An Accidental Date with a Billionaire

An Accidental Date with a Billionaire

by Diane Alberts

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Overview

Samantha Matthews turned her back on her wealthy family to focus on social work. Those who know her think she’s the heart of kindness. Those who know her really well know she’s in a never-ending battle to make up for the harm her family’s companies inflict on the world. Which is how she finds herself at a charity bachelor auction of all places.

But oops, she was supposed to bid on her bff’s brother as a favor and accidentally bid on the wrong guy. Sue her for not being able to tell one stick-in-the-mud CEO from another.

Backstage, she goes to tell him not to worry about having to go through with a date or anything, but the oafish billionaire cuts her off dismissively. Looks her up and down, hands her a card with his assistant’s contact details, and reminds her that sex is definitely off the table.

Oh, she’ll call the assistant all right and have her make sure he wears jeans and comfortable shoes and to pick her up at seven a.m. The only “hammering” this guy is going to be doing is at Habitat for Humanity.

Too bad he turns out to be nothing like she expected.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640635784
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 04/08/2019
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 205
Sales rank: 14,984
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Diane Alberts is a multi-published, bestselling contemporary romance author with Entangled Publishing. She also writes New York Times and USA Today bestselling new adult books under the name Jen McLaughlin. She’s hit the Top 100 lists on Amazon and Barnes and Noble numerous times with numerous titles. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency. Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name. Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and four cats.

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CHAPTER 1

This was the last place Samantha Matthews wanted to be.

The dentist with some random person's fingers in her mouth. Standing in the pouring rain in a sheer white shirt with no bra on. Hiking in ten feet of snow with only a pair of high heels to protect her feet. Stuck in an elevator with her ex from college. Heck, all those things combined, shoved into one day ...

Would still be preferable to this.

Caviar and champagne filled the tabletops around her. Expensive perfume peppered the air. Priceless pearls dangled around necks. Diamonds twinkled in the lights. Gucci and Prada draped over artfully exposed shoulders. Stuffy voices with fake, trilling laughs topped off what was pretty much her worst nightmare. Nine out of ten times, people like the ones around her were concerned about one thing and only one thing. Money.

She'd been one of them.

When she walked away from her life of wealth and luxury, she'd left this whole scene, too. Fundraisers. Lavish dinners. Balls. They were all ridiculous excuses to put on your best diamonds and show off how much more money you had than everyone else in the room.

She'd always won that contest, even at a young age.

Those days are gone.

Tonight, she'd forgone the private appointments for a custom gown and worn a dress she bought on clearance at Macy's last year.

She'd never been happier.

"More champagne, miss?" A waiter brandished a golden tray filled with whiskey and champagne like some kind of prize. Today it was.

Money might not buy happiness, but champagne sure made the world seem a little happier, even if only for a little while. "Thank you."

The waiter bowed and moved on to the next guest. A woman in last year's Prada sneered at Sam's clothing, so she lifted her glass in salute and took a long swig. The bubbles played on her tongue, tickling her throat as she swallowed. After the older woman turned away, Sam scanned the room for any signs of her target.

He hadn't bothered to show up yet ... at least, she didn't think he had.

Of course, she didn't actually know him.

Her best friend Izzy texted her three hours ago, begging for Sam to bail her out. Izzy was running off with her boyfriend and getting married, unbeknownst to the rest of her family, but she had previously promised to attend this charity auction fundraiser and bid on her brother, whose assistant had mistakenly RSVP'd yes to the event.

According to Izzy, her older brother Andrew was a bit of a recluse. He wasn't big on crowds or getting auctioned off to the highest bidder, so he had no intention of actually going out on a date with any of the women here to bid on him. But since his sister was off marrying a guy none of them liked ...

Enter Sam.

It was now her job to find Andrew Michaelson, bid however much money she had to on him, and save him from a fate worse than death itself — being forced into a situation he didn't want.

She took another sip and squinted at the stage. A handsome man was currently on the auction block, seeming as if he wanted to be swallowed up whole by the earth, and she winced in sympathy. She wouldn't want to stand there while people bid on her worth, either. Her fingers twitched in her lap, eager to put the guy out of his misery, but she flattened them on her thigh.

