After a childhood spent on the streets, ruthless billionaire Nik Valenti has had his share of dealing with crooks. He thought that was behind him. Then five million dollars goes missing...and he knows exactly who stole it. Now, with pride, money, and his company's survival at stake, he won't rest until the beautiful con artist has experienced his own brand of justice.
Sara Turner is no angel, but she’s worked hard to proves he’s not like her family. Then she’s accused of embezzling millions. Worse, the sexy billionaire wants answers. And he's come up with a foolproof way to ensure he gets them. One Sara must accept if she doesn't want to end up injail.
They might be enemies, but the passion between them is all-consuming, and each time Nik peels away a layer, he discovers there’s more to Sara than first meets the eye. He’s willing to put everything on the line to find the truth...except his heart.
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By Alison Aimes, Candace Havens
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"It's time." Nikolas Valenti eased the phone into its cradle, a white-hot flare of anticipation twisting through him. "Have the car brought round."
"Now?" Alatza, the head of his security team, had been slouching against the desk listening in on the detective's call. He stood military-straight now, his close-cut salt-and-pepper hair bristling along with the rest of him. "Rushing in doesn't make sense."
"I'm confronting her no matter what. Recent events just sped up the time table." Nik straightened his already crisp red silk tie, his gaze shifting to the New York skyline framed by the sweeping windows of his penthouse office. He'd worked his ass off to climb to such heights. No one was taking that from him now. "I've waited long enough."
Three months of checking and rechecking and the evidence always led back to the same conclusion. Sara Turner had played him for a fool.
"But if we wait just a little longer ..." Alatza trailed off and didn't say what they both already knew. With a few more days, they might be able to get the passcodes, unlock those offshore accounts, and get back the stolen money without negotiating. But might wasn't good enough.
"I've got the best chance of resolving this quietly if I see to it myself."
"Are you sure this is what you want?" His head of security wasn't exactly a yes-man. "She meant something to you once."
If the words hadn't stung, Nik might have laughed. Alatza sounded more like a father figure than a grizzled bodyguard. But Nik wasn't looking for a dad. He'd never had one as a kid. He didn't need one now.
"We dated. We fooled around. No one tattooed the other's name over their heart. Don't stress so much. This time round, I know how she operates. I've got this."
He unfolded from his chair, dwarfing the older man, whose wide, stout body had made him an effective and intimidating bodyguard. But at six foot three, Nik was no slouch, either.
He'd read a silly article about himself once which said if he hadn't gone into business he'd have found success in boxing. He didn't know if the reporter's opinion stemmed from his size, or from his reputation as a ruthless bastard. And, in keeping with his rep, he didn't really care.
Truth was he had learned early on how to take a punch and get back up. How to identify an opponent's weakness and use it to bring him to his knees. No one was more driven to succeed, more determined to prove to those who'd dismissed him that he would never go down for the count. So, silly or not, the reporter was right in one respect — beneath his expensive suits and wealthy sophistication, Nik was, and always would be, a merciless fighter.
And as Sara Turner was about to learn, you didn't step into the ring with a Valenti without expecting a knockout punch.
As Alatza made a swift exit from the room, Nik yanked the worn file from his desk and flipped it open. He'd examined the photos inside every day for the last three months — motivation to keep him going whenever his better nature threatened to take hold.
He wasn't the kind of guy to fall in love or buy in to happily ever after. He'd seen too much to believe that anything other than greed and lust drew people together. But he did expect loyalty from those he let into his life.
His gaze caught on the top snapshot. Sara, with that sexy smile he'd thought was only for him.
He really should have known. She'd checked off every too-good- to-be-true craving in his book. Wide, blue eyes and long lashes that slanted just enough to make him think of rumpled sheets and late nights. A quick mind that challenged, provoked, and intrigued. And, of course, that reserve, wrapped tight around her like a second skin. All designed to keep him coming back for more.
