Stocks and bonds aren’t the only commodities being traded on Wall Street. Money, power, prestige, sex--they’re all available to the highest bidder in Deal Breaker by Tara Leigh.
Nixie Rowland is having a bad day. Rushing home to drown her sorrows in ice cream and reality television, she decides to take a shortcut to the subway where things take a turn for the worst. But Nixie’s bad luck doesn’t end there—the white knight who comes to her rescue is none other than the Dark Knight of Wall Street, a cocky Manhattan mogul whose ego barely fits inside his penthouse. To her horror, Nixie discovers the sizzling attraction between them is off the charts, and rising fast. Spending the night in his bed does nothing to lower the heat… And everything to set her heart on fire.
Nash Knight doesn’t have room in his life, or his heart, for anything beyond one-night stands or casual flings. And he certainly doesn’t make a habit of rescuing damsels in distress. Except that this particular damsel slips beneath his armor, the vulnerability she covers with a false show of bravado hitting him somewhere deep. Nixie is everything he never wanted… And exactly what he needs.
With Nixie on the run from a controlling ex, and Nash trying to salvage a business deal at risk because his conquests in the bedroom are overshadowing his wins in the boardroom, there’s one simple solution for them both: a marriage in name only. But when lust becomes love, will their untamed emotions be a deal breaker?
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It was the girl that caught my eye first. A tiny bit of a thing, her arms were clasped tightly across her chest as she ducked into the alley beside the boxing gym where I trained most nights, the red hair piled on top of her head shining like a halo beneath the gritty streetlights of Manhattan's Lower East Side, her baggy jeans dragging along the pockmarked sidewalk.
This was my old neighborhood, although you would never know it now as I sat behind the tinted windows of my chauffeur- driven SUV. Most of my days are spent just two miles from here, but a world away, plotting corporate takeovers on Wall Street. I'm best known for stripping my targets of their assets, selling them for more individually than they are worth as a whole. In my spare time I do the same thing to my opponents in the ring. Using a combination of mixed martial arts and good old street fighting, I pounce on weakness, then pulverize it.
Which was why I'd noticed the petite redhead in the first place. I couldn't tell if she was beautiful because I hadn't seen her face. I didn't know if she had a good body because her loose clothes disguised her figure. Face, tits, ass, legs — those were usually what drew my attention to the opposite sex, although not necessarily in that order. But this one ... it was her stance, hunched over. And her pace, too quick. Like she was running from something.
She didn't make a sound, and yet everything about her screamed victim.
This was not the kind of neighborhood where weakness thrived. I should know.
Sure enough, two thugs were hot on her tail. Were they chasing her? Was that why she had darted into the alley like a scared rabbit?
"Home, boss?" My driver put the car into gear, ready to pull away from the curb.
Muttering a curse beneath my breath, I tossed my gym bag onto the opposite seat and launched myself out of the SUV. "Gimme a minute." Slamming the door, I trotted into the alley without waiting for a response. Not that I expected one; Jay had been with me for several years now and was accustomed to my brevity.
Slowing my pace, I hugged the shadows and kept my footsteps light, avoiding the beer bottles and soda cans that would have announced my presence like a fog horn. The alley itself was dark, but there was enough light to see the three people less than thirty feet away.
The gap between them closing fast. Three paces. Two paces. One. And then it was gone.
A haunting wolf whistle split the air. The woman's head jerked up, her gorgeous hair coming loose and spilling down her back. Too late, I saw one of the men reach out and grab a chunk of it in his fist. Her high pitched yelp echoed inside my eardrums as I grabbed for one of the bottles at my feet and sprinted toward them, red hot rage coursing through my veins. "Get. The. Fuck. Off. Her." I was moving fast, but my words came out slow.
The two thugs whipped around, but they were from the neighborhood, too. Hood rats, they were well versed in protecting what was theirs, including the girl they had clearly claimed as their own.
I didn't know her, didn't really want to know her, either — what kind of woman walked around these streets without even a shred of self-awareness? I just needed to extricate her from the two pairs of hands she'd been too oblivious to avoid, and then I would be on my way.
The man holding the redhead spoke first, pulling her into his chest. I noticed his ears, small and crinkled, set close to his head. Fighter's ears. "What's it to you?" The voice could have been my own, years ago. We came from the same gutter.
