Book Review: Down to Business by J.C. Alexander

downtobusiness_promocoverTitle: Down to Business
Author: J.C. Alexander
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

While everyone else headed off to college, small town girl, Autumn Malone, stays behind to help manage her family’s failing restaurant. Two years later, when a scholarship at Adelphi University comes her way, she can’t resist the chance to start a new life. The one thing that she isn’t planning on…is falling for irresistible Vinny Mazzola.

To outsiders, Hamptons born Vinny Mazzola has it all: good looks, money, and an esteemed reputation. While studying business at Adelphi, the last thing he expects to do is fall in love with awkward Autumn Malone, who forces him to ask himself what’s really important in life.

When the opportunity arises for Autumn to work at Vinny’s family-owned Italian restaurant, Mazzolas, it seems like a perfect way for her to get to know him better. That is until she meets his over protective mother and his conceited ex-girlfriend who both want nothing more than to get rid of her. Between frats, family, friends, and foes, when it comes down to business, will Autumn and Vinny have to sacrifice everything for a love they can’t live without?

Autumn is excited to start college – finally – after helping to manage her family’s restaurant for the last two years. Her roommate happens to be her best friend, Lindy, so things couldn’t get any better. Except that Lindy’s boyfriend has oved in as well, so her dream of colllege doesn’t exactly start out as planned.

She meets Vinny in one of her classes. He’s got the good looks, money, and reputation to match his attitude. With that, he should be able to get any girl he wants. Instead, he finds himself falling for Autumn, an awkward girl who doesn’t even seem in the same league.

But as these two grow closer to each other, there are people who will stop at nothing to keep them apart.

Autumn was a lovely, amazing character. I liked her awkwardness, the way she handled herself through everything, her intelligence, her quiet strength. I liked Vinny too, as the book progressed, but I wasn’t very fond of him at first. I absolutely hated his Mom, but I think most of the readers probably do. She’s a control freak, and has Vinny in an iron-tight grip.

The book had lots of romance, some steamy scenes, a good dose of drama and humor, and an enjoyable cast. An excellent read if you’re in the mood for some romance.

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