Love Me

Love Me

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by Diane Alberts
     
 

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A sexy category romance novella from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

He always gets what he wants...

I've never been Mr. Nice Guy. I'm the guy that closes the deal. That confident asshole every guy hates and every woman secretly (or not-so-secretly) wants. And right now, I'm stuck in Vegas—land of cheap booze and cheap girls. The last

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A sexy category romance novella from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

He always gets what he wants...

I've never been Mr. Nice Guy. I'm the guy that closes the deal. That confident asshole every guy hates and every woman secretly (or not-so-secretly) wants. And right now, I'm stuck in Vegas—land of cheap booze and cheap girls. The last thing I ever expected was to see something here I want. Badly.

Brianna Faulk is the key to a major casino account, but it's all I can do to stop myself from pulling her close, feeling those lush and damnably sexy pin-up curves against me. To show her I mean a whole different kind of business. The kind that leaves us both breathless and sweaty and wanting more. It's just lust and need, and it's just for one night. Only in Vegas, nothing is ever that simple...

Previously released on the Ever After imprint in May 2013.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622661404
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
05/13/2013
Series:
Take a Chance , #2
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
68,218
File size:
2 MB

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Love Me

A Take a Chance Novella


By Diane Alberts, Shannon Godwin

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2013 Diane Alberts
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-140-4


CHAPTER 1

Thomas Jones parked in the last spot within spitting distance of the Ruby Tuesday's, leaned back in the driver's seat of his rental truck, and closed his eyes. It didn't help his headache. His secretary was always chirping something about finding his happy place when the irritation started to build up around his eyes in tight, pinching lines and his jaw felt like a lump of iron. So what would make him happy right now? White sand, blue ocean, hot sun, cool shot of Jameson.

Perfect.

Except he wasn't really there, and he wasn't really happy. Not even close to happy. Miserable was more his neighborhood right now, right between Bitter Avenue and this dry, dusty Vegas parking lot outside a restaurant where, in five minutes, he'd have the most important meeting of his life.

He hated Vegas. He hated coming back to Vegas for the sixth time in as many months. He'd volunteered for the company business trips when his sister lived in this godforsaken city. But now Erica was married to his best friend and living in base housing out in California, while Thomas was still stuck traveling to a town full of cheap booze, loose women, and the stench of disappointment.

His entire career rested on this meeting, Brianna Faulk, and a contract with the Golden Hand Casino. If he didn't convince Ms. Faulk to trust his company with her casino's marketing budget and brand image, he could kiss his elegant corner office and corporate expense account good-bye.

He needed to set up shop in Vegas and win Brianna Faulk or his career would reverse from rising star to burnout in a matter of seconds. He'd never met the woman, but so far she'd proven a little too elusive. A little too unwilling to commit, when she was the foothold his company needed to branch into the Vegas market. That was where Thomas came in.

He stepped out of the truck, straightened his suit, and headed down the crowded sidewalk toward the restaurant. A blond woman fell into step beside him, mumbling under her breath and swiping at her phone screen as if she had some personal grudge against it. Something about the way she walked and mumbled at the same time caught his attention — as did the fact that if she wasn't careful, she'd walk right into the newspaper box in front of her.

He opened his mouth to tell her to watch out, but then shook his head. It wasn't his business if she didn't know how to walk properly. Surely she would look up and see the box before she fell into the street and got run over ... right? Yet as they walked, she didn't look up even once. Finally, when they were within a foot of the box, he cursed inwardly and reached for her arm to stop her from crashing. Unfortunately for him, she swerved right when he reached left for her, and they both stumbled backward.

He caught her in his arms, her ample breasts squashed against his chest. She clung to his arms, looking up at him in surprise with pink-tinged cheeks. Her red, lush mouth rounded out in a perfect o, and she looked up at him with a mixture of embarrassment and frustration. When their eyes met, they both froze, their breath held. She was even more stunning up close and personal.

The dark, severe suit she wore said razor-edged businesswoman, but there was a softness and sensuality to her the suit couldn't hide. She was a 1950s pin-up girl, from the bedroom eyes to the supple, luxuriant swell of her hips. He wondered how often she'd fluttered those long lashes to get her way or flashed a hint of ample cleavage to keep a man off-guard.

He couldn't help but be thankful he would never see her again. She had danger stamped across her forehead.

She wriggled in his arms, her cheeks turning even redder, and her iPhone crashed to the sidewalk. The crack of plastic hitting sidewalk broke the spell that seemed to have them both immobilized. He let go of her, and she cursed under her breath. Bending to grab her phone, she looked up at him from the ground, her brow furrowed. "You should really watch where you're going. You could have knocked me over."

He raised a brow, rocking back on his heels. The woman had sass. She ran him down, then yelled at him for it? "I was watching where I walked, but you weren't. I was trying to catch you."

"What?" She stood up and looked at him as if he were the one with his head in the clouds. "I wasn't going to fall. I knew where I was the whole time."

