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Tangling with the CEO: A Half Moon Bay Novel
     

Tangling with the CEO: A Half Moon Bay Novel

4.5 26
by Annie Seaton
 

Blake Buchanan and Anastasia Delaney were roommates in college and could never see eye to eye about anything. The only time their walls came down was during one night of passion before Ana left without a word, never expecting to cross paths with Blake again.

Years later, Blake has made his millions. He comes back to Ana's small California town to manage a

Overview

Blake Buchanan and Anastasia Delaney were roommates in college and could never see eye to eye about anything. The only time their walls came down was during one night of passion before Ana left without a word, never expecting to cross paths with Blake again.

Years later, Blake has made his millions. He comes back to Ana's small California town to manage a corporate takeover that will close down the home restoration business she's poured her heart and soul into. The fiery Ana is determined to convince money-minded Blake of her business's worth, but when a family emergency throws them together, their walls come tumbling down once again…

Problem is, Blake's business-first position hasn't changed. And Ana can't fall for the man who could become her boss—it's not only her job at stake, but her heart.

Each book in the Hope Springs series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Tangling with the CEO
Book #2 Brushing off the Boss
Book #3 Guarding His Heart

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
02/15/2014
Anastasia Delaney is proud of the home restoration service that she runs with her two best friends. Sure, she didn't graduate from college as she had planned—her mother's sudden illness and death stopped that ambition. That success is threatened, however, when a large corporation buys the little hardware store. New store manager Blake Buchanan hasn't changed since Ana last saw him during their one-night stand in college. His biggest concern is still profit margins. Or is it? VERDICT Although this novel has a slow start, the middle and end are worth the wait. [Xpress Reviews, 12/27/13.]—Christyna Hunter, Loudoun Cty P.L., Lovettsville, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622660902
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
12/09/2013
Series:
Half Moon Bay
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
202
Sales rank:
309,302
File size:
2 MB

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Tangling with the CEO

A Half Moon Bay Novel


By Annie Seaton, Keyren Burgess, Wendy Chen

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2013 Annie Seaton
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-090-2


CHAPTER 1

"Ouch." Anastasia Delaney dropped the hammer and put her thumb up to her mouth. It was sure to bruise from the thump she'd just given it. There was only one more length of decorative beading to nail up around the window frame and then she would have to leave for the meeting she was dreading so much.

The years had flown by since she and her two best friends had started the restoration department at Joe Hickey's little hardware store in Nebbiton, California. Ana had spent years in her gramps's toolshed when she was growing up and had a natural talent for working with wood. Sienna was the artist who worked on the delicate moldings and painting. Sienna's twin sister, Georgie, was the jack-of-all-trades who could turn her hand to any task. Their company's reputation had grown and they always had plenty of jobs booked in the old cottages along Highway 1.

Ana loved nothing more than working with the friends she'd known since grade school. She blinked back a tear at the pain in her thumb and the thought that this could be their last restoration job together.

"I will miss this so much once the takeover goes through and our department is shut down. We do damn good work, girls." Ana ran her hand lovingly over the highly polished window frame. "It's just unfair. Why does everything have to be about profit? We use quality materials, and look at our results."

"Don't be so negative." Sienna wandered in from the balcony and stood beside Ana. "We're not going to give up until we know for sure our jobs are gone."

Georgie frowned from the top of the ladder where she was hanging curtains at the other end of the bay window. "You can't be late for your appointment. You should have left already. And you haven't even changed."

"Changed?" Ana brushed the sawdust from her sleeves. "What's wrong with my work clothes? I'm a tradeswoman."

"No. You are a successful businesswoman and you're meeting with a head honcho of the biggest chain of home improvement stores in the country. He might also be our future boss." Sienna reached into her pocket and held up a set of car keys. "I came prepared. You're taking my car and you'll find a suit and heels on the backseat." With a languorous wave of the paintbrush she was holding in her other hand, Sienna stared at Ana. "My sporty little car will impress the hotshot executive."

