Tracey Livesay delivers the first novel in her sexy new series about lifelong friends and unforgettable love stories.
When everything is on the line, surrendering completely to love is your only choice…
Marketing manager Caila Harris knows that the road to success in the beauty industry doesn’t allow for detours. She’s forsaken any trace of a social life, working 24/7 to ensure her next promotion. When grief over her grandfather’s death leads to several catastrophic decisions, Caila gets one final chance to prove herself: shut down an unprofitable factory in a small Southern town. But as soon as she arrives in Bradleton, she meets one outsized problem: the town’s gorgeous mayor.
Wyatt Bradley isn’t thrilled about his nickname, Mayor McHottie. He’s even less happy to learn that his town might be losing its biggest employer. If he has to, he’ll use some sneaky tactics to get Caila on his side. Yet even as he’s hoping she’ll fall for Bradleton, he’s falling too—right into a combustible affair that shakes them both with its intensity.
Two stubborn people, torn between loyalty, ambition, and attraction. But when you’re willing to give it your all, there’s no limit to how far love can take you…
Livesay (Love Will Always Remember) opens her Girls Trip series with a smart, witty interracial romance that explores the tension between business and ethics, but lacks the small-town heart readers will crave. Black cosmetics marketer Caila Harris is too focused on her potential promotion to enjoy her annual getaway with her college pals. When their trip is cut short by the death of her grandfather, Caila messes up at work, flubbing her chance at the promotion in her grief. Her boss gives Caila one more chance to prove herself, sending her to Bradleton, Va., to determine whether to close the company's factory there. Bradleton's white mayor, Wyatt Bradley, aka Mayor McHottie, is determined to keep the factory running and hopes to win Caila over by getting her involved in small-town life. But he's not above using their mutual attraction for his purposes either. Though the romance is believable, the townsfolk come off as petty and insular, muddling the story. The framework of Caila and her friends on vacation the book ends with them planning their next trip introduces some big personalities who will be back for future installments, but remains tangential to the plot, leaving the reader unsure what to expect from the next in the series. Readers will appreciate Livesay's protagonists but have trouble connecting with their setting.