Too perfect. She'd been every danger sign, every red flag, every beacon warning of treacherous waters ahead. Horny, arrogant son of a bitch that he was, he'd ignored them all.
But his eyes were wide open now.
He stared down at the photo, making sure to take in every detail. How her beautiful face tilted slightly to the side while she laughed. How her hair, half gold, half sunshine, curled down her back in hot-as-hell waves, as if she'd just rolled out of bed. How another man's hand curved possessively against her spine.
He crumpled the picture in his fist.
Delivering his own brand of justice was going to be sweet, indeed.CHAPTER 2
Sara stopped short in the doorway. She stared at the gleaming silver manacle locking her brother's wrist to the hospital bed and tried not to flinch.
"Go away." Jake slurred the words through a puffy lip. His handsome face was pinched tight, his wide shoulders crammed between the bedrails. His hair, so similar in color to hers, was matted and dirty. Scrapes covered the whole left cheek; one eye was swollen shut, and the other was so bloodshot the usual bright cornflower blue was obscured.
She'd seen him roughed up before, but never like this. "At least you're okay."
"I don't need a lecture."
"And I don't need the attitude." With a quick, embarrassed glance at the security guard, she hitched her purse higher on her shoulder and shut the door. She might have been born and raised in the Midwest, but she'd learned a little something about bluster since moving to New York. "I'm here to help."
"I don't want to talk about it."
"Which would usually be fine." She and Jake had stopped sharing their highs and lows a long time ago. "But this time you have no choice. The guard says people reported seeing six guys beating you up in that alley. I thought you saved that stuff for inside the ring."
Her joke fell flat.
"I told you, I don't want to talk."
"You've already been arrested twice this month. Are you going for some kind of screw-up trifecta?"
"Maybe." He didn't even blink. "Afraid of people finding out how screwed-up your blood really is?"
"Yes," she snapped. Then, at his smug look, wished she hadn't taken the bait. Her brother knew how to twist the knife. "I thought you were too smart to end up like Mom and Dad." She couldn't keep the bitterness from her voice.
Guilt flared in Jake's gaze, but it was gone in the next instant. "Worry about yourself. I'm fine."
Fine? Her family's favorite word for exactly the opposite. "You promised you were done with this destructive crap."
"I know things look bad, but trust me. It will all work out."
Trust him? "I'd rather you explain exactly what's going on."
His expression closed down. "This thing with those guys is no big deal. I had a great tip on an upcoming match, but it didn't pan out so they roughed me up a bit. I just need to borrow enough to pay them back ... and a little for the mortgage company." He toyed with a loose thread on the hospital blanket. "I don't want to worry you, but they've been leaving us some overdue notices."
Her stomach sank.
She'd used her postage-stamp apartment as collateral for Jake's last loan. Stupid, maybe, but she'd hoped that with someone to believe in him, her brother would turn things around.
Classic enabler behavior. She'd read a million articles on it. Unfortunately, that didn't make it any easier to turn her back on the little brother who'd made her Cheerios for dinner when she had the flu.
"It would only be a short term loan," he pushed. "I'm good for it, I swear. I'll be back in the black in no time."
The hairs at the nape of her neck prickled. "How will you suddenly have money?"
"Stop being so suspicious."
"Stop being so vague." As an accountant specializing in audits she could smell deceit a mile away. "I can't fix this if you don't tell me the truth."
"You can't fix it. Not now, anyway. If you wanted to help, you should have met up with Luke Volmer last week like I asked."
She sat up straighter. "What does that man have to do with this?"
"Nothing." His gaze shifted away. "Forget it." He rubbed at his chest. "My rib is really bothering me. You think I can get medicine for the pain?"
"No." A sixth sense warned her to persist. "What does my not dating your friend have to do with any of this?"
Jake jackknifed up in the bed. "Just leave it alone. I didn't ask you to come here in the first place."
She stumbled back, hurt sliding through her. "Fine. I'm gone."
