This is my first foray into reading a Tracie Podger romance. Prior to receiving this book as an ARC, I did a little investigation into her books and noticed her 5-star ratings. With that, I decided to sign-up for the ARC for The Facilitator, and I was NOT disappointed.
The story centers around Veronica, a woman who is settled in a life after enduring her husband cheating on her. On the eve of her company’s conference, Veronica meets a mystery man in the bar of her hotel and engages in a sexy one-night stand with said mystery man. Unbeknownst to Veronica, this man is the new owner of her company. The rest of the story follows her transformation from an unfulfilled life to a life with shades of color, thanks to her connection with her mystery man.
Characters: 💙 💙 💙 💙
I loved the characters of this story. As a middle-aged woman, I could relate to Veronica’s ennui. While I don’t have a husband who has cheated on me, I could understand the rut of her life. There was something sympathetic about her. Mackenzie is a bit more difficult to characterize. There were many times during the story in which I wanted to reach through the story and smack him, as the distance he set between Veronica and himself could be frustrating. I would like to see more of their relationship, and Podger has promised her readers a second book, so we can see more character development.
Story: 💙 💙 💙 💙 💙
I haven’t read this story too much. Yes, I’ve read of the spouse who has been cheated on and faces a life dilemma. However, the power of this story is the empowerment of women. While the romance is meant to be the focus, there is a secondary storyline of empowering women to embrace their sexual beings and their power in the workplace. It isn’t blatant, and it doesn’t read as preachy. It shows the necessary need for change in male-dominated workplaces, and these changes come from a male, making it a bit more meaningful for the reader. I appreciated this part of the story, and it is the thing that sets it apart.
Sexiness Quotient: 💙 💙 💙 💙 💙
This is WOW! For one, Mackenzie seeks to fulfill Veronica’s unspoken sexual fantasies. This makes for some 5-star scenes.
Style: 💙 💙 💙 💙
I love British writers. The language and way they present the ideas keep the story interesting. Even more, Podger’s style is such that the story breathes. I did think the resolution of the story comes fairly late in the story, so I thought the last part felt a bit rushed. However, she has promised a second book, so I gave the style 4 stars.
Overall: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
I highly recommend this book. I was engaged in it immediately, feeling Veronica’s pain and hoping for her to find more meaning in her life. Podger doesn’t disappoint in giving us that story. I can’t wait for the second book to read the next part of Veronica and Mackenzie’s story.
In love and romance,