Going Down Hard by Carly Phillips
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Derek West grew up poor. He vowed he would turn his life around. Going to college on scholarships, he met his best friends and co-founded Blink, a popular app. He gets the surprise of his life when he gets a call requesting a meeting from someone he was never good enough for. Rich girl Cassie Storms wants to interview him, and it's the perfect opportunity for revenge against her family. He'll seduce her, and ruin her family.
I admired Derek for making such a huge difference in his life. Having a success business with his friends and partners, and going from poor to a billionaire was what he worked hard for. He held onto his bitterness for things that were said by Cassie and her friends when they were teens, as well as what happened between her father and his parents. I wasn't surprised when he couldn't get enough of Cassie once they got together after so many years. Plans started to change, his feelings altering.
Cassie was very hard working. She longed to take over the family business once her father retired. She brought the company a long way since working there and felt it was a sure thing. Hurt and betrayal hit her hard. No one in her family is in her corner. The business is meant to be run my the men in the family. She's in charge of the web based tack magazine, and knows an interview with the elusive Derek will boost ratings. What she doesn't count on, is all the old feelings and chemistry to still be there.
I love stories of second chances. This was definitely a second chance for both Derek and Cassie. There were so many misunderstandings when they were younger. They both needed to step back and re-evaluate everything that happened way back when. I loved Derek's mom and her unconditional love and advise. Carly Phillips does it again. She has an amazing way of pulling you into the story and making you feel like you're a part of it. The writing just flows flawlessly and is so easy to read. I loved past characters being a part of this book as well and seeing how far they've come.
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