"No, wait." He clutched her arm. "I'm sorry. I'm just stressed about this loan." He gave her a quick squeeze, his tough guy version of a hug. "You're my big sister. I'd do the same for you."
"Would you?" She wasn't sure, but she did know that without her, Jake would be alone. Alone except for the thugs, cheats, and bullies who would hurt him even worse than he was now. And without him ... well, she'd have no one, either.
The debacle with Nik Valenti had driven that home loud and clear.
Still, after this morning, she was more certain than ever that she'd made the right choice. They'd had "Titanic" written all over their relationship from the start. She'd been smart to cut and run before disaster struck.
She blew out a slow breath. "Okay, but this is it, Jake. The last bail out." She hurried on before he could speak. "You have to swear you'll go see that counselor again for your drinking or ... or check yourself into one of the free clinics. I know they're not the best, but at least it's something." She'd love to send him to one of those fancy places where the floorboards weren't stained with sweat and blood and the walls didn't stink of urine and fear and hopelessness, but beggars couldn't be choosers.
"I will," he agreed easily. "I knew I could count on you. I'll go see my counselor next week. Help me with this money business, and I swear it will be the last time."
The optimism. The promises. It was all so familiar.
She'd heard the same from her parents. She'd been their handy courier from the liquor store, their convenient maid to clean up vomit, their ready bank machine. But once the crisis passed — see ya. They were back to their lives so fast her head would spin.
She was darn well going to do things differently with her little brother.
"I'll get you some coffee from the cafeteria." Nobody's fool, she took her wallet and credit cards with her as she strode toward the door. Jake would need to sober up before she could find out what she needed to know. "We'll talk when I return."
Everything would be fine. Completely fine. She couldn't allow it to be any other way.CHAPTER 3
Holding Jake's hot coffee steady, Sara pasted on a smile and turned toward the earnest young doctor striding toward her, the same friendly doctor who'd shown her to Jake's room.
"Doctor Jonas, hello again." She held up the Styrofoam coffee cup, as effective a shield as she could muster. "I'm just on the way to deliver this to my brother."
"Of course." A flush of red bloomed across his cheeks, his Brooklyn accent thickening. "I only wanted to say that even though I'm not your brother's main doctor, I'm happy to help." He thrust his hand forward, a small piece of paper clutched in his fingers. "Here's my number. I ..."
He trailed off, his attention caught by the appearance of two oversize men with necks as thick as tree trunks striding in the direction of Jake's room.
Her skin prickled. They didn't look like police. In fact, with those dark suits and earpieces they reminded her of a time and a man best forgotten.
"Take it, please." The doctor's plea jerked Sara from her thoughts. "I'd love to take you out to dinner. Answer any questions you have."
"That's very nice, but —"
"She won't be calling." A new voice — deep, hard, tinged with a European edge, and oh-so-familiar — cut into the conversation.
Sara spun round, barely registering the splash of hot coffee on her skin. All noise receded, her mind spinning into vertigo while the ground shifted beneath her feet.
Nik Valenti's golden gaze was locked on her. "Tell the good doctor to take his number and go."
The doctor? A number? Nik was talking, but she couldn't make sense of his words. Couldn't make sense of the fact that he loomed over her in his tailor-made charcoal gray Italian suit and red silk tie, a Greek god, as beautiful as ever.
Against her better judgment, her hungry gaze catalogued everything. The tousled, short black hair. The hooded amber eyes. The chiseled jaw. The wide-shouldered, long-legged body of carved granite. For an instant, it was as if the last three months had never happened. As if her brother had never screwed up. As if Nik's interest had never cooled. As if she'd never dumped him before he did the same to her.
But all those things had happened.
The reminder was a welcome splash of ice water to the libido.
"What are you doing here, Nik?"
"What are you doing here, Sara?"
Her heartbeat ratcheted up another notch. The last thing she wanted was for Nik to know anything about her family doings.
"A personal affair." Plastering on a small smile, she tried for cool indifference. That was how one handled a run-in with an ex, right? "Sorry I don't have time to talk."
