Blurring the Lines

Blurring the Lines

by Marisa Cleveland

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Blurring the Lines by Marisa Cleveland

He broke all his rules... for her.

Real estate development CEO Blake Whitman is an Aquarius with a philanthropic nature, but when it comes to work, he's driven and focused, and he would never, ever mix business with pleasure. As far as he's concerned, office romance is off the table.

He also never backs down from a challenge, and Kira Layton just accused him of ruining the community. What better way to get her on his side than to hire her?

But the more he tells himself to keep his hands off his new, sexy secretary, the harder it is for him to come up with reasons why office romances never work and why it's a bad idea to cross the line...

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ISBN-13: 9781682810354
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 11/13/2015
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.41(d)

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Blurring the Lines

Men of the Zodiac


By Marisa Cleveland, Robin Haseltine

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2015 Marisa Cleveland
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-516-1


CHAPTER 1

Blake Whitman approached The Fresh Bean, the oldest coffeehouse in Edgewater Bay, and inhaled. If any morning called for coffee, it was today.

"I'm so sorry!"

He heard the apology a split second before a tiny terrier buzzed by him, cutting to the right and forcing him to stop his momentum.

What the — Unfortunately, another dog followed the first, and when Blake stepped to the side, his ankle caught on the leash. His foot locking in place, his upper body crashed into something soft — a girl? He gripped her bare shoulders, and as his hands tightened on her impossibly smooth skin, he angled his body so when they tumbled to the pavement in a tangle of limbs and fur, it was his back that took the fall.

They landed nose to nose. Amid the earthy smell and the unmistakable pet scent, he inhaled her, all warm and fresh and womanly, making him forget the pain shooting down his spine. All his carefully crafted Monday morning plans disappeared under the weight of the woman blinking her dark eyes and regarding him with a mixture of laughter and concern.

Something sharp — a knee — landed in his thigh.

"Oh!" Her gasp came right before an open palm pressed his face, the side of his head, his chest, as she twisted out of his arms. "Are you okay?"

She scooted back and patted his stomach, his hip — But all movement froze when her hand brushed over the zipper on his pants. With her ponytail swinging to the side, she looked down to that area and grinned, her chest rising and falling with rapid succession.

Without waiting for his answer, the woman scrambled to her feet. He'd barely had time to register her shy smile or the tempting press of her limbs. She crouched and grabbed her fallen papers, shuffling them into a disorderly stack. When he tried to sit up, a large and very shaggy dog climbed over his face, perching both paws on his stomach, tail slapping across his face. Two more culprits jumped and barked by his ear. If he moved, the dogs might bolt, and he'd hate to have to help her chase down three escaped mutts this early in the morning. He wasn't sure he could, anyway, until his back stopped aching.

Pinned in place, he watched her brush down her sundress and mutter as she retrieved the leashes. Finally, mercifully, she noticed him still on the ground, immobilized by a Bearded Collie, a Scottish Terrier, and the chocolate Labrador.

"Muffin, no!" The brunette, stuffing the pile of papers under one arm and unwrapping the knotted leashes with the other, tugged the Scottish Terrier back, only to let the first two dogs descend on him and lick him like his face was bacon. "Oh!"

Her gaze landed on his, and Blake swore through the initial shock he saw a glint of mirth. Glad she found his predicament funny ... "Uh —?"

"Don't worry, dude. Their tongues haven't been anywhere suspicious in the last hour."

Had she really just called him dude? He was thirty, not thirteen, and this was southwest Florida, not California. All concern for his person disappeared from her expression, her smile betraying her amusement. She was pretty in a fresh-faced, passion-for-life way, and he let the nickname slide.

Once she managed to pull the two largest beasts from his body, he plucked up the first offender and stood. The terrier continued to stretch its tongue toward his mouth, even after he placed the dog back on the cement.

She grinned up at him. "I tried to warn you."

That split-second apology had been her warning?

They faced each other, and he found it adorable how she struggled to maintain her balance as the dogs tugged and moved in different directions. Blake had never been so instantly aware of someone. She must have felt it, too, because he saw the slightest hint of shock in her dark eyes.

He conceded, "I guess you did."

She opened her mouth at the same time Haley, the coffeehouse manager, flew from the shop. "Mr. Whitman! Are you okay? I saw the whole thing."

"Morning, Haley. We seem to be fine, I think." He glanced at the woman still struggling to put order to the three dogs and pile of papers. "Do you need help?"