"Yeah," his friend echoed, wagging bushy eyebrows that overcompensated for a bald scalp. "Back off, slick."
Slick? I had a passing urge to laugh. I'd showered after my workout, changing into track pants and a hoodie. Nothing like my usual custom-made suits that cost more than these fools would know what to do with. "Not gonna do that. Let the girl go."
I looked from Eyebrows to Cauliflower Ears, avoiding the girl's frightened gaze as I forced out a harsh snicker. "You think I'm handing out fucking options? Let her go. Period."
"Don't think so," said Eyebrows. There was a pinging noise, and a flash of steel caught my eye. His arm lifted, a knife aimed my way.
I reacted instantaneously, instinctively. The bottle flew from my right hand, crashing against his bald skull. I kept moving, though, jabbing an elbow into his ribs as I caught his wrist between my arms and twisted. The knife hit the ground a second after I broke his tibia in two. He howled, and I could have sent a spinning backhand into his face, crushing his nose, but I decided against it. There was no honor in going for the jugular when a kick to the solar plexus would do. Restraint and discipline were at the core of every true fighter. And I was a fighter, in every sense of the word.
I stepped away and jerked my chin toward the far end of the alley. "Go."
Eyebrows didn't hesitate, holding his broken arm tightly to his side with his uninjured hand, frantic footsteps echoing off the brick walls.
Cauliflower Ears took a look at what I'd done to his friend eyes wide as he shoved his hostage toward me and took off in the same direction. Stifling the urge to chase after him and deliver a much more memorable lesson than I'd given his friend, I caught her by her narrow shoulders. "You okay?"
She tilted her head back to meet my eyes. For the briefest of seconds, it was as if I was staring into twin flames. I'd never seen a pair of eyes burn so brightly. Momentarily speechless, I was quickly jolted back to life when she drew her hands up and slapped at my wrists. "Get your hands off me!" she yelled.
I dropped my arms, unnerved by the hostility in her tone. What the hell? "Gladly." I'd known a lot of crazy women in my life, but this one took the cake. I backed away, deciding not to spend another second on this terrifyingly naive porcelain doll who had no idea how close she'd come to being irrevocably shattered. My eyes didn't want to leave her face, though. Which was probably a good thing, because I noticed the second she went from angry to shocked, pressing her hand against her side. My gaze tracked hers, noticing the blood for the first time.
Fuck. Cauliflower Ears must have had a knife, too. She lifted her hand, staring at the red already staining her fingers.
I caught her just before she hit the ground.
Jay's face was expressionless as I came out of the alley, holding an unconscious woman in my arms. He opened the back door and I slipped inside, cushioning her head against my shoulder as I pressed a palm to her injured side. Hair the color of fine cognac spilled down my arm, pooling in my lap.
"Hospital?" Jay jumped into the driver's seat, twisting around to look at me.
I shook my head. "Turn on the lights for a sec."
Jay pushed a button, switching the interior lights of the Navigator on, and then reached for a flashlight from the glove compartment, aiming its beam at her as well. I pried my hand away and lifted her shirt. There was a deep slice at her waist, but it clearly wasn't life-threatening as the blood flow had already slowed. If I brought her to a hospital, she wouldn't be seen for hours.
"Get Doc on the line and take us home," I said, relieved her injury wasn't lethal.
Stealing a glance at her face, my breath caught in my throat. Gold eyelashes fanned out against high cheekbones dusted with tiny freckles. Her mouth was set in a perfect pout, lips like fresh strawberries. Stunning.
"Sure thing, Boss." Jay turned back in his seat and put the car into gear, switching off the lights. It didn't matter, though. The image of her heart-shaped face was seared into my corneas.
A moment later, Doc's voice came through the car's speakers. Doc was Dr. Carmichael, a concierge doctor I paid a small fortune to have at my beck and call. When you work and play at my level, convenience can be bought with the swipe of an Amex Black Card. "Nash, how can I help you?"
"Meet me at my place. Now."
My apartment consisted of the entire top floor of the highest, most expensive skyscraper in Battery Park City. On one side I looked out at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, on the other was the Freedom Tower. As far as I was concerned, Central Park and the stuffy uptown crowd packed into the buildings at its perimeter could go to the pigeons. Judging from the amount of bird droppings covering the sidewalks, maybe it already had.