First priority was removing herself. In all her awkward surprise reunion fantasies — and she'd had plenty — Nik had looked haggard and remorseful while she'd always looked her best. She certainly hadn't imagined being in a wrinkled ivory work blouse and gray pencil skirt, her hair and face a mess after a frantic dash to the hospital, her brother chained to an infirmary bed.
Nik stepped in front of her. "Make time. We have things to discuss."
Stunned, she could only stare as he waved over one of the men with earpieces and handed off her coffee cup. No wonder the men with the tree trunk necks had looked so familiar. They were Nik's bodyguards. They'd been a constant presence the few short months she and Nik had been dating.
Thankfully, by the time he turned back, she'd found her voice.
"You want to discuss things now?" A half laugh, half sob sprung from her and she hated it. Hated anything that might suggest she wasn't totally over what had happened. "Well, I'm sorry, but now's not good. Actually, there's probably never going to be a good time for a postmortem on our relationship. Let's just be happy we got out when we did."
He crowded close, not stopping until his wide chest hit her hands. "We're far from done."
She almost gasped out loud. He'd been the one to pull back, his calls dwindling to next to nothing, his voice chilly when they spoke at all. It had been more than obvious his interest was waning. She'd simply put them both out of their misery by calling it quits. So why was he acting as if he'd been wronged?
And not that she'd been cyberstalking or anything, but just yesterday she'd seen a picture of him at some political event with yet another leggy, blond model.
Except now ... now he was looking at her with not only resentment, but that same raw lust that had always made her a little reckless and a lot stupid.
She dropped her hands to her sides before the urge to curl her palms into his chest grew too great to ignore.
"I ... I think Ms. Turner said she was b–busy," sputtered the doctor, his face blanching as Nik's predatory gaze swung toward him.
Poor guy. She'd forgotten he was there.
"And I think it's time you find somewhere else to be," Nik told the doctor. "This woman's not for you."
Unbelievable! She struggled for calm. "You have waded past appropriate ex-dating protocol and cannonballed straight into the deep end of unacceptable."
"Good." Nik's voice dropped to a low, mocking rumble. "Did I get you wet?"
"Mr. Valenti," boomed a voice from down the hall, saving her from a speechlessness she'd have hated Nik to witness. To think she'd once liked his dirty mouth.
The lifesaving greeting was followed by the appearance of a harried, middle-aged man in spectacles and a drab, ill-fitting suit. He hurried toward them, his arm outstretched, a wide, tight smile on his face. Beads of sweat collected on his upper lip.
"What a pleasant surprise." The man spoke solely to Nik. "I had no idea you were here, sir, or I would have welcomed you right from the start. Your generous gift has had such an impact."
While the administrator gushed and Nik inclined his head with a gracious air that somehow made all the fawning seem his due, Sara registered the retreat of the nice doctor.
A bitter flash of amusement rolled through her. She didn't need the doctor. Nor had she wanted his help, much less his interest. It still galled, though, to see Nik get his way so easily.
"Would you like that tour now, Mr. Valenti?" The administrator's question broke into her thoughts. "The new wing for sick children and their families looks spectacular — thanks to you."
"Another time," Nik demurred. "Right now, I need to speak with Ms. Turner alone."
"Of course." The administrator's speculative gaze darted to her. "Would you like to use one of the doctor's lounges? I can have it cleared for your immediate use."
"That won't be necessary." She forced the words through a brittle smile. She'd always hated the assumptions that came with interacting with such a notorious billionaire. It was more than obvious what the administrator believed would take place in that doctor's lounge.
