Saturday, 23 July 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #114
Seduction and the CEO - Barbara Dunlop
Mills and Boon Desire 2-in-1
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2011
From the back cover:
"Making money comes easily for millionaire Jared Ryder, though the hectic corporate lifestyle has him heading to his Montana ranch whenever possible. There, a new female hired hand has the CEO thinking about mixing a little pleasure with business.
Melissa Warner certainly doesn't have many ranching skills. But her beauty's too captivating to ignore, and Jared's ready to stake his claim. Yet even in his passion-induced haze, he suspects Melissa of hiding something. Heaven help her if he discovers her lie, for there's nothing more dangerous than Ryder retribution."
This is the second book in the Desire 2-in-1 as above. Another enjoyable book.
The heroine Melissa is a journalist and is aiming for a promotion, in order to get it she needs to secure an interview/feature with elusive CEO Jared, the hero. She travels to Montana and pretends she is a traveller in need of money and gets a job on Jared's ranch. As she hoped, she manages to get Jared's attention, but in attempting to dig for information she also arouses his suspicions. However there is also an attraction between them, and despite Melissa's deceit and Jared's suspicions they can't help but give in to their desire. Jared has recently learn't some devastating news about his family and hasn't been able to tell anyone. He feels very alone and when his sister attempts to matchmake him and Melissa he plays along and they grow ever closer, leading him to open up. But he doesn't know about Melissa's true reason for being there and what she might do with this information.
This is an interesting plot that had real potential. At first I felt very uncomfortable over Melissa's lies, however this did add a bit of excitement to the book. Although the story is well written, I felt it fell short of it's potential. The last few chapters felt very rushed and lacked any punch. But I did like both the characters and the chemistry between them.
Overall, this is a light and enjoyable read.