Without thinking, I carried the girl into my bedroom, although there were several others I could have chosen. By the time I laid her out on my crisp white duvet and took off her shoes, threadbare red Converses that had seen better days, Dr. Carmichael was at my side.
"Taking in strays, I see," he commented, dropping his black bag on the floor and reaching inside to grab for a stethoscope.
"Very funny. She was on the wrong end of a knife fight." I lifted her bloodstained shirt just high enough to expose the three- inch gash cut into the curve of her waist. "She didn't faint until she saw the blood on her hand, though."
Doc nodded, but his attention was on the girl, not me. Tearing my own eyes away, I left him with his new patient and walked out of the room, shaking off my body's almost visceral reaction to the unconscious girl splayed across my mattress. If we'd met in a bar, we might already be in bed. Together.
And neither of us would be wearing clothes.
With a start, I pulled myself together. Women didn't do this to me, no matter how beautiful they were.
Once I'd washed the blood off my hands, I poured a double shot of whiskey into a crystal old fashioned glass and headed for my office. Six televisions hung on one wall, each set to a different news network, their sound muted. I scanned them quickly, but the biggest news of the day was the remembrance ceremony for the sixteenth anniversary of September 11.
I didn't need to remember that day.
I'd never forgotten it.
Sixteen fucking years. Sixteen years since I'd been a sixteen- year-old kid about to join a street gang. My brother was eighteen, and on September 12 he walked into to the Armed Forces Recruiting Station in Midtown. Before he left for boot camp, Wyatt made me promise I would stay off the streets. I was proud that he'd chosen to selflessly serve his country, but I was also angry. Angry that he'd left me behind, angry that every breath I took was laced with fear that he wouldn't return. I was like a desiccated tree, just waiting for a careless flick of a cigarette butt to start a forest fire.
Cutting school and starting fights with anyone willing to hit me back, I was well on my way to breaking my promise. Until a barrel-chested man with a buzz cut and a nose that had been broken so many times it was just a misshapen lump in the center of his face spotted me and a neighborhood kid getting into it right outside his boxing gym and shoved us in a ring together.
I earned my first win that day, but what I really gained was an outlet for the unwieldy emotions clouding my judgment.
Reggie's gym smelled of sweat and mildew, and was filled with the sounds of men hitting bags and hitting each other. It was a sharp contrast to the apartment I shared with my parents. Without my brother, the cramped rooms were too quiet, our combined worry too oppressive.
Reggie took pity on me, letting me train in return for sweeping floors, cleaning bathrooms, and washing wraps. I trained with amateurs, then with the pros. There was one other rule, though. Fighting was a disciplined sport, and he believed that a dull mind could never produce a strong fighter. To be welcome in his gym, I had to do well in school. Not necessarily perfect grades, just "my best." For a kid who had never put much effort into school work, barely cracking a book and being content with simply passing from year to year, no one was more surprised than me when a little bit of effort resulted in straight A's.
Confining my fighting to the boxing ring, I stayed out of trouble and off the streets. Not only did I keep my promise to my brother, my efforts paid off in other ways, too. A college scholarship. Internships. Job offers. My own company. Millions of dollars. Nearly a billion, according to the latest valuations at the close of the market today.
And yet, over the years, I'd seen first hand how easily the trappings of success, even life itself, could be snatched away in an instant.
Doc stopped at the threshold of my office and gave a short rap on the open door with his knuckles. I looked up. "How is she?" "Fine, now. She woke up as I was examining her wound, then passed right out again. Her dirty clothes are in the bathroom sink and I left a note with instructions on your nightstand, along with anti-bacterial meds and enough pain pills to carry her through the next couple of days."
I nodded, letting out the breath I hadn't realized I'd been holding. "Thanks, Doc. Appreciate it."
"Anytime." He started to walk out and then turned back. "If she's still here in the morning, I can stop back in. Check on her again."
Still here in the morning? That would mean spending the night. No woman had ever spent the night in my apartment.
Because I didn't bring women back to my apartment. Ever.
"Good. Do that." I rolled suddenly tense shoulders, tossing back the remains of my glass in one swallow. First time for everything.
