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  • Publisher: Maggie Riley Books (16 July 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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Start Me Up by Maggie Riley
3 stars!!

“I didn’t deserve her…But I wanted her. I wanted to be the person she imagined me to be.”

I am a sucker for books about authors so when I saw the blurb for this one I had to buy it. Self-made billionaire meets author should make for some interesting reading…right? Well, not if you are Jack Willis. Jack Willis was a man that kept his private life, just that, PRIVATE. No-one knew anything about the man that built his fortune from nothing, was a revered man in his field and one of the most highly sought-after targets for gossip mags and journalists. Hoping to quell the curiosity surrounding himself, Jack hires a ghost writer to write his autobiography, however, not willing to cross those personal lines makes for extremely boring reading, but at least the ghost writer is a helluva lot more entertaining. Maggie Riley delivered a fun, cute read and whatever you do, click the link at the end to get the bonus chapter…sigh.

Libby Hanson was a refreshing character, she had that naturally bubbly, infectious personality and was as laid back as they came. People could take her as she was or not bother at all, what you see is what you got. Libby was honest, didn’t have a negative bone in her body and was loved by everyone, except Jack Willis…or maybe not. Libby was a crafty woman, knitting, macramé etc were her forte and what she normally wrote about. When her best friend sets her up for this interview she doesn’t know what she is signing up for, could this be the best or worst career move that she has ever made?

“…Someone who ignored all my rules. Ignored all my orders. Someone who did what she felt was right, even when I tried to block her at every turn. She knew me.
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OMG! This book is amazing - I don't know where to start with my review! Libby, who is struggling financially, finds a new job through her friend Georgia. Georgia helps to set Libby up for an interview that has been found via word of mouth and even as Libby goes into the interview she is still not 100% sure what the job entails. She is gobsmacked to find that she is offered the job on the spot to ghostwrite a biography for her now new boss, Jack, who is absolutely drop-dead gorgeous. As a multi-billionaire, Jack is one of New York's most sought after bachelors. Libby has difficulties writing the biography as Jack is very secretive and does not like anyone knowing anything personal about him. For Jack, all he believes people need to know about him is his professional standing and achievements. He also believes that he should not have anything more than a professional relationship with all of his employees and associates. This completely goes out of the window, as he falls deeply for Libby and she feels exactly the same way. However, when she seeks out Jack's best friend Mac, to ask him information about Jack's childhood and what he is like as a friend, Jack reaction is to completely push Libby away as he feels that she has abused his trust and has used their 'relationship' as a way of finding out more information about him. With all the secrets that Jack is obviously trying to hide, Libby feels heartbroken and distraught that maybe she can't trust Jack and whatever is going on between them will not work out. Will they be able to overcome their differences? Will she finish writing the book for Jack? How will he react?
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3.5 star

It took me quite a while to get into this book, once I did, I really enjoyed it. It was really well written story.  The instant chemistry between the character made this a good read. Libby and  Jack were a match mafe in heaven. After the initial feeling of not sure if I wanted to carry but I am glad  I really did.

I do recommend this book but you need some patience with beginning as it is a slow burner but bare with it and it's a good read.
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I fell in love with this book it made me smile it did actually make me cry at one point. The writing is also beautiful and it made me fall in love with it, such a beautiful book!
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 20 reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable romance 20 July 2017
By DonnaC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Start Me Up by Maggie Riley
3 stars!!

“I didn’t deserve her…But I wanted her. I wanted to be the person she imagined me to be.”

I am a sucker for books about authors so when I saw the blurb for this one I had to buy it. Self-made billionaire meets author should make for some interesting reading…right? Well, not if you are Jack Willis. Jack Willis was a man that kept his private life, just that, PRIVATE. No-one knew anything about the man that built his fortune from nothing, was a revered man in his field and one of the most highly sought-after targets for gossip mags and journalists. Hoping to quell the curiosity surrounding himself, Jack hires a ghost writer to write his autobiography, however, not willing to cross those personal lines makes for extremely boring reading, but at least the ghost writer is a helluva lot more entertaining. Maggie Riley delivered a fun, cute read and whatever you do, click the link at the end to get the bonus chapter…sigh.

