Mr. Satisfaction [NOOK Book]

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Extreme Satisfaction
by Brenda Jackson
Successful financial adviser Cathleen McAlister has worked hard to achieve what she considers the perfect life. There isn’t much ...

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Overview

Extreme Satisfaction
by Brenda Jackson
Successful financial adviser Cathleen McAlister has worked hard to achieve what she considers the perfect life. There isn’t much else she could possibly want . . . except the man who got away while she was climbing the ladder of success.

Satisfy Me
by Delilah Dawson
Shauna Williams finds out that Max Jackson, her childhood crush, is back in town for their friends’ wedding. Shauna’s all grown up now, and she has no intention of letting him slip through her fingers again.

Ice Princess
by Joy King
Beautiful, successful, and deadly in the boardroom, Madison always gets any man she wants. As a matter of fact, she seems to have more than she can handle. But when she moves into her fabulous new loft and meets the building’s owner, Marcus, she realizes that she has finally met her match.

The Morning After
by Maryann Reid
Alexis is tired of the pampered well-to-do men of her social set and wants to take a walk on the wilder side. So when she steps out of her Park Avenue comfort zone and meets Rasheen, straight out of Bed-Stuy, she gets everything she could ever want…and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429903509
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 117,516
  • File size: 317 KB

Meet the Author



BRENDA JACKSON is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of romance novels including the Westmorelands series and, from St. Martin’s Press, Some Like It Hot, Taste of Passion and The Playa’s Handbook. She lives in the city where she was born, Jacksonville, Florida.
 
DELILAH DAWSON is the author of  erotic romances including Wanting It, Better on Top, and Up All Night. She lives in California with her husband and children.
 
JOY KING is the author of Dirty Little Secrets and Hooker to Housewife. She lives with her son in New Jersey.
 
MARYANN REID is the author of Mrs. Big, Sex and the Single Sister, and Every Man for Herself, among other novels. She earned her master of fine arts degree from the University of Miami. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Prologue

"I need a man."

When Cathleen McAlister voiced that thought aloud, she was glad the only person around to hear her was her best friend and business partner, Lisa Meadows.

Now that she had Lisa's attention, she figured she might as well continue her tirade. The office had closed an hour ago, and their staff was probably home by now. The two of them were working late to prepare for a financial seminar they would be presenting tomorrow at one of Birmingham's largest employers, the Myers-Hansel Corporation.

"What good is all of this without a good man to go home to at night?" she asked, waving her hand at the beautiful office that the both of them shared. To say the office was plush was an understatement. Even the reception area was downright luxurious.

Lisa chuckled. "Hey, I do have a man to go home to when I leave here, Cat. You're the one who decided not to get seriously involved with anyone while climbing the ladder of success. You saw a man in your life as a distraction. I saw one in my life, while climbing that same ladder, as extreme satisfaction."

After rolling her eyes at Lisa, Cat did something she'd seldom done in all her twenty-eight years: admit to being wrong. "Okay, stop gloating, will you? I admit I made a mistake. I had a good thing, and I blew it."

"No," Lisa said quickly and with a pointed look. "You did more than just blow it. You shattered it into a thousand pieces when you told Rory just where he could go that night."

Just hearing her ex-boyfriend's name made certain parts of Cat's body tingle. As much as she'd tried, it had been hard for the past year to banish Rory Dawkins's gorgeous image from her mind. Even now she could see him vividly---tall, bowlegged, and in a pair of jeans. She didn't know of any man who could wear them better or get out of them quicker. Then there were his broad shoulders, narrow waist, fine-as-a-dime butt, and a too-handsome-for-his-own-good face. And she couldn't forget his performance in bed. She hadn't known what the big O was until she'd hooked up with him. When it came to making love, he had it down to an art form.

Good grief, she mentally chided and stubbornly admitted, she had been celibate since their breakup, desperately missing the best thing she'd ever had and foolishly given up, all because she'd start seeing Rory as a threat. He endangered all the goals she had laid out for herself in life.