Ana looked down at her paint-splattered overalls and sighed. "Maybe you should be the one to go and convince him not to shut us down."

Sienna waited for Georgie to climb down the small ladder and then she put the paintbrush on the bottom rung. "Look, we've been over this. You knew this guy in college, so that has to give us a bit more bargaining power."

"Blake Buchanan worshipped the dollar when we were at USF, so I don't think we'll have any chance of him reconsidering the closure of our section." Ana sat on one of the upturned buckets and looked up gratefully as Georgie passed her a cold drink. "And I didn't mention it before, but we parted on bad terms, so it'll probably give us even less chance of saving our jobs."

She turned to the large window that looked out over Half Moon Bay. The ocean was a sheet of silver with not a breath of breeze ruffling it. More unusual was the absence of any fog. Just a dull silver sky reflected in the sea. The magnificent view calmed her nerves a little as she sipped the cool water. She didn't want the twins to know she and Blake had been more than mere acquaintances when they were roommates in the house he'd owned ten years ago.

Even though they'd both been studying for a business degree, their philosophies had been so very different. Blake's emphasis on conservative economics had been at odds with her study of welfare economics, and they'd eventually agreed to disagree when their arguments had become too heated. Though their discussions had been stimulating and Ana had loved sparring with him. Most evenings she would bait him with a provocative comment about her day in class just to get a rise out of him. He was so passionate about his beliefs that he fell for it every time. She'd loved watching his eyes darken and his sexy mouth lift in a smile when he realized she was teasing him. She had instigated many a discussion just so she could watch his face come alive. And she'd fallen a little more in love with him the longer she stayed in the house.

"We were absolute opposites in everything and we fought like cats and dogs," Ana explained to her friends. "He even listened to classical music. I mean, who does that in college? That was my heavy metal stage and it drove him crazy."

"What else?" Sienna's beautifully made-up eyes were fixed on Ana's face.

"You know how I love football?" she continued. "I used to go to the games at Candlestick Park with the other guys and Blake would be off playing golf or something equally as snooty."

Georgie giggled. "Are you sure you aren't being too hard on him? You did go through a pretty wild stage in college."

"It all came to a head one night after we'd been to a 49ers game. We came home and Blake was waiting on the porch and he read me the riot act about the state of my room. God, even Mom didn't do that."

Sienna picked up her paintbrush, her eyes narrowed. "Maybe your mom should have?"

"Thanks, pal." Ana wasn't offended. She was used to being teased by her friends. She'd lived in chaos then and she still did. There just wasn't enough time to run a business and finish restoring her old cottage. Keeping everything tidy didn't pay the bills. "Anyway, I'd had a couple of beers at the game so I told him he had no right to be in there, called him a sexist pig, and slammed the front door in his face. I locked him out of his own house." She smiled at the memory. "The other guys went to bed and Blake sat outside, cooling his heels until I let him back in. There was a ladder he could have used to climb up to a window but I knew he was terrified of heights." She chuckled and then sobered. "Then I got the call about Mom the very next day and moved home. You know the rest."

Actually, they didn't.

They knew she'd given up college in her senior year to come home and nurse her mother through the final stages of breast cancer, but she'd never told anyone about that final night with Blake. It was a delicious memory, one she'd pulled out and relived during the tough nights when her mother had been dying.

When she'd decided to let him back in, Blake had been sitting on the front steps looking down at the bay and he'd ignored the open door behind him. Ana had stood quietly for a moment drinking in the sight of him before she'd called to him softly.

"Blake." His broad shoulders strained beneath his white polo shirt and his dark hair curled over the collar. A shaft of pure longing shot through her. "I've opened the door for you."

Ana's fingers had itched to run through his hair, and she'd fought the urge to go and sit on the step next to him in the moonlight.

"What are you looking at?" he'd asked.

Heat had suffused her face at the thought of being caught checking him out, and she covered up her discomfort by teasing him.