He wasn't the man she was supposed to save today. She mentally checked the schedule she'd read earlier, remembering that Izzy's brother would appear onstage last, so there were still several guys left before he popped up.

Turning her attention to her phone, she skimmed an email.

We had four people drop out of tomorrow's build at West Fourth Street. We are asking for any and all volunteers to step forward and fill their spots so we can still reach our goals. If you're available, please let us know by replying to this email.

Sam bit on her tongue as she mentally juggled her commitments for the weekend. She was booked to help at the animal shelter on Saturday, but they certainly wouldn't mind if she pushed her volunteer date to Sunday.

I'm in. See you at nine.

She checked the stage again, but they still had two more bachelors to go before they got to her man at the end. Picking up her champagne, she took another sip and opened Candy Crush on her phone. Time to demolish her record.

Somewhere between candy explosions, two more men, and a finished glass of champagne, Sam lifted her head, and her heart stopped beating for a second. The last man strode out, and he walked onto the stage like he owned the place — which, if she didn't know any better, she just might believe. He was incredibly handsome, in that he-must-be-an-actor-because-he's-too-pretty-to-be-normal kind of way. His muscles were huge and hard. His brown hair was slicked to the side with a hard part, and his square jaw spoke of a stubbornness only someone with equal stubbornness such as herself would recognize.

He wore a black tuxedo with a deep blue bow tie, a cocky expression, and walked onstage with his phone in his hand, typing furiously and ignoring the crowd of ladies who watched him with bated breath.

Hello, Izzy's brother.

Even she had to admit that, despite being totally not her type and way too sure of himself, he was hot with a capital H. Of course, he probably used those looks and his money to get pretty much anything he wanted, whenever he wanted it. It was what men like him did.

That was why she avoided them.

But those arms ...

Forcing herself to stop admiring the way his jacket hugged his broad shoulders, she grabbed her orange flag off the table and waved it enthusiastically, happy to finally be at the part where she could bid and leave. Two hours was more than enough, thank you very much.

"One thousand, to the lady in red."

Izzy's brother lifted his head, checked out Sam, and returned his attention to his phone, typing even more furiously now.

A blonde lifted her flag, smiling at the guy on the stage.

He didn't seem to notice.

"Fifteen hundred to the woman in gold."

He didn't even lift his head this time.

Just kept typing.

She was this close to not saving him and letting him suffer through a date he clearly didn't want to go on, but she'd promised Izzy she would buy her brother, and she didn't break promises.

Not even ones she really wanted to.

She lifted her flag again.

"Two thousand to the lady in red."

Slowly, the man lifted his head again, locking eyes with her. For that brief second of eye contact, goosebumps rose on her flesh, and a surge of electricity tickled the nape of her neck.

What the heck?

The other woman raised her flag.

Sam stood, completely done with all this crap. She just wanted to finish bidding and get far away from Andrew and the weird way he made her feel. "I bid three thousand dollars," she interrupted.

"Three thousand dollars to the lady in red!" the announcer called out, smiling at Sam gratefully. She was the hostess, and she clearly appreciated the high bid.

Andrew's gaze turned intense.

She inhaled, her stomach tightening into a fist.

The other lady frowned and put her flag down, shooting Sam a dirty look.

"Going once, going twice. Sold, to the lady in red!"

Sam downed the rest of her champagne, ignoring the trembling in her thighs at the idea of approaching this god-like man, and gathered her purse. After she let him know he owed these fine people a bunch of money for the pleasure of spending an evening alone with himself — Izzy said she'd already arranged for her brother to cover the bid — she'd hit the road.

She had a house to build tomorrow.

As she made her way across the room, the champagne hit her, and a fuzziness warmed her stomach. The kind that warned you if you had another, you'd regret it in the morning. "Whoops," she whispered. "Too late."

She started to climb the stairs to the stage, but a man stepped in her way, offering her his arm. "This way, Miss ...?"

"Matthews. Sam Matthews."

He grinned at her, giving her a discreet once-over. "I'm John."

"Hey, John," she murmured, treating him to the same perusal.