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I have to say, this was a pretty good start to a series! I've not read anything by Aimes before but after looking at the books under her belt, I'm a bit intrigued by her sci-fi romance series. Romantic suspense is kind of my go-to genre. They are what I enjoy reading the most and let me tell you, not all authors can handle both the intrigue AND the romance. Usually one or the other is an author's niche and then that part comes out shining while the other is lagging behind like a sad dog on a leash. But Aimes did pretty well with both! I was pleasantly surprised. New (to me) authors are always a crap-shoot when you first pick up a book by them. I loved the story line, it grabs you from the very first sentence of the book. There were quite a few things going on at first and it did feel a bit weighty but the further you got into the book, the more everything started to fit together nicely. It was still a lot going on though. Thankfully, since the storyline was pretty busy, the characters were stout enough to pull everything together. I walked away from this book really knowing and understanding why each character was the way that it was and what their part in the story was and why they needed to be included. I'm kind of excited to see who would be the focus in the next story ... I have my top picks but we'll have to see. Now the bad dude. I like not being able to pick out the villain but sometimes, it happens. I actually knew who it was pretty quickly this time. And that's okay ... it was fun seeing if I was going to be right but who are we kidding, I'm a mom. So I'm always right. Right? More often than not, being able to pick out the bad guy can just ruin a book because you already figured everything out in your head and there's no fun in that. This time, I was still able to really enjoy the book because there were so many other twists and turns and the bad dude was a lot worse than I had first anticipated. So ... great book, great new (to me) author and an interesting series. I can't wait to see what happens next! This one is a fast moving page-turner, so be ready to lose some hours in your day! * I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *
4 stars Billionaire Blackmail was a heartwarming and entertaining read. The story was well written, it had just enough drama to keep you turning the pages. Nik and Sara were both strong, likable and entertaining characters, I enjoyed watching their relationship develop. Together they were able to come together and find peace, comfort and love after leaving their painful past behind them. Overall Billionaire Blackmail was an enjoyable read that will bring out all the feels.
3.5*** The story between Nik and Sara was intense. Although at times I was a little confused with his feelings for her. He seemed to go back and forth with anger, unforgiving, lust, sympathy. He was a very layered character who was unsure of his emotions, and just knew this woman was getting to him as no other has before. Sara was a sweetheart of a woman. Trying to be better than her upbringing. I felt for her that others judged her harshly based not on herself but by her family. She was very dedicated, a little self-protective, wanted to earn her way and take care of her brother. The chemistry between Nik and Sara seas hot and sexy. They just exploded together. The who done it part of the book was pretty good and had me guessing until the end. I was saddened by who it was, but it made sense. Now I need one more HEA for these characters. I am glad Nik and Sara got their HEA after all the heartbreak and hard times they went through their whole lives. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Sometimes billionaire/millionaire books get a bad rap. But I love them for the easy breezy read and, when the author is a strong writer, the in-depth emotion. This new release hits the mark on both instances and I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! With plenty of heat and steam coming off these characters, you can't help falling in lust with Nik. With accusations and negotiations flying around, these two characters have their work cut out for them. Doubtful of a resolution, it seems hopeless until the very end. With your heart in your throat, you are brought into a sweet and heartfelt HEA that makes the back and forth ups and downs worth it all. Plenty of passion and emotion seeps out of this new book as Alison Aimes delivers the goods in a touching and sexy manner you will not soon forget! copy rec'd for review purposes
**arc from Net_Galley and Entangled in exchange for an honest review** Nik Valenti came up the hard way, now a billionaire and the story opens with his decision to confront the woman he fell for Sara who he believed while under his empty stole 5 million dollars from him. Despite his chief of securities objections, he was ready to confront her. Which happened to take place at the hospital where her substance dependent and underground fighter brother was admitted after being beaten for owing the wrong people money. Nik is harsh, his treatment of Sara is rough even though he is still attracted to her and she to him. She proclaims innocence and he gives her an ultimatum, sign a contract attaching herself basically to him, he'll send her brother to rehab, take care of the "bad guys" that are after her brother and ultimately her. Sara has baggage from her parents and her brother. She's a fixer and enabler when it comes to her brother. Nik knows this yet doesn't know the depth of some of the issues. While this contract is in effect their relationship develops yet these two still don't trust each other. After she finally allows him in close enough to her, as he so relentlessly pleaded for her to do, he shuts her down when the going gets tough. Ultimately after being accused one too many times and his lack of trust in her, she walks away. The story is loaded; two people who can't trust enough to fully love, the suspense, the sexual tension which was just right, the emotional roller coaster that Sara was on. All of these things made for a great story line. The characters were fully developed, we get the backstory woven into the present day to fill in the gaps of what had happened and why she was suspect. And then there was their previous brief history while she worked for him. This story worked well for me, while I didn't always like Nik and his treatment of Sara along with his ambivalence toward her, while he held her to his own standard, Sara remained steadfast, trying to prove her innocence and willingness to work within the relationship. She deserves some credit here, unlike him. Pivotal moments are late in the book and I also liked that as well. All around this was a good read. 1 like ·
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. Billionaire Blackmail by Alison Aimes is a touching and relatable story of two flawed individuals with lots of feels. First time reading this author’s work and I wasn’t disappointed; she’s most definitely on my go-to reading list from here on out. I found her writing style amazing and so easy to follow, while her characters and world build-up did a superb job of bringing her storyline to life. Very nicely done Ms. Aimes.
