The Sweetest Deal [NOOK Book]


An impossible demand...

Max Jernigan is ready to close the most important business deal of his life—all he has to do is agree to one request from Grayson Crowell: impregnate the mogul's daughter.

No way can Max do this. He's a decent guy. But he would love a child. He just doesn't want a wife.

An impossible man...

C.C. Crowell gave up on dreams of a family after Mr. ...

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An impossible demand...

Max Jernigan is ready to close the most important business deal of his life—all he has to do is agree to one request from Grayson Crowell: impregnate the mogul's daughter.

No way can Max do this. He's a decent guy. But he would love a child. He just doesn't want a wife.

An impossible man...

C.C. Crowell gave up on dreams of a family after Mr. Worse-Than-Wrong broke her heart. Hiding behind spreadsheets, boring suits and an icy attitude, she's more than a little suspicious when arrogant, handsome Max is suddenly chasing her. But she can't deny their chemistry. Until she learns about the deal and plans to pay Max back in kind....

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426897146
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2013
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Sales rank: 127,202
  • File size: 398 KB

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"You want me to seduce your daughter?" Max Jerrnigan stared at the silver-haired business mogul seated across the desk as if he'd just asked Max to vault from the twenty-story building and land on his head.

"That's a rather crass way of putting it, don't you think, Max?"

"No, I don't. I think saying, 'I want you to give my daughter a baby,' is crass." Surely the man couldn't be serious. No father would make such a request. Max was here to negotiate a business deal involving large chunks of land, not bodily fluids, especially his own.

"Don't look so shocked. I doubt this is the first time someone's asked you to give them a baby."

Max rubbed the back of his neck, wanting to squash this conversation before Grayson Crowell started asking for the names of old girlfriends. Talk of babies made him sick to his stomach.


"Look, Grayson, I'm not going to continue this conversation."

"Hmph. You're put off because I speak my mind? That's part of business, Max. Saying what's really on your mind, the stuff most people shy away from because it makes them uncomfortable. But that's what makes me stand out from every other developer on the coast. How do you think I've amassed all of this?" He pointed to the construction maps and architect models. "You think I waited until the opposition thought of a better plan, or the customer decided they might want to sell me their land? No, my boy; I created the need."

"And you're trying to create the need in me to impregnate your daughter. Sorry, that just isn't a burning need in me right now. I don't even know your daughter." What was her name anyway? Charlotte? Cynthia?

"That's irrelevant. If you agree, you'll know her soon enough."

He was serious. "You're talking about knowing her in the biblical sense, right?" Max pushed back his chair and stood. How had he gotten into this conversation in the first place? "No thanks."

Grayson Crowell remained silent. The man had a reputation as a shrewd businessman who'd taken risks when others wouldn't, which resulted in enormous tracts of undeveloped, prime real estate dotting the country. One of which Max wanted. Badly.

But to barter land for a baby? Didn't the daughter have a say in any of this? Or was she just a pawn in her father's bizarre plan to become a grandparent?

"I've been thinking about your most recent proposal," Grayson said, cutting into Max's growing outrage. "It's a brilliant idea."

What, no more talk of impregnation and babies? This was too easy. Max braced for another "baby" onslaught. "It has enormous potential," he said, trying to read the mega developer's expression. "Rhyder and I are very excited."

"As you should be." Grayson rubbed his jaw and nodded. "All you need is the land and a few strategically placed investors, and you could go nationwide."

Yes, that's exactly what they needed and where Grayson's company came in. "Then you see the merits of the project?"

"Indeed. Building nature and community-friendly office parks would have a twofold benefit: provide a serene environment for the employees and keep the wildlife advocates happy." A wide smile spread across his tanned face. "Employees can follow the nature trail during lunch while ducks waddle after them toward a peaceful pond. Everybody wins. Excellent strategy."

Good, still no talk of babies. "It was my dad's dream. When he died, I vowed to make it a reality." Close, he was so close. Max could picture the dedication speech now.

"I applaud your desire to achieve your dream."

Something in the way he said it made Max nervous.

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  • Posted October 26, 2010

    Cute Read

    First test in a prospective mate: Voluntarily eat three huge Triple Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies.

    Max Jernigan passes C.C. Cowell's first test, but fails her second. He works in real estate so she stands him up. In the meantime Max, desperate to land the backing of C.C.'s father Grayson, agrees to Grayson's final contract term: get his daughter Catherine pregnant. Needless to say, Max is shocked to find out C.C. is Catherine.

    C.C. and Max connect from the moment they meet. They have a real chemistry. Sadly C.C. has been burned in a past relationship so she's slow to trust. Max slowly breaks down C.C.'s walls, and in doing so falls in love with her. At the twist when Max decides he wants more than a fling and when C.C. finds out about Max and her father's deal she strikes back. So this leaves the supporting characters, C.C.'s best friend, Roxie and Max's analytical business partner, Rhyder as unlikely matchmakers.

    C.C. is a very complex character. She's smart, serious, a little zany, and afraid to trust. She's erected barriers all around her to prevent anyone getting too close to her. Her cookie test is her first barrier. Even her friend Roxie thinks the cookie test is ridiculous. As Max tells her, "You're like two different people. There's C.C. who's all soft and sexy and somebody I wanted to get to know better and then there's Catherine, who I would be happy not to run into again for another thirty years." Sometimes the two sides of Catherine didn't gel for me. And I didn't understand what she did at the twist. It just didn't seem like who she was.

    Max is a strong character who has a tragedy in his past. He's working toward his dream and is handed a horrible ultimatum. Although he pursues C.C., it becomes obvious it's not part of the deal. I was charmed by how he tried to protect C.C. and I truly believed he loved her.

    Beyond the hero and heroine, Ms. Campisi created a very rich supporting cast. There's C.C.'s best friend Roxie who is intriguingly wonderful. I really do hope for a sequel about her and whoever she winds up with. There's Max's business partner Rhyder who is analytical to the extreme. I had to grin when he sent spreadsheets to Max on how to accomplish the ultimatum. Then there's C.C.'s father. I think Ms. Campisi was going for a loving and meddling Dad, but some lines shouldn't be crossed. I was rather shocked at how easily C.C. forgave her father, but made Max suffer. It just didn't add up.

    The romance between C.C. and Max is beautiful and palpable. Their love scenes are tender and hot, but do cut away before consummation. The ultimatum sometimes felt like a barrier to their romance. I think it was too strong. I think if C.C.'s father maybe offered a different ultimatum involving his daughter it could have worked better. Maybe get my daughter to fall in love again, and even say it could be with a different guy. It could have been fun to watch Max fight fixing her up verses falling in love with her.

    If you're looking for a charming romance with rich supporting characters, The Sweetest Deal is for you.

    Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Great book...

    I love this book with the character development. Could not put it down. Gotta love s sweet romance.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Loved it!

    Loved it! A really fun book. The characters were great the storyline fun. CC

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    Loved it

    Really enjoyed this book!

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