She was the one he didn’t want to run from—but she ran first.
Alex McMann is the financial brains behind the ride to stardom of McMann Brothers Development. He and his brothers, Josh and Tyler, cut a wide swathe in commercial development. The only place he can’t seem to get satisfaction is in the bedroom.
Enter Olivia, sharp, smart and sexy, who challenges him in and out of the bedroom and turns his life upside down. For the first time, he’s the one chasing the relationship and she’s the one walking away. Alex will need a miracle to convince her to take a chance on him—permanently.
About the Author
A multi-published, award winning, Amazon and USA Today best-selling author, Desiree Holt has produced more than 200 titles and won many awards. She has received an EPIC E-Book Award, the Holt Medallion and many others including Author After Dark’s Author of the Year. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The London Daily Mail. She lives in Florida with her cats who insist they help her write her books, and is addicted to football.
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The elevator pinged quietly, the doors whooshed open and Alex McMann stepped out into the plush reception area for Concordia. Just the one name. Concordia. But everyone recognized it and their outstanding projects. He tried not to be impressed—after all, he’d been in some pretty fancy offices—but this one outdid all of them. Quiet, understated elegance that shrieked money. No muddy shoes in here.
A woman, who looked as if she been dressed at Saks Fifth Avenue, her blonde hair secured with a dull gold clip, was working at a semicircular desk made of polished cherrywood, head bent over what she was doing. But at the sound of the elevator she lifted her head and gave him a smile he’d bet she spent hours practicing in front of a mirror.
He forced himself not to run his finger around his collar or brush a hand over his hair, habits that denoted nerves. McMann Brothers Development was no penny ante company and, after all, he’d been asked to a meeting here. He hadn’t come begging for an appointment. Still, hammering out a contract with Concordia would move them into the next class of developers. This was the giant step they’d been working toward. If it panned out.
“Do not fuck this up,” his brothers had told him when he’d left the office. “Whatever they want, if we get the contract it will push us into a whole new level.”
“Do you want to wipe my nose and check behind my ears?” he’d asked with a sarcastic edge.
“Just go,” Josh had told him.
“And call the minute you’re out of the building,” Tyler had added.
“Sure, sure, sure,” he’d grumped over his shoulder.
So, now here he was, hoping he was one hundred percent prepared for this meeting. He knew—they all knew—that Concordia was famed for the award-winning villages they built all over the world. A portfolio the McMann brothers hungered to be included in.
“You’re Mr. McMann, right?” The woman’s voice was soft, modulated.
Ma’am? Am I a schoolboