The Makeover Mistake

The Makeover Mistake

by Kathy Lyons


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The Makeover Mistake by Kathy Lyons

A paranormal category romance novella from Entangled's Lovestruck imprint...

In Vegas, nothing is what it seems...

After losing a bet, successful publisher Michael Chang is "pretending" to play the piano in a Vegas lounge in order to spy on his less-than-trustworthy employee. His espionage is quickly derailed after meeting Thea Danelle, an editor who's been wronged by Michael's company. She's smart and unpredictable...and clearly hiding a naughty side that tempts Michael to distraction.

Thea has gone from frumpy librarian to the young, wild thing she used to be-all thanks to the promise of sensuous delight in the piano player's eyes. And frankly, after losing yet another author to the competition, Thea is ready to forget her professional problems and explore those sexy promises thoroughly. With Michael, she can finally be herself...until the moment Thea learns who he really is.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781508882978
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/15/2015
Pages: 116
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.40(d)

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The Makeover Mistake (Entangled Lovestruck) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
PennySparkles More than 1 year ago
*I received a complimentary copy from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review* 2.5 I was not entirely convinced Stars Ok, I must confess that after finishing this book I’m confused by the title. Was the makeover the mistake? Or was it the H actions behind it? Or the h feelings about it? Although well written and pretty hot it didn’t work for me. The main characters may have lacked a little depth, and maybe the whole “we’re in Vegas so let’s pretend be something we’re not” wasn’t completely believable to me. I’m not against an insta-lust-then-I-realize-I’m-in-love theme, I actually like those stories but I can’t quite put my finger on what’s my issue here yet, just that it was an Ok read for me.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
Cute fun with a little Pretty Woman/Cinderella thrown in.  Michael was hot and he could use the words.   Whether the dirty ones for some hot loving or the sweet.   ones to build up Thea's confidence, he used them very well.  Thea was interesting.  She was strong in knowing her business skills but vulnerable in her appearance.  The storyline was a little different and flowed quickly.  I only wish it were a little longer so I could get to know the characters more. The bonus chapter at the end was hilarious and made me want to know more of Jonathan. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
JaneyC More than 1 year ago
ARC generously provided by entangled publishing in exchange for an honest review.. 2 "Let Me Be Your Hero" stars Operating in the world of publishing, Michael Chang finds himself fake playing a piano in Vegas with the intention of being Mr Eagle Eye. Someone within his company has been up to no good in their attempts to win business, and Michael and his brother Jonathan intend to get to the bottom of it. Thea Danelle is a smart editor who has been experiencing a weird sense of being pipped at the post lately. She's attending a publishing event and finds herself disillusioned by the attendees, especially a certain bombastic competitor. So she takes solace in Mr piano man, and finds his wily flirting skills most enticing. I must say, I struggled with the flow of this story, It appeared a little disjointed to me, and as a consequence, caused me to lack any connection to either character. It set a rapid pace as this couple threw themselves at each other, with insta love and a promise of dominance.  "He did. And she did. And they did it all together." I thought the title was a tad misleading, given it formed such a small part of the story. Note: I've increased my rating by one, due to the mention of Enrique...not my cuppa, but one of my husband's faves. #badtasteboy
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Spying on staff = meeting your soul mate Michael Chang and Thea Danielle are both in the publishing industry but he's the CFO of a major international company and she's the editor in chief for a much smaller concern. They're both attending a conference in Las Vegas but he's gone incognito - pretending to be the bar's piano player - and she's irate as someone has got in and signed the last four author's she's discovered just before they were due to sign with her! It turns out the person stealing her authors is actually an employee of Michael, one he's incognito to investigate! Now they're not sharing all that information and Michael is maintaining is faux persona despite his attraction to Thea. Will their mutual attraction overcome lies and deception? Can they find their way to HEA together? Strong characters, a touch of mystery and deception together with a great storyline make this a novella to indulge yourself in when you're in the mood for a delicious short break in romance. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review.
ETrupkiewicz More than 1 year ago