"Couldn't you find the ladder?" She'd put her hand up to stifle the giggle rising in her throat. "I was just wondering if it was safe to let you back in. Or have I pushed your buttons again?"

Slowly, Blake had pushed himself to his feet and turned around. Ana had edged back through the door, unable to read the look on his face in the shadows, but his stance was predatory. In one swift movement, he'd jumped up the last step and before she could get inside, he'd pinned her against the wall of the porch. Ana had tried to cover up the feelings rioting through her with a nervous laugh.

"Let go." She halfheartedly tried to pull away, but he'd laced his fingers though hers and held her hands above her head.

"Anastasia, you always push my buttons, and you don't even have to try."

She'd been trapped between Blake and the wall, and when she'd looked up at him, her breasts had pressed into his hard chest. With a soft groan, he'd lowered his head and gently slid his lips across her cheek. "You drive me crazy, do you know that?"

With each word his mouth had gotten closer to hers until they'd hovered over her lips. "The way you walk, your voice, your laugh, that hippie perfume you wear. I can't get you out of my head."

She'd smiled at him and eased her arms from his loose grasp, taking his face between her hands. "I can't stop thinking about you either," she'd whispered. "And I'm sorry I called you a sexist pig."

That first kiss they'd shared on the front porch had been slow and soft. The fresh smell of his sweatshirt had surrounded her as he'd held her close and to this day, the fragrance of clean washing reminded her of that first kiss. The feel of Blake's warm mouth on hers was everything she'd dreamed of, and she'd closed her eyes as a delicious languor drifted through her. She'd sensed he was holding back and that it was up to her to let him know it was okay to take it further. Maybe he'd known it was her first time, and she needed to let him know it was what she wanted.

Finally, she'd smiled against his mouth and murmured, "My room or yours?"

He'd lifted his head and even in the dim light she could see the laugh lines crinkle around his eyes, and the warmth stirred low in her belly as he'd held her gaze.

"Is your bed clear?"

"It's made, but it's covered in ... er ... stuff."

"I guess it's my room, then."

"So are you going to stand there daydreaming all afternoon, or are you going to go to San Francisco and save our jobs?" Ana jumped when Sienna dangled the keys in front of her face.

"All right, I'm going. But be prepared for disappointment. Blake was a nice guy, but when it came to business, profit margins always came first."

Georgie shook her head. "I've been trying to tell you that for years. You can't expect a small business to support every philanthropic activity."

"Well, Joe does." The owner of the local hardware store that employed them turned a blind eye to a lot of the work they never billed out to the older folk. Joe's family had opened the first general store on Main Street in Nebbiton in the 1850s, and he loved his hometown with a passion. "I can't understand why he had to sell the business anyway, and to a huge corporation."

Sienna rolled her eyes. "Well, he's almost eighty years old. He has no children to take over the store, and he and Magda deserve a nice retirement. She was looking at cruise brochures just the other day." She nudged Georgie and winked. "She said she might as well read something because she was sick of waiting for our accounts to come in."

"All right, all right. No need to be snarky. I'll do them tonight." Ana reached for Sienna's keys. "I will finish them, and when Blake comes to the store, we can show him how much business we pull in. That will convince him to keep us on. Besides, the community needs us."

Sienna yawned. "Two problems with that, hon. You're the one meeting with him, and I have a feeling that may be the only meeting that happens. And do you really think a big company like Home and Hardware will care about the community? Maybe it's time we faced reality and accept we are all going to be out of a job." She folded her arms and gazed out the window. "I have enough put away that I can manage for a few months. I've already been offered a couple of days' work at an art gallery in Carmel."

Disappointment pressed on Ana's chest like a dead weight. It sounded as if her friends had accepted that their work was about to end. "Well, whatever you decide, Georgie and I can still keep the business running." She turned toward the front door full of renewed determination. "I hate change. I really do."

Georgie cleared her throat.

Ana turned around and groaned. "Oh, no. Not you too, Georgie?"

"It's just a backup. Just in case you can't convince your Blake."

