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Monday, May 18, 2015
THE CEO BUYS IN - A Book Review
Self-made billionaire Nathan Trainor feels restless and disillusioned. His company may be thriving, but he can’t find a woman who sees him for more than his wealth. With his love life in the red, he meets two other billionaire bachelors at the ultra-exclusive Bellwether Club. The three of them make a wager of the heart: they must find women who love them for who they are, not their money.
Savvy office temp Chloe Russell is trying to scrape together the money to support her grandmother. So when a flu epidemic strikes Trainor Electronics and she’s promoted to Nathan Trainor’s assistant, she jumps at the well-paid opportunity. But then Nathan himself falls ill, and he and Chloe must work from his penthouse while he recuperates. Before long, it’s clear there’s genuine heat between them, and it’s more than just a fever spike. Will Nathan win Chloe’s heart—and the bet? Or will their differences destroy any chance for love?
A CEO, a writer, and a star quarterback walked into a bar. Sounds like the opening line to a really good joke, and you keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. But this isn’t a joke, this is one well-written hot and bothered novel. I love a good romance. I really love a well-written romance novel with a strong female protagonist who doesn’t let the leading man run over her. I hate lily-livered, simpering leading ladies, who sniff into their hankies and develop cases of the vapors (if only writers knew what vapors really were, LOL).
Nancy Herkness delivered a complex storyline that kept my attention and entertained my mind as well as my libido on more than one occasion. Her main characters were well developed with a lot of depth and complexity to their personalities that gave them believability and life that lifted them off the pages of the book. The brooding, but extremely intelligent hero is always a favorite in my book. I enjoyed watching this hero and the heroine matching wits as they sparred their way through the pages and sheets of the story. The surrounding characters were colorful and added to the story. The storyline itself was simple and straight forward, with a couple of small sub-plots that filled out the novel and gave some backstory to the characters.
It has been a long time since I have sat down and read a simple, straight forward story, where girl and boy meet. Boy has no desire to fall in love. Girl has no time for boy in her life. But life throws them together and BAM!!!! Life happens, sparks fly. One problem, the boy is the “king of the castle”. The girl hates “kings” and all things “rich and corporate”. Oh, he is not without his own foibles. Even though he is CEO and successful in his own right, he feels that he is a failure in his family’s eyes. Then the tables turn and she must come to his rescue and save him from himself.
I laughed, I cried, I sweated, I loved reading this, my first Nancy Herkness book. It won’t be my last. A definite FIVE STAR rating.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nancy Herkness is the author of the award-winning Whisper Horse series, published by Montlake Romance, as well as several other contemporary romance novels. She is a two-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America RITA® award. Her new series, Wager of Hearts, follows the romantic adventures of three very wealthy men who make a life-changing bet.
Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers, and Novelists, Inc. She has received many honors for her work, including the Golden Leaf Award, the Maggie Award in Contemporary Romance, and the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English literature and creative writing.
A native of West Virginia, Nancy now lives in suburban New Jersey with her husband, two mismatched dogs, and an elderly cat.