He was cute, in a safe, down-to-earth way. He was the type of guy she'd bring home for a night and never see again. Not guys like Andrew, who thought they owned the world and everyone in it. Guys like Andrew were too uptight. Too cocky. Too sure of themselves.

Maybe she should get John's number.

He bowed to her. "I'll take you to the cashier. Your date will be waiting for you there."

Oh. Right. She already had a "date."

"Thank you," she said.

Hopefully Andrew didn't mind her impatience to get out of here. Though, to a guy like him, that was probably pocket change. He wouldn't even notice the missing cash. But still.

Maybe she should have waited it out and tried to get the best price.

She did love the thrill of a good deal.

John led her to a woman who had an iPad Pro, a swipe thing for credit cards, and a big smile. "Congratulations, Ms. Matthews!" Sam watched John go, regretting not asking for his number.

The bubbles had done their job, and she could use a night of fun.

"Ms. Matthews?" the woman said.

Sam took a second to be impressed that the lady had discovered her name in the ten seconds it took her to walk over to the makeshift cashier station. "Uh ..." She searched the room for Andrew. Where was he? "Thanks."

"We appreciate the donation you made and want to make sure you know that all the money from tonight will be going to help those children with cancer that we showed on the screen before the bidding, as well as their families. Not a dime will be taken by us, the country club, or the staff of Helping Children."

Sam nodded, peeking over her shoulder.

Was he behind her?

Nope.

"That'll be three thousand dollars. Will you be paying with cash or credit?"

"Um, yeah, no." Sam choked on a laugh. "Neither."

The woman frowned. "I don't understand."

"Don't worry, you'll get your money. It's just ... I'm here as a favor, you know? I bid on him so he didn't have to go on a date, because he's my best friend's brother. I did it for him. Well, actually, I did it for her, because I don't know him, you know?"

She stared at Sam, her mouth parted. "I ..."

"Can I speak to Andrew? That'll fix this."

She blinked. "Andrew?"

"Yes, the man I just bid on. Andrew Michaelson."

The lady stared at her. Did she drink a little too much of that champagne and somehow freeze time inside her head??

After what felt like a million years, the woman shook herself slightly and cleared her throat, staring at something behind Sam. "Ms. Matthews ... I fear there's been a mistake ..."

"No, there hasn't. Like I said, you're getting your money," Sam interrupted, her cheeks hot because everyone in the room was staring at her. Everyone except the man she needed. "Andrew knows what's going on. If you get him and let him know —"

"I'm sorry, but that's not possible." The woman wrung her hands in front of her. "You see, Andrew already left. With his date."

His date? Sam's heart thudded against her chest, and her legs weakened for an entirely different reason now. "He ... left? I ... don't ... understand."

"He left with his date. There was a last-minute schedule change, and Andrew needed to go first, so he changed places with one of our other men." The woman hesitated. "Andrew went first, Ms. Matthews."

The nervous guy. That had been Andrew.

Craaaap.

Sam's heart fell to her stomach, rolled out of her, and hit the floor with a sickening thud. If Andrew had already left, then she hadn't bid on him at all, and the man she had just offered to pay three thousand dollars for was her responsibility ... and she needed to fork up the cash.

"But if I didn't bid on Andrew, who did I bid on?" she asked slowly, a bit too loudly.

"Me," a deep voice said from the distance behind her.

The masculine voice sent shivers down her spine, and her whole body tingled with something she didn't fully understand or welcome.

Slowly turning, she locked eyes with the man she'd bid on approaching her now. She hadn't been able to see this from far away, but his eyes were green. Like bright moss green. He also had a charming dimple in his chin that somehow softened his hard jaw. His expensive tux was paired with an equally expensive cologne, and he was even hotter up close than he'd been from a distance, totally breaking the Mona Lisa rule.

She had a feeling it wasn't the only rule he liked to break.

CHAPTER 2

Taylor hated being here and despised being auctioned off.