Nike Vanenti is ruthless when it comes to business and even more so in his personal life. When 5 billion dollars is stolen from his compay Nike is furious but when all leads point to his ex-girlfriend revenge is all he can see. Sara Turner comes from a family of con artists but has strived to create a new life for herself. As a mid level accountant for an auditing firm she couldn't believe it when her newest client and billionaire wanted to go out to dinner with her. After a few hot and heavy dates Nik started to pull away and Sara learned early on to never let someone break her heart and trust again. When Nik shows up out of the blue again Sara is surprised to see him but when he starts throwing accusations of theft her way she is furious. Once again her parents past is coming back to haunt her and now she must find a way to clear her name aND protect her heart from the one man who can break it for good. I really enjoyed this book. Both characters came from b ad childhoods but found a way to overcome their past and create a successful future. If they can learn to do the same with their trust and their hearts then these two can find the future the never thought the could have. I received an eARC of this book compliments of the publisher in exchange for my honest review and opinion. All ratings and opinions stated are my own.
Billionaire Blackmail by Alison Aimes....What a great entertaining story. The characters were very well written and likeable and relatable. Nik and Sara both have pasts they need to work through, but fun to watch their stories unfold. This is my first book by this author and it will not be my last. I was given a complimentary book by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. 'Billionaire Blackmail' by Alison Aimes is the story of Nik Valenti and Sara Turner. Sara and Nik both had pretty hard times growing up. Nik mother was hood on drugs and Nik was taken from her. So Nik has pretty much grown up on the streets although he was taken in by a family who help raised him. Sara had a similar time but she had a younger brother who also along with their parents has fallen for drugs and such. Sara has been pulling her brother out of on situation to another. This book seems to pick up the story of Nik and Sara after they have broken up..but later Nik finds out that money has been stolen from him and all roads lead to Sara as the one that did it. When Nik goes to confront her with this issue Sara is at the hospital with her brother who has been brought in. It seems it got into a fight and drugs also were involved. Nik makes Sara sign a contract saying she has to do pretty much whatever he wants or she or her brother will go to jail. Also if she signs the papers Nik said he would help to get her brother into rehab and help with their debts. Sara signs the papers but she knows she isn't the one who took his money but she wants to save her brother. Will Sara and Nik ever come to trust one another?
