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Acquisition by Chelle Bliss

A ONE-NIGHT STAND with a handsome stranger wasn't a problem—until he tries to STEAL her company.

Ambitious, high-powered CEO Lauren Bradley is one press release away from catapulting her company to new heights.

Rival CEO, Antonio Forte is arrogant, controlling, and sexy.

She should know, since Antonio's a one-night stand she thought she'd never see again.

Antonio wants to takeover more than her company, he wants her as part of the Acquisition.

Let the games begin...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635761061
Publisher: EverAfter Romance
Publication date: 10/24/2017
Series: Takeover Duet , #1
Pages: 390
Sales rank: 293,182
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Chelle Bliss currently lives in a small town near the Gulf of Mexico. She's a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, and coffee fiend. She's written over ten books and has two series available. She loves spending her free time with her boyfriend, 2 cats, and her hamster.

Before becoming a writer, Chelle taught high school history for over ten years. She holds a master's degree in Instructional Technology and a bachelor's in History. Although history is her first love, writing has become her dream job and she can't imagine doing anything else.

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Acquisition 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL 12 months ago
5 star Review Acquisition (Takeover Duet #1) by Chelle Bliss Be prepared this ends in a monumental cliff hanger......but, Chelle Bliss has already announced that the conclusion will release in late November. This is one of my favourite reads of 2017 and one I highly recommend.  What happens when a one night stand, you never expect to meet again, turns out to be the CEO of a company determined to takeover the company you have given your all for?  This is the predicament Intersteller Corp CEO Lauren Bradley finds herself in when uber Alpha Antonio Forte turns out to be the CEO of the rival company, Cozza Industries trying to force through a hostile takeover.  Both are shocked to learn the others true identity but Lauren is determined to keep her company, particularly as a major breakthrough has just been achieved.  On the other hand, Antonio sees no reason why they cannot separate business and pleasure. He is used to getting what he wants and he wants not only the company but Lauren too.  What transpires is a story so well written that I was on the edge of my seat, totally riveted from start to finish. Antonio and Lauren are both strong, decisive leaders and a perfect partner for each other. All is not as it seems though as there is a mole at Intersteller Corp who is determined to bring both Lauren and the company down.  The secondary characters, such as Lauren's best friend Tara were entertaining.  Acquisition has it all; great chemistry, sizzling attraction, suspense, drama and intrigue.  I have read several books by Chelle Bliss and I have to say that this may well be her best book to date. If I could have given 10 stars I would.  I cannot wait to see where Ms. Bliss takes us when Merger releases in November.
JWright57 12 months ago
Wow what a great start to a duet, Chelle Bliss has once again blown me away with her new 2 part series. I loved the characters especially Lauren Bradley who happens to hold a position that in most books is held by a man. Lauren Bradley CEO of Intersteller Corp , a company who are on the brink of releasing a jet engine that doesn’t use fuel as we know it. A bad day at the office sends Lauren to a local hotel bar where she has a few drinks, one drink leads to another and then a night of passion with a stranger. Antonio Forte is CEO of Cozza who are mounting a hostile takeover of Intersteller Corp...... A change meeting between two powerful CEO’s both determined to win, intrigue, a story that flows and some seriously hot scenes make this book a perfect read. I was hooked was the first chapter and I read it in one sitting, yes it ends on a cliffhanger but I understand we won’t be waiting too long for book two. Chelle Bliss has shown us just how diverse and talented she really is, great job great read.
Anonymous 2 days ago
Sizzling book!!! Couldn't put it down!!!! Absolutely loved this book!!!! Need more!!!! Hooked!!
WLRagan 10 days ago
This was a reread of Acquisition by Chelle Bliss for me. But it was my introduction to her work when I read it originally. It didn't occur to me to review books previously so I am trying to rectify this for some of my favorite books and authors. I loved this book. The story line keeps you involved and it moves quickly. It does leave you with a cliff hanger so be prepared to jump right into the next book. Love that one of the main characters is a very strong, intelligent woman who is CEO of a major corporation. Highly recommend.
Anonymous 10 months ago
The author is up front about book 2. Great story!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Getting really tired of incomplete books. Refuse to buy the next one.
Lisa04 12 months ago