She could now confess to being downright stupid for letting him walk out of her life. He had started talking about marriage and babies, and she was still thinking of ways to expand her business and make it the most sought-after financial consulting firm in Birmingham---no, the entire state of Alabama.

The word commitment hadn't been in her vocabulary, and the moment he began hinting at such a thing, she'd sent him packing and told him not to return. Since then, she had discovered how wrong she was in focusing solely on making it to the top. During her climb, her life had gotten lonelier, and it had lost the meaning it once had. And on top of everything else, her body was going through months of sexual withdrawal, and even the mere mention of Rory's name got her panties wet.

"I know I screwed up with Rory, and I regret everything I said. That's why I'm placing him on my wish list."

Lisa lifted a brow as she turned away from the computer and the PowerPoint document she'd been working on. "What wish list?"

"It's a list of the things I want, and Rory is at the top of the list. In fact, he's the only thing on the list, which means I'm going to have to think of a plan to get him back."

"Well, good luck on that one. The last few times he was over to our place, he didn't even ask about you. In fact, he hasn't in quite a while. And like I told you, according to Peyton, he's seeing some woman who works for Cochrane Enterprises. And although I haven't met her yet, Peyton has, and he said she's a cutie, so it seems your loss was her gain."

Cat frowned. "Do you have to rub it in?"

"It serves you right for letting a good man get away. I tried to warn you, but you wouldn't listen. You were in love with him, Cat. That much was obvious, but you had to have things your way or no way. You hurt him deeply, and some men can be unforgiving about things like that. Peyton would be, and the reason they're best friends is because they usually act and think alike."

Lisa then glanced at her watch. "And speaking of Peyton, let's finish up here so I can leave within the next twenty minutes. He's picking me up, and we're going to Mangos for dinner."

"I will get Rory back, Lisa."

Lisa gave her a doubtful look. "You're welcome to try."

"I'll do more than try. I'll succeed."

"Good luck---because after the way you dumped him, you're definitely going to need all the luck you can get."

Rory Dawkins had heard enough and stepped back from the door and quickly left the reception area to head out of the building. His best friend had asked him to come inside to let his wife know he'd arrived a little early and was outside circling the block. They had tried reaching Lisa on her cell phone and discovered she didn't have it on, and her office number had defaulted to a voice mail.

At first Rory had hesitated, knowing there was a strong chance he would run into the one woman he had never stopped loving. But he was determined to face Cat and pretend he was over her just as he'd assumed she was over him.

Evidently that had been a false assumption.

He had overheard Cat and Lisa's entire conversation. Once Cat had declared she needed a man, his ears had perked up, and he decided to listen, shamelessly so. And he was glad that he had. Now he was torn between laughing and punching a damn hole in the nearest wall. So, the woman who had kicked him to the curb because he was becoming too "habit forming," as she'd so elegantly put it, had placed him on, of all things, her wish list. And she intended to try to get him back?

Hell, he agreed with Lisa. Let her try. He would love for her to try to get him back. He had wondered how long it would take for Cat to wake up and finally realize that the two of them belonged together. But now that she'd come to that conclusion, did she think that she could just waltz back into his life? He needed to show the spirited, successful, and sexy Cat McAlister a thing or two about men. Nobody liked being dropped like a hot potato and then picked up later like a hot fudge sundae.

He might be on Cat's wish list, but he couldn't forget that this same time last year he'd been on her dish list. And for that very reason he was determined to prove to her once and for all that mega success was nothing without ...What was the phrase Lisa had used? Oh yeah, "extreme satisfaction."

Cat definitely had a lesson coming, and he would enjoy being the one to teach it. And it would be a while before he told her that he hadn't been involved with a woman at Cochrane Enterprises. It was a story that he and Peyton had fabricated for Lisa's benefit, since they knew she would occasionally try pumping him for information to feed to Cat regarding his love life or lack of one.