"He's not my Blake," Ana snapped. "And what plans have you made?"

"Joe told me there will be a position in the new store for me. He knows I don't mind working there when we don't have renovation jobs."

Ana came back across the room and draped her arms around the shoulders of the two women who meant the most to her in the whole world. Since her mother died, she had no other family and she'd filled the emptiness with her work. Sienna and Georgie and her elderly friends in Nebbiton were her life.

"It's okay. I'm being selfish. Like I said, I hate change. But I will convince Blake to keep us on, anyway. No matter what it takes."

Sienna grinned at her with a wicked glint in her eye. "No matter what it takes?"

Ana folded her arms and nodded. There was no way she was going to let her friends and the community down. It was just sheer bad luck that Blake was the new CEO. Their business was at stake and she couldn't let her old feelings for him affect how she dealt with him now.

Unless — she turned as a thought struck her, and stared out the window — unless there was some way she could turn it to their advantage.

Two hours later, Ana parked Sienna's two-seater red sports coupe across the street from the elegant Victorian mansion in Nob Hill, thanking whoever was looking out for her. A parking space in downtown San Francisco was like gold any time of day or night.

Raindrops glistened in the watery afternoon sunlight and reflected a rainbow of colors across the front porch of Blake's stately mansion. Ana sat in the car for a moment and closed her eyes, trying to calm her nerves as the memory of being kissed on that very porch slammed into her.

Maybe she'd been a one-night fling to Blake, but she'd followed his stellar rise in the business world with interest after he'd gone to New York and completed his MBA. Okay, maybe her Internet searches were more than a passing interest — more like a hunger to fill the emptiness where her heart had once been. Last time she'd Googled him, he'd been managing a wilderness retreat in Alaska. After that she had made herself stop cyber-stalking him — it wasn't healthy and she had plenty to fill her life without dreaming of an old flame.

"Get out of the car. You're not in college anymore." She opened her eyes and took a deep breath. All of her old insecurities had come rushing back. She'd always regretted having to drop out of college, but she knew it had spurred her on to work harder to make the business a success. Just because she didn't have a piece of paper didn't make her any less capable, but it always bothered her when people asked about her qualifications. "It doesn't matter that you don't have a degree. You're a successful businesswoman, now act like one."

So what if my dreams of New York and my MBA are history?

She'd had a precious six months with Mom before she died, and her life had turned out just fine without a bachelor's or master's degree. So maybe she didn't have a stellar Fortune 500 career like Blake and some of the others from their house, but the little enterprise she, Georgie, and Sienna had set up was successful and fulfilling.

Who knows what might have come after our night together if I'd stayed and we'd talked?

The next morning a gentle hand brushing her hair had woken her. Blake was propped up on one elbow gazing down at her, and his lazy smile had sent quivers rocketing through her.

"I've got an early class, but I'll come home straight after," he'd said. "Wait for me?"

He'd kissed her good-bye and lingered before he'd left for his class, and Ana had snuggled back down in his huge bed to wait until the ringing of the house phone had woken her from a deep sleep.

"I've got less than a year, Ana." Her mother's words were still imprinted on her mind.

My mother, my beautiful mother. Nothing else mattered in that moment.

She'd jumped out of bed, tucked Blake's sheet around her, and stumbled into her room. She'd picked up her clothes from the floor and the closet and jammed them into her suitcase. There was no room for her books so she'd left them on the desk. Within an hour, she'd thrown the sheet off, showered, and called a taxi to get her to the bus station. At a loss for words, she hadn't even left him a note.


(Continues...)

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Meet the Author

Annie Seaton lives on the beautiful east coast of Australia, where she loves sitting in her writing chair, gazing at the ocean and writing romance. She is a true romantic at heart and loves a happy ending. Annie lives with her husband, and "Bob" the dog and her two white cats, in a house next to the beach in a small coastal town in New South Wales. Their two children are grown and married and she loves spending time gardening, walking on the beach and spoiling her two grandchildren.

