Taming Mariella (4.5) is a masterpiece. Mariella shifts from a self-centered woman to one totally focused on the man she loves. Ian transforms also, and Dara Girard does a wonderful job of allowing readers to get to know (and dislike) the characters at first, but soon they're cheering for them. Mariella Duvall, a model turned photographer, has the chance of her career to complete a project for Flash magazine. But working with the boss, Ian Cooper, is challenging. He refuses to indulge her whims and bad behavior. Ian is attracted to a woman who's everything he stands against -- and she was his father's mistress! But they change as constant colliding causes them to lose the chips on their shoulders and admit their feelings for one another.
Debbie R. Sims