Even if the woman who bid on him was unbelievably intriguing. She stared at him with a combination of sparkling eyes and disdain, and for some reason he couldn't look away from that contradiction. She wore her long brown hair in a loose bun, with a few curls escaping around her cheeks, and her blue eyes hadn't left his face since he'd spoken to her. He suspected she was ten seconds from crying, screaming, or both.

But why?

She'd clearly been determined to win the bid for him, which meant only one of two things. One, she was hoping a date would lead to an "in" to becoming the future Mrs. Taylor Jennings, with access to his massive wealth. Or two, she needed something from him, and this was her big shot to try and get it. Either way, he wasn't interested.

His phone buzzed, and he glanced down, frowning at the message. "Unacceptable," he muttered.

The current hot-ticket impending bankruptcy on the market, Granger Pharmaceuticals, had declined his extremely generous offer. Didn't they realize that without his help, they would be holding onto a useless building with millions of dollars in worthless equipment inside? If they didn't consolidate fast, they'd get a fraction of the worth for all the shit in their building they refused to let go of. For the life of him, he would never understand why people refused to admit when they gambled everything on something and lost.

"Excuse me?" the woman said.

His eyes were on his phone, but he could clearly see her annoyed, tapping foot below it. The shoe wasn't like the fancy designer ones women usually wore to this sort of thing.

Interesting.

"Sorry, that wasn't for you." He finished typing an angry response to his accountant before focusing on the woman again. Her cheeks were pale. "Are you ready for our date, Miss ...?"

"Matthews. Sam Matthews."

"Sam." He cocked his head. "I'm Taylor Jennings."

She swallowed, wringing her purse in her hands. It, unlike the rest of her outfit, was not cheaply bought. It was Gucci. He always bought his mother Gucci. "I don't want to go out on a date with you," she blurted. "I just ... uh ... I don't know how to say this."

How unfortunate. He wouldn't have minded wining and dining her. Something about her drew him in, and he'd wanted to learn more about the woman who had spent three thousand dollars to go on a date with him. But apparently his "date" wanted door number two instead: a chance to ask him for money for some project or business idea.

Hiding his displeasure, he slid his hand into his pants pocket, holding a business card out for her. "Three thousand will get you about twenty minutes of my time."

Her jaw dropped. "Twenty minutes? Seriously?"

How much more time did she need to pitch a business proposal? "I feel that is more than enough time, but ..." He shrugged lazily. "I suppose we could up it to thirty, if you insist."

"A thirty-minute date with you, all for the low cost of three thousand dollars," she said drily. "Wow, how generous of you."

Date? But she'd just said she didn't want a date with him. Damn, this woman was confusing. He couldn't read her, and she was still frowning at him as if he were gum under her shoe.

"I'm sorry, I must've misunderstood your intentions. Would you like a date? I can take you to a nice restaurant." He gave her a once-over again. That was definitely an off-the-rack gown and discount shoes, despite her expensive purse.

But, damn, she wore it well. "You would probably like that, right? A special treat out somewhere nice?"

She reared back, nostrils flaring. "Excuse me?"

Shit, he'd pissed her off again. He seemed good at that tonight. Annoyed at this whole situation and himself, he gestured with his business card again. "Look, I don't care if you want a date or a business meeting. Either way, call my assistant, and she'll set one up for us. Bring a tight portfolio because I'm only giving you thirty minutes, no matter how much you pout at me."

She took the card angrily. "I won't be shortened to thirty minutes. You owe me a full date for the kind of money I'm paying for you."

"That's fine. If you want a date, I'll give you a —" His phone buzzed again with a counteroffer. It was ridiculous. "Son of a bitch."

As he typed furiously, her foot tapped faster.

