By: Eden Summers
Publisher: Etopia Press
Published: Jan. 23, 2013
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A love that breaks all the rules…
Since her first day at work, Beth Graison has been in love with Dean Sutherland—the “Son” in Sutherland & Son. Although he’s an unrepentant player, there’s an unmistakable connection between them, and she knows he feels it too. But she’s not about to risk her career for any man, especially one with an office right down the hall whom she works with every day.
Dean Sutherland doesn’t do love, but he does do women. And he hasn’t felt more than sexual attraction for any woman until Beth. Entirely feminine, smart, and with a natural beauty beyond compare, she makes him think about all kinds of uncomfortable things—like a future and happiness—things he knows from experience are pure fiction.
When his father, the “Sutherland” in Sutherland & Son, propositions Beth to be more than just an employee, Dean can’t keep her at arm’s length any longer. But he doesn’t expect the scorching kiss they share, or the idea that forms when he holds her in his arms. Can he stop his father’s manipulating game by making the first move on Beth? Or will his reputation as a womanizer make him just one more Sutherland she wants to ignore?
The story starts with Dean's father propositioning Beth to be his mistress. She asks for time to think about it so that she can come up with a way to reject his offer without losing her job. Once she leaves his office, she decides to leave work early and finds herself at the bar that's located at the base of the building. After a few shots she finds herself face to face with Dean, who decides to drive her home. In her drunken state she confesses her attraction to him and pretty soon he is devising a plan to show Beth how long he's wanted her. Only he has a lot of convincing to do considering how huge his reputation is for being a player.
I found this story highly entertaining. I actually read it in one sitting... literally. I plopped down on the couch to read a little bit of the book and before I knew it, I finished it and it was time to make dinner. It's not an overly long book but the author doesn't fill the story with senseless prattle or boring filler. She puts us right in the story and keeps us elbow deep in it until she finally releases us in the end. So it's hard not to connect with the characters and get wrapped up in their story. This is definitely a story that I could see myself rereading again.
"No doubt his laser vision seeped through to her cream lace bra. Maybe if she gawked at his zipper and the slight bulge in his pants continuously for the next half hour, he would realize the error of his ways. Scratch that. With the current sparkle in Mr. Pretty Boy's eyes, he would probably consider it a come-on, and she didn't have the focus to give him the verbal smack down he deserved."
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