Libby Hanson was a refreshing character, she had that naturally bubbly, infectious personality and was as laid back as they came. People could take her as she was or not bother at all, what you see is what you got. Libby was honest, didn’t have a negative bone in her body and was loved by everyone, except Jack Willis…or maybe not. Libby was a crafty woman, knitting, macramé etc were her forte and what she normally wrote about. When her best friend sets her up for this interview she doesn’t know what she is signing up for, could this be the best or worst career move that she has ever made?

“…Someone who ignored all my rules. Ignored all my orders. Someone who did what she felt was right, even when I tried to block her at every turn. She knew me.”

Jack Willis was intriguing from the very beginning, while my suspicions about his private life were correct I admired his reasoning behind wanting to keep them private. Jack was a fantastic boss, everyone loved him, he knew the company inside out and from the bottom up. Jack was a hands-on boss trying to deliver something he loved while protecting the environment. Jack’s business ethic was admirable, as was the man. I simply adored him.

The chemistry between these two from the beginning was always simmering, but the more time they spent together the more the spark ignited and while this is a little bit instalove, it didn’t really feel that way. There were a few editing issues which were a little distracting in the beginning but they seemed to dry up as the book progressed so please do not be put off. This was my first read by Maggie Riley and it won’t be my last. Thoroughly entertaining, totally engaging and really enjoyed this authors writing style.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, flirty, summer read! 17 July 2017
By Escapist Book Blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
3.5 stars!

Jack Willis is a hardworking, self-made millionaire. When approached by a publishing company to write a book about himself, he's not initially interested. He knows it’s the juicy, personal stuff that sells but he wants his work to be front and center, keeping his personal life far from prying eyes. He's good at hiding secrets and has some of his own he won't reveal. He’s not interested in letting anyone close enough to know him more than professionally and is especially not interested in a relationship.

Libby Hanson, a writer who focuses mostly on project-based craft books, is in desperate need of money. Therefore, when she hears of a job opportunity, she sets up an interview even though she has virtually no information about the position she is applying for. Usually well prepared, she goes into this interview blind.

When Jack meets Libby, he is surprised that she has no idea who he is. The thought of someone without knowledge of his personal life writing his book makes him more optimistic about the book. He wants to focus on the work side of things and Libby may just be the person to get it done without digging into his past.

"My private life was locked up as tight as a vault. No one got in. Not even a sexy, redheaded, curvaceous temptress."

Though he is extremely attracted to her, Jack knows he won’t act on. When Libby is offered the job, she is unable to refuse and she quickly learns what it's like to work for Jack Willis.

This book is a lighthearted, quick read. It’s got the humor and heat that is perfect for a summer read. It has an original plot and fun characters. Libby was sweet and refreshing. I loved her positivity and hardworking nature.  She was just what Jack needed in his life and gave him a fresh take on the world.

"I never, ever, mixed business with pleasure. But something about Libby made me want to throw out all my rules."

I loved Jack’s big heart and his passion for the things he cares most about. When it comes to his personal life, Jack only lets the world see what he wants it to see and I understood his stance on his privacy. He learned early on to hide his true emotions, so I found it liberating when he opened up to Libby as she broke down his walls.

There is definitely insta-lust in this story but I thought it was well done. The attraction is so strong that it basically drives them crazy until they can't deny it any longer. It's sweet and sexy, and the sky high tension makes an explosion inevitable.

I guessed what the drama in the book would entail early on and I thought that Jack was a little quick to react. I wanted more explanation as to the reasons why he wanted to remain single. I understand his past but I wanted more back story and think it would have added a deeper, more emotional element to the story.

Overall, it’s a fun, flirty read and I am excited to read more by Maggie Riley.
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow Starter, but Good Finish 18 July 2017
By TheBunny (Booked All Night) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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The blurb for this title caught my interest. I enjoy the office romance trope, and when it is a boss and an employee, this can be a lot of fun, with a side of the forbidden and with dire consequences if they are caught. (Ok, so I am a little twisty, go with it) So, I went into this with a lot of high hopes.