The need for trust as well as love is fundamental in this second chance romance. Both billionaire Nik Valenti and his ex girlfriend, Sara Turner, find it difficult to believe in others and to trust them – this effectively forced them apart very early on in their relationship, despite their mutual attraction. Now, however, Nik is forcing his way back into her life after her brother was badly beaten and ended up in hospital. Nik’s not coming to protect her but in an attempt to recoup the $5million dollars he believes she and her brother have stolen from his company. He’s out for revenge, felling that he’s been conned by Sara and won’t listen when she denies any knowledge or involvement with the crime. Nik suggests a deal, one which will keep her under his watchful eye, put her brother into rehab but will either of them be able to resist the temptation to explore their potential relationship further? Will either of them learn to trust the other and be honest with them? With so many lies, deception and so much attraction between them, is there any possibility of a HEA for them? There are some great secondary characters in this story – I really liked both Nik’s chief of security and his PA. Although Nik is a wealthy, powerful man, these two really know him and are not reticent at saying what they like to Nik, forcing him to see their point of view at times. They did, however, confuse me at one point as they had a total change in attitude towards Sara and I missed whatever was the trigger for the about turn. Neither of the main characters have had happy childhoods, both have struggled because of the actions of their parents and both have strived to succeed in their own right despite this. This causes serious problems for them both as they are used to hiding their feelings and are reluctant to openly communicate with each other – hence the ‘interference’ of Nik’s staff at various points in the story. Overall, this has a great plot, with plenty of action, some suspense, mystery and an easy to escape into writing style that makes it a lovely read. I’ll certainly look out for other books by this author in future! Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read this in exchange for my honest review.
Loved this one! I thought Nik was great and how kind and gentle he is with Sara even though he is convinced she's not what she appears. He can't seem to help himself. Growing up on the streets and foster care may have made him ruthless in business but when it comes to Sara his heart is completely in charge. Sara has tried to live her life going down the right path but her family always seems to pull her down. What can you do though - it's family. When Nik Valenti, the one man who could steal her heart, accuses her of embezzling from his company she knows without a doubt her brother is involved but she can't help but want to protect him. At Nik's mercy she has no choice but agree to the crazy plan he has. Keeping her heart safe could be the toughest challenge of all. Excellent read, I highly recommend this one.
I really enjoyed this suspenseful second chance romance! Nik and Sara stopped seeing each other 3 months previously because they both misinterpreted the others feelings and actions. Now Nik has discovered that someone has stolen 5 million dollars from him and feels that Sara is involved. He ruthlessly takes over her and her brothers lives to try and retrieve his money. But is it really ruthless or is it also a way to have her close again? Nik was a seasoned pro at dealing with con artists and liars thanks to his childhood, which kept his walls locked up tight. But he was attracted to Sara's beauty, intelligence and loyalty and it was a struggle to maintain his walls around her. Sara grew up with parents who were con artists. She worked hard to distance herself from that life and to protect her brother from it as well. She hated that Nik might use that against her and was determined to clear her and her brother's name. But when Sara's life is threatened will they be able to uncover the truth before it is too late? Nik and Sara were great together even as they tried hard to deny their explosive chemistry. There are also some fascinating secondary characters that make this a multifaceted story. If you like sexy, exhilarating stories with great banter, and intriguing plot twists, you will definitely enjoy this book!
Nik and Sara have a lot in common. Both have had difficulties in their personal lives. From a young age and despite trying to out run the past each gets sucked back into the darkness they have worked to break free of. I received an ARC of Billionaire Blackmail in exchange for an honest review. Behind the shell of ruthlessness Nik has built around himself lives a man that needs tender loving care. His childhood has made it hard for him to allow vulnerability in. He wants love but is scared to seek it out and get nothing in return but the pain he knows it entails. Sara is the other side of the coin, she wears her heart on her sleeve for all to see and that weakness allows her to be hurt and manipulated by the people she loves most. Protecting her family could end up costing her everything including her freedom. Ms. Aimes is gifted in that she takes a story with a grim story line and ends up writing an inspiring and sensual look at the benefits and pitfalls of love.
I read this book in one sitting and really enjoyed it. It had just the right amount of intrigue, suspense, drama, romance and sex. The chemistry between Sara and Nik is off the charts but they both have secrets from each other. The storyline was unique and not something that I have read before and it was refreshing and kept my interest from page one all the way through to the end. I was given this book in exchange of an honest review and I will definitely be recommending this book to my friends and I give it 5 pink stars.