"Kira, my God, you could have killed Mr. Whitman!" Haley made a tsking noise and then held out a paper cup to him. "Here. I brought you your usual triple espresso."

The brunette frowned. "All that caffeine isn't healthy."

Had she just chided him ... a stranger? For drinking coffee? Her audacity intrigued him. Although he was tempted to debate the merits of caffeine with her, he didn't have time to spare, even for a little innocent flirtation. His real estate investment firm wouldn't run itself, and he was already late.

"Kira!" Haley's shocked gasp clicked him back to reality.

The brunette's mouth opened into an "O" and then snapped shut. She glanced at him from beneath her bangs and gave him a small grin. "I didn't mean it like it sounded."

Damn, she had a sexy mouth. He didn't take his gaze off her lips as he said, "I'm sure you didn't." He took the cup from Haley. "Thank you."

Haley beamed. "Anything for you, Mr. Whitman." She turned to Kira.

"Mr. Whitman donated five Peter Maxx paintings to the animal rescue's silent auction last spring."

"Oh. What a generous donation."

He cringed, ready for the usual stream of compliments about his generosity. When it didn't come, and she merely gave him a friendly, easygoing smile, he grinned back. He liked that she didn't go on and on about it, even though she seemed to be a real animal lover. That kind of thing embarrassed the hell of out of him.

Haley laughed. "No. I don't think you get it. This is the Blake Whitman."

"It's such a pleasure to meet you, the Blake Whitman." The brunette stuck out her hand, the one that wasn't holding the leashes, but with the flyers tucked under her arm precariously, she quickly retracted it. "I'm even sorrier I didn't stop Muffin from tripping you."

Her words sounded sincere, but amusement still flickered in her eyes. Her seeming lack of interest fascinated him. If he didn't have a major development proposal to tackle that would change the face of the downtown Edgewater Bay area, he'd probably stick around to question whether apologizing for her dogs was genuine.

"The pleasure is mine, Kira." He said her name and liked the way it sounded. He removed the cup's lid and gulped back the espresso.

"Did the brew come out okay?" Haley chewed on her lower lip.

"It's perfect," he said to her, but he couldn't drag his attention from Kira. He kept his focus on her as he reached into his pocket, retrieved a ten, and handed it to Haley. "Thanks for personally delivering it."

She slipped the bill into her apron and winked. "Anything for you."

A group of teens entered The Fresh Bean, and Haley gave an apologetic wave. "Better get in there. Looks like the morning rush is starting."

Kira faced Blake. "I really am sorry about Muffin. I hope you're okay and not just saying that to be polite."

Okay, maybe he'd read her wrong. That had sounded earnest enough. He bent down to scrub a hand over Muffin's tiny head. When the dog jumped to attention, he scooped her up with one arm and scratched her behind the ear. "This little lady? I'm glad I didn't land on her."

Kira coughed. "Him." A smile twitched at the corners of her full lips.

"You named a boy dog Muffin?"

"You sound surprised."

He stroked the top of Muffin's head. "Poor fellow."

She handed him one of the flyers pressed to her chest. "And if you have an issue with that, we're having an adopt-a-thon this weekend. Feel free to adopt him and change his name to whatever suits you."

He took the flyer with the Edgewater Animal Rescue logo. Should he tell her he'd donated more than the Peter Maxx paintings to the organization? He'd also been one of ten donors — he'd donated anonymously — to fund the first dog park at the beach.

Ridiculous. Since when had he needed a female's stamp of approval for his actions? "Okay, well, thanks for the info."

Apparently bored with the human interaction, the dogs had fallen silent and lounged on the pavement. Kira wiggled their leashes. "I better get these guys their breakfast."

Blake lifted his empty cup in farewell. "Take care."

He was a little sad to see her go. She was the most interesting woman he'd met in a while. She probably wasn't available anyway because she had a boyfriend or husband. But he hadn't seen a ring, and she'd stiffened when she'd heard his last name. Then again, maybe he'd imagined the whole attraction thing.

So why was he regretting not asking for her number?


Blake Whitman. So that was the guy. The CEO of the company her father mentioned had wanted to buy the building. She looked at The Fresh Bean storefront and the floors above it.

What would happen to the not-for-profits using the second floor as their headquarters and the pro bono lawyers working out of the community room for special projects? Where would they go? What about Haley? Would she, and all the coffeehouse staff, lose their jobs?

The brick building had been a gift from her dad to her mom, which had reverted back to her father after her mom had died. If he sold it now, her mom's vision would never come true. Everything her mom had sacrificed would be for nothing.