"Obviously," he said, a smile tugging at his lips. Her frustration with him amused him for some reason. "All right. Lesson learned. Next time I see a woman about to fall and bounce into a busy road, I'll let her go."

She flushed. "No. Of course not. It was nice of you to try to catch me." She darted a quick look up at him, then ducked her head. "Uh, thanks."

He grinned. She seemed like she didn't really want to say it but thought she should anyway. "Don't mention it."

She gestured toward the restaurant. "Well, I have to go."

"Okay." His grin widened. "Watch out for obstacles in your way."

She rolled her eyes. Actually rolled her eyes. "Yeah. Thanks. I'll watch for the killer newsstands from now on."

She hurried off, and Thomas stood there watching her leave. Her hips swayed with as much attitude and sass as she showed him, and he couldn't tear his eyes away from her. He didn't look away or move until she rounded the corner and he couldn't see her anymore.

Then and only then did he shake off the odd encounter and walk the rest of the distance to the restaurant. With a sigh, he ducked into the restaurant's shaded coolness. A hostess approached with a stack of menus and an overly perky smile. "Two, sir?"

He scanned the dining room behind the hostess, trying to guess which woman could be Brianna. There were too many women sitting alone for him to make a guess. "I have a reservation for a four o'clock meeting with — "

"Oh, with Brianna Faulk? She's already here."

Why did women always finish men's sentences? Did they think men couldn't complete a thought without their help? He pasted a smile on. Some days he smiled so much his face hurt. And not once did he ever mean it. He'd never really intended to be good at marketing, but when his ex-wife had started sleeping around on him ...

It was something to do, at least. Something to throw himself into so he wouldn't track down one of Nicole's many lovers and put him in the hospital. "Yes, that would be her."

"Follow me." Still smiling with a little too much come and get me, big boy for Thomas's tastes, the hostess led him through the central dining area to more private seating in the rear. She nodded to a corner booth. "Your party's waiting for you there. A waitress will be with you shortly."

"Thank you," he murmured and brushed past her. "Ms. Faulk?"

Ms. Faulk had her back turned, and all he could make out was her shoulder-length blond hair and the crisply tailored seams of a business suit. An awfully familiar suit. His scalp tingled, and he faltered a little bit. It couldn't be ...

Ms. Faulk stood and turned to face him. Yep, it was her. When she set eyes on him, her smile faded away. "You?"

Thomas shifted on his feet. "Me."

She recovered quickly and smiled. Cool and reserved. Nothing like the little spitfire who yelled at him for daring to catch her. Truth be told, he liked the spitfire version of her better than the business-savvy one. "Well allow me to introduce myself properly. I'm Brianna Faulk, Executive Business Manager of the Golden Hand Casino."

He offered his hand with a polite, practiced smile. She wanted to keep it professional, then? For some reason he didn't want to. Even though he should. "I'm Thomas Jones, from MotoTek. Marketing executive by day. Rescuer of women by night."

He felt foolish even saying that. Thomas Jones in Vegas? He sounded like a stupid impersonator or something. He half expected her to make some snarky comment asking him if he was going to sing for her or not. But she kept her calm, professional façade going.

"Ah. Yes. Of course." She shook his hand, her skin soft, her grip firm. Her face turned a little bit red, and she bit her lower lip. He couldn't help but wonder if she was trying to bite back a smart-ass reply. "Even when they didn't need rescuing?"

Ah. Yes. She was.

"Even then." He waited cordially for her to resume her seat before he slid onto the padded vinyl cushioning opposite her. His briefcase thudded to the floor. He smoothed his tie. "It's a pleasure to meet you formally."

"The pleasure's mine." The way her lips rolled over pleasure drew his attention to her mouth, a sweetly red temptation painted in burgundy shades. His gaze fell to the table and he tried to banish from his mind the way she'd felt in his arms. It didn't work.

He caught her watching him, her hazel eyes unreadable, intense. He met her gaze unwaveringly. With a cool arch of her brow and an amused smile, she shook her head subtly and picked up her menu. After a moment, he followed suit.

He cleared his throat. He needed to shake this undeniable attraction to her and get his head back into work. "Shall we order before we get down to business?"

"That would be fine with me," she said. But she didn't look down at her menu. She kept her eyes on him. She laughed, but it sounded forced. "I have to admit it. This is all very awkward."

He closed his menu and arched a brow at her. Was she as unsettled by him as he was by her? "Why is that?"

"I yelled at you on the street," she said, her cheeks pink. "It's not how I normally start my business meetings."

"Ah." He gestured between them. "Well, maybe that will give us an advantage?"

She gaped at him. "How so?"

"The ice is already broken. Now you can yell at me all you want and I won't be surprised in the slightest."

She opened her mouth and then closed it. "Do you often get yelled at in business meetings, Mr. Jones?"