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Tangling with the CEO: A Half Moon Bay Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Lynn53 More than 1 year ago
Another Great Book by Annie Seaton I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way. Anastasia Delaney is one of three women who love to restore things. Blake Buchanan has a business meeting with Ana. They also share a past history together. And then a family emergency adds some spice into the mix. And that is the moment that Annie had me hooked. Our author knows just the right combination to create her scene-stealers and they’ll have you smiling too – and maybe a chuckle or two. I can almost imagine what Ana is feeling – this shows what a good author Annie is. She knows how to engage her readers so that they feel as if they are a part of the scenes. You can feel her happiness and her disappointment. Ana is the perfect woman for a stuffed-shirt businessman like Blake. She can put him in his place and he’s not too old that he can learn to change his ways. By adding in a niece and some nephews was a perfect way to change Blake’s attitude. This is another great book from Annie and if you’ve never read her work, why not start with this one.
SandyJP More than 1 year ago
Sigh. That's how I feel after reading Annie Seaton's "Tangling with the CEO". Anastasia is a hard working woman with a strong sense of community responsibility and lofty ideals, and comes head to head with Blake, the profit making driven CEO of a company that can turn her world upside down. They first met in College, and after years apart find themselves dealing with each other in their professional lives.What I love about this story is that neither character is perfect, they don't just swoon into each others arms. Life just gets in the way sometimes, and that can be a good thing. I really enjoyed this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too preditible for me. Didn't even finish reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An EXCELLENT can’t put down read from page one! Family, friends, pets and humor all interweave to make for a heartwarming story.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
Blake and Ana had slept together once, ten years ago, before Ana had to leave abruptly to go and care for her dying mother.  Who knew they would meet again 10 years later.  Blake as the CEO that's buying the company that Ana works for.  Will she be able to convince him that keeping her home renovation department open is good for the community or will the profit margin be more important to the CEO? This book was a fun and light hearted weekend read.  The relationship between Blake and Ana was well written with some true-to-life problems.  I loved the addition of Blake's nieces and nephews.  They definitely brought a real life feel to this story.  Annie Seaton writes some amazing contemporary romance and I look forward to reading more from the Half Moon Bay series.
chicagogirl21 More than 1 year ago
What a very sweet contemporary romance !! I am really enjoying this Author's style and books. Annie Seaton was a new author for me, and after reading one of her books, I went back and bought 4 more. This is a veyr easy read loaded with romance, humor and drama. Give this book a try - I think you will really like what you read!
cutiephinphin More than 1 year ago
This is my first read by Annie Seaton and I absolutely enjoyed it. For once, I read about a woman who isn't just going all out and looking pretty. Instead she is in her dusty overalls and dirty fingernails and in love with a man who sees her for herself. I love that they have a second chance with those strong feelings they had for each other years ago and there was build up in their relationship. I love Blake's nephews too and how they brought the other side of Blake which Ana wouldn't have seen.  Definitely sweet and heartwarming to see two persons with different personalities and values come together. Blake, a businessman who is all about dollars & cents and Ana, who is also a businessman but compassionate and giving. I swoon at the part when Blake climbed up the roof of Aldo's house. Can't wait to read the rest of this series, hoping for at least a trilogy if not more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I read a book by a new to me author I'm hoping for the feels. Some reason to go back for more. Annie Seaton certainly provides the feels in this wonderful reunion story. Anastasia Delaney and Blake Buchanan were college roommates. They were opposites with an undeniable attraction. When they gave in to that attraction and Ana left giving no explanation, she wasn't expecting to need his help years later. Those differences are still there. Ana is still feisty and impetuous and Blake likes his life ordered and chaos free. When chaos finds him in the form of adorable children, complete with pets, Blake and Ana quickly realise that they need each other! Annie Seaton's characterization is perfect. You root for Blake and Ana throughout as their relationship is so captivating. Ana's friend's add the humour and the interaction with the children is heart tugging. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author tangles not only with the CEO, but with children, animals and emotional drama and draws it together to form one sweet, heart warming package. More Annie Seaton please! *ARC provided in return for an honest review*
