was tired of both of them by the end. Pamela didn't help the situation at all and should have minded her own business from the beginning. She owed both of them an apology by the end and caused a lot of needless second-guessing by Ollie. He had enough on his plate without her meddling into his life. She didn't even know the whole story but still gave her advice anyway. She really did need to take a step back and realize that her life was not perfect, so she needed to recognize that she didn't really know a lot about relationships. None of them handled this relationship well and it saddened me at points to see how dysfunctional all of them were. The end was nice but too late for me to redeem this book totally. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
'Mr. Big' by Delancey Stewart is the story of Oliver Cody and Holland O'Dell. Oliver Cody started a business at an early age and was about to marry when he decided to walk away from it to 'find himself' leaving his dad and some other people in charge of the company. But now there was a bad accident that took his parents life that also took away what he thought he knew about himself. Now he is back at the company but not caring about it and thinking of selling off his shares. Holland is a hard working women who fighting to get a job in a mans world. At first the way Oliver is dressed he looks like a surfer or bum. So the first time she officially sees him at the coffee house he pushes the coffee line to go right head of everyone else and then is short with the server. So Holland goes over to his table to let him have a piece of her mind. But what Oliver found is that Holland woke him up with his desire to have her and its the first thing he has cared about in along time. But can they both work through their issues to actually have a relationship? "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read.
TerryL56 More than 1 year ago
Holland had her life planned out ... that is after she aged out of foster care. She got the education and secured employment at the company she always wanted to work for, but she didn't get the position she wanted. So she secretly set out to adapt the company's technology and hopefully get the job she wanted. Oliver had it all ... parents who loved him, education, wealth, a beautiful girl, and he was the CEO of the company he started with his father. But something was still missing, so he left that all behind to find himself. While he was gone an accident claimed the life of his parents and in the aftermath of their deaths, he found out he was adopted and his world spiraled downward. When Oliver meets Holland in the company's coffee shop and he feels an instant connection with her. He helps her with her secret project, all the while keeping his identity a secret from her. By the time she learns that he is the CEO of the company she works for, she is in love with him. Will Holland be able to forgive Oliver for keeping the truth from her? Will she get the job she always wanted? Will Oliver become the A-hole he was when they met? This is a sweet and steamy romance with lots of twists and turns. I really enjoyed this book! I received an ARC copy courtesy of Random House - Loveswept through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
**Advanced copy provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review** This was the first time I have read a Delancey Stewart novel and it will not be the last. I really enjoyed this book and it was a good story, had great characters and I enjoyed the overall feel of the book. Oliver Cody has everything he could ever want - the job, the money, the close relationship with his parents and everything seems to be going in the right direction until it suddenly isn't. Oliver receives the worst news of his life and it throws everything into a tailspin, including everything Ollie always thought he knew about himself. Holland O'Dell has always wanted to succeed in business and graduating near the top of her class, she hoped to get the job she deserved, but gender lines proved that would not be as easy as she had hoped. She decided to take a job just to get her foot in the door and then she'll prove why she should have the job that she originally applied for and didn't get. When Holland begins to work on the project that could propel her work-life forward, she ends up meeting a guy who is willing to help her, but she's not sure that she should trust him. As they get to know one another, they see that they are very compatible, both with the work she's doing and also in a romantic sense, but will secrets that Ollie is keeping derail both her aspirations for her job and their romance before it really gets off the ground? I enjoyed this book for so many reasons, one of which was because it explored the idea of equality in the workplace and that is so important these days. Regardless of gender, if you are capable of doing the job, you should have that opportunity. This book showed that, but also showed that you can have the other things outside of the office too. And, just because you think your life is the way it should be, things happen and people come into your life exactly when they are supposed to. I look forward to reading another Delancey Stewart book soon!
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. This is a love story, that has many emotional parts. You have Holland who is young and was abandoned at birth so she has grown up in different foster homes, but luckily she does have her foster sister Delia. She lives by plans, and wants them in order, so she sets out to conquer her first one, which is to be successful in her field, and while she is doing research, she meets Hale, who is disgruntled and he helps her out. Oliver is Hollands "Hale" but she does not know that he is the CEO of the company she works in, because of his appearance, and they start to fall in love, he does admit who he is, and she does not want people to think that she made it because of sleeping with the CEO, and then the drama begins. If I were her, I would have made him suffer a little more, but I did not write book
Buecherwurm161 More than 1 year ago
Did not connect with the book. I am an avid reader and it is my escape from everyday's troubles, so I really hate it when I don't make a connection with a book, especially one I got through NetGalley in exchange for a review. I pick books that sound like an interesting story and usually I can tell right away if it will be a good read or not, and with this book I struggled. Now glancing at other reviews I noticed that I am in the minority, but we all have different tastes and expectations from the books we pick. Despite the fact that I was not crazy about the cover in retrospect it really made no sense, our hero is blond and there was very little "romance" going on besides the main characters finding each other hot etc. Now sex scenes are not vital to make a good read but it needs to have something to draw me in and this book just did not do it, it was predictable and I just never cared about the characters enough, I found myself skipping ahead, never a good sign. Very disappointing read for me.
