Thursday, 15 October 2015

Review of The Do It List by Jillian Stone

The bit on the back…

Hotshot copywriter Gracie Taylor-Scott has a reputation—for her artfully edgy ads. A rising star at Darcy Wexler Dean, New York, the long hours are perfect cover for Gracie’s fear of intimacy issues.
Great job. Great pay. No life—including her on again off again sex life. Then one night, she is plunged into darkness with a handsome stranger.

Bradley Craig, the new head of DWD’s research division, has secrets of his own. Much lauded in his field of consumer behaviour, there’s a darker side to the attractive, enigmatic ad man—his erotic, list-maker side.

Gracie and Bradley are assigned to work on the biggest new business pitch Darcy Wexler Dean will be in all year, and the two tangle immediately, battling copy concepts and focus group findings along with their explosive attraction to each other.

Bradley has a proposition—they make a list. Ten erotic sexual encounters, no strings attached. What’s at stake? Two Super Bowl spots and two fragile hearts.

Firstly thank you to Jillian Stone for approving me for a review copy of this title on NetGalley. I loved the sound of this book and the bold cover so I was eager to get started with it.

The story is all about main character and narrator Gracie. Gracie is a strong character. She’s confident, a go-getter in the work place and popular among her workmates. It felt quite easy to like Gracie and I think her straight to the point attitude serves her well throughout the book.

Gracie meets Bradley and instantly there is a spark between them, a palpable chemistry that heats up the story right from the beginning. I loved the situation the characters found themselves in at the beginning of the story which ratcheted up the sexual tension to boiling point. One tiny, little problem for me in this part of the story was the fact that Bradley walked round with a list of his sexual fantasies in his suit pocket and how that seemed pretty unlikely given that he’s a grown man not a horny teenager.

Aside from the list in his pocket, Bradley is a great guy and a great match for Gracie. They have more in common than you would think based on first appearances. I think Gracie’s attraction to Bradley is increased due to his relationship and easy manner with her niece thanks to the fact that he has his own daughter. I liked that both characters had other relationships that they had to nurture as well as the relationship between them both.

Trust is a big issue for Gracie and it shows throughout that it’s something that both characters struggle with. Gracie has a dark history with her family and personal circumstances and that sometimes influences her present day feelings and actions. I like that Bradley was able to be there for Gracie. However, their relationship takes place over a matter of weeks it’s sometimes hard to reconcile the depth of their feelings with the length of time they’ve known each other.

Based on the storyline, character and writing in this novel I would happily go on to read more from Jillian.

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