He and Peyton had agreed it was better for Cat to believe he had moved on with his life and was not somewhere pining over her, as he'd actually been doing. A man did have his pride, after all, and at thirty-three, he was too old to play games. But this was one game he intended to play, since Cat had unknowingly placed the ball in his court.

As he stepped onto the elevator, he thought that twelve months was a long time for the woman he had always considered his future wife to finally come to her senses, and he wondered just what her strategy was going to be. But no matter what her overconfident and goal-oriented mind came up with, at least he would be prepared.

A full-curve smile touched his lips. Cat McAlister was going to find out that a prepared Rory Dawkins was a force to reckon with.

Copyright © 2005 by Brenda Jackson
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First Chapter

Prologue

"I need a man."

When Cathleen McAlister voiced that thought aloud, she was glad the only person around to hear her was her best friend and business partner, Lisa Meadows.

Now that she had Lisa's attention, she figured she might as well continue her tirade. The office had closed an hour ago, and their staff was probably home by now. The two of them were working late to prepare for a financial seminar they would be presenting tomorrow at one of Birmingham's largest employers, the Myers-Hansel Corporation.

"What good is all of this without a good man to go home to at night?" she asked, waving her hand at the beautiful office that the both of them shared. To say the office was plush was an understatement. Even the reception area was downright luxurious.

Lisa chuckled. "Hey, I do have a man to go home to when I leave here, Cat. You're the one who decided not to get seriously involved with anyone while climbing the ladder of success. You saw a man in your life as a distraction. I saw one in my life, while climbing that same ladder, as extreme satisfaction."

After rolling her eyes at Lisa, Cat did something she'd seldom done in all her twenty-eight years: admit to being wrong. "Okay, stop gloating, will you? I admit I made a mistake. I had a good thing, and I blew it."

"No," Lisa said quickly and with a pointed look. "You did more than just blow it. You shattered it into a thousand pieces when you told Rory just where he could go that night."

Just hearing her ex-boyfriend's name made certain parts of Cat's body tingle. As much as she'd tried, it had been hard for the past year to banish Rory Dawkins's gorgeous image fromher mind. Even now she could see him vividly--tall, bowlegged, and in a pair of jeans. She didn't know of any man who could wear them better or get out of them quicker. Then there were his broad shoulders, narrow waist, fine-as-a-dime butt, and a too-handsome-for-his-own-good face. And she couldn't forget his performance in bed. She hadn't known what the big O was until she'd hooked up with him. When it came to making love, he had it down to an art form.

Good grief, she mentally chided and stubbornly admitted, she had been celibate since their breakup, desperately missing the best thing she'd ever had and foolishly given up, all because she'd start seeing Rory as a threat. He endangered all the goals she had laid out for herself in life.

She could now confess to being downright stupid for letting him walk out of her life. He had started talking about marriage and babies, and she was still thinking of ways to expand her business and make it the most sought-after financial consulting firm in Birmingham--no, the entire state of Alabama.

The word commitment hadn't been in her vocabulary, and the moment he began hinting at such a thing, she'd sent him packing and told him not to return. Since then, she had discovered how wrong she was in focusing solely on making it to the top. During her climb, her life had gotten lonelier, and it had lost the meaning it once had. And on top of everything else, her body was going through months of sexual withdrawal, and even the mere mention of Rory's name got her panties wet.

"I know I screwed up with Rory, and I regret everything I said. That's why I'm placing him on my wish list."

Lisa lifted a brow as she turned away from the computer and the PowerPoint document she'd been working on. "What wish list?"

"It's a list of the things I want, and Rory is at the top of the list. In fact, he's the only thing on the list, which means I'm going to have to think of a plan to get him back."

"Well, good luck on that one. The last few times he was over to our place, he didn't even ask about you. In fact, he hasn't in quite a while. And like I told you, according to Peyton, he's seeing some woman who works for Cochrane Enterprises. And although I haven't met her yet, Peyton has, and he said she's a cutie, so it seems your loss was her gain."

Cat frowned. "Do you have to rub it in?"