Dalitza More than 1 year ago
The title and blurb caught my eye, the first chapters grabbed my attention and the delicious sweet and sexy romance kept me engaged throughout. My enjoyment of this story was also influenced by the image I had of the book’s hero Oliver Cody. For some reason, Oliver Cody made me think of Oliver Queen, the Green Arrow's super hero. Similarities besides a first name? They were both CEOs of their companies and both "left" for places unknown for a while before coming back home and both their fathers were keeping secrets from them. So not exactly similar to the book’s cover model but that’s also part of the fun in reading, you get to cast your own protagonists! I like to read about brooding, closed off, jerkish heroes. They’re always the ones that fall in love harder and it’s a wonderful to see how they turn their lives around. But in getting to know Oliver, there’s really not a lot of jerk in him. He was mostly hurt and unprepared for the loss he suffered but behind the temporarily lost and vulnerable man lay a fun, sweet, thoughtful sexy and caring soul I found myself easily falling for right along with Holland whose life was thoroughly affected when she let the irritable, scruffy looking, line cutting man into her life. Even though Holland and Oliver seemed to completely opposite, she had very little growing up but was self driven and he seemingly had everything but was lost, they both had a lot in common including an emptiness that vanishes when their lives collided with one another. I know I’m not giving much away. If you’ve read my reviews you know I prefer to live the full emotional effect of reading a book without knowing much in advance. But I loved how the plot unfolded even though some developments were expected. The banter between Holland and Oliver was fun, the attraction palpable and the feelings they developed for each other felt very real. Mr. Big is a standalone contemporary romance by Delancey Stewart. Told from both points of view, with a happy ending.
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
I have never read this author before and was asked to read this book in exchange for an honest review. I must say, I was very impressed. The characters were likeable...the story was funny and interesting....and I just couldn't put this book down. Oliver Cody's world has completely imploded. The world as he knew it has been turned upside down by a horrible event. First he was on top of the world, and next he was crashing down at the bottom. Ollie is the CEO of Cody Technology, having taken over the reigns from his dad. The last thing he wants to be doing is working so he takes a six week break from his life. When Ollie shows back up at the office one day, he stops at the company coffeehouse and runs into someone who has given him back a spark of life. Enter Holland O'Dell. Oh, man did I LOVE this meeting. Great laugh out loud sparring! Ollie realizes he needs to know more about this girl. Holland O'Dell has dreamed of working at Cody Technology pursuing her love of statistics and sports. Fresh from earning her master's degree, Holland gets hired on at Cody Technology, but not doing what she had hoped to be doing. It seems to get that job, you need to be a male. Holland just plans to work on a secret project that she can woo upper management with that would guarantee her a promotion. She is going to improve the company's StrokeStat program that is no longer be used and customize it for Major League Baseball. Ollie starts hanging out at the coffeehouse hoping to run into Holland again. Of course he does and then the real fun begins. He realizes she is working on StrokeStat. Considering he designed and wrote it, and she has no idea who he really is, he knows this will be fun. He finally gets Holland to agree to let him help her with the hope of spending more time together. As they spend more time together, things really begin to blossom and turn serious pretty quickly. Just when it looks like his life is finally improving, the rug gets pulled out from under him and he has to face his issues and decide what he really wants in his life. Ollie and Holland together were great. The awesome banter in the beginning was priceless. As their relationship progressed, things were only getting better. Overall, I really loved these two characters and the journey they had to take to get to their happy ending. I laughed, swooned and even cried.
gigiluvsbooks2 More than 1 year ago
He’s tortured and dark, angsty and arrogant. You want the truth? He’s kind of an A-hole. He’s also the CEO. Everything in my life goes according to plan, and that’s the way I like it. I got the degree. I got the job. Now I just need to prove that I have what it takes to succeed in the real world. If there’s one thing that’s not in my plans, it’s falling in love with my boss. Most relationships don’t start with one person calling the other out in public for being an arrogant jerk. Then again, most CEOs don’t cut their own employees in line at the coffeehouse and bark orders at people like they own the place. Maybe pissing Oliver Cody off isn’t the right move. And now that he’s part of my world, all my plans go straight to hell. Review: So this story kind of took me by surprise. From the cover and blurb I was expecting a totally different book. Don't get me wrong Oliver is a jerk, but he is also just floating by not really a business man until his father dies and he thrust back into the company he created. Mostly he is lured back by Holland and her inventive idea. Oliver is okay, I had my moments liking and disliking him. Holland I liked slightly more, though she put up with his crap more than I would have and she does seem to be wishy-washy in parts of the book. There are sparks between them and sexy times, I guess I was just expecting something a little more from it. Good story, had promise, just fell a little short for me. 3.5Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
I would give it 3 1/2 stars. This was my first Delancey Stewart book and I liked it. I would probably check out more from her in the future. The story was a bit hard for me to get into at first but then the author was able to pull me in and make me care about what was going on. Oliver & Holland have some serious chemistry which makes for some super steamy hot scenes. Besides that though they are able to be what the other needs away from the steam and manage to get through some tough times to find love and their HEA together.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that I had a preconceived idea of what this book would be like based on the title and cover. I figured it would be a lot of steam and little story. Was I wrong!! Don't get me wrong, it has it's sexy but it's also a great "office romance" of sorts. The story is very well done and although Holland grated on my nerves a bit I did enjoy both she and Oliver together. Oliver has had his world blown apart and is trying to come to terms with it and helping Holland helps him in the end. A great story that I will definitely be recommending to everyone.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
LOVED this book! I love how Holland, despite a very rough start in life, had a plan and steps to achieve it. She's burning the midnight oil working on step one of her plan when she sees an arrogant jerk, Oliver, be rude to her co-workers. Oliver, however, is still reeling from the death of his parents and the secret their death exposed. As Holland and Oliver continue to encounter each other, they build a relationship built on a glaring omission so significant that it feels like a lie. Throughout the novel, Holland and Oliver continue to have a push-pull relationship as one challenge after another spins their world around. I felt connected to the characters and invested in their story. This book grabbed my attention from the first page and kept it until the very last page - - so much so that I was sorry when it ended. This is a must read for fans of the genre. I've added the author to my must read authors'