According to her dad, the Whitman-Madison team led the drive for redevelopment into a shiny new downtown for Edgewater Bay, but their vision clashed with her mom's idea for preserving this tract as the historic section of town. With a population topping twenty thousand, the city had experienced growth over the past two decades, and with more and more tourists flocking to the sandy beaches, everyone agreed there was a need to revitalize the area — but not everyone agreed which direction to take. A quaint, but rambling, main street had developed along the bay, and last month the city council voted on a firm — Whitman-Madison — to redefine the area. She'd read articles and heard rumors of franchises replacing local, family-owned shops, and had wondered how to stop it from happening.

Kira's chest squeezed, and her anger at Blake's company for wanting to tear down the beautiful brick building resurfaced.

It would be a shame to give up such a large piece of her mom's legacy to a real estate development company. The Whitman-Madison reputation for dollars before heart filled the front page of the business section more often than not. She didn't understand how the firm — a family-founded company — could put aside small town values in favor of corporate greed.

Kira led the dogs around back to where a makeshift gated area had been designed for them. After she opened the fence, they ran down the strip of grass to the end and back again. She hadn't been kidding about getting them breakfast, and as was her morning tradition, she spoiled whichever dogs from the rescue she happened to be walking that day to gourmet, dog-friendly treats from The Fresh Bean.

Muffin licked her ankle and she picked up the terrier, cuddling him to her. She squinted up at the back of the building.

After filling the dogs' bowls with fresh water, she stepped through the back door and made her way through the oldest coffeehouse in town. The interior lacked the modern feel of other franchised cafes, but she found it comforting that not everything old had to be replaced. Sure, the wood floors had seen better days, but the building had been her mother's brainchild to create a central location for philanthropic endeavors, and while other shops had come and gone, The Fresh Bean had continued to thrive and lease the first floor, providing enough income to cover the basic utilities for the other floors to operate.

She had to do something.

Her roommate worked for Whitman-Madison. Perhaps she could meet with this guy. Tell him about the hard work, planning, and dedication that went into forming The Bromwell. The value of the location for the nonprofits. Maybe he'd hear her out. More likely he'd be too busy.

Seeing Blake up close, and not just from newspaper pictures of society functions with some woman on his arm, reminded her of all the reasons she'd left her first job. He seemed in a rush to get to the coffee shop, gulped his drink then dashed off, probably to hurry to the office and sift through mountains of paperwork.

Yet even with his harried demeanor, Blake looked hot in his suit — like the pressure-filled job fit him. And he'd smiled — several times — at her and picked up Muffin, despite all the fur the dog left on his jacket, so he might not be so cold-hearted after all. Unless she read him wrong, he'd been interested in her. Not enough to ask for her number, but he might listen to a concerned resident about saving the building.

After all, she was a smart, independent woman. Why couldn't she tempt him into changing his mind — and maybe getting him to ask for her number?

CHAPTER 2

Blake arrived at the office with the intriguing Kira still on his mind.

His secretary Margie stood as he approached her desk. She fidgeted with the notepad in her hand and then handed him several phone messages that he scanned.

"Please put these on my calendar to call back this afternoon. I'm determined to get through at least a quarter of this contract" — he held up his briefcase — "before my eight thirty."

"This came by certified mail."

He tore open the package she indicated and pulled out a rather thick contract. After reading the cover and introduction, he swore and looked at the date and time stamp. Twenty minutes ago. When he'd been wrangling rescue mutts instead of reviewing properties.

"Sorry. This means another late night."

She rolled her eyes. "What's new?"

Blake thought he heard her mutter something under her breath, but he ignored it and gave her a curt nod. "Excellent. Tell Tyler I'll need him, too, please." It wouldn't hurt to have their CIO on hand to handle the technical terminology.

Margie gripped her coffee mug, reminding Blake of his morning encounter with Kira and her dogs. His secretary's lips moved slightly as she continued to stare blankly at him, and he thought he heard her counting to ten before she blinked and shot him her usual close-mouthed smile. "Whatever you say, boss."

Her tone caught his attention. "You won't be alone, Margie. I'll be here, too."

"You always are."

He had no response to his secretary's shockingly flippant answer, but he didn't dictate when the head of a major information systems manufacturing firm would spare time to listen to Whitman-Madison's most recent pitch for commercial expansion.

Masking his irritation, he said, "Thank you."