Jake and Libby have interesting chemistry from the beginning, however it is all in their heads. There's nothing acted on, there are scenes where they are nice to one another, but no awkward "almost" moments.

There is not a lot of interaction with them in the romantic or even attraction for a while into the book, but you know how they each feel as their internal dialog gives you the thoughts and feelings for the characters. And, the book really relies only on this internal dialog.

In a way, this made it more of a "tell" rather than a "show" book, which can be a tough read as there is a lot of the characters telling you how they feel but not a lot of emotion to connect to, so there is a lot of the book where you don't feel a lot of connection with the characters. And, I think the book does suffer a little for this lack of showing action. The dialog, both the internal and the spoken, are well done and well written, so there is some advancement of the plot and relationship through thoughts and conversations. The issue is that the thoughts speak of a growing attraction, whereas the dialog is professional, bordering on friendly.

I did like the characters together, and I did believe in their chemistry, although I felt the switch from co-workers to lovers was a little abrupt, again I think because the pre-relationship stuff was all tell and the show started once they got together.

This felt like 2 different books, the before as boss and employee (even though I never really considered her an employee, they needed to meet somehow) and after, once they were involved in the relationship.

For me, the show being in the 2nd act and the tell being in the first left it a little unbalanced. I didn't totally dislike the book, and I did end up enjoying it overall, but I would have liked a little more connection with the characters at the beginning.
5.0 out of 5 stars I would give it 5 Stars for the cover alone 17 July 2017
By Books, Wine & Time - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Start Me Up by Maggie Riley had me from the cover, I found myself being drawn to this book that I had to read it and push everything else aside. I was not disappointed and found that I did not want to put it down. I was lost in the story-line and in the characters. It is a quick read that oozes sexiness or was that just me picturing Jack Willis.

Jack Willis needs to find a ghost writer to write his story, this book may have his business all over it but it doesn't reflect the man behind the business- which he is okay with. Jack wants his private life private and will do anything he has to to keep it that way, even if it means pushing a chance at love aside. He never expected that the curvy woman who he has hired as his ghost writer would do anything other than what he wants written. Jack finds himself not being able to get her off his mind, but will he be able to let down his guard and show her aside of him only a few people know?

Libby Hanson can just put a smile on my face just with thinking about her and her love of reading, writing and crocheting. She sounds perfect and that is what Jack thought the minute her interviewed her, that's until she decides the book she is hired to write needs more depth. Libby finds that Jack's story needs a human interest to grab the readers and help make this a bestseller. It what she believes this gorgeous man deserves, but he is not willing to open up. Jack is willing to open up with his business, some of his employees, his bed but not his heart. Will Jack's pride and need to keep his life a secret push Libby away brokenhearted?

I loved everything about Start Me Up, it had me wanting to read fast enough to get to the end and wishing for that HEA. This is another great read by Maggie Riley for me, I found it to be sexy, funny, frustrating at times and it definitely pulls on the heartstrings. I would give it 5 Stars for the cover alone, seriously this is a 5 Star read from me.
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet N Cute 17 July 2017
By Book Luver - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

This story was a fun story but it seemed to lack depth and while it was enjoyabe I never really seemed to connect to either character. Jack is a big business type. He is beloved by his employees but he keeps his private life VERY private. He own a car company and they are coming out with a new model and he is told a book about his life would be a good way to get extra pubicity for his company.

That is why he is interviewing ghost writers. And he hates everyone of them until he meets Libby. She has no idea who he is when they meet and she is colorful and full of fun and sweetness and she is a breath of fresh air. Libby needs the money and is up for the challege, Jack challenges her on a personal level as well as professionally.

The issue here is that Jack does not want her to know anything personal about him. So he gets mad when she starts digging. But Libby just wants a great book. So what happens? I am not spoiling it.

Jack and Libby were fun together. I pretty much guessed his big secret but the whole private thing seemed silly to me. He hired Libby, he controls what she writes. She was not hired but a publisher but Jack so if he wanted to delete something he could. Its why I did not understand why he was so nervous.

This story was sweet and cute. I enjoyed the story and the characters, I just felt like it needed more depth to it and I did not understand why it was this big deal.
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