12 May 2015

The Millionaire Daddy Project by Roxanne Snopek

The Millionaire Daddy Project
by Roxanne Snopek.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: May 12th 2015.
He takes control...and gives all kinds of pleasure

In the space of about a second, successful restaurateur Dane Bergman has gone from millionaire playboy to daddy. Now he's the sole guardian of a very adorable and willful four-year-old child, and he's counting on his executive assistant, Pamela Atwater, to save his ass. Even if it means bringing her along on a month-long ocean-side retreat...

Pamela Atwater prides herself on being the perfect assistant. Whatever Dane wants or needs, she's there—pretending to ignore Dane's golden charm and drop-dead gorgeousness. On vacation, however, Pamela sees a side of Dane she never imagined. And it's a side that tempts her to cross the line between professional and personal. But is one month enough time to prove to Dane that his perfect assistant might just be his perfect match?

Reviewed by Kelly.

How can you not adore this book! There is humor galore. There is a sweet and funny and sometimes willful four year old. There is a perfect assistant who gets the job done and stays professional even though she would love to be more. There is an island and a month vacation on it! And of course, every child’s favorite macaroni and cheese even if the main cook cringes over it! And in the end- on the island, three people learn to become a family!

So anyway, Dane is a man who is a wealthy business man and who helps his staff out and knows how to talk to adults and get what he needs and help with things that they need. Until one day, staff wants him to start an in-house day care for those that needed day care while they were working. Dane wasn’t having that. But Karma has a way to bite you in the butt! A woman from Social Services comes and tells him that he is the father of a child whose mother died in a car accident. She was five years old and her name is Danielle, or Dani, and the mother was someone whom Dane had spent time with 5 years ago. He didn’t believe it was his. But looking at Dani he saw himself. After DNA tests prove him to be the father, he decides he will take care of her and provide the best for her. He just doesn’t know what to do with her. How to talk to her. Dani is scared and doesn’t like Dane and cries. But Pam, Dane’s right hand assistant and who gets everything Dane needs done, is who Dani clings to.

Dani clings so much to Pam that Dane doesn’t know what to do except to get Pam to help him. Which really boils down to her doing everything. Not that Dane can’t but he doesn’t want her to reject him and isn’t sure how to set boundaries and be a parent. So Dane gets Pam to come to his home and put her to bed and buy Dani's bed and furniture and anything else Dane is afraid to do. Dani continues to cry and steer clear of Dane and cling to Pam. As a parent myself that would be heartbreaking, whether or not you just found out you had a child.

I enjoyed watching Dane learn to be a father, something he didn’t have growing up (foster care) until he ended up with the one family who taught him to go after his dreams and helped him succeed in life.

Pam loves Dani off the bat, but knows that Dane needs to learn how to take care of her. So she suggests he go to his little island oasis for one month where there is little internet and phone access. Dane says ok with the stipulation that she go as well.

Pam has liked Dane for a long time but kept herself professional because she liked her job and knew it to be inappropriate to have a relationship with him. Dane is known for having relationships that last 2.5 seconds. She doesn’t want to go to the island because it will seem like they are having an affair to the other staff and things would be different and she knew it couldn’t work out. But Dani needed Pam too, so she agrees.

So, on this beautifully described island oasis the three of them hang out. Dane is a good cook but he likes healthy versions of things and a four year old isn’t having anything to do with it. She wants her box of Macaroni and Cheese! Dane is trying but afraid. He is lost.

So Pam teaches him that he has the skill and the love to be a parent. There are many tender moments of them all learning and becoming a family. But Pam knows that he won’t need her for long once he gets the hang of it.

“Then let me explain it to you.” Pam leaned forward now, as if the message was too urgent to chance his misunderstanding. “You show them your best side, you find out the things they like to do, and you do them with them. You learn about them, what makes them feel treasured and special, and you do those things. You make them laugh.”

“You let them see aspects of yourself you usually keep hidden. It’s about showing someone you care for them, wanting them to care for you, doing things they like because you want them to be happy. Because their happiness makes you happy. That’s love, Dane. That’s how you’ll win…. your daughter over.” He stood up and went to the stone steps. He didn’t do that kind of stuff. He bought flowers, or jewelry. A princess bed and matching dresser. And he’d never bought Pam anything because…….”

Then Dane starts to realize he really cares for Pam too and when he acts on it, Pam goes back and forth, wanting to be with Dane but knowing it would ruin her career there.

So for me, the book was centered on becoming a family. Not just a love story. That’s what I really liked. That’s what did it for me! Watching them all come together and love each other was so sweet! The other huge thing for me that got me was that the relationship between Pam and Dane didn’t go to the next step until about 70% into the book. They really got to know each other and Dane starts to realize there's more to Pam than just a very hard working woman and that she has given up a lot of her personal life to do whatever Dane needed.

The book was easy to read, I loved the characters. I could visualize everything in my head and now I want to go to an island and relax for a month. Can someone make this into a movie, please!?!

What I didn’t like was that I couldn’t always feel the chemistry between the Pam and Dane. I know, it sounds fickle after what I said above! The family aspect, I think, overrode the couple’s chemistry. That’s still okay because I still enjoyed the book. Another thing I didn’t care for was the name Pam; I didn’t like it, it’s just ordinary. Pam is the back bone to the company. And the cover is something else I didn’t understand. If the story is more on the three of them and he is always dressed to impress and rarely without a shirt except on the beach, why would that be the cover? I know the author doesn’t always get to choose the cover. It’s just my opinion.

But, I still love every book that Roxanne Snopek has written; this one included!

Before she was a novelist, Roxanne was an aerobics instructor (fired for insufficient coordination), a cosmetics salesperson (lacked that go-for-the-throat sales attitude), a dog-trainer (they all died*), a tax consultant with H&R Block (yeah, that was before Quicken and TurboTax), taught dog and cat breed names (she's a font of useless information) and most recently, wrote content for an interactive romance/mystery video game (still can't master Windows 8.)

Now she explores all kinds of careers from the safety of her desk, through her characters. It's better for everyone that way.

*It was 15 years ago, people! It's not like they died because of her!

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