Margie nodded. "I'll let Tyler know. Also, I'll hold all calls and let you know when your eight thirty arrives."

"Excellent. Thank you." Blake entered his corner office, placed his briefcase on the floor, and sank into his chair. Then, he swiveled around and stared out the window. His office faced the south part of the bay. If he had his younger brother, Keith's, office, overlooking the city, he might be able to see The Fresh Bean building. He frowned. One more thing that needed his attention on his already overloaded plate. Kira's flyer crinkled in his pocket, and he tossed it into the wooden tray amid the stack of other important items.

Two pages into the second section of the contract from the city council, a commotion sounded outside his door, but he ignored it. If they needed him, Margie would know to interrupt. A couple more muffled sounds, a sharp clicking of heels on the hardwood floors, and then silence. It was too quiet. With a heavy sigh, he opened the door.

Darcy, his brother's secretary, stood with her hand raised to knock. "Blake, Keith would like to speak with you."

Regretting yet another disruption, he checked the clock then strode into Keith's office and shut the door.

Keith opened a drawer and removed a tie. "Your secretary quit. That's the tenth one this year."

Blake stared at his younger brother. He'd thought she was fine. Why did she go to Keith to quit and not tell him? He sighed. "So, Margie quit. Doesn't surprise me. I asked her to stay late tonight, and she seemed put out. She knows my schedule."

"This doesn't look good. We need to discuss our image."

"You're twenty-five, VP for a multi-million dollar real estate investment firm, and since you started three years ago, you've had the same secretary. Your image is fine."

Keith tossed a tabloid across the desk at Blake. New Doesn't Always Mean Better. The article expounded on the latest endeavor at Whitman-Madison, a shiny, new downtown for Edgewater Bay, and pulled no punches in calling CEO Blake a man concerned only with profit.


(Continues...)

