Author: Killian McRae
Publisher: Tulipe Noire Press
Source: ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Back in college, the bras-before-bros sisterhood decided to live for achievement in the boardroom, not the bedroom. Rosalind Betters embraced that philosophy, pursuing her career and little else. But when her last single friend, Kamakshi, announces her engagement in of all things, an arranged marriage, Rosalind reevaluates the merits of matrimony. In her typical gung ho fashion, she names a date, books a venue, hires a caterer, and picks out a dress, all before finding a groom. Taking a lesson from Kamakshi and too busy to do otherwise, Rosalind hires San Francisco's best headhunter, Xavier Hommes, to find her better half for her.
At first, Xavier thinks Rosalind is one of those eccentric personalities for which the city is famous. As he comes to know her, however, Xavier finds himself hating his task for reasons he never would have suspected. If Rosalind really wants a man who will make her happy, she need look no further. As W-Day approaches and Rosalind starts falling for someone Xavier himself headhunted, he walks the line between professionalism and passion, trying to decide if competing to become Mr. Betters is worth the risk to his commission, his reputation, and Rosalind's happiness
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Killian McRae is a very prolific author. Her prose, her storytelling, the way she crafts her chracters are near flawless. I have to applaud an author who can balance the amount of cultural, societal, and emotional depth to her characters, the plot, and the setting of any book. It's not an easy task to do sometimes, but McRae seems to do it with ease.
The story follows a very career-minded woman named Rosalind who is so busy with her company that she hasn't taken time for herself or her friends since launching her business. After Betahouse, her company, lands a high-profile deal and makes headlines, Rosalind wants to share in her joy and success with her girlfriends. But she has lacked to keep in touch with many of them except her friend Kamakshi. She is left wondering if she's possibly been missing more to her life. When Kamakshi drops the bomb that she's is engaged and she used a matchmaker, it gets Rosalind's mind working. Maybe if her friend can have it all, she can too. Rosalind knows she's missing as aspect of her life she doesn't want to pass her by, so makes a decision much like Kamakshi's to find herself a husband.
Enter in hunky headhunter, Xavier Hommes. He's a successful businessman in his own right and has worked indirectly with Rosalind before so she knows he's the best. When she comes to him for her unusual request, he's leery at first but then sees the challenge and accepts her proposal to help find her a husband. The only hitches: the candidates strict qualifications, availability, and the fact that Rosalind wants to get married quickly. What's the rush? Rosalind already booked most of her wedding, just not the groom. She's a woman who works on deadlines and control and it includes her lovelife.
Xavier needs to study Rosalind extensively in order to properly match her with the perfect candidate which means he needs to know all aspects of her life: her home, her office, how she behaves in public and social events. Instead of shadowing Rosalind like you would think, he really implants himself into her life without him really knowing he's doing it for his own desires. They both mask their growing attraction with business.
Soon, the reader can see that Xavier is really everything Rosalind is looking for. Little incidences reveal themselves as the story develops when you start to root for Xav. And like who wouldn't? He's dreamy and Rosalind even sees it. The sexual tension is there but not as strong as I would have liked it. In all honesty, I would have loved to see more scenes between Xav and Rosalind getting to know each other on a personal level without the pretense of professionalism. I did really enjoy when Xav took care of her when she was sick, but it left me wanting more interaction between the pair. I think if McRae created more of a loving friendship sooner, the legitimacy of their love would be easier to believe at the end. To me, I wanted to know more about why Xav stopped being such a man about town and dating all kinds of women. What made him really want to settle down and fall in love for the first time, especially with Rosalind? The obvious rift between them was Rosalind's misconception of his affection when he pulled away at the verge of any sign of developing attraction. This continued until the peak of the story where Rosalind has to make a decision to follow her heart or her mind. In the end, I enjoyed the outcome. I understood Rosalind's thinking and I liked that she for the first time in her life he had to let go of her logic and love the man she really was meant to love.
Have Gown, Will Wed is a lovely romance. There isn't a lot of sexual content but the scenes that are included are pretty steamy. For someone who always went for what they wanted, I really enjoyed seeing Rosalind let love take her and let go. Killian McRae is a very talented author, her writing is almost error-free (although the editor in me found some things I would have changed), and her storytelling is compelling and funny to boot.
Please pick up this book and leave the author some encouragement and love. She deserves it with this great book!