Derek Rory never meant to propose to his best friend’s little sister. But when her boss tells a family-oriented investor he’s Stephanie’s fiancé, Derek can either play along or let her get fired. He’s hardly one to turn away from a damsel in distress. If only that damsel wasn’t adorable and sexy with a laugh that could melt any cold business mogul’s heart.
When a business proposal becomes a marriage proposal, Stephanie Miller tries to keep it strictly boardroom. But when things get hot under the table, it’s all they can do to stay apart. As the tangle of lies drags them deeper into the underhanded world of business politics, Stephanie finds herself in over her head—not just with her job, but with her “fiancé.” His eyes are cold, but his kisses light her on fire. If she’s not careful, she’ll end up faking her way into a real romance.
Diane Alberts is a multi-published, bestselling author with Entangled Publishing, Swoon Romance, and Decadent Publishing. She has, as of this date, four books with Entangled Publishing, one book with Swoon Romance, and five older books with Decadent Publishing. Her February release with Entangled Publishing, ON ONE CONDITION, hit #18 on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list, and TRY ME hit #76 on Amazon. Her Swoon Romance novella, CAPTIVATED BY YOU, hit #31 on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list. Diane is represented by Louise Fury from the L. Perkins Agency.
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We meet Stephanie Miller in a meeting with her boss in an attempt to gain a permanent job with her presently temporary employer. Her temp job term is almost up, but with this bid she could be in the big league. Her boss is the very definition of skeezy. He does whatever it takes to get ahead of everyone else and only cares about the money and commission he'd get. He knows that if he plays his cards right this deal will benefit him as well. Using her motivations against her, he tells her she might have to play dirty to get the offer from their investor. While it goes against her very morals to do so she really needs the job, and agrees to do whats needed.
While heading out to lunch to meet with her brother, Aaron, she gets caught in the rain without a umbrella. Fortunately for her she gets caught by the handsome and intelligent Derek Rory. While she attracted to him he acts somewhat like a deer caught in the headlights and fumbles for words, and even when they do come out she rambles. It's pleasantly funny to see her stumble. Derek follows her to the restaurant and she is ready to inside and send Derek on his way. She meets her brother who calls her out on her lack of umbrella... noticing Derek behind her she freezes as Aaron greets Derek...who is friends with Aaron!
She leaves lunch in such a rush she forgets her purse. Derek to the rescue! But wait... here comes the skeeze! And whats this!! He's with the investor. This only leads to trouble as he uses her being seen with Derek to start his plan for her downfall. He tells the investor that Derek is her fiancee! Derek seeing the position that Stephanie is put in thinks he's helping by playing the convincing part, but poor Stephanie is shocked to see him do so. In order to win over her investor they have to cozy up until the deal is sealed. Sounds easy right?
Derek knows that he's only in town for a week, mostly on business. However, he finds himself falling in love with Stephanie is a bad business and personal move. So every time his heart start to make its intentions know he tampers them down behind a barbed wire fence. He slowly is finding out life is not strictly about business, there is far more things to enjoy then working all day and sometimes into the night. As he tries to find the new Derek he finds its harder yet to win her over.
Stephanie knew he was only in town for a short while and sooner or later the charade would have to come to an end. But as she spends time with Derek and sees he's not all business her feelings turn from a fake cover to real love she struggles with being cared for at the level Derek does. Her stubborn tendencies to want to prove she can hold her own and fend for herself overrides her feelings and pushes him away.
There is a lot of tension between Derek and Stephanie through the book. With Stephanie trying to prove she can handle things on her own and Derek trying to tap down his more open fun side. Watching these two try and break down the others defenses is enjoyable as we see them grow together. The ending had me smiling as we see them come together with some outside help. You really do need to read how this ends as it was a pleasant break from the norm.
Diane has a true talent for making stories come to life and make then relate-able to readers. I can truly relate to Stephanie with being in a temp job and wanting nothing more then for the job to become permanent. Derek being the business mogul has his business sense and can help Stephanie in so many ways! They are a perfect pairing and to see them get their HEA was heart warming and enjoyable!
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