Designing and running a unique and successful family oriented South Carolina resort has been Alexandra Haughton’s passion. She’s not about to allow her crown jewel to be bought and revamped by a huge conglomerate even if CEO, Sterling Powell, personally arrives, champagne and contract in hand to try to persuade her to change her mind. He’s handsome, smart and wields a devilish smile that promises serious bedroom skills. Alexandra’s interest is caught, but not for making a sale. Her body may be on offer but not her hotel so Sterling needs to up his game.
Sterling Powell is determined to add Alexandra Haughton’s celebrated resort to his balance sheet, and the minute he sees her sexy lips mouth ‘no,’ the red flag of challenge has been waved. He’s never backed down from a challenge, and it’s clear that his persuasive skills need to extend outside the boardroom. Alexandra Haughton requires some serious exploration of reintroducing to life’s most delicious pleasures---moonlit beach walks, candle-lit dinners and skin scorching kisses. No one said he had to play fair, and he doesn’t intend to. Only when sizzling sex isn’t enough and Sterling wants a more permanent merger, does he realize this is one challenge he can’t afford to lose.
This story made me just sad, because it wasn't celebrating love and life, as romance novels usually are. It was all about power games, being in charge, having control, calculating every move, it all was just so ruthless, pointless. They withhold all the personal, intimate details about themselves, just to win in the game. After thirty percent I thought, there has to be SO much sweetness coming up, to make up the beginning, but there wasn't, there was hot, detailed sex scenes, one after another. And I say sex, not love, since that is how it came across, and that is what the characters wanted.
The secondary couple Jessica and Dan could have been sweeter, but the twin brother Brad with his jealous meanness, was just too much for me.
These people were hiding from life, feelings, living the corporate life, with nothing real and joyful in their life. Even family was something of an obligation, or barrier against the real world, real feelings.
I don't like to write bad reviews, and if this wasn't an arc copy I got to be reviewed, I would have not published this. I had a hard time finishing this book, it is a short read, that took me two days to get through. If you like hard corporate world, with calculating, fierce people, who would do anything to get to their goal, what they want, then this book is for you. But it wasn't for me, unfortunately.
~ One Spoon
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me