The publishing industry is a cutthroat place. Nobody knows that better than Thea Danelle, an acquisitions editor at Fresh Fiction, where she works to find and court young, undiscovered, talented creative writers to publication with her superior marketing plans for their works. But the last four ... wait, make that five ... young authors she's courted have betrayed her and contracted with Chang Smart Books via one of their acquisitions editors, a sleazy man whose wiles have nearly eliminated Thea's job altogether. If she ever got her hands on a higher-up at CSB, she'd give that leach a piece of her mind. Enter Michael Thomas Chang, CEO of Chang Smart Books, a family business he owns and operates with his brother Jonathan. They've suspected for some time that one of their editors --- the same one with whom Thea's clients have contracted --- has been playing underhanded tricks to win new authors, but they haven't been able to prove it. When Michael goes undercover in Vegas as a piano player at a bar during a publishing event to gather intel on their wayward editor, he isn't prepared for Thea, or the pain he feels at having inadvertently caused her distress ... or the sexy, brazen woman he finds beneath the dowdy clothes she wears. THE MAKEOVER MISTAKE, by Kathy Lyons, debuts this month from Entangled Publishing via its Lovestruck imprint. If you like your romances sultry and a little cheeky, with attention-getting characters, look no further. Lyons's characters are the lure in this contemporary romance. Michael Chang is the quintessential stuffed-shirt CEO, a fixture in the publishing industry in his business suits and with his briefcase ... until he discovers a side of himself previously unknown (or thought long since lost) when he strikes out as a jeans-and-T-shirt kind of guy undercover. Perhaps it's no surprise that both he and Thea find themselves presented with an open door of opportunity into not only a sensationally sexy one-night stand but also a longer-term relationship when they each choose to climb out of their respective comfort zones and take a plunge into something different and unexpected. And unexpected is the word for Thea. Her archetype is the frumpy librarian (once bitten, twice shy) who hides her beauty and sensual desires beneath the ugliest, baggiest clothes she can find, all in the name of professionalism and (in her case) the determination that she won't let herself be hurt again. Which is likely why her transformation from dowdy to desirable is so praiseworthy. Readers won't be able to help but cheer her on as she throws aside her inhibitions and businesslike manner and cuts loose ... and then will sympathize when she thinks she's been betrayed again and runs to protect herself. Don't miss this romance from Entangled Publishing. You won't regret it! # # # Author: Kathy Lyons Title: THE MAKEOVER MISTAKE Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Lovestruck) ISBN: 978-1-63375-244-3 Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim The Makeover Mistake by Kathy Lyons brings you likeable leading characters in Michael and Thea and a fabulous secondary character in Jonathan, Michael’s older brother. When humor gets involved in this story, it just makes the book all the better. I loved that Kathy gave her readers a nice little treat by including a deleted scene at the end of the book. However, I wish some of the deleted scene would have made it into the actual book. I did have some issues with this story. Pretty much throughout the entire book, Michael is lying to Thea. Usually in a quick hook-up situation, the parties don’t actually know who each other truly are and just know vaguely what the other party does. Here, Michael knew exactly who Thea was and what she did. And while I know it wasn’t his intention, the fact that Michael treated Thea like a high class call girl or a kept woman really wasn’t the coolest of moves. With all of that said, I found The Makeover Mistake to be an enjoyable read. I would really like to see Jonathan get his own story. **Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
It was a good enjoyable read. I really liked the heroine Thea a very relatable character. I really felt for her because she ran out of luck or did she. Some how her competition is snatching her up incoming writers right from under her. Michael is "undercover" trying to spy on his employees to see if any shady business is going on. Then he meets Thea too bad he has to keep up his piano playing persona. Everything comes to the forefront, can Michael recover from the fall out once Thea knows the truth?
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a really cute fun story. Not sure I understand the title, there is a makeover but not the crux of the story. The writing was very good but I can't say I had a great connection with the characters but sometimes that's hard in the novella length stories. In this story Michael is "undercover" as the piano player trying to get information on one of his employees during a conference. He meets Thea Danielle and is immediately drawn to her, one problem, she is the person being wronged by his employee. Oh yeah, and she doesn't know who he really is!! I definitely recommend this one to anyone looking for a light fun read.
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
