Customer Review

4 January 2017
This was my first Naima Simone narrative and what a nice surprise it was! The Millionaire Makeover had a light scenario that was reminiscent of a modern day Ugly Duckling fairytale, yet was also quite deep and very, very seductive.
All the characters, but especially the main ones, were well-developed and fit in perfectly with the fast-paced storyline. Khloe was the hidden beauty, but with low self-esteem thanks to overbearing parents. In addition, her love life was unspectacular to say the least. Wealthy and successful Niall, her dead brother Michael's best friend, was an Irish Henry Caville lookalike, but embittered and with his own backstory. Grief-stricken by Michael's death, Khloe and a drunk Niall sought solace in each other's arms, but Niall felt guilty and bailed afterwards. Khloe was devastated because to her, it meant something/everything. Fast forward three years and in true rom-com style, Khloe won a date with the masked Niall at a charity bachelor auction. By this time, Khloe had moved on (sort of) and believed she was in love with her boss, Bennett (unrequited). She tried to put the whole 'Niall fiasco' to rest. However, Niall was inlisted to help Khloe 'shine' to make Bennett jealous and he needed to honour a promise. The dialogue and banter was exquisite, but the rub? Both Khloe and Niall's feelings for each reignited.
I liked Naima Simone's style of writing which was a mix of contemporary with a more classic style. She obviously loves language and uses it well to describe, create imagery, frame the POVs and move the plot along. It was refreshing to read a book in past tense rather than the newly fashionable present tense, too.
This book was a sweet, fun, humourous escapism narrative that didn't seem to require a lot deep thinking. Yet, it's deceiving, as Naima's inclusion of reflections, conversations, conflict, a range of emotions and vibrant descriptions, really does require a lot of thought.
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