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Blurring the Lines 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this quick playful read!
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nelriv More than 1 year ago
Given an ARC for voluntary review for netgalley. Cute short love story. You have Blake a workaholic CEO who continuously loses his secretaries, one because he over works them, and two because some of them tend to hit on him. He meets Kira, as she is walking her foster dogs and she goes to confront him because he wants to build a waterfront in the building her mothers legacy is at, and she wants to save the building. They end up making a deal that she will work for him and he will try and save her building, although she is overqualified for the position, he has no clue of her pedigree. They ofcourse fall in love, blurring all types of lines, and they have a blow up over misunderstandings. They make up and have there HEA
starznstripes24 More than 1 year ago
Sweet, fun and fast paced. Blake and Kira meet during a unique encounter. Kira's very involved in a local shelter, with rescue dogs and fostering them. The dogs are a big part of the story and enhance the eventual bond between Kira and Blake. Their next meeting doesn't go according to plan for either of them. She storms into his office to give him a piece of his mind, and he ends up offering her a job. There is attraction, but neither are willing to admit it or act on it. They worked really well together, and it was a joy to watch them grow closer to each other and fall in love. This was a good read, but I wanted a little more in the inevitable blow up and reunion. They seemed rushed and lacking detail for what I like to read. All in all, it was a good cleanser to read when you're in between books or stuck with a hangover and need to move forward. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
Blurring the Lines was such a great romantic story between two individuals whose paths perfectly crossed when they least expected it and it soon changes their lives forever. Right at the beginning of the story we get to meet Kira Layton, an animal lover who is also determined to get what she wants no matter what. When she gets news that someone is going to ruin the community that is dear to her heart, she is set to change the stranger's mind. When she stumbles against a handsome stranger at the park sparks set off between the two of them and they part ways only to meet again in different circumstance. The minute she realizes that the stranger is non other than CEO, Blake Whitman, the man that is going to ruin her community she is set out to make him see the beauty of the place that her mother loved the most. But soon things immediately change when instead of sending her off, Blake actually hires her as his personal assistant without knowing that his life was going to change from then on. As the two of them start to spend more time together, the more Kira sees that Blake is not the awful person that she thought he'd be. An office romance is off the table for Blake, but his new secretary is changing everything about his life and he can't stop that as the more time he spends with her, the more he starts to like her even more. He soon finds himself promising that he'll do anything in his power to stop the reconstruction of the new building from happening, but things immediately change and that is when he'll have to decide what truly is important to him in the end. I really enjoyed reading the book, it was cute and funny seeing how the two main characters interacted with each other. Kira is a loving person who loves fostering animals and she even gets Blake to take on a couple dogs to his house, which was hilarious. There really isn't a big conflict that needs to be solved in the story, which made the story refreshing and quick to read. The chemistry between the characters in undeniable and it makes the story that much more enjoyable to read. Overall, if you are looking for a romance story I would highly recommend picking this book up. :) ***ARC provided by Entangled in exchange for an honest review.***
LittleMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
I can't even express how excited I am that I read this book. It's from an author that I'd not yet read and it is a great example of a very well done romance novel. These days, finding a good romance that doesn't make me roll my eyes has been a bit hard to find. Is it because I've read too many and my expectations are ridiculous or maybe I've become jaded in my old age of 35 (this was the scary age that I was always worried about when I was younger), I don't know but something has just been off for me lately with romances. Thank goodness this novel was so generously provided by Entangled. I just don't know what I would do without them. Let's sum this all up ... I love Entangled and I have really come to adore the writings of Marisa Cleveland. Anyhow ... Blurring the Lines started off in THE cutest way possible ... this chick is walking dogs and has a handful of flyers and basically tramples this adorable businessman whom she kind of knows in a roundabout way. The sparks seem to fly from that very short encounter and you're immersed right away into their story. Cleveland does a great job of getting you hooked onto her story from the very beginning. It's easy to fall in love with both Blake and Kira because of how they each see the other. Yes, it's a bit of a cliche with the secretary and boss thing but it absolutely doesn't read that way. Kira is a very strong female lead and because of that, you don't get the skeezy boss tempting the poor, sweet employee vibe. If anything, the whole scenario makes you like both characters even more than you did before. The story was pretty straight forward with the required romance novel events: girl falls for boy, boy falls for girl, someone screws up, someone is pissed and the awesome HEA. That all being said ... just because this book follows the romance novel recipe that doesn't mean you should discount it. This is a solid novel with so many sweet and sassy parts that you'll thank me for putting it onto your radar. I know that I'll read more novels in this Zodiac series ... I'm assuming that they don't have to be read in order since they aren't numbered. I just really hope that Cleveland is able to bring this kind of stellar character development and enchanting storyline to each novel she puts out there ... if she does ... she's found a devoted reader for life. I'll be reading this one again and probably soon. * I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
Blake had the reputation of being a player outside the office, a strict rules follower in the office, but underneath it all was a heart of gold. Kira was a refreshing female lead. She was desperately trying to find her way. to do something meaningful with her life and career. I liked that she was smart, very well educated and not materialistic, and an animal lover. Blake and Kira complemented each other perfectly. She gave him balance. He gave her acceptance and support. I loved their professional and personal relationship. They were unbelievably sweet together along with a lot of spark. I truly enjoyed this story and may have found a new author to read. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
missalicia2013 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review... Interesting, heart-felt, and endearing. Blake Whitman is a workaholic of the worst short and he expects his staff to be at his beck and call but not fall for his charms while doing it. He has lost numerous secretaries due to his breaking load of hours expected. When is last one walks he is floored. Kira is a woman of many talents but a loss of how to use them so she spends her days trying to save her community and her mother's building. The building Blake wants to tear down. Kira decides to confront Blake at his office after an unfortunate meeting one morning; what she didn't expect was a job offer and a plan. Blake offers her a plan to save her mother's building I she will work for him for a year. The only requirement is not office romance with him. At first she sees not problem with this. As time moves on they both begin to have a major problem. Will Blake finally break his rule with Kira? What happens if he does?