The battle of the CEO's! Lauren Bradley's company is facing a hostile takeover. On the verge of making history with their newest engine design, Interstellar Corp is ready to battle for their independence. Antonio Forte and his company, Cozza International, are looking to use insider information to swoop in and take over Interstellar in an attempt to stay #1 in the industry. Looking to unwind after catching wind of a potential takeover, Lauren heads to the bar for a martini (or three). While getting her martini on, she meets a tall, dark, and handsome stranger. They bond over drinks, and then Lauren's martinis aren't the only things gettin' dirty. *wink wink* Fast forward to the morning after, when the heads of Cozza show up at the Interstellar offices, and low and behold, Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome is actually Mr. I Want to Steal Your Company. Ruh roh. Battle lines are drawn. Lauren isn't interested in anything Antonio has to say. She is bound and determined to save her company, but Antonio has other interests. Namely, spending a whole lot more time with Lauren, preferably outside a boardroom. And Antonio, the stubborn Italian that he is, isn't about to take no for an answer. The first half of Lauren and Antonio's story is sexy, with some sweet and swoony moments, and an unexpected suspense element at the end. The hostile takeover has shifted into a potential merger of Interstellar Corp and Cozza International, and Lauren and Antonio are facing the possibility of a future together as both lovers and business partners. Get ready for Merger -- the follow-up to this sexy enemies-to-lovers romance.
DebraSchwartz1971 12 months ago
Lauren Bradley is the CEO of Interstellar Corp, second only to Cozza Industries in the production of aerospace technology. Just as her company is about to announce a huge breakthrough, she finds out that Cozza is about to launch a hostile takeover. Antonio Forte, CEO of Cozza Industries meets Lauren in a bar at the hotel he is staying at. She just wants a drink to unwind but when Antonio flirts with her she decides to play along. He tells her his name is Lou and he is a pilot; she says her name is Elizabeth and she is an executive assistant. After a night together, she shows up to work and they discover who they really spent the night with; Lauren is sure he will ruin her but he keeps their secret, while secretly flirting with her. Lauren is very uptight, but it was easy to see how the pressure of her job affected her. Antonio is aggressive as a CEO but has a balance in this life. It kept the story interesting to watch these two struggle with their relationship. Acquisition is the first book in the Takeover Duet, with the second book coming out in late November. It does end with a cliffhanger, but the author is publishing these two books close enough together that it just adds to the anticipation of how the story will conclude. This book is my favorite book of hers to date.
wifetoalineman02 12 months ago
Business rivals should be like this There is no doubt in my mind that if I read Ms. Chelle Bliss' book and it must be good. This author whom I met in person six months ago seems surreal. Talking to her in person makes me even adore her as a bookworm fan. Acquisition is one intense book of her to read. Lauren is so feisty, strong, independent and bloodily gorgeous. Business rivals should be like this. Antonio is her evil twin but deviously delicious rival. I loved the setting especially the beach. This tropical born woman is drooling while reading that specific chapter. Both Lauren and Antonio are deadly business rivals but their chemistry is sizzling hot like a 100 Fahrenheit degrees weather. This book is oh so good to read. It is powerful, intense, funny, hotness overload but above all suspense. I cannot wait to read the second book. I am looking forward for more of the real Lauren and Antonio.
Momscookingthebooks 12 months ago
Wow! This book had me captivated from the start! This author out did herself this time! Absolutely rocked it! Acquisition is book one in this enemies to lover’s duet. Aerospace industries competitors #1 Cozzo Industries CEO Antonio Forte vs #2 Interstellar CEO Lauren Bradley. Both are smart, sexy and competitive. A chance encounter turns into a sexy thriller that has a terrific plot, twists and turns that have you on the edge of your seat, and sexual tension that is off the charts! There is mystery and suspense, secrets and treachery! I don’t want to give away any more because I want the reader to go in and enjoy this exciting new duet. Yes, it ends in a cliffhanger, but the second book will be out in November, so the wait will be short. I can’t wait! If you love romantic suspense, get this sexy thriller, you won’t regret the thrill ride!
Krystyn Katsibubas 12 months ago
Yet another fantastic book by Chelle Bliss! I dont know how she does it, but she has a way of dragging you in and leaves you wanting more, and more, and MORE! I can't wait to read the next book in this hot duet!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved every book that Chelle has written, but I believe this may be my favorite series yet. I love all of the characters and the story line is amazing. Can't wait for Merger to see what happens next.
Aqlovestoread More than 1 year ago
This is a very interesting book. Lauren and Antonio are ceos of rival companies. When they initially meet they don't know who each other is and they have an amazing attraction to each other. The problems begin when they realize they are rivals. The romance is fun. There is a cliffhanger. I can't wait until the next book Merger is released. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
MelissaB More than 1 year ago
