Sassy, successful Faith Brown has earned her place in the boardroom through hard work and sheer ambition. Making family is not on her agenda when there are businesses to develop and competitors to outdo. So when a casual affair with smooth and irresistible tycoon Mark Essien leads to an unplanned pregnancy, she’s determined not to make the mistakes her mother made by living with a man just for the sake of her child.
For Mark, personal matters have no place in the boardroom. Spotting the perfect opportunity, he ruthlessly launches a takeover bid for Faith’s Investment Brokerage firm. Finding out he’ll soon be a father, he knows he can’t let the indomitable and sexy Faith go through with her plans of single parenthood. All gloves are off. He’ll seduce her by any tactic necessary if it means his child doesn’t suffer the same stigma he did as a child.
With the media dogging their affairs in the boardroom and the bedroom, they find that making family is harder than making scandal.
I am always on the look out for African romance, especially ones that take place in countries I've visited before, so Kiru Taye's books are always on my TBR pile.
Making Scandal is Book 2 of the Essien Trilogy and tells the story of brother number 2, Mark Essien. Although, the hero is a billionaire and definitely with a healthy dose of entitlement, he isn't quite an alpha. His personal conflict is realistic and very believable.
When he sees Faith it's attraction at first sight and he goes for what he wants (I mentioned entitlement, right?). But the author also shows Mark's vulnerable side and some of the revelations about his background just make him more endearing.
Faith is my kind of stubborn! And doesn't take things lying down when her career is under threat. Add the complication of an unplanned pregnancy and a complicated relationship with her father and you have a very well-rounded character you can fall in love with.
One of my fave scenes is when Mark gets Faith to admit she doesn't want to share him with anyone! All I'll reveal is that it happens in bed...
Mark and Faith are so likable that for a couple of weeks after reading the book, I would get an urge to go and find out what's up with Mark and Faith - only to remember I've completed the book.
Should you read this book? I say, yes. Absolutely.