Jerking awake, I sucked in a pained breath, drawing it through my teeth as I felt for the brand that must have been seared into my right side. Instead of a raised scar, my palm slid over a rectangular bandage. What the —
"It's only a superficial cut, but you got a few stitches." A voice only slightly more familiar to me than the room pierced the darkness, smooth and throaty, making me forget all about the burning slash across my waist. I'd heard that voice before.
Clutching the cool sheet to my chest, I realized something else. Not only was I in a strange bed, I was shirtless. Pantless, too. "That's all that happened?" I gritted out.
"You mean besides me saving your ass?" His velvet chuckle was as sensual as a Botticelli painting. "Yeah, that's all. Unconscious women aren't really my thing."
If I'd been wearing more than just a bra and panties, I would have jumped out of bed and fled with the tattered shreds of my dignity trailing behind me. Kind of like the walk of shame but without the excuse of beer goggles. "Thank you. That was very kind of you. Can I have my clothes now?" My throat was so tight, each word emerged strangled.
No? I'd swallowed my pride to sound appreciative, practically begging for my clothes back, and he had the gall to say no? Who the hell did this guy think he was?
Beneath the covers, an indignant shiver trembled through me. I couldn't see much in the dark room, but I assumed he was the same man who'd come running into the alley last night. The memory of him was permanently ingrained in my brain. Tall, at least a foot taller than me, with close cropped dark hair and olive skin. Pale green eyes that sat above high cheekbones, fringed by long eyelashes that didn't soften his hard edges one bit. "Listen, if you're expecting some kind of open-armed, grateful —"
"From you?" He made a noise that sounded like a snort. "I'm getting the feeling you don't do grateful."
I winced, taken aback by the blunt honesty of his observation. "I never asked you to come running into the alley after me."
"So you're not glad I did?"
With my track record, of course I wouldn't wind up with a run-of-the-mill good samaritan. No, instead I fell into the hands of a cocky jerk with extra time on his hands, looking for an appreciative female to stroke his ego. "How do you know I wouldn't have been just fine on my own?"
"You're right. I don't." His swift capitulation surprised me, and I sagged back against the pillow. "Next time you have your head in the clouds and don't notice two thugs hot on your tail, looking to rob or rape you, probably both, I'll let you take your chances."
"Fine. All hail the conquering hero. Happy now?"
"Are you admitting that you needed my help?"
So damned smug. "Listen, we can debate my self-defense capabilities all day —"
"Night. It's the middle of the night."
"Whatever. All night, all day. There's no difference. What I'm trying to say —"
The arrogant man with a white knight complex interrupted me again. "Actually, there is a difference. The difference is — it's nighttime, and you're in my bed getting all hot and bothered about nonsense. Either go to sleep, or we might as well channel your energy into something more productive."
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Book 2 in the Billionaire Bosses series and this is Nash Knight and Nixie Rowland’s Story. I read the previous book Penthouse Player but I do think each can be read as standalones, I love this authors characters they are all strong and her heroines are sassy and independent. This book has it all plenty of banter between the characters as well as a good storyline. Looking forward to more in the series and more from this author.