Funny, cute and interesting. It is a novella best for those who are looking for light-hearted romance. I really loved this book and I think it is very well written and extremely entertaining. I also enjoyed reading an extra chapter at the end. That was brilliant and made me laugh. :) Michael is under-cover, pretending to be a piano player to investigate one of his employees. Thea is a struggling editor and it seems that the said employee is getting all her business. She is unable to figure out what is going on. When Michael realises what is happening he decides to get closer to Thea and try to find out what exactly is amiss. But what he didn't count on is falling for Thea. Things get complicated and he must tell her the truth soon or he might never get a chance with her.
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
I have to be completely honest and say I didn't enjoy this. I have no issue with the ugly duckling theme at all; it's one of my favourite tropes as I tend to relate to the ugly duckling. But there were several points in this storyline I very much struggled with. For a book entitled The Makeover Mistake, I actually don't feel that this was the crux of the story. The hero hiding his true identity and why was. Yet it was the makeover aspect that had a huge impact as it was this element that brought all that was wrong along with it. For this reader it was indeed a mistake. When Editor in Chief Anthea (Thea) Danelle catches the eye of the piano player at a publishing conference in Vegas, it isn't long before they're making music of a different kind. But what she doesn't know is that rather than lounge pianist, Michael Chang is the owner of a publishing house, disguising himself to keep his eye on a less-than-worthy employee. 'When he’d first seen Thea, she’d been one of those dumpy women who didn’t care about fashion. But then she’d removed a couple of layers, and he’d seen plump breasts, fit shoulders, and a narrow waist appear beneath her clingy white tank.' 21 pages in and I was, let's say, a little livid. What is this meant to mean? If Thea is "one of those dumpy women", and I'm intrigued as to what the those part of this sentence means, I'm curious as to why Michael decided to sleep with her. Oh, because she "removed a couple of layers", all of a sudden, creating a vision of sexual perfection. I apologise if this is stating the obvious, but I fear the definition of dumpy has been misunderstood somewhere along the way, and I believe it is the same both sides of the pond, because I'm pretty certain that it doesn't involve fit shoulders or narrow waist anywhere in there. And that was just one of a whole catalogue of moments that didn't work for me. I'm not one to review to criticise; generally it serves little purpose and doesn't sit right with me, but this book contained matters I feel strongly about and I received this book in exchange for an honest/unbiased review. I know it's fiction, I don't expect it to depict real-life perfectly, but I need to feel invested and I have to be completely honest in saying this flicked all the wrong switches in me and is memorable for the wrong reasons. I needed to see Thea's strength shine through, she had it in her, and I needed her to fight against Michael when he decided to play Richard Gere. But what I definitely didn't need after all I have ranted over, was a reference to particular terrorist agents, ones on the news daily; that was insensitive and there were other ways to show Michael was a safe guy. Had it been a full novel it's highly unlikely I'd have finished it. And this is why I can only give it a one star as I've been left frustrated and annoyed. These characters could have been so much more; they were actually sexy together, they had chemistry and some sweet moments, Michael had his moments, but he wasn't a hero I hated, it all boils down to a flawed storyline; I thought we had moved away from those times where how the woman feels about herself centres around a guy's discretion. Kathy Lyons is an author whose books I have enjoyed in the past. And, despite all of the above, I would still read her work in the future because one bad apple doesn't spoil the bunch. On this occasion though I've been left hugely disappointed. Copy received courtesy of Entangled Publishing for an honest and unbiased opinion.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
3 "Bold and unexpected. I like that." Stars. The Makeover Mistake was a quick read. Michael and Thea’s relationship begins in Las Vegas, with Michael being less than honest with Thea initially in telling her his reasons for actually being there. Things heat up pretty quickly between the pair of them, and the sexy-times were well written. ”Strip and suit up.” As the days (and nights) pass, Thea opens up to Michael a little more about herself and the problems she is facing in relation to her career. He offers his help, which she accepts, without knowing that she’s actually part of a plan that Michael already has in place, and that she is actually in bed with the competition. I don’t think this novella will blow anybodys socks off in relation to the storyline, characters or in terms of general development, but it was entertaining enough for an hour or two. It’s not a novella I would rush out and buy; and I have definitely read more enjoyable books by Kathy Lyons. ARC provided by Entangled, in exchange for the above honest review.