Beyond Temptation

Beyond Temptation

by Brenda Jackson

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Sexy millionaire Morgan Steele will settle for nothing less than the perfect woman. And when he lays his arrogant eyes on sultry Lena Spears, he believes he's found her. There's only one problem, the lady in question seems totally immune to his charm.

Morgan is determined to convince the sassy career woman that he's Mr. Right. He wines and dines her. He promises her the baby she desperately wants and the financial security she craves. And given time, Morgan is certain that once he gets Lena into his bed, she'll never want to leave….

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426836794
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 05/01/2009
Series: Forged of Steele Series , #4
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 28,134
File size: 514 KB

About the Author

Brenda Jackson is a New York Times bestselling author of more than one hundred romance titles. Brenda lives in Jacksonville, Florida, and divides her time between family, writing and traveling. Email Brenda at or visit her on her website at

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Mr. Steele, your two o'clock appointment has arrived."

Morgan Steele's pulse immediately kicked up a notch with his secretary's announcement. He inhaled deeply and deliberately cleared his mind of everything except the woman who was about to walk into his office. Helena Spears.

"Give me a few minutes, Linda, before sending her in."

"Yes, sir."

After clicking off the line he stood and threw the papers he'd been reading into his briefcase before snapping it shut and inwardly telling himself to relax. Getting Helena to his office had been the first hurdle, and he was determined to make it over the rest. He was smart enough to know that if at first you don't succeed you try again, and today he was a man with a more defined plan.

Putting his briefcase aside he found himself glancing toward the door, his pulse kicking up another notch as he remembered the night—a little more than a year ago—when he had first seen her as she walked into that charity ball wearing a very sexy fuchsia-colored dress. There had been something about her entrance that had momentarily taken his breath away, left him awestruck, mesmerized. And moments later when he had gazed into the warmth of her cinnamon-brown eyes, he had felt it. It had happened just the way he'd known it would once he found her—the perfect woman he had been holding out for all these years.

The only thing that hadn't happened as he'd assumed it would was her acceptance. Lena, as she was known to her family and friends, wasn't seeing things quite his way. She'd tried to explain to him, in a nice way and more than once, that she wasn't interested in a man-woman relationship of any kind.

She liked her life just the way it was and had no intentions of wasting her time indulging in a meaningless affair. Nor, she'd gone further on to add, was she interested in a meaningful one, either. She had been there, done that, and she'd learned a valuable lesson and had no intentions of doing a repeat.

All that was well and good but she wasn't dealing with any regular man. At thirty-three he could admit to being arrogant, methodical and unwilling to bend in his pursuit of anything. Once he saw something he wanted and made a decision to have it, he refused to give up until he got it.

And the bottom line was that he wanted Lena. He had wasted enough time and starting today he intended to use a different approach. He glanced toward the door again when he heard the sound of the knob turning. The moment it opened and his "perfect" woman walked in he couldn't help but release a breath. He felt the sizzle as heat shimmered all through him. She was wearing a periwinkle-color business suit and she looked good in it.

"Lena, please come in," he said cordially as his gaze floated over the rest of her with an analytical eye. She had just the right amount of makeup on her strikingly attractive medium brown face, which placed emphasis on the honey brown curls that flowed around her shoulders, giving her the appearance of a Queen Latifah look-alike.

She was five feet ten, just the right height for his six-three stature. Her body was stacked, well endowed in all the right places, full breasts, wide child-bearing hips, voluptuous thighs and the most gorgeous pair of shapely legs he'd ever seen on a woman. He'd once overheard a conversation she'd had with his sister-in-law Kylie, who happened to be her best friend, about what she thought was a weight problem. As far as he was concerned, she didn't have one. When he looked at her, what he saw was a full-figured, thirty-one-year-old attractive and desirable woman who could start anything and everything inside him to stirring. The woman was temptation at its finest; however, when it came to her he was prodded to look beyond temptation and see something a lot more lucrative and worthwhile. Little did she know but he intended to open up a whole new world for the both of them.

"Thank you, Morgan," she said, closing the door behind her, and breaking into his thoughts.

"I'm here for our two o'clock appointment."

From the sound of things she intended to be all business, and that was okay for now. He would give her this time because in the coming weeks he intended to get his. She would find out soon enough that she had just walked into a "Steele cage" and there was no way out. He had failed at plan A, but he had just put plan B into full motion.

Lena pressed her lips firmly together as she looked across the room at the man leaning against his desk. Morgan Steele.

She thought the same thing now that she did that night she'd first met him. He had to be the most gorgeous human male to grace this planet, which prompted her to put her guard up even more. The last thing she needed in her life was a man, especially one like Morgan. She'd learned her lesson a few years ago that when it came to "pretty boys" and "fine as a dime" men, she had to watch her step.

But still...although she tried not to stare but couldn't help herself. She'd been attracted to him from the first. Maybe it was the beautiful coloring of his skin, which reminded her of deep rich chocolate. Or it could have been the long lashes and dark eyes. And heaven forbid if she left out the chiseled jaw, high cheekbones, low-cut black hair and a pair of lips that were too provocative to be attached to any mouth.