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
(really, 3 1/2 stars) This was an enjoyable read, and a promising start to a new series. I like that the Bliss line is one I can share with my 14-year-old without having to worry about her learning too much too soon :) What I liked about this book:  - The premise of the novel--I love the hero/heroine with a past, especially when that past involved a mystery/misunderstanding - Blake's niece and nephews (and their dog)--what a fun group! They made for a nice ice-breaker to ease Blake and Ana into a relationship again - The elderly people of Nebitton--I can see them contributing a lot to future novels in the series - The setting. A nice blend of San Francisco and small-town California, neither of which I've been to, but they sure sound like fun - Very sweet ending :) Things that made me go hmmmmmmmm: - Conflict felt a bit contrived at times--the hero and heroine (heroine especially) seemed to go out of their way to manufacture and/or extend their difficulties. Ana's refusal to listen to Blake toward the end really rubbed me the wrong way - Does anyone in the US call a yard a "garden"? I've noticed this a few times lately, but it's always been non-US writers doing it...it's not a huge deal, obviously, but it still gives me pause. I'm always picturing the characters actually in a garden; in this book I was hoping the twins weren't going to trample any tomato plants as they ran around... ;) Overall this was an enjoyable read in a series I'm hoping to read more of in the future. Georgie and Sienna definitely need their own HEAs. Hopefully Jack will feature in there as well.... I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Anastasia Delaney and Blake Buchanan have known each other since they were room mates in college. They have different business philosophies. They didn't agree then and they don't agree now. They lost contact when Ana left school after her mother was diagnosed with cancer. Now Blake is involved in the takeover of the hardware store where Ana and her two best friends run a restoration department. She goes to see him about his plans, but he has a family emergency. Now Ana is helping him take care of 5 children, a dog, 2 kittens and a fish. Their closeness makes Ana and Blake realize that the attraction is still there. Can they rekindle the spark? This story is a tender, heartwarming romance. All of the characters tug at your heartstrings and give you a warm, fuzzy feeling. The banter between Ana and Blake makes you laugh. All 5 of the children are adorable. This is a feel good story. Annie Seaton writes with style and humor. I love Tangling with the CEO. It's a keeper.
cjlps231 More than 1 year ago
How often our actions in the past determine our future, well in this charmingly written story of Anastasia or Ana to her friends, and Blake, we see how this can happen, ten years ago they knew each other and then Ana had to suddenly leave no time for explanations, now she appears again and Blake is affected as he was ten years ago. But they have to work through misunderstandings, conflicting viewpoints and of course having five children suddenly thrown upon them. This is a delightful and sweet story that will charm you with its characters not only Ana and Blake but every single person we meet is finely drawn and by the end of the story you feel that you have many new friends. There is of course a HEA which I personally like. I received a free copy as a gift 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anastasia and Blake meet in college. She had to leave to take care of her mother. So ten years later she shows up on his door step. His sister shows up leaves the 5 kides with him and she helps him out for a couple of days. But not get a chance to tell him way she was there. They are going to take her job away and she wanted to see if she could try and keep it. Very good book. I enjoyed very much.
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
I do love a good story that centers around California, after all it's my home state. I do love when I find things that pertain to California and know that you can't really find them anywhere, but there. For instance in the story, you have Olallieberries. Honestly, like the heroine in the story, I'm not a big fan of the berries. For those who don't know what they are, they are they kind of look like a blackberry, but they have a different taste. Anyway, I should really talk about Tangling with the CEO by Annie Seaton. We have Blake Buchanan and Anastasia Delaney (Ana) who knew each back in college. Both of them had the hots for one another, but too afraid to act on the feelings. Blake was the landlord and Ana the tenant, and if they had come together it would complicate the landlord/tenant relationship. Well, they finally have a night together, but the next day Ana was gone. So, for 10 years Blake had thought he crossed the line and scared Ana away. While that was further than the truth, but Ana didn't leave any note to let him know. Now Blake and Ana are going to meet again after all these years and Ana will try to convince Blake to keep her department when his company takes over the store she works at. Oh dear, and their past might jeopardize Ana's job.  