I love this novel, The Tycoon’s Socialite Bride. Marcus is a wealthy businessman forged out of revenge. Pamela is the socialite daughter of a retired Senator and a well-known part of the Black bourgeoisie of Washington, DC. Sparks fly when they meet; however, business is the driving force behind these two strong-willed people.
Marcus wants to buy the historic hotel his late mother worked at as a maid. He wants to tear it down to avenge the poor treatment she had received there by the owner. However, the owner will not part with the hotel unless a “good name” is attached to the sale. That’s where Pamela and her “good family name” come in.
Pamela tries to prove her worthiness and independence to her father and herself. She wants to save a local women’s shelter for battered women in which she volunteers. However, the owner of the building is none other than Marcus. A deal is made and the two form a “business marriage” until Marcus can finally own the hotel. As the arrangements and marriage ensue, the two reveal painful secrets to each other. These secrets bring them closer.
Marcus shows his growing love for Pamela by standing up for her to her overbearing father. As the two start to have a real marriage in private, the hotel comes between them. Marcus, in his desire for revenge on the owner of the hotel, creates circumstances that drive him and Pamela apart. However, Marcus realizes that Pamela’s love and their marriage mean more to his life than revenge.
Marcus is truly an alpha hero. He is handsome, driven and takes charge of his life. I love that he is a self-made millionaire for the main purpose of getting justice for his late mother. Pamela is a wealthy socialite with a heart for battered women. She is a classy lady in public but in the bedroom the love making is passionate.
Overall, it is a well written novel. Although the couple is interracial, race never comes into question. The only color here is green—money (old money that is). It is refreshing to read a novel that is truly colorblind.
-Reviewed by Pamela