Review: Tailored for Trouble (Happy Pants #1) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Tailored for Trouble

(Happy Pants #1)

Publication Date: August 9th, 2016
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance

My Rating:



Taylor Reed is no stranger to selfish, uncaring CEOs. She was fired by one, which is why she has created her own executive training program—helping heartless bosses become more human. So Taylor shocks even herself when she agrees to coach Bennett Wade, the cutthroat exec who got her unceremoniously canned. She’d love to slam the door in his annoying but very handsome face, but the customers aren’t exactly lining up at her door. Plus, this extreme makeover will give Taylor the golden opportunity to prove that her program works like a charm.


Bennett Wade is many things—arrogant, smug, brusque—but trusting isn’t one of them. Women just seem to be after his billions. So when he hires Taylor Reed, he has no desire to change. Bennett is trying to win over the feminist owner of a company he desperately wants to buy, but something about the fiery Taylor thaws the ice around his heart, making Bennett feel things he never quite planned on. And if there’s one thing Bennett can’t stand, it’s when things don’t go according to plan.

They are a match tailor-made for trouble.

Tailored for Trouble is the first book by the author that I’ve read. After a run-in with a client that caused her her job, Taylor Reed wants to kickstart her business to give CEOs a personality development training. It’s quite a shock when the same CEO who got her fired, Bennett Wade, enlists her services for her executive training program. Now, how a love cookie gets in the equation is neither here nor there.

Taylor and Bennett have that immediate connection when they meet again after the unfortunate run-in a few months back. Taylor wants nothing to do with Mr. Wade, but Mr. Wade won’t take no for an answer. 

When Bennett Wade first entered the picture, he’s this aloof, almost cold, man of power. He’s the type of person who believes he can get anything because he is who he is. But as the story progressed, we’ll see the stripping of his layers. He’s not just this cold-hearted man with a beautiful face and body. He’s a loving son and a caring boss, and he’s more than what Taylor thought he was.

Taylor’s monologues were really entertaining to read! She’s a smart, independent girl who won’t let people treat her like shit. I guess she became that way because she grew up with men; her father and brothers. 

Check the swearing, Tay. You will not swear. You will remove his testicles like a lady: with your bare hands and a smile on your face. 

For me, the story had a lot of potential, but the deceit and one-upmanship wasn’t to my taste. I enjoyed Bennett’s slow but steady character reveal, but by the end, I was disappointed––and exhausted, to be honest––with the drama and plot twist. The pacing throughout the story was quite right (for a story set in a week or so, mainly), but by the middle of the second half of the story, it’s like the conflicts were jammed there haphazardly. There’s a lack of communication between the two, and they go behind each other’s backs when they think it’s good for the other. 

Still, the humor was there, and I loved the chemistry between Bennett and Taylor. I’d recommend Tailored for Trouble to romance lovers who adore snarky CEOs and strong-willed heroines. It’s a bit of a slow burn romance, too. 

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