Oh my.... what did I just read?? I'm stunned and trying to figure out my words for this review and coming up empty handed. It's sometimes difficult to put into words how much you love a book and I LOVED this book!!! Chelle is an amazing author and I have read pretty much everything she's written and she definitely nailed it with Acquisition. I was intrigued and captivated by the characters and story from the beginning till the end. Lauren is a strong, sassy, smart, hardworking CEO in a male dominated world and Antonio is the sexy, arrogant, devilish man wanting to take more than just Lauren's business... he wants her too. This is a definite MUST read!
VidaB More than 1 year ago
I read this in mere hours it was that good......Too say this book was nothing that I anticipated is beyond words. This book blew me away from the first page until the last you're sitting on pins and needles trying to figure out what till happen next. Both trying to figure out what's next for their respective companies leads Antonio and Lauren down a path that neither anticipated. The outcome is truly any one's guess. Both seeking solace in a unnamed person not realizing that life's choices has a way of catching up with you. I love everything about this and can't wait to see the epic conclusion to what will be an devastating finish. This is the type of book that you won't want skip any words on everything is that important and Chelle made sure we knew about it. I for one can wait to get the next book it will for sure be worth its wait in all the ways that count.
DannyJeffbooks More than 1 year ago
I have to say that it took a couple of chapters for me to get into this book, but after that I was fully invested in this story. It particularly took off when Lauren and Antonio meet and their chemistry is clear from the get go which results in some fabulously hot and sexy scenes. What I loved most about this book is the mystery element and it kept my mind ticking all the way through wondering how everything was going to turn out. This book had plenty of twists and action and I'm excited for the conclusion. 3.5 stars I was provided with a copy of this book from the Publisher; there was no inducement or obligation.
JennaStrick More than 1 year ago
Oh this book was sooo terrific!!! I couldn't put it down!! I really liked both characters but I really love a strong female character and Lauren is totally all that and more! This book was sexy and kept me on my toes and continuously reading. That ending though.....eekk I need more!!
JaiDem More than 1 year ago
This is a two-part story and it does end in a cliffhanger, but it is completely worth the wait. I really enjoyed this story. The characters are well-written and interesting. I love how much Lauren does to stay connected to the memory of her father. Lauren is a good leader as the CEO of her company. She strives to make them the best and has the best in the business around her, even when she doesn't like them. She works with her ex who doesn't respect her or accept boundaries, but he is the best scientist in the business and about to put their company in the lead for private travel to space. After a stressful day she decides to have a drink at her favorite bar and runs into a great looking stranger that is in town for business. Maybe a night of connection will be a good distraction. Antonio is the CEO of the leading company in his field. He is getting ready to do a hostile takeover of the second best company. He has a drink at his hotel the night before merger meetings. How could one night come with so many complications? I have to be honest, I'm not currently the biggest fan of Antonio. He puts business first even when he says that he wants Lauren. I do appreciate the fact that he does trust her and does whatever he can to help her in other areas towards the end of this book. I like the storyline and how things are shaping up. I can't wait for MERGER to come out in November. You should definitely give this book and duet a try.
CousinMaura More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh!!! This book was fantastic from beginning to end. Lauren is a kick a$$ CEO of Interstellar and has worked hard to get to where she is. She is strong and determined and respected. Antonio is the CEO of the #1 company in it's field and wants to acquire Lauren's company. He is handsome, rich and sought after by women who want him for all the wrong reasons. This book is cosi caldo!!! The characters are developed very quickly and we are kept guessing as to who is behind corporate espionage. Told in a dual point of view, we get to see inside both H and h. I devoured this book in one sitting and can't wait for book two in the duet to find out what happens next. I absolutely recommend this book.
Bouscher99 More than 1 year ago
I don't typically care for books that center around business...too similar to real life and I read to escape however this one is different and I loved it! While they are both CEO's, it's not the day to day mundane business dealings that we experience. They're enemies and he's trying to destroy her dream! Lauren and Antonio have amazing chemistry and the author nailed by giving us all the feels to experience it as well as read it. I loved the weekend getaway. It made me love Antonio even more and really shows how well they mesh. Two sharks in the boardroom, both very dominant but perfect for each other. We're left with a rather unexpected cliffhanger that definitely leaves you wanting more, and not just to see if Lauren and Antonio can make things work between them. Thankfully the answers are only a couple weeks away! Well worth the read!