"All the time. I'm insufferable, but you'll come to see that by the end of lunch." He smiled at her, but it wasn't because he wanted to this time. This time, it was the marketing exec inside of him creeping out.

She cleared her throat and averted her eyes. He'd made her uncomfortable. "Have you ever been to Vegas before, Mr. Jones?"

"Please. I think we're already on a first-name basis, don't you?" He tugged at his tie. Why was the thing so damn tight? "Call me Thomas."

She inclined her head. "Then you must call me Brianna."

"Hello." The waitress pulled out her pad. "Can I get you something to drink?"

Thomas motioned toward Brianna. "Ladies first."

"Uh." Brianna's cheeks flushed. "I'll have a diet, please."

"Scotch, no rocks," Thomas murmured. His gaze lingered on the flutter of her pulse against that soft hollow where the chain rested. "Are you ready to order, too?"

Brianna nodded and handed the menu to the waitress. "House salad with fat free Italian dressing, please."

Thomas raised a brow. Why did women insist on eating puny salads all the time? "I'll have a bacon cheeseburger with fries. Medium well."

The waitress walked away, leaving the two of them alone. Thomas leaned back in the booth and laced his fingers over his stomach. When Brianna's gaze wandered downward, lingering over his abs, he fought back a grin. At least he wasn't the only distracted party at this meeting.

Brianna tucked her hair behind her ear, and he checked her ring finger for a wedding band. It was bare but there was the slightest bit of a tan line where one might have once been. Interesting.

She tapped her fingers on the table. "You never answered my question."

He racked his brain for what their last topic of conversation had been, but he came up blank. "Repeat it, please?"

"Have you been in Vegas before?"

"Oh. Yes, a lot." When she continued to look at him expectantly, he continued on. "I have been here numerous times for MotoTek, which is one of the reasons we are setting up a satellite office here. Also, my sister used to live here."

He had no idea why he added that last bit. What did she care if his sister used to live in Vegas? Idiot.

She smiled at him. "So then you don't need any pointers on where you should go for a good time tonight?"

He nearly choked, his mind conjuring up images of her showing him a good time. Somehow, he didn't think that rolling around in his bed naked was what she was suggesting. Once he gathered his senses, he caught her gaze. "Were you offering to accompany me?"

"N-No," she stammered. "I was going to suggest a few hotspots."

"Pity. I would've loved to have you by my side tonight. I could've kept an eye on you to make sure you were watching where you were going."

She bared her teeth in a feral grin. "I assure you I don't need male supervision to walk."

"Nonetheless, I'd like to be at your side tonight." He leaned in, smiling at her. Her eyes went wide and she drew in a deep breath. He knew how to read people. It was his job to read people. And right now? He saw a woman who was interested in him. "What do you say, Brianna?"

She pursed her lips and narrowed her eyes at him. "Are you hitting on me, Mr. Jones?"

"Thomas," he corrected. "And what if I am?"

"Then I'd have to tell you to stop," she said, her eyes flashing. "We're here for business, not pleasure."

He wagged a finger. "Ah, but you said it yourself. We met before this, so it's different."

"You're right. You are insufferable." She gave him a dirty look, but it was all for show. He could tell she was enjoying every second of their sparring as much as he was. "Can I look over your proposal while we wait for lunch?"

"Of course," he said, his voice rich and deep.

She shifted in her seat, uncrossing her legs and then re-crossing them. "Thank you."

He sat up straight and took out his proposal, handing her a copy and keeping one for himself to take notes on. She pulled a pair of reading glasses out of her purse and studied the document for a few minutes. He sat back in silence and allowed her the time she needed to read over the form. Truth be told, he took advantage of the opportunity to watch her.

And he liked what he saw. Perhaps too much. When was the last time he was so inescapably attracted to a woman? It had to have been before Nicole. Before he decided matters of the heart were better off being left out of his life.

He had married Nicole at a young age. When he'd been stupid enough to believe that happily ever after could exist outside of fairy tales. She had taken his heart and stomped it into the mud. Man after man had traipsed into her bedroom and he'd been powerless to stop it. Too weak to walk away ... too eager to give her another chance.

It hadn't been until she accused his best friend of accosting her that he'd snapped. Unfortunately, his transformation had come too late. He'd already lost the only person who had stuck by his side. Thomas would never forget the look in Jeremy's eyes when he accused him of something so vile he couldn't even comprehend it. And even worse? He'd broken his sister's heart in the process. She had loved Jeremy — up until Thomas sent him running with his accusations.

"How long have you worked for MotoTek, Thomas?" Brianna looked up at him, her eyes focused and clear. Her voice ripped him from the past and he focused on her with no small amount of gratitude. Once he started reminiscing on his fucked-up past, it could be hard to shove the memories to the back of his mind under lock and key where they belonged.

But today he had a job to do. He leaned forward and folded his arms on the table, holding eye contact. That was one reason why people never told him no: eye contact. It made them uncomfortable, left them on the spot. They didn't think straight, and then he had them. Backed into a corner like prey. It was why he was so good at what he did. Underneath the slick smile and the polished shoes, it was the hunt that lured him.