Deal Breaker is the second book in the Billionaire Bosses series but can be read as a stand alone. I fell in love with tough but vulnerable Nexie from page one & Nash Knight was just the right mix of cocky & sweet. Can't read more by Tara Leigh. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Another great book from Tara. I loved book both Nixi and Nash are complicated stubborn personality. Although none of the want complication, relationship or feeling something deep toward another that is exactly what happens. Something stronger is pushing them together and the attraction that is really powerful but not only lust there is something deeper but they are still pushing it down and ignoring it. I loved that the story is not predictable and full of surprises. A story with suspense but also, more complicated story about finding what really matters in life. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
Not having read the first book in the Billionaire Bosses series, I didn’t know what to expect when reading Deal Breaker. At first glance the cover the synopsis completely hooked me in, and after reading the book I can say that I cannot wait to read more from the author in the future. At the very beginning we get to see Nash Knight and Nixie Rowland’s first encounter. After being chased by two suspicious looking guys, Nixie is ready to defend herself when Nash comes rushing to her rescue. Not being used to being rescued, Nixie wakes up in Nash’s house after suffering minor injuries. It is when she is ready to go back home that Nash’s protective instinct kicks in and wants to protect her. He doesn’t know that she has been running away from her past, but neither that she know the demos that he works so hard to hide. When Nash is ready to close a deal, he bumps into an obstacle when he is questioned about being single and not settling down. In the world of business everyone still sees him as someone who is not committed and he wants to change that. When he makes a daring proposition to Nixie; a marriage in name only. She doesn’t know what else to say or do, but a marriage will help her save enough money to start a fresh life. Little did she know that her marriage in name only would turn out to be so much more as soon as the two started to get to know each other better. Now it’ll be up to them figure out if taking a change on a relationship is worth the risk or not. I very much enjoyed the overall story, it’s evident that both of the characters are still working on their pasts and that has made it difficultly to move forward. Nixie has been trying to escape from an abusive ex-boyfriend and now that she has a good life it has suddenly come back to haunt her. On the other hand, Nash has been through a lot emotionally. He lost his brother and he is able to connect with Nixie as she has lost her parents as well. He is a total alpha male and wants to protect her no matter what which can be sweet and a bit overprotective at times. I liked how their relationship progressed over time and the ending was a sweet. I do wish we could have gotten more on their pasts and the pace felt a bit rushed, but it all still worked in the end. I would highly recommend it if you’re looking for a quick romantic read. :) ***ARC provided for blog tour in exchange for an honest review.***
Deal Breaker by Tara Leigh Billionaire Bosses #2 Nash, self-made millionaire, sees a woman in trouble and steps in to help. Little did he know that the woman he helped would impact his life in a very big way. Nixie, the woman he saved then took care of overnight was not awed by his splendor or money though she did eventually warm up over time and text messages. Nixie has trouble she is running from and Nash is running from love…at least at first. With a business deal to make, a marriage of convenience to contemplate, past pains to deal with and a whole lot going on it takes a bit of time for Nash to realize what he really wants and for Nixie to be willing to trust as she should. Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Barclay Publishing for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3-4 Stars
Nixie is on the run from an abusive ex and Nash only has time for work. When Nash rescues her from an attacker she ends up in his bed. Nash is typically a one-night stand kind of guy but his recent business deal is going south a stable relationship might just help. Will it be in more than just name only? This is a fast-paced entertaining read with plenty of drama and suspense. The story held my interest throughout and the chemistry is steamy. A good read.
I am loving Tara Leigh books! Deal Breaker was insanely good. I was rooting for Nixie from page one all the way to the end. Nash was a domineering alpha that just could not stay away from the pull he and Nixie had. This book gives you plenty of sexy and a bit of sass. I wanted to stay curled up on my sofa and read this book all the way through in one setting. It was that good! The dynamics between these two were off the charts. Deal Breaker will have you swooning! There was drama with an ex that gave the story the perfect twist. I can not wait for another great book by Tara!
3.75 stars--DEAL BREAKER is the second instalment in Tara Leigh’s contemporary, adult BILLIONAIRE BOSSES erotic, romance series. This is thirty two year old billionaire, venture capitalist Nash Knight, and twenty four year old Nixie Rowland’s story line. DEAL BREAKER can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary. Told from dual first person perspectives (Dash and Nixie) DEAL BREAKER follows the building relationship between billionaire venture capitalist Nash Knight, and Nixie Rowland, a young woman on the run whose past has caught up and wants revenge. Nash Knight is no knight in shining armor, and Nixie Rowland doesn’t want or need a protector but a fateful meeting in a dark alley finds Nixie the potential victim of an attempted rape, and Nash Knight will become her hero and guardian. What ensues is the building romance and love between Nixie and Nash, and the fall out when Nixie’s past demands more than she is willing to give, Nixie Rowland knows heartbreak and loss; raised by her father’s former business partner following the death of her parents in 9/11, Nixie would fall in love with her foster-father’s son, a man whose demons are dark and addicting. On the run, in the hopes of evading the man who once stolen her heart, Nixie will reluctantly seek solace and help from the man known as the Dark Knight of Wall Street. Enter Nash Knight, a domineering, manwhoring, ruthless businessman who finds a kindred spirit in our story line heroine. Something about Nixie calls to his heart having lost his only brother a few years before. The $ex scenes are limited but passionate and intense without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. There is a small cast of secondary and supporting characters including Nash’s right hand man Jay, his PA Katherine Simmons, and housekeeper Greta; Tristan and Reina (Penthouse Player #1), and Nash’s parents . We are also introduced to Nash’s sister in law Eva Knight and her children Madison and Parker, as well as Reina’s sister in law Celeste ; Nixie’s foster father Paul ‘Pappi Attwood, and Paul’s son and Nixie’s ex-boyfriend Derrick who is desperate to make amends with our story line heroine. DEAL BREAKER begins with some amazing world building as we are in the mind of a man whose ruthless business transactions have built a reputation amongst those battling to keep afloat in a struggling economy but somewhere along the way the story line loses some of its’ momentum as we are witness to Nixie’s need to remain independent in the face of continuing threats and attacks; and a conflict resolution that fizzles with a questionable backstory-a backstory that if revealed earlier could have aided Nixie much sooner rather than later. There is a distinct lack of communication and honesty between several story line characters that adds fuel to an already simmering fire. The premise is intriguing; the characters are colorful and dynamic; the romance struggles with a lack of trust; a lack of communication; and a reluctant hero who has fallen for women struggling to move on from the past.