Racycarr More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this book I was wondering if I was going to like it. But as I started getting into the story I started getting pulled in and could not put it down. The story just keep getting more interesting as I read it. Now that the book is over I screaming saying I need book 2. Lauren Bradley was this amazing strong woman. She was CEO of Interstellar Corp. They were the second company in aerospace Technology but like all business it was a cut throat business. I love how we got a small glimpse of what she was like with her father and got to see her reasoning to be so power hungry. Trent I did not like in book. He was Lauren’s ex that could not understand that the relationship was over. I did love Tara who was Lauren’s best friend. She was super funny. I also loved Josh who was Lauren’s VP. He truly was a great guy and seemed very loyal to her and the company. I also loved Cassie who was Lauren’s assistant. She was a good friend to Lauren and I believe wanted to see Lauren happy. Antonio Forte was this amazing hot guy who was also the CEO of Cozza who was also the company trying to do a takeover of Interstellar. The problem was the company he wanted to take over was also the one that the one woman in it that turned his world upside down. The one thing I liked about Antonio was even though he was power hunger and an amazing business man he was also a man that knew he needed not to let his business define who he was.He believed in living. He truly was an amazing guy. I loved Lauren and Antonio’s first meet. It was very interesting and will later be very shocking to the other. Of course things will get very hot and heavy between these two and it seems like there is this amazing chemistry between these two. It is like fate is screaming for them two to be together. At ever corner it seem like they are running into each other. I like that there is some danger in this book. Yeah someone will not know how much danger they are in until it is to late. I saw it coming as I started reading and was screaming at this person to watch out. This truly was a great book and glad I got a chance to read this book. Trust me when I say Chelle Bliss does not disappoint.
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
Chelle Bliss never ceases to wow me with her original storylines! This first book in the Takeover Duet, grabbed hold of me from the first page and never let go! I loved it!! Lauren is the CEO of a successful aerospace company, Interstellar. It hasn’t been easy for her in this industry dominated by men. She is as beautiful as she is brilliant. She has lived and breathed this business for many years only focusing on the success of her company. And now on the heels of an incredible breakthrough, Cozza, the largest company in the business, is positioning for a takeover of her company, or trying to anyway. One night in desperate need of a martini, she stops at a hotel bar and using a false name ends up hooking up with a very sexy stranger. They have instant chemistry and have a hot, steamy and amazing night together. Imagine her surprise when her stranger turns out to be the head of the company planning the takeover. Antonio doesn’t just want Lauren’s company, he wants her. Then he seems to want her more than he wants her company. This book ends on a cliffhanger that I did not see coming! Merger is the conclusion to this duet and I can’t wait to find out what happens! I look forward to seeing what happens with Lauren & Antonio and with Interstellar and Cozza!
Rinsky13 More than 1 year ago
Holy holy wow. I'm on such a high from this book, but also holding my breath to see what happens next. This story starts out one way, with a strong, powerful woman going toe to toe (and then some ;) ) with a strong and powerful man. A man who, by the way, could get me to do anything he wanted. I'm just saying. Antonio is tall, dark, handsome, powerful & epic in all ways. And Lauren, well she's my hero. Strength and power in her own right, it's so awesome to read of a woman who can take on anyone, and surpass them. And please, the hotness factor is off the charts. And then you hit the end, and my heart was racing and my breath was gone and it felt like the world stopped. It was that intense!! I LOVED this book. I am counting the days until the next one is in my grabby hands!!!
MomLovesToRead More than 1 year ago
An amazing read that I devoured in hours. Hooks you from the get go and leaves you wanting for more! Sexy, flirty, steamy with suspense and a twist. Highly recommend this read!
RHolub More than 1 year ago
OH MY GOODNESS!!!! WOW!!! First of all, this is part one of a duet!!!! But don't worry, part two is coming very soon!!! This book/duet is going to keep you on the edge of your seat wondering just what twist Chelle Bliss can come up with next!!! It is a mystery wrapped in an enigma surrounded by a beautiful love story!!! The relationship between Lauren and Antonio is explosive from the very beginning (before they even know who each other really is). And once Antonio turns out to be Lauren's biggest rival, things get really interesting. But Antonio isn't willing to give up what he felt before business got in the way. And the story just gets better from there! I CAN NOT WAIT FOR MERGER!!!!