And Brianna Faulk was offering more than one kind of chase, whether she knew it or not.

"Six years."

She nodded and nibbled on the tip of her pen. His eyes ate in every detail of her pretty little mouth — from the red lips to the little peeks of white teeth he got. If he looked hard enough, he might see the tip of her tongue ...

"And your position is ...?"

Wherever you want me. He cleared his throat and pulled his mind from the gutter. What the hell was wrong with him today? "Head Marketing Executive."

She crossed her legs and pursed her lips. "Tell me what you envision for my company, Thomas."

"Of course." He smiled and opened his copy of the proposal. "I know the Vegas market fairly well. I travel here regularly for MotoTek, and as I mentioned, my sister used to live here, as well. I know your customer base. I am your customer base. And I know you aren't targeting me properly."

"Really?" she said dryly. "What should I be targeting, then?"

"Exhaustion."

She blinked. "What?"

"Exhaustion, Brianna. Every time I come in on that red-eye flight, I'm exhausted, and all I want is the closest place to put my feet up and have a drink. Every time I'm waiting to catch a flight, I'm bored out of my mind and looking for somewhere to kill time. You have a casino and hotel with a valid liquor license less than a block from the airport's east parking lot.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Love Me by Diane Alberts, Shannon Godwin. Copyright © 2013 Diane Alberts. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Meet the Author

Diane Alberts has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn't until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a cat, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she's not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another.
She 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. Diane is represented by Louise Fury from the L. Perkins Agency.

