Rating: 2.5 / 5
***Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via NetGalley***
Samantha Bonti has finally rid herself of mobster ex-boyfriend Tony Kroon and is set on living her life on her terms. One day she meets Alec DeMarco, Managing Director of Transglobal Equities. Alec is brash, powerful, on the up and up, and knows what he wants, and what he wants is Sam. After a whirlwind romance, they get married in an extravagant and ostentatious wedding, but soon after, Sam begins to question whether the Alec she met and fell in the love with is the same guy she married, and the consequences of being swept up in this supposedly fairy tale life.
While I enjoyed the premise of The Suite Life, I thought the execution fell flat. As the protagonist, Sam is likeable on the surface, but throughout the book, the reader doesn’t get to know her well enough to make a sound opinion. Throughout most of the book, Sam was too passive with her life, letting Alec control it, as well as make all the decisions regarding their marriage. I thought she had a good personality, but didn’t come off as smart, witty, or resourceful; on the same note, I couldn’t say for sure why Alec even fell for her, except that Corso dropped hints as to Sam’s beauty.
The main draw of The Suite Life is the knight-in-shining armor aspect, and the DeMarco’s subsequent fall from fame. It is really not a bad premise, but it felt too much like 50 Shades of Grey but without the BDSM aspects. On the plus side, this novel moves very quickly.
The Suite Life is a good summer beach read book. This isn’t wholeheartedly recommended to readers who want substance, as the plot is has been written about many times over, but you might enjoy this book if you’re looking for a quick escape.