(Continues…)


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Anonymous 3 months ago
Enjoyed+the+book.
Maria-Rose 3 months ago
I enjoyed this fun, sexy, romance that starts with a case of mistaken identity but turns into a real relationship! Sam think she's bidding on her best friend's brother at a bachelor auction, but it turns out she's gotten herself a date with hunky, hardworking and wealthy stranger, Taylor. They are both no commitment types but they hit it off on their 'date' and end up not wanting it to end, thus ensuring that they'll spend lots of time together before having to decide whether to change their stances on relationships. Sexy scenes ensue. Things are complicated by Sam's past, her feelings about money (which Taylor has lots of) and by her job, which is in direct opposition to Taylor's. She tries to save small businesses while he is in the world of corporate acquisitions. Despite some of their philosophical differences they find common ground and get their happy ending in this insta-love romance. It was nice to see the Habitat for Humanity charity featured, and the emphasis on Sam's other charitable works. I've enjoyed Diane Alberts' writing in the past and am happy to see this new release from her!
Lori-Gonzo 3 months ago
I loved the chemistry between Taylor and Samantha. They were so drawn to each other and I loved the deal they had as far as their date rules. That sounds like a whole lot of fun and makes getting to know one another a lot better. The way they kept surprising each other with their real personalities only added to their allure. And I loved how they would admit that they did indeed surprise each other and were not how they first believed each other to be. I only wish there was a little more digging into her backstory and/or conversing with her parents. But the epilogue was perfect and so sweet. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Lorizen 3 months ago
Accidentally perfect! I didn't put this one down, I was too engaged with the story. Why can't these kinds of accidents happen to me? Right!? I fell in love with the snapping, barking dog that was Taylor when we first get a glimpse of him. Yowza he is a commanding, demanding, ain't nobody got time for his nonsense man. I really felt for Sam who was there just doing her bestie a favor by bidding on her brother at a charity auction. The bestie is off to Vegas to get marries and her brother hates these things as much as Sam does so she agrees to go. Little problem is there's a mix up in the line up and she bids on the wrong man and ends up with Taylor. Sam has zero patience for this man or his business and every word that comes out of his mouth makes her even more snarky! I loved her sass! Sam left that life a long time ago and her backstory fills in as you get into the book. Taylor buys foundering companies and takes them apart for a living, he's a very wealthy man, he didn't grow up that way but he certainly lives that way now and he's all about control. Right down to what he eats on what night of the week. Sam works for a small business that saves foundering companies and tries to make a business plan to help them succeed or in some cases navigate the waters of a buy out. She knows this business. She hates the sharks that eat small businesses and puts people out of work and destroys their lives. Sam has her own schedule too, she volunteers with Habitat then serves at the soup kitchen every Saturday along with helping out at the no kill shelter. All her time is spent giving back. When the two decide to have their "date" and Taylor has a one and done rule, he decides after spending time with Sam he wants to extend their date. First for the whole weekend, then the week and the longer they spend time together the more comfortable it gets. When their official first date which Sam plans is working on a house for Habitat and Taylor has his own toolbox Sam is a little confused. But as she gets to know Taylor the more comfortable she gets, still she keeps her past off limits and she guards that fiercely. I loved watching these two, it was like playing television, the interaction and dialogue. Taylor softens a great deal and makes concessions about not having chinese take out on Sunday because that's what his schedule says and while these two have outrageous chemistry it's a delicious slow burn and wow, what a burn it was! Things heat up between the two, I loved the way the story unfolded and when the rubber met the road for them I felt so deflated. Which for me is always a sign of good writing, I was engaged enough to be invested in these two and the outcome. I loved that Diane included an epilogue which for me is always a plus. This is a fun, engaging, easy read that you will love to read.
etoile1996 3 months ago