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Love Me 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Not worth your time. This book is crazy. After two dates this hero is ready to move to another state to settle down with a widow and her 3 kids. Not bloody likely. She introduces him to her children after knowing him for 3 days AND lets him discipline them. Nope. Not happening. Her character was all over the place. She was supposedly this high powered business woman but I found her to be weak and needy. Please don't waste your time on this.
FangsWandsFairy More than 1 year ago
I was sent an e-galley of this book for review by the publisher and this review also appears on my blog.No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions granted herein are my own except as noted. I wonder about the silliest things. Why doesn't this character have a family? If he was so busy providing for his sister and marrying his slutty ex-wife how did he get the creds for his marketing job, which seems almost like a mergers and acquisition position. Sometimes the details get edited out of short form erotic fiction. I am told by writers and editors that most readers don't notice this kind of thing but I do. This is a sort of sweet story with a few steamy scenes. It's from the Ever After Imprint, so you would be surprised if the ending wasn't of the happily ever after variety, right? Without revealing too much, let me say this is a situation many women find themselves in. A good man is hard to find, right? There's a lot of drama between them and the end is a doozie. Neither member of the couple is very good at interpersonal communication; since they are both in industries where communication is vital that is a little odd. The romance is justified and the intimate scenes pretty much are as well. There are a few twists, but a lot of it is predictable. I don't see Brianna's day-to-day persona; pretty high powered business woman aligning with how she is at home. He's okay, his character feels dated to me. There isn't anything spectacularly different in the love scenes - it's pretty vanilla, even when it is incredibly passionate. The story was nice - not mind blowing or tremendously engaging. It'd be a good beach read if you enjoy tamer erotica with a lot of drama out of the bedroom.
glandavazo More than 1 year ago
Brianna is a Executive Business Manager of the Golden Hand Casino. She is focused and driven, and lets nothing stand in her way. Her personal life has been very much put on hold due to a tragedy, she has no intention of meeting a new man. Widowed a few years ago leaves her the single parent to 3 kids, and a few insecurities of her own, that doesn't leave her with the time or desire to find someone. Thomas is a Marketing Executive from Mototek, who has been sent by his company to secure a contract with the Golden Hand Casino. He hates Vegas and would love for the deal to go through so he can get the heck out of there a quickly as possible. His past relationship with his ex-wife leaves him bitter and leery of relationships. When Thomas and Brianna first meet, its by pure accident on the side walk as the are both headed to a meeting. They exchange some quick repertoire after Thomas tries to catch Brianna from falling on the street and they go their separate ways. Once in the restaurant Thomas realizes that Brianna is the Business Manager from the casino that he was meeting. What luck! Thomas feels an undeniable attraction to this woman and decides to pursue it, at least while he was here in Vegas. Brianna finally agrees to meet him for dinner later that day and the evening ends before it really starts with a sexy one night stand, at least that's how Brianna saw it. Thomas couldn't leave it at that, so he pursue her at her work leaving her with a hot scene to remember him by on her desk. At this point Thomas thinks he becomes aware of one of Brianna's shocking secrets but he really has no idea what he is getting him self into. After discovering what an ass Thomas is, he is determined to make Brianna know that he cares about her. This was a backwards relationship from the start, getting down and dirty first and asking questions later. Which makes it so appealing. I love that because it makes the story a little more believable. In reality it isn't that often that people fall in love at first sight and live happily ever after, but one night stands happen all the time (or so I hear). Thomas and Brianna's relationship is one that they both had to work on, it didn't come easy and I love this story for that.
jennctc More than 1 year ago
Intense! That’s all I have to say.  The intensity of this book is off the wall.  You can feel the intensity and the chemistry between Thomas and Brianna from across the room; it’ll send shivers down your spine.  Yes, this book will have your emotions thrown for a loop, and you will never know what hit you.  It’s a quick read you won’t want to put down. Thomas first met Brianna outside on the busy street on Las Vegas while on his way to a business meeting.  She looked preoccupied so he thought he would be nice and save her from crashing into a newspaper stand.  She had such a sharp, businesslike exterior, but yet very feisty and sassy.  There was something about her he found her very attractive and sexy; something that ignited deep down inside of him; something he was lacking for so many years.  Then he watched her walk away never to see her again. Thomas was shocked when he realized his business meeting was with Brianna, whom he just ran into on his way to the restaurant.  While trying to maintain his composure to snag the biggest contract, he couldn’t help wonder about Brianna.  There was something about her, something that made him interested, what was her story?  She was different.  He needed to keep this strictly business but he just couldn’t help but wonder, he just wanted more, just one more date to see where this would go.  This wasn’t like him. The last time he wanted more he got burned, bad. Brianna definitely kept it strictly business as much as she could.  But Thomas was very persistent.  He was really good at his job and he knew exactly what he was talking about, there was no doubt about that.  He had an answer for everything. Thomas keeps insisting on taking Brianna out on a date to see if they have anything going on for them, but Brianna cannot take anything more than a business relationship. Brianna pretty much had no choice to a “second meeting” when Thomas wants a tour of her hotel.  They hop into the cab and head to Thomas’ hotel for dinner when one thing leads to another.  It is at that moment, their passion for one another comes alive, that pent up connection is released and their feelings are poured out through that one long kiss.  The fire burns in them that they skipped dinner and head right into Thomas’ suite where they have fiery HOT sex.  They want each other soo badly; they don’t even make it to the bedroom!  Even I felt the intensity from the kiss to the sex part!  Once Brianna realizes what she has done, she runs away, fast without looking back. What Brianna had done is not like her at all; it isn’t who she is.  She doesn’t know what came over her because she has never ever done or felt the need to do that ever before.  