"It serves you right for letting a good man get away. I tried to warn you, but you wouldn't listen. You were in love with him, Cat. That much was obvious, but you had to have things your way or no way. You hurt him deeply, and some men can be unforgiving about things like that. Peyton would be, and the reason they're best friends is because they usually act and think alike."

Lisa then glanced at her watch. "And speaking of Peyton, let's finish up here so I can leave within the next twenty minutes. He's picking me up, and we're going to Mangos for dinner."

"I will get Rory back, Lisa."

Lisa gave her a doubtful look. "You're welcome to try."

"I'll do more than try. I'll succeed."

"Good luck--because after the way you dumped him, you're definitely going to need all the luck you can get."

Rory Dawkins had heard enough and stepped back from the door and quickly left the reception area to head out of the building. His best friend had asked him to come inside to let his wife know he'd arrived a little early and was outside circling the block. They had tried reaching Lisa on her cell phone and discovered she didn't have it on, and her office number had defaulted to a voice mail.

At first Rory had hesitated, knowing there was a strong chance he would run into the one woman he had never stopped loving. But he was determined to face Cat and pretend he was over her just as he'd assumed she was over him.

Evidently that had been a false assumption.

He had overheard Cat and Lisa's entire conversation. Once Cat had declared she needed a man, his ears had perked up, and he decided to listen, shamelessly so. And he was glad that he had. Now he was torn between laughing and punching a damn hole in the nearest wall. So, the woman who had kicked him to the curb because he was becoming too "habit forming," as she'd so elegantly put it, had placed him on, of all things, her wish list. And she intended to try to get him back?

Hell, he agreed with Lisa. Let her try. He would love for her to try to get him back. He had wondered how long it would take for Cat to wake up and finally realize that the two of them belonged together. But now that she'd come to that conclusion, did she think that she could just waltz back into his life? He needed to show the spirited, successful, and sexy Cat McAlister a thing or two about men. Nobody liked being dropped like a hot potato and then picked up later like a hot fudge sundae.

He might be on Cat's wish list, but he couldn't forget that this same time last year he'd been on her dish list. And for that very reason he was determined to prove to her once and for all that mega success was nothing without ...What was the phrase Lisa had used? Oh yeah, "extreme satisfaction."

Cat definitely had a lesson coming, and he would enjoy being the one to teach it. And it would be a while before he told her that he hadn't been involved with a woman at Cochrane Enterprises. It was a story that he and Peyton had fabricated for Lisa's benefit, since they knew she would occasionally try pumping him for information to feed to Cat regarding his love life or lack of one.

He and Peyton had agreed it was better for Cat to believe he had moved on with his life and was not somewhere pining over her, as he'd actually been doing. A man did have his pride, after all, and at thirty-three, he was too old to play games. But this was one game he intended to play, since Cat had unknowingly placed the ball in his court.

As he stepped onto the elevator, he thought that twelve months was a long time for the woman he had always considered his future wife to finally come to her senses, and he wondered just what her strategy was going to be. But no matter what her overconfident and goal-oriented mind came up with, at least he would be prepared.

A full-curve smile touched his lips. Cat McAlister was going to find out that a prepared Rory Dawkins was a force to reckon with.

Copyright © 2005 by Delilah Dawson
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Extreme Satisfaction
by Brenda Jackson
Successful financial adviser Cathleen McAlister has worked hard to achieve what she considers the perfect life. There isn’t much else she could possibly want . . . except the man who got away while she was climbing the ladder of success.

Satisfy Me
by Delilah Dawson
Shauna Williams finds out that Max Jackson, her childhood crush, is back in town for their friends’ wedding. Shauna’s all grown up now, and she has no intention of letting him slip through her fingers again.

Ice Princess
by Joy King
Beautiful, successful, and deadly in the boardroom, Madison always gets any man she wants. As a matter of fact, she seems to have more than she can handle. But when she moves into her fabulous new loft and meets the building’s owner, Marcus, she realizes that she has finally met her match.