in an accidental date with a billionaire, samantha matthews has tried to leave all the trappings of wealth behind. hanging out with the high society types who rejected her when her parent's duplicitous behavior was revealed is not her idea of a good time. she's intent on not letting money change who she is, and since learning about all the hurt her family caused, she's been paying it back. one good deed at a time. when her best friend begs her to attend a charity gala and bid on her brother, sam agrees reluctantly. except to her horror, she's bid on the wrong guy. a rich jerk whose disinterest in the whole thing couldn't be more obvious. so she decides she's going to teach him a lesson. taylor jennings may play the role of mr. moneybags to perfection, and it's true that he's been more involved in playing that role than his real self of late, but the chance encounter with the woman who didn't want to buy his date throws him off. while he's not interested at first, her prickly demeanor quickly intrigues him. and when he realizes she's brought him to a habitat for humanity site he's happy to pitch in. he used to give back all the time, and he's gotten so wrapped up in himself that he has forgotten to pay attention to the small things. their charity date is over when he brings her home. but what if he just doesn't? he's not ready to stop exploring the connection they share. she makes him better in all these small ways, and he lets her focus on herself in a way that allows her to not feel selfish. but it's a challenge for them to stay out of their ingrained habits. at some point, this date has to end. they have to go back to their real lives, especially since on paper they are not at all compatible. but what if they find a way to make all those opposing ideas, complementary ones instead. because the truth is, they might just balance each other out. **an accidental date with a billionaire will publish on april 8, 2019. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (indulgence) in exchange for my honest review.
ScrapNSign 3 months ago
A delightful story of not judging a book by it's cover, learning to trust and when to put your heart on the line. This book physically gave me chest pains, but I wouldn't change a minute of it! When Samantha Matthews tries to do a favor for a friend, the life that she's tried so hard to leave behind, comes back to haunt her. Accidentally bidding on the wrong man, leads to a date she'll never forget.
SherriBabb 4 months ago
The first thing that came to mind while I was reading this book was a saying .... that saying is "Never judge a book by its cover". That saying is what this book was about to me. It is about two people that have had things happen in their past and they built their future around those things. Taylor was poor growing up and after his dad died his mom worked as many as three jobs to keep food on the table and the bills paid. Taylor strives to make something of himself so that him and is mother will not have to struggle ever again. Sam was very rich growing up. Anything she wanted she got. When she was a teenager that all got ripped away from her because of something her parents did. She strives to always give back to everyone else and she never takes for herself. When these two meet there is such a connection there but neither wants to admit it. They both look at what they see on the outside. As time goes on they begin to see beyond that and that is where the real story begins. This was such a cute, sweet, romantic read. I would highly recommend you give this book a try because you will not be disappointed at all. Thanks Net Galley. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
Kindle_Loving_Mom 4 months ago
I loved the premise of this story, and it was fun and exciting seeing how it would all play out. Some things that happened were what I expected, and some were surprising, but overall I really enjoy the story. Samantha Matthews used to have a charmed life. At least she thought so. Turns out her parents were stealing their wealth from their own clients and employees, and when they were arrested, Sam's whole life fell apart. Since then, she's turned her life around, and does what she can to try to atone for her parents sins. She volunteers her time with Habitat for Humanity, and various other charitable causes. She also works to try to help people save their companies from closure and consolidation. She agrees to do a big favor for her best friend by bidding on Izzy's brother in a charity auction. But, she isn't paying attention, and ends up bidding on the wrong guy. She's disgusted by the man's behavior, and thinks she'll teach him a lesson by forcing him to volunteer with her building a house. Taylor Jennings is a very wealthy man, but he wasn't born as one. He's worked very hard to make his consolidation business a success, and he's lined his pockets in the mean time. He sees no issue with this and doesn't understand why anyone else would. When Sam is the winning bidder for him at the auction, he doesn't know what to make of her. Does she want a date? A business pitch meeting? Neither would surprise him. But he doesn't expect her to take him to a Habitat build, and try to make him feel bad about his choice of career. She's of course shocked when he's thrilled to be building, and thanks her for bringing him. She intrigues him like no other, and he wants to get to know her better, but they both admit that neither of them does second dates. Could they extend their first date for a while longer? Taylor and Sam had a great connection. Their banter was witty, and fun, and they had no problem trying to take each other down a peg. They work at opposite ends of the spectrum in business, and neither of them can see how anything real can happen between them. But that doesn't keep them from wanting to try. Taylor has a regimented schedule, which has helped him to overcome a childhood where everything was out of his control. But, he's let those stringent rules overtake his life without realizing it. Sam is too scared to tell anyone about her past for fear of them hating her, but she's let that fear turn into a wall between her and the rest of the world. They both had to realize their issues, and find a way