She is a responsible person and has three children to care for, who need her at home.  No one has been able to make her feel this way in a very long time, no one since Michael.  Not until now, not until Thomas.  There was something about Thomas that made her feel alive again, made her feel,  helped fill a void that felt missing since the day Michael died. What did Thomas do to make her run?  He couldn’t wrap his head around it.  He had such a messed up past that he regretted every day of his life, but who didn’t have a messed up past?  You learn from it and you don’t make the same mistakes again. He was married and hated his ex-wife for what she did to him.  She played him for a fool, put false thoughts into his head, and turned him against the people he loved. And till this day, he hated himself for it; regretted himself for doing it.  He lived a miserable life because of it.  After all that she put him through, he deserved happiness in his life. He deserved someone to love him unconditionally. There is just something about Brianna that Thomas cannot stay away.  He must get to know her more, so he goes to talk to her at her office.  They don’t start off by talking, but by having HOT desk sex. They the talking starts and they agree to start things off slowly.  After revealing the truth, Thomas does not run but accepts the fact that she is a widow with three children and accepts that fact and would love to get to know her more.  He is only in town for two more weeks and would like to see where things take them.  He is not making any promises but they will cross that bridge when they get there.  There is more to Thomas than it seems.  He a very caring person and will put the kids and Brianna’s safety and happiness before his very own. Brianna grew up with a lot of insecurities and they have slowly come back to haunt her. At the start of her relationship with Thomas, she thought he was using her to get her to sign the contract. Now she is terrified he will leave at the end of his two weeks and move back to California; leaving her and the kids alone. He has slowly become a fixture in their lives that it will not only crush her heart, but also her children. She is so used to rejection and people leaving her, she honestly feels that Thomas will do that very soon. It seems that they may have moved a little too fast and she terrified of what will happen.  Will Thomas pick up and leave Las Vegas for good leaving her and he kids? Will Thomas find happiness in Brianna and her family? Will Brianna be able to completely love Thomas? Will Thomas be able to let go of his past hurt and be happy again? Will Brianna finally stop running? My heart broke for Brianna many, many times while reading this book.  She was at a tough place. She felt like she needed to move on for herself, but she felt like she couldn’t.  She was really torn and I could feel her emotions fighting herself on it.  She couldn’t do it to Michael and she couldn’t do it to her kids. But she needed it for herself.  She hated herself when she and Thomas first had passionate sex.  I hated that she felt that way.  She felt soo conflicted at the beginning of her feelings with Thomas, she just didn’t know what to do about them. But when she realized her feelings for Thomas were much deeper than a fling, she didn’t feel as guilty. She finally started to realize she deserved happiness too.  Thomas knew what he wanted from the beginning and he didn't stop till he got it.  Great job Diane! Looking forward to your next story in the series! I received an ARC for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There will be SPOILERS, due to explanations, but they are not HUGE ones. The premise: Thomas is in Vegas for two weeks (two weeks, did you get that?) to seal a deal with the hotel where Brianna is the manager. Their attraction is fairly instantaneous, and though they get off to a rocky start they are both pretty eager to give in to temptation. There are a couple of really hot scenes, and then the part that I take issue with. I had times when I had to stop reading, and actually read other books before going back to finish. I honestly forced myself to finish just to see if the plot could be saved. If their situation had been spaced out over two (or even six) months instead of two weeks, I could have believed things a lot more easily. As it was, while the story progressed smoothly, their relationship felt extremely rushed. *****SPOILERS***** * * Brianna is a widow with three kids. While this is not a huge spoiler, I figured I'd put it under here anyway because her kids were my main cause of irritation. I know kids. I think most people who have kids, or who have been in the situation of introducing a new boyfriend to their kids will be thrown out of the story by their reaction. While kids can be super friendly and latch on to people right away, they do not decide on a first introduction to treat strange men as the father they lost. The teenager's reaction is the most appropriate, then even he gives in and accepts Thomas as a part of their family within two weeks. The other part of this is that Brianna, without any word from Thomas on whether or not he's staying in Vegas, takes him home to meet them. She supervises when he reads a bedtime story to her youngest, because he's a strange man in her daughter's room. Good for her. Then he tells her to trust him to handle her oldest's bad attitude - and she does. Because a man she met a week ago TOLD HER TO. No, I'm sorry, you don't get between me and my kids and tell me how the situation needs to be handled when you haven't even committed to staying past two weeks. Oh, and then there's that part where she agrees to let his sister and her husband babysit overnight (so they can have sex in his hotel room) even though she's never met them.   Brianna is professional, capable, and smart. Insane chemistry aside, she recognizes the need to put her family first. I totally respected this, and was really disappointed when she still couldn't bring herself to just ASK if he planned on sticking around.
Muffet More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I have read everything from her and this book did not let me down. I don't like to give to much away but I love how she developes her story. You really are happy when they are and cry when they do. It is one hot tale of love gone???? Not telling!!!!! Second in series and I cannot wait for the next one. Excellent job Ms Alberts cannot wait for the next one.
rn-writes More than 1 year ago