The first night they'd met he'd surprised her by coming on to her and asking her out. She had turned him down flat. To this day she really didn't know why he'd bothered since men who looked like him didn't go for Amazons. They were usually seen with the slim, willowy, model types. Evidently, once she'd turned him down he'd seen her as a challenge and had asked her out several times after that. But each time she would decline. Finally, she had felt the need to put an end to whatever game he was playing by explaining her position on dating to him. She was too caught up in other things she considered more important than to be added to another man's list as his flavor for the month.

As with any potential client she had done her research, which really hadn't been necessary since Morgan's oldest brother, Chance, had married her best friend, Kylie, over a year ago. Besides, most people who'd lived in these parts for a relatively long period of time knew about those four Steele brothers who ran their family business, the Steele Corporation.

Chance at thirty-seven was CEO. Sebastian Steele, nicknamed Bas, who had gotten married just a few weeks ago, was thirty-five and the corporation's problem solver and troubleshooter. Morgan was thirty-three and headed the research and development department of the company; and Donovan, at thirty-one, headed the product development division.

Then there were the three female cousins of whom only one—Vanessa—worked in the company as head of PR. The other two, Taylor and Cheyenne, had established careers outside of the family business but maintained positions on the board of directors.

"May I offer you something to drink, Lena? Springwater, juice, coffee?"

Morgan's question pulled her thoughts back in and she licked her suddenly dry lips and tightened her hand on her briefcase as if it were her block of strength. "No, thanks," she said, moving closer into the room. "And since you're a busy man I'm sure you want us to get right down to business."

"Yes, I prefer that we do since I have another meeting in about an hour."

She nodded, glad they were on one accord. She hadn't known what to expect when he'd set up the appointment. From past encounters she assumed he was a laid-back sort of guy. It was refreshing to know he could be strictly business when the situation called for it.

"Would you like to have a seat so we can get started?" he asked, pushing away from the desk and pulling her thoughts back on track.

"Yes, thanks," she said, forcing the words out from a constricted throat. He was dressed in a business suit that made him look like he belonged on the cover of an issue of Sexy Man magazine. She took the seat in front of his desk, and as soon as she sat down she noted once she tilted her head up she had a direct aim to his face, specifically his let-me-seduce-you dark eyes.

A sensuous shiver glided down her spine when their eyes met. She cleared her throat, determined to stay on track. "I understand you're interested in purchasing another home," she said to get the conversation going.

"Yes, I am and you come highly recommended." She couldn't help the smile that curved her lips.

"By Kylie?"

He chuckled. "Yes, her too, but I would expect that since she's your best friend. Actually the person who's been singing your praises has been Jocelyn. According to her, you found her and Bas the perfect house.

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Beyond Temptation 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
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pegtimber More than 1 year ago
Again, I've enjoyed another great novel written by Mrs. Jackson. I found Morgan to be my knid of guy. He was someone that was not all into Ms. Twiggy. He wanted a woman of substance and did whatever he could to reign her in. Although Lena was someone who was comfortable with herself and her looks, she constantly worried about men not accepting her because she cared for her mother. But that didn't stop Morgan for his undying persuit, to win her in the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Morgan Steele sets his eyes on the one perfect woman. Lena Spears, a Realtor by day and a take home giver of her mom by night. She doesn't have time for Morgan or anyother man. But Morgan has to convince her the old fashion way. Once you start reading you will not be able to stop! Brenda Jackson is the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful story about how a woman's dress size should not matter. The plan put into action to pursue her was wonderful and the fact the he realizes that she is his perfect women just makes you want him for yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mrs. Jackson did it again
Araya05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not her best but definitely not her worst. It was readable. Slow start, but I still like it. 3hr 4 mins
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, once I wasn’t so busy and got really into it, I couldn’t stop reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very story line. Loved the characters. A perfect fancy book that take you from life to pleasure!
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That's all I can say
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Lena and Morgan's story. Morgan's persistance and thoroughness was refreshing. When it's for you and you know what you want, I say go for it; let nothing stand in your way. Lena's love and sense of responsibility to her mom was beautiful and I'm glad Morgan respected her decision and loved her more for it. What a blessing! LA-TXN
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Morgan and Lena's story! Morgan knew what he wanted and he went after it... Definitely an alpha male.... I've had this book in my library for quite some time and somehow just over looked it I guess ! This always seems to happen where the ones that Ive forgotten about are the best stories... Lena was the ideal woman in my opinion not short but not too tall, full figured shapely with a career of her own and much love and respect for her elder mom and had no problem stating up front that her and her mom were a packaged deal... Morgan of course had no problem with that and was not going to give up pursuing whom he felt in his heart was his " Perfect Woman"... cute idealistic story, check it out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Men like Morgan Steele do not only exist in fiction, and that's good news for us women with curves
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book touch on so many issues that women face, especially when it comes to her perception of herself. It makes all the difference in the world in how a woman decides on living her life. Brenda Jackson did an awesome job in writing this book and incorporating the love a woman wants, deserves and a man who believes she deserves the same and won't stop until he gets what he wants. Believe me this is a wonderful story and I couldn't put it down.
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I highly enjoyed reading this book. I like how Morgan's was determine to win Lena's heart. I just don't understand how some women let others women get to them because that is exactly what Lena let those high society women do. I thought BJ was going to let them get married earlier in the story, but I was wrong. I am also, glad that the book wasn't really based on her getting pregant fast in the book because I hate books were the authors have the main female characters screaming to have a baby. That turns me off so bad. One more point, I will love to read more on Morgan and Lena story in another book because their story seems like it isn't over with.