Black Tie Optional, Ann Marie Walker – Blog Tour

The Proposal meets Two Weeks
 in Ann Marie Walker’s 
new standalone romantic comedy, 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.
Black Tie Optional is the story of strong headed and fierce Olivia and the arrogant, tycoon Cole. Olivia, an environmental activist hates what Cole’s business is doing to the environment and is on his tail about changing his ways because animals are suffering because of what it does. However, despite all the animosity between them, they’re both attracted to one another and when Cole suggests they get married so that he can claim his inheritance, Olivia agrees. From there begins a game of cat and mouse and falling in love.
What I love about Olivia is her personality. She’s smart and fierce and independent. She’s not dazzled by Cole’s wealth or his larger than life attitude. Yes, she’s attracted to him and she admits that she is, but the whole thing is physical. It’s not because of his money or his stature. She’s loyal to a fault and isn’t afraid of speaking her mind. I like that about her a lot. She isn’t afraid to stand up to anybody if they question her and she does so unapologetically.
And then, there’s Cole. He comes off as arrogant and cruel, but there’s a whole other side to him that no one but his sister is privy to. He’s protective of her and he can go to any lengths to make sure that she’s fine and well. He drops everything at a moment’s notice for her.
When Cole and Olivia get married, this is the side of him that she sees and starts to fall for. Cole makes an effort, even if it’s for the cameras and soon their fake marriage is turning real when they start developing feelings for each other.
All in all, this story is a laugh out loud, sexy read that is breezy and quick. If you’ve got a couple hours on your hand, I’d recommend this book for you! 🙂
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 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.

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