“God help me, I wanted to grab hold of a sword and slay whatever dragons dared turn their fire on her.” Deal Breaker was a quick and easy read for me and follows the story of Nash and Nixie. Nixie’s life is anything but perfect. Her luck is terrible and she is about to find out how bad it is. Just before things can really take a turn for the worst, she is rescued by a handsome stranger. This stranger though is anything but perfect. He’s rich, cocky and doesn’t take no for an answer. The last thing Nixie needs is to get involved with a man like him. However trying to stay away might prove to be harder than she originally thought. Will Nixie take a chance on this mysterious stranger or will her past catch up to her and ruin everything? You’ll just have to pick this book up to find out for yourself…. Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. This book pretty much hits the ground running and never looks book. The story-line is intriguing and fast-paced. I enjoyed the chemistry between our two main characters. Their lives are complicated and while is should make things extra messy, I think it only makes things interesting. My only complaint about this book was that is was a little too fast paced for my liking. I would have liked to have seen the characters really get to know one another and really work on their relationship. I feel like their issues got resolved a bit too quickly. And in the end, I just needed more. Even though this book wasn’t a complete hit for me, I’m still glad I checked it out. I think this author has a ton of potential and I look forward to checking out more from her in the future.
Wow! Just Wow! What an amazing story! I was so captivated by this book. In this book Nash Knight is a self-made billionaire and part-time boxer. He has come from nothing to something earning him the title the Black Knight of Wall Street. He is cold and calculated. Nixie is running from her past and she happens to run into a dark alley unaware of the dangers that are following behind her. When she is attacked a good-looking man comes to her rescue. Nash sees what is transpiring as he is leaving the gym. Rushing in to save the damsel in distress he finds her being attacked and rescues her. She starts to yell at him and then she passes out from blood loss and shock. As Nash carries a unconsious Nixie to his home to be looked at by his on call doctor, he struck by how beautiful she is. He wonders what else she may be running from. When Nixie wakes in a strangers bed all she can think of is how to get away. She is scared and this beautiful alpha male is more trouble than she needs in her life. This book was fantastic. The characters were so charismatic and I just fell in love with their story. I believe Eva is delusional and I wanted to slap the crap out of her. I really wished that Nixie did not back down from her the way she did. But Eva knew what she was doing. Very conniving. Nash is that perfect knight in shining armor. "Nash, my knight in shining armor who insisted his cape was black despite it being as white as his perfect teeth." He has a very hard time admitting that he can and is in love with Nixie. Nixie is a very stubborn and strong-willed individual with a run for the hills approach to anything that scares her. Together they are perfect for each other. This book was a page turner from the very beginning. I was hooked easily. It had loads of drama, suspense and humor. I am looking forward to reading more by Tara Leigh. Even though this is a second book in a series, it can be read as a standalone. A very entertaining and exciting read. *ARC provided by Netgalley, Inkslingers, and Saint Martins Press
Out of all the stories about penthouse players and young billionaire entrepreneurs, Deal Breaker has been the most interesting. In the second Billionaire Bosses novel, Tara Leigh brings two lovers together by the connection of tragedy and the hope of happily ever after. Nixie is on the run from her ex-boyfriend who planned to marry her for the money she'll receive when she turns 25. Nash is a hardworking mogul who's hobbies are work, work, and women. The two are in different places in their lives. Where Nixie plans on putting down roots, Nash does everything in his power to avoid a committed relationship, even when it comes to the mother of his adored niece and nephew. The story is crafted excellently. I was intrigued by the way the two characters were brought together. They both suffered tragic losses that affect their actions in the present, yet Nixie and Nash work their way toward a happy future. I did expect there to be a little more drama to shake the emotional aspect of the plot. There is some drama that stems from Nash's ex, but it seemed mechanical as though it was only added to thicken the plot. I didn't really get engaged in that part of the story. I was more focused on how the marriage of convenience trope would play out in the story. Tara Leigh does a marvelous job of throwing that into the story to provide the ultimate challenge for Nixie and Nash. Overall, Deal Breaker is a sizzling romance, both cozy and steamy that will keep you wrapped up until the end rooting for Nixie and Nash. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*