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
What a Fun and Sassy Read Great story about a CEO named Blake Whitman who is into Real estate development. Kira goes to see Blake in hopes to get him to help her stop the development of a building and to get it declared as historical landmark-when she gets there she learns he needs a secretary and she does not tell him her real reason for being there and steps him to pretend she is the new secretary. She is hired on the spot, with conditions -- that she'll stay on for a year and doesn't desire to sleep with him. Well, the chemistry is wild between them so the sleeping together you know is bound to happen and with the secrets that Kira has, don’t know about the year thing but Kira agrees. Kira is a sweet woman who fosters dogs and no matter who she meets, she sweetly tells them about pet fostering, including Blake. Blake was a man who worked all the time and didn’t have a life but with Kira, he started living. There are twists and turns and when Kira’s secret gets out, Blake definitely felt betrayed. Sit tight and watch for fireworks. The ending will seal this as a great story. Blake and Kira make this a good story to read- especially with sassy heroines, hunky heroes, and insane chemistry present. My rating: 4.0 stars **** ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher via NETGALLEY for my honest review****
Linda_RochesterNY More than 1 year ago
*ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review* I enjoyed this book a lot. Blake and Kira are very likable characters with a lot of chemistry. I smiled a lot while reading this book because the author did a great job of telling the story of their romance which was sweet, funny, and sexy. My favorite fun part was when he saw her underwear when she crawled under her desk and her dress got caught. Also that she observed that he is a "shoe man". :) Love it!
JulieMaguda More than 1 year ago
Blake is CEO of a real estate development company and is very serious about his work. He has a strict "no dating a co-worker" policy at work, but he's having a hard time keeping that rule when he hires Kira as his secretary. I really enjoyed this one! I loved that their relationship wasn't the typical "insta-love" type. Kira had a fun personality but she also had smarts. I found myself surprised, right along with Kira, when we started to get to know Blake's personality and learned he was a great guy. This was a shorter read but I didn't feel as if it was rushed. I really hope this is part of a series because I wouldn't mind reading about some of the secondary characters that were mentioned.
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting and enjoyable read. I liked Blake's character and chemistry between Kira and him made this book more entertaining to read. Kira is amusing, funny and determined woman. She wants to support/help the society and willing to work hard in order to achieve those goals. Blake is and over-worked businessman who is focused on increasing his company's profits. But they are both perfect for each other. What starts as a work relationship soon turns into something more and they might not get out with their hearts intact... Blake needs a secretary and Kira needs to save her mother's legacy. They can work together to achieve their goals. For her charity and helping out at animal shelter means a lot. She is pleasantly surprised to find out that Blake is not the cold hearted businessman everyone seems to think. He also cares about helping out in the society and shares her love for dogs but will that be enough for them to be together.... A best romance novel! I recommend it to all readers who like contemporary romance books. This one is definitely a good one.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4 stars Blurring the Lines was a fun and enjoyable read. I loved watching Blake and Kira get together, their relationship developed over time and didn't feel rush. Both are passionate people who had amazing chemistry together. I'm really enjoying Marisa Cleveland's writing, she gives her readers enjoyable storylines with great characters that you can relate to, I highly recommend this book.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Blake Whitman has made his business successful by following the rules, and never straying from the straight and narrow. He lives for his work, and spends day and night dedicated to ensuring that he is always two steps ahead of everyone else. He also believes that office romances should never come into play, and that business and pleasure should never find themselves in the same room... that is until a certain new secretary catches his eye and has him considering breaking one of his cardinal rules. Kira Layton is a woman of the people and she is not above pushing the limits to get what she wants, even if that means working for the enemy. She has taken a secretarial job working for the one man she despises in order to see to it that he does right by the people in their community. But when she starts to see things in her new boss that she likes, it leaves her wanting to cross enemy lines to get what she desires... It was a true pleasure to meet Blake and Kira, the intense chemistry between these two was like a magnet that pulled me right into their world and had me hanging onto their every word. Their story was filled with passion, intensity, and some heated moments that had me in need of a fan! This was my first time reading a book by this author, and I can say with complete certainty it won't be my last!! Definitely a VERY impressive first read, and a book I think should be added to the top of everyone's reading lists!! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I really loved this one. I thought the writing was very well done and the characters of Blake and Kira worked perfectly together. Blake with his strict "no dating coworkers" rule really backs himself against the wall when his attraction to Kira flares out of control. Kira was so cute and fun. The perfect balance to Blake's seriousness. This is one I highly recommend.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
A nice read about resisting temptation ... or not! :) Blake Whitman, Real Estate Developer/CEO meets Kira Layton when she and a pack of dogs run into him on the street. He's quite taken with her and hopes he runs into her again. Kira is into helping a lot of causes. When she finds out who Blake is, she's interested in talking to him about saving a building that's about to be torn down to redevelop that meant a lot to her Mom over the years. Blake convinces her to become his Secretary in exchange for funding some of her favorite projects, and trying to help her historic building be saved. As they work together, they become closer and start a relationship. Will they last when a few secrets come to light?
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Blake is a man who has business and the bottom line on his mind all the time. He thinks with his head and does not his feelings decide his actions. Kira is a person who cares about more than the ending balance on her bank account. She leads with her heart and her charity work proves that. Blurring The Lines is a look at what happens when two immovable forces collide. There was more to Blake than Kira realized. Marisa Cleveland's story of how preconceived notions can lead to passion and understanding. I received an ARC of this light hearted entertaining read.