The Proposal meets Two Weeks
Notice in Ann Marie Walker’s
new standalone romantic comedy, Black
BLACK TIE OPTIONAL
Wild Wedding #1
Ann Marie Walker
Releasing May 30, 2017
St. Martin’s Press
The Proposal meets Two Weeks Notice in Ann Marie Walker’s new standalone romantic comedy, Black Tie Optional, which New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst calls, “a fun, sexy romp that will keep every reader entertained!”
Everything about Coleman Grant III oozes power and sex. And not the perfunctory kind either, but the sheet clawing, heart stopping, gasping for air after you’ve screamed so loud you can’t breathe kind. From his dark wavy hair that stands in an artfully rumpled mess, to the blue eyes that sear your skin, to his full, sensual lips – on the surface he’s pure perfection.
Too bad he’s an asshole. An arrogant, uptight corporate raider hell bent on destroying the environment one species at a time.
Everything about Olivia Ramsey screams hippie humanitarian. From her blond hair tied in a sloppy bun, to her faded jeans with the Bonnaroo patch sewn on the thigh, to her combat boots still splattered with mud from the previous day’s site visit.
So it makes perfect sense that they would get married. In Vegas. Stone-cold sober.Cole needs a wife. Olivia needs to save an endangered species. But what starts as a marriage of convenience soon turns into a battle of wills and sexual tension. Love is a game, and Olivia and Cole are ready to win.
OMG!!! I adored, adored this book! It was a 5 + star book for me. Coleman Grant III and Olivia Ramsey are COMPLETE OPPOSITES! He’s represents capitalism and corporation, and she is an environmentalist, but together seem to work. They are the epitome of the saying, “opposites attract.”
Cole goes to the same coffee shop each morning before work, and like clockwork, Olivia is waiting for him, with posters in hand, to confront him every single morning that his corporation is hurting an endangered species of bat. Of course, he does not take her seriously. The banter between the two of them is hilarious. Each seem to despise the other, but somehow that hatred has turned into a primal lust! When the two meet up by sheer coincidence at a wedding in Vegas, they spend an unforgettable night together.
“At first, he’d found her to be nothing more than an annoyance, an almost amusing distraction to his morning routine. That quickly changed thanks to her relentless nature and escalating tactics; but while his contempt for the smart-mouthed activist had grown over time, somehow it also morphed into a twister form of attraction, an all-consuming lust that ran just below the surface of hate.”
You might think it would end in a walk of shame…nope, it ends in a marriage proposal. No, they aren’t drunk…they are quite sober. He needs to marry her to save his company, and she agrees to marry him in exchange for his financially backing her conservation effort for saving the endangered bat she is trying to save. Only three months. Not hard, right? Not where these two are concerned. They don’t know whether to kill each other or give into their lust for one another.
I love it when two headstrong characters fall for each other, when they lose their self-control. Cole and Olivia are very much obstinate and in control. I loved watching these two fall in love. I could easily see it happening, but those two would never admit it until it was staring them right in their faces, and they couldn’t deny it anymore. They annoy the crap out of each other, but they also challenge the other and begin to re-think their initial judgements of one another. It’s truly a sexy, sweet romance that will leave you with a big smile on your face.
I have again found a new writer that has raced to the top of my favorite authors. I will definitely be reading more by Anne Marie Walker. The icing on the cake is the special preview of her next book in the series, ironically, Icing on the Cake.
Ann Marie Walker writes steamy books about sexy boys. She’s a fan of fancy cocktails, anything chocolate, and 80s rom-coms. Her super power is connecting any situation to an episode of Friends and she thinks all coffee cups should be the size of a bowl. If it’s December she can be found watching Love Actually but the rest of the year you can find her at AnnMarieWalker.com where she would be happy to talk to you about alpha males, lemon drop martinis or supermodel David Gandy. Ann Marie attended the University of Notre Dame and currently lives in Chicago.
Tasty Q&A with Ann Marie Walker
Favorite writing place.
Honestly it varies from book to book, but Black Tie Optional was written almost exclusively at the corner table of my local Starbucks and I have the gold star rewards to prove it haha.
If they could sit and write in a different country where would it be?
I’ve had the chance to visit the UK recently and as a result am thinking of basing my next series there. Maybe it’s my love of Hugh Grant rom-coms, but after a few days in Notting Hill, the ideas were flying!
Co-writing have you done it with another author, if not, would you?
The first series I wrote, Chasing Fire, was co-authored with Amy K. Rogers. It was a wonderfully collaborative process but we always knew I would write solo as well (hence publishing under both our names versus one pen name) due to Amy’s demanding “day job”.
Name three things on your desk right now.
Coffee mug (a necessity), cell phone (a distraction), and a frame with a print of the first fan art someone ever made based on one of my books (a reminder).
What are you favorite types of stories to read?
Romances, especially ones with humor. I remember reading Beautiful Player at the hair salon and I literally laughed out loud. It was such an amazing feeling, which is why I couldn’t have been happier when Library Journal used that exact phrase to describe Black Tie Optional.
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
The second book of the Wild Wedding Series will feature Olivia’s best friend Cassie as the female lead. All the characters from BTO will make appearances along with a few new ones as well. The first chapter is actually included at the end of book one, but here’s a little teaser:
ICING ON THE CAKE
Cassandra Miller doesn’t have time for men. She’s far too busy preparing to open a cupcake shop with her silent partner and best friend, not to mention catering her brother’s wedding. And let’s face it, it’s not like Prince Charming is going to stroll into the bakery and sweep her off her feet. Henry has been a Prince his entire life but for one wild wedding he wants to be nothing more than an “Average Joe”, or in this instance, “Average Hank”. But when a case of mistaken identity and a batch of burned cupcakes ends in a night of passion, Cassie and Hank must decide if theirs is a recipe for disaster or the makings of true romance.