A redheaded damsel in distress, a gorgeous billionaire, and a pair of very cute four-year-old fraternal twins, are the foundation of Deal Breaker by Tara Leigh. This is the second book from the author's Billionaire Bosses series and it can be read as a standalone. When Nixie Rowland's parents died on 9/11, her late father's best friend and business partner took her in. She grew up alongside Pappi's son Derrick, and they fell in love. Derrick turned out to be a gambling addict drowning in debt, and only wanted Nixie for the money she was to inherit in the very near future. Nixie escaped Derrick's controlling clutches, and made a home for herself in a rundown walk-up in Brooklyn. Constantly looking over her shoulder, working part-time, and going to school is her life, until Nash Knight rescues her from an almost assault in a back alley. When Nash lost his brother to the fight on terrorism, he poured himself into his work and became an extremely successful, yet feared businessman. Nash bought and sold off companies, much like the Richard Gere character in Pretty Woman. Coming to Nixie's rescue changes his outlook on life for the better. He begins to develop loving feelings for the first time and realizes that being a part of a family is of the utmost importance. Nixie is his soulmate. Nixie and Nash are a hot couple and the situations that bring them together are both serious and bittersweet. As they get to know each other, Nixie realizes that a second chance at true love is very possible. Their sexy times are replete with steam, desire and love. This is an entertaining fairy-tale romance with an interesting plot and nicely-defined characters. Ms. Leigh is a creative storyteller and her words kept me engaged from beginning to end. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
This is the second book in this series but totally can be read as a standalone. Nixie is on the run from her abusive ex and Nash a wall street mogul. Together they have instant chemistry and what starts as a one night stand turns into more. Will they survive what life dishes out for them? This is one you have to read and make sure you don't have plans for the rest of the day because once you start you will not be able to put it down! Definitely recommend this one. **Received this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
4.5* I'll take Nash - I'll just start with that lol Nash was content with the way his life was but Nixie is everything he never knew he was looking for. A chance encounter, an overnight stay of the not the usual kind and a love begins. EEP! These two had me practically biting my nails! I love the way the story flowed, I was wrapped up in, had all the feels. Twists and turns I didn't see coming, lurved it! The only thing.....I wanted her to put Eva in her place. Um, yeah, better woman then me because yeah, I would have been putting a big old claim on that man!!! Can't wait for the next book!!! Loving this author!
I really enjoyed this one! It's a story of two completely different people that instantly make a connection. He's a Wallstreet big leaguer. She's works in an ice cream shop. His past is full of deceit and loss. She's on the run and keeping secrets. They should never work together but when their relationship them begins to change from mere attraction to wanting more will they be able to overcome their differences and secrets? I thought this was very well written and the story has a great pace to it. Definitely a book I would recommend.
There are times when the worst moments in life can lead to an unexpectedly happy ending. Deal Breaker is dangerous, intriguing, steamy and emotional, but the thrill is that the characters are not easily forgotten and the tale itself is hard to resist. Nixie is caught in the cross hairs of a chaotic life, a controlling ex and mysterious hero that needs a bit of rescuing of his own. A romance on the edge, a life on the run and attraction that is as sneaky as the danger is hot on their heels, Deal Breaker is a full on force of nature that once unleashed is hard to contain.