Ms. Alberts has penned an exceptional read, with an attention grabbing plot, well developed characters and a can't put it down story that you aren't going to want to miss. Very much looking forward to the next installment of the Take a Chance series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This isn't a country girl. Country girls don't wear silver sparkly cowgirl hats nor sequin boots. I would know, sweety. I live in the country and am a country girl.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dairy entry: Five years to this day since ma an pa's funeral. Still no word of the will from them. Birthday tomrrow gonin on trip same day an time. ~sincerly kayla "Sweetie come on dinner!" Called my aunt cassie. Aunt cass always wore an pink apron with her gray hair in a bun an a blue dress with stylish rain boots. As i walked down the stair my dark jasmine blue hair covered one eye while my pink sweat shirt covered my hips an part of my pink an blue leggings. The floor was smooth on my fuzzy socks. "Whats for tonight aunt cass?" I asked "Well your leaving tomrrow so were having your birthday party early. Tonigt were having sheperds pie apple cider an birthday cake... not all at once. Pie an cider are for dinner cake for desert. Then presents. "Thanks aunt cass!" I smiled. After we finished cake an food. It was time for gifts. Aunt cass gave me thw best gifts that reminded me of home. This year i got plane tickets to an place in the world, a silver cowgirl hat with head strap, a sachel, a bag, travel kit, fancy contry clothes, new hair accesories, an a blank photo? "What's the photo for.....it's blank." I asked "The picture will one by one reveal your friends an the on e you love on your trip... don't lose it..please." said my aunt. I hugged her. Shes the best aunt ever....an kinda like a mom. The next day i had gottan all .y new an old stuff toger in my travel bag. An as soon as i got out the door i saw my big brother john with a travel trailer parked out there. I ran up to john an huged him still in my other clothes now wearing my black sequin covered boots. "I mi..missed y..you so much!" "I missed you too kay." Kay an jo were nicknames for me an my brother. Aftdr he gave me his present i was on my way. For a few hours looking at the photo aton but still......nothing on it. By the time i was is someother state i took my eyes off the road an i feel me an my van into a forest. "Oh god please don't be starned!" I said to myself. I closed my eyes an fell out the door landling saftly. I din't know who caught me but when i opened my eyes they were running from me. I followed them to an open part of the forest yelling. " WAIT STOP! I NEED YOUR HELP IM LOST AN I--" Just like that they were gone but as i back up i bumped into someone....or something?! "Hi there!!" Said the creature. "W.who sre y.you." "I saved you when you were falling"
micharch More than 1 year ago
Liis and Thomas meet at a bar when she first gets into town.  They have a one night stand but, unbeknownst to either one of them, he is her new boss. Liis is emotionally unavailable and has a set plan with goals that she will not deter from.  Thomas is trying to move on from Camille and feels a spark when he meets Liis.  As with any of the Maddox boys, once he sees the "one" he knows.  Liis is so insistent on not getting her heart involved that she keeps putting words and feelings on how Thomas still feels for Cammie that she doesn't listen to a thing he says.  Thomas gets frustrated and tries to give her space.  Liis was not my favorite character and I still didn't really like her at the end of this book.  She was self-centered throughout most of this book and hurt Thomas' feelings way more than was necessary.  For being a strong FBI agent she was sure a weak woman when it came to her personal life.  I did enjoy the end although it was quite ambiguous in parts.  I definitely liked the other books in this series better.
awesomesally More than 1 year ago
When I see Diane Alberts name I can't help but buy them her stories are so full of feeling.
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shirley_frances More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars rounded up because of that HOT office sex scene! Thomas is not looking for a relationship. In fact, he loves them and leaves them ever since he was betrayed by his wife years ago. So when he finds himself admiring the lovely lady who gives as good as she gets before a business meeting, he thinks nothing of it. That is until he finds that Brianna, the woman he was instantly attracted to, is the business associate he will be dealing with to land the account he needs to acquire the promotion he wants at work. Thrown for a loop, fighting his attraction and working on the job he needs to complete, Thomas decides to have his cake and eat it too. The problem comes when Brianna fights him every step of the way. Never one to back down from a challenge, Thomas sets his sights on having an affair with Brianna for however long he is in town. The only problem -- Brianna comes to mean more to him than he ever expected to. All of a sudden he finds himself entertaining notions of marriage and family. Now if only he could convince Brianna to take a chance on him and love him. Holy cow, I was NOT expecting this!!! Emotions, sexual tension, sizzling-hot chemistry all wrapped up in an intense story of second chances and letting go, Love Me took me by surprise. After reading Try Me , where Thomas appears and makes amends with Jeremy after a huge misunderstanding that tore apart their friendship, I was curious to read Thomas' story and see him find his happily-ever-after. However, I was not expecting him to be such a complex character. I loved him! His intensity, his determination and his sexiness. Once he made up his mind he was not to be deterred, even when at times he struggled to come to grips with his new-found feelings of starting a family and remarrying. Especially since his view of marriage had forever been altered by his previous experience. Having been weary of commitment for years, he finally learns to let go so that he could pursue Brianna. I enjoyed the way Brianna and Thomas were brought together and how they each put their emotions out there on the page for me to truly connect with them and cheer them on to come together. I liked Brianna right away. She was strong and independent and not easily persuaded by a handsome face. She was all proper and business-like but when she let go and opened up to Thomas their connection could not be denied. It was explosive! Damn, that scene in her office? Phew!!! HOT! Diana Albert has fast become an author I will surely keep my eye out for. All the titles I have read of hers have been absolutely amazing and I can't wait to read more. I received this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.
HollyBerry44 More than 1 year ago
Love me follows the story of Thomas Jones who is in the marketing field, and he is taken once again to Las Vegas to win his marketing company another large account. What he is not prepared for when he gets there is Brianna, they literally run in to each other outside a restaurant, and let's just say they don't get started on the right foot. Thomas is immediately attracted to Brianna, however, it is not reciprocated in the least, and that just makes him want to win her over even more. One of her hesitations is that she is in charge of the casino that he needs to get a contract signed on for the next big job. There is more reasons than that in which Brianna does not want to get involved with him, but we are not aware of these secrets until later on in the book, and they could throw a big hitch in Thomas's plans if he is not careful. I really enjoyed Thomas and Brianna's story, and watching it unfold, and seeing how Thomas reacts to Brianna's home life and how that would effect any kind of relationship he hopes to have with her.This is the second book in a series, however, it is not necessary to read the first book, they can be read like stand alone novels. In saying that, I have not read book 1, but I will be asap as I really enjoyed Diane's writing, and the two main characters from book 1 make an appearance in this book, and they seem very interesting. Overall this book gets a 4/5 from me, and I would suggest it for anyone looking for a romance book with some steam in it!