The Morning After
by Maryann Reid
Alexis is tired of the pampered well-to-do men of her social set and wants to take a walk on the wilder side. So when she steps out of her Park Avenue comfort zone and meets Rasheen, straight out of Bed-Stuy, she gets everything she could ever want…and more.

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  • Posted October 20, 2011

    Skip the last book

    The Morning After was horrible and should not have been a part of this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2008

    THIS BOOK WAS GREAT

    This book was a really good book. It talked about everything that you knew it was going to talk about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2006

    Mr. Satisfaction

    Mr. Satisfaction by Brenda Jackson, Delilah Dawson, Joy King and Maryann Reid is a series of four novellas that focus on several sensual beings. The first novella¿s, Extreme Satisfaction, opening line ¿I need a man,¿ sets the tone for this book. Cathleen McAlister is out to get her man back. Rory Dawkins is the one who got away, which causes Cathleen to spend her every waking moment trying to convince him that they belong together. Extreme Satisfaction lives up to its name as Cathleen and Rory¿s story unfolds. Satisfy Me is a tale about the once wealthy Shauna Williams who is an ambitions single female coordinating her best friend wedding. Shauna discovers that her childhood love Max Jackson, the poor kid from the wrong side of the tracks, is back and no longer poor. Although Shauna has unresolved feelings for him, her financial status has her wondering if she should act on them. Meanwhile, Max is saddened to discover Shauna meager living conditions and feels responsible for her fall from wealth. Ice Princess a tale of the cold, focused and driven industry professional with a twist. The twist is the cold driven professional is a woman! Madison Monroe handles her business associates like fine tuned automobiles. She calls the shot in the boardroom as well as in the bedroom. Enter Madison¿s world and see what it is like to be a woman with the typical traits of a man. The Morning After helps to reinforce the old adage Money can¿t buy happiness. Alexis is a wealthy debutante type who has the best of everything except relationships. Alexis is convinced by her friend that in order to find true happiness, she should look for a blue collar man and not the silver spoon type she¿s used to. Low and behold, Alexis meets and is attracted to Rasheen, a hard worker with a criminal record and lots of baby mama drama! The back of this book identifies that these are four hot stories and I could not agree more. Each story provides its fair share of heat, while I found that Mr. Satisfaction provided fire. The authors have collectively penned novels that will possibly require you to have your own ¿personal summer.¿ The stories were well written and delightfully entertaining. I am usually one who finds that novellas are too short to be good, but these ladies have provided a detailed, sensual and entertaining collection of short stories. Reviewed By: Eleanor S. Shields, Black Butterfly Review

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great anthology

    ¿Extreme Satisfaction¿ by Brenda Jackson. Cathleen admits to her best friend and business partner Lisa that all their success means nothing without a good man at home Lisa remarks she has one while Cat confesses she made one major error when she dumped Rory to further her career. She vows to get him back. Though he still loves her, Rory no longer trusts her with his heart.------ ¿Satisfy Me¿ by Delilah Dawson. Max worked in her father¿s garden as a teen, but though they began falling in love, Shauna, under parental pressure, rejected the boy who left her roses. Five years have passed and they meet with her hosting a bachelorette party and he the bachelor¿s gala. After he ¿rescues¿ her when her car fails late that night, they sleep together, but she wonders if he wants her or more revenge points over her late dad¿s labeling him ¿Ghetto¿.------ ¿Ice Princess¿ by Joy King. Madison is the Ice Princess though she has sex with business associates. That is until she meets the landlord of the Manhattan building in which she just purchases a loft. However, as love flows between them, Madison turns to her male comfort candies out of fear.------- ¿The Morning After¿ by Maryann Reid. After feeling she wasted her time with Leonard, Alexis wants out of the BMW (Black men Working) suicide dating game when she meets Rasheen, who as a Bed-Stuy teen lived a violent life, but is a good person. After a great night in bed, Alexis has doubts the morning after because Rasheen is not a BMW. These are four superb cotemporary tales starring likable strong protagonists.----- Harriet Klausner

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