These two were a lot of fun to read. Both of them had different ideology towards business, which can complicate any situation. While Ana is more about finding what is best for the community than big business, she tends to sacrifice herself for others. While Blake will do things that will benefit the company. However, when he goes out to California and learns about the area the corporation wants to takeover, he realizes that it's not always about business. At the same time he would like to try again with Ana, because he feels that there is something there.  The joys of butting heads and trying to find love at the same. As I said that these two characters were fun to read. The chemistry between them didn't die all those years ago, now the challenge is to meet eye to eye. Both of them can be pretty stubborn. So, if you are looking for a fun clean read, you might try Tangling with the CEO. Copy provided by publisher
PrincessFiona More than 1 year ago
3 1/2 Stars - This is the first of the Entangled Bliss line for me. I didn't quite realise until I arrived at the end and realised we never entered the bedroom except to get changed and put on perfume. This is a sweet story with a vague reunion flavour. Ten years ago Ana and Blake had a moment when they shared a house while she was in college. She left immediately to look after her ill mother and they lost touch. Now Blake is back and he has the hardware store in Nebbiton: Half Moon Bay, in his sights for his employer who has a large chain of generic Home and Hardware stores across the U.S. Like they did ten years ago, Ana and Blake immediately struck sparks off each other and not just the physical kind. Ana is a community minded handywoman with a messy, hippy vibe while Blake is all about the corporate and everything neat and tidy. Of course the best thing about opposites attracting is how much they learn from each other and this happens with Ana and Blake as he learns about her community and she struggles with the reality of trying to make a business profitable. The extended cast of characters are sweet and quirky in equal measure. Blake has nieces and nephews and Ana has two BFFs and a town full of old friends and neighbours. Overall this was an enjoyable read with plenty to keep you interested to the very end.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this pop up on NetGalley, I was really excited to read this! I love the idea of falling in love with a sexy CEO! With that in mind, while I really liked the idea behind Tangling with the CEO, the novel fell a little short for me. I don't know if it's because I don't read a whole lot of adult romances or what, but they seem to lack some of the steam and angst I crave from new adult. The storyline was sweet and I liked Ana and Blake for the most part, but this wasn't one that really left a lasting impression. Ana and Blake were once roommates in college and after one sexy night and the promise of great things to come, Ana up and walked out of Blake's life without a trace. She has her reasons for doing so, though I felt she should have at least explained to the guy the situation at hand instead of just walking away from the greatest night of your life. Blake is hurt by this, and while he has never forgotten Ana, he has moved on to be very successful at his job. These two are thrown back together after years of separation and you can tell there is definitely still attraction between them. However, both Blake and Ana are really frustrating when it comes to working things out. They are horrible at communicating with one another and feelings get hurt on more than one occasion due to this. I appreciate that Ana is a strong, independent woman and she cares greatly about her small business. She doesn't want Blake to come in and take over a good service they provide to locals- she wants to prove to him that there is a lot of good going on in their small town. Blake's position definitely alters upon visiting Half Moon Bay and I'm glad he made the business decisions he did. I did like Blake's nieces and nephews. They definitely livened up the story and it was really sweet to see him interact and worry over them. Overall, while this was a cute read, it just didn't do much for me. I liked Blake and Ana, but I didn't feel invested in them. They were just kind of there in the story and I could have used more development. I also felt the writing style was a bit simplistic at times and just didn't flow quite as fluidly as I would have liked. However, a lot of others really enjoyed this one- so don't let me deter you from checking this one out just because it didn't really work for me.
AMANDA_BRAT69 More than 1 year ago
loved this book!! I love everything about it. I so hope we get to see more of the characters in the future
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