to overcome them if they had any chance of being together in the long run. There weren't a ton of side characters here, as this was a shorter story so the focus stayed on the main story line. But, I'm definitely intrigued by Sam's best friend Izzy's story, as well as that of her brother, who got bought by someone else at the auction, and apparently wasn't upset about it at all. There were some setups here for some classic romance misunderstandings and overreactions, and those are not my favorite. While some of those things happened as I expected, others weren't so cliched. I was glad of that. There were some more intricate plotting decisions made that I appreciated, and it worked out better than I had hoped. Ultimately, Sam and Taylor had to decide what was the most important thing to them, and what they were willing to fight for. I enjoyed their story, and I hope we'll get more from this world.
MaryJoMI 4 months ago
Sam carries a lot of weight on her shoulders due to her parents’ negligent ways. She has worked hard in a new city to build a life she is proud of helping businesses rebuild to avoid being taken over. She ends up at a bachelor auction for her friend Izzy to rescue her brother from the auction block. When she wins her intended bachelor, well, she is shocked to learn she bid on the wrong man. Taylor hates these auctions but does believe in helping various charities. He is surprised by the woman that won him in the auction and the date she sets up surprises him even more. But he has the last laugh as he digs in and works which isn’t what Sam expects. Now, Taylor buys failing companies and sells the parts. Given that they are on opposite sides in the business world, do they have any chance at love? Sam doesn’t think she is worthy; can Taylor break down her walls? Sam and Taylor are a great match, they passion for what they do along with their philanthropic endeavors were a joy to experience. Sam is amazing so I was pushing for Taylor to break through and convince her love is possible. These two took me on a fabulous journey for love.
OpheliaOA 4 months ago
I really liked the story line but I found it kind of annoying and tiresome when Sam kept denying her feelings for Taylor. I know that she was traumatized by the actions of her parents and was afraid of rejection and what Taylor might think of her but the fact that she kept deflecting her true feelings was wrong. Overall this book was a fun read and I can’t wait to read more Diane Alberts books. ***Received this ARC by NetGalley as an exchange for an honest review.
Madm007 4 months ago
It's a mistake that turns out so right and I loved this story. I've never read Diane Alberts before, but the title, cover and synopsis had me requesting it from NetGalley. A delightful lighter read with enough heat to make you squirm. The dialogues were tinged with humor. These two were going down the same road in opposite directions and as you can imagine there were assumptions, misunderstandings and just plain cluelessness or stubbornness, a lot LOL. My character preference was for Taylor, quirky habits or not, he had a good heart and was just so lovable. Sam too, had a good heart. She also had a chip on her shoulder which, to me, made her a bit harder to like, but made for some really good reading. I did receive a copy from NetGalley / Entangled Publishing LLC. This is my voluntary and honest review
Tink4evr 4 months ago
Sam and Taylor go on a first date that last for over a week. They are both commitment phoebes. The author has given Taylor some qualities that make him unique and not the typical alpha male or billionaire. This makes him quite a lovable character. The story is funny, with Sam not missing the opportunity to pull Taylor’s leg every chance she gets. Taylor works extremely hard to win Sam and she has to open her heart and trust the new opportunity.
Llin 4 months ago
This story takes you through a range of emotions, some moments will make your heart melt for Taylor. Samantha Matthews is allowing her family past indiscretions to impact her future regarding money, love and marriage by working as a Social Worker. She refused to accept her feelings for Taylor to be overshadowed with what others would think of their relationship was laughable. She became annoying at times due to her stubbornness and it built walls around her. Taylor Jennings was initially introduced as a big jerk but redeemed the image with concerns and consideration to Samantha. He saw something special in her and wanted to see what was intriguing to him. Can Sam overcome her fear? Will her past come between their relationship? The storyline was a quick read and held my attention and I’m looking forward to reading another book by this author. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Review Copy via Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own
Linda__ 4 months ago
Another winner!!! This is a delightful quick read that romance fans will love - it's charming, sweet, and sexy. I loved the characters, from the complicated and damaged Samantha, to the unexpected Taylor . Taylor begins as the stereotypical alphahole and Samantha is not impressed., however, this author shows that first impressions are frequently wrong. The author drew me in to their story and made me feel invested in it. I also enjoyed the way it enfolded from both points of view. Fans of the genre will love this book. Put this one at the top of your TBR list.- you'll be glad you did. The author is on my must read authors' list.