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The two characters have a very short time to figure out if it will work.  Add to it that she has kids!  Quirky and fun story line, fast paced and doesn't disappoint with a romantic happy ending. I have to sheepishly admit I loved how the author added the element that Thomas kept getting "beat up" by accident. All in the name of love!  Given the book for an honest review.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
For the first two thirds or so of this book, I had trouble fully engaging with characters Thomas and Brianna. Their reactions and conversations felt a bit overdone to me, not *quite* what "real" people would think and do. (To give just one example, I totally get why Brianna waited to tell Thomas that she was a widow. That's never a fun conversation to have, and it's difficult to judge just when in any relationship, romantic or not, you should bring it up. It does tend to be a conversation killer. However, Brianna's internal dialogue about this just didn't ring true. And Thomas's jumping to conclusions? Seemed much too extreme, even given his less than stellar romantic history. Combined, they made the scene feel flat, when I wanted to feel more genuine emotion.) The last third of the novel, though, was much stronger, and by the time I got to the end my overall impression was much improved. On the strength of that ending, I'm interested to see where this series is going next. (ARC was provided by the publisher for an honest preview.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay so I haven't been reading for a week now. And yes that's a shocker for me but I picked up a boatload of books today and got emailed some lovely ARCs from Entangled publishing. I've never even heard of Diane Alberts before this and wasn't entirely sure if I wanted to read this book. That was partially because it was the second book in the series and I had never read the first one but also because the book cover makes it look like it's some book about a vampire. But it's not and I'll say it right now: don't judge a book by its cover, it's an age old saying but you know what they're right. If I had decided to not read it based on it's cover I would have missed out on one heck of a great book. The summary says: "Thomas Jones has come to Vegas to win yet another account for his marketing company. But when he sits across from beautiful and sensual Brianna Faulk to deliver his pitch, his desire to leave Vegas as quickly as possible is replaced by the need to get close to her. Yet she resists his charm. Brianna knows a date with Thomas could jeopardize her job, but he’s so maddening and insistent, she has a hard time denying him just one date. But that’s all it can be: one date. Because she has to protect her job and her secrets, even if it means giving up a chance at a life she never thought she’d have again." This annoys me. Mostly because it makes Brianna's job and secrets a bigger problem than they really are. So she's a single mother with three kids it's not that big of a deal and it really shouldn't be if the guy genuinely likes you. But that was the only thing that annoyed me about the story. The rest was good to go. I really enjoyed the interactions between Thomas and Brianna. There was so much sarcasm and snarkiness when they flirted and snapped at each other. It was so much fun to read. I honestly felt bad for Thomas though, his wife really left him broken but Brianna and he were there for each other to pick up the pieces and heal each other in process. They were very cute together. Diane did a great job showing how their relationship made it hard for them to trust and be with each other. It's one of those books that are just warm, heartfelt, and very fluffy. They make you feel good after reading.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Good Book. 4.5 stars This is the first book I have read by Diane Alberts and it certainly won't be the last. To begin with, the cover is hot, which only makes me more interested in the book's content. The writing is well-paced, descriptive and brings out the true emotions of the characters. The first chapter made me think alpha male and alpha female, but boy was I wrong. The male character, Thomas, is sensitive and real. His professional side is who he truly is, before he meet and gets to know Brianna. Brianna, the female lead, is a strong businesswoman that craves normalcy. Both characters are survivors and need each other to complete each other. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
TaraAllen More than 1 year ago
I was out of reading material the other day. I know, I know. It was traumatic. I don’t know how I survived. Then, the lovely and amazing Heather Riccio bailed me out with a copy of Love Me for review! Huzzah! I’ve read other awesomeness by Diane (who I also religiously stalk on Twitter) so I knew that I was going to love it. I was so right! The Blurb: Thomas Jones has come to Vegas to win yet another account for his marketing company. But when he sits across from beautiful and sensual Brianna Falk to deliver his pitch, his desire to leave Vegas as quickly as possible is replaced by the need to get closer to her. Yet she resists his charm. Brianna knows a date with Thomas could jeopardize her job, but he’s so maddening and insistent, she has a hard time denying him just one date. But that’s all it can be: one date. Because she has to protect her job and her secrets, even if it means giving up a chance at a life she never thought she’d have again. The Good: S.T.E.A.M.Y! Whew! Goodness gracious. I had to fan myself while I was reading, and I couldn’t stop reading, which totally blew my “read and work at the same time” plan out of the water! There was a lot of fanning and blushing going on that day. I really enjoyed the interactions between Thomas and Brianna. There was so much snarky goodness as he flirted with her and she shut him down. It was so much fun to read. I also loved the way that Thomas bravely threw himself into getting to know her kids and getting along with them. He was totally committed before he could even admit that he was. It was just adorable! They were totally sweet together and Diane did a terrific job showing how their past hurts affected their current relationship. It was also heartwarming how committed they both were to overcoming all that and learning to trust someone again. I love Diane, she’s a darling. I love her writing, she really gets in there and makes you feel all the feels, so I’d love her writing even if I didn’t love her. That’s really just not a problem though, cause she’s really awesome and you should follow her on Twitter too! The Bad: S.T.E.A.M.Y! I got NO work done! Oh and I totally got choked up at the end. *sniffle* Overall: Read this! It’s a fast, fun read and it leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy afterward.