A Sweet Romantic Read! Blake Buchanan ran a boarding house during his college days. One of his boarders and fellow college students was Anastasia Delaney. He never understood why Ana disappeared suddenly and without leaving an explanation years ago after they'd enjoyed one night of bliss together. He has moved on to being a CEO of a large chain of Home Improvement stores but he has never forgotten Ana. After losing her Mom, Ana has found her niche in life working for a small home improvement store as part of a close knit 3-women construction crew in a small town. When the crew learns that a large chain will be taking over their store and that they will lose their jobs in the takeover, Ana takes on the task of appealing their case with the new owner and runs headlong into a slew of complications. A Sweet Romantic Read! 3.75 Stars!
mariacstanowhite More than 1 year ago
Blake and Anastasia get together again under different circumstances and after many years of separation. After much to and fro, some perseverance and great lines, love of course conquers all. What a brilliant book and storyline. I just love Annie Seaton's book and this one definitely does not disappoint, a highly recommended read.
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Heather_Anne11 More than 1 year ago
Happy release day Annie Seaton!  Tangling with the CEO immediately thrusts you into the very different lives of Ana and Blake. After 10 years of unanswered questions and no contact, these two are brought back together when their work lives collide. Even though it’s been a decade since these two have seen each other, their chemistry is stronger than ever, making it difficult for them to speak to one another without feeling the love they have for one another. In this wonderfully, romantic story, love for family and community is seen throughout the lives that Ana and Blake live. They have their differences, their arguments, but more importantly, they have their love for each other and their families and community. I admire both characters and their willingness to set aside their differences to help one another. This book just goes to show that love conquers all. This is my first book by Annie Seaton and it won’t be my last. I love how realistic her characters are and they really pull the reader into their lives with the turn of each page.
busymama49 More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading this and I loved it! This is a great story to read on a blustery day with a great ending. I love Annie Seaton's writing style. It is easy to read with enough details to paint a mental picture but not cumbersome with unnecessary details. Her characters are very real and her story line is always fun. Glad I read this book.
DJTP More than 1 year ago
A Excellent and heartwarming story.  Loved the characters and dialogue.  I would totally recommend this book and author to everyone who enjoys a great romance story.  I'm looking forward to reading more book by Anne Seaton.  
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Blake and Ana. College roommates who fast forward 10 years. They could not see eye to eye then and still can not, and now he might even be her boss. This book is about a second chance of love. Loved both of their love for family. Highly recommend this book.
psee More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars In Tangling with the CEO, Blake Buchanan and Anastasia Delaney get the opportunity to reconnect after 10 years. The problem, 10 years ago Ana left without word to Blake, and now, without even knowing it, Blake will be taking over the little hometown hardware store Ana runs her restoration business from. Despite their differences in opinion regarding business practices, a connection had always been simmering between them and it is fun to see how they reconnect. This book was such a fun, quick read. I always enjoy stories about second chances at love. Both characters in this book are so likeable. Ana, with her kindhearted nature and loyalty to those she cares for, is easy to cheer for. And Blake, well his good looks could be enough to make a girl swoon, but it was the care for his family that will truly warm you to him. An unexpected highlight of this book is the supporting cast. Ana's childhood friends are supportive and funny. The local townspeople are just delightful. But what I totally loved is the detail with which Seaton describes Blake's nephews and niece. You really get a feel for their personalities and you won't be able to help yourself from falling in love with that little crew. Tangling with the CEO is a sweet story that you can easily finish in one night. It will give you that warm, fuzzy feeling you just need sometimes. I read this book thinking of it as a stand alone novel, but I am wondering if Seaton is going to continue this as a Half Moon Bay series. If so, it would definitely go on my TBR list. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. It is a sweet and gentle story of a small town charitable woman and the man she last saw 10 years ago in college. He's a high powered business exec who is trying to bring big business to her beloved town. Though they are vastly different sparks fly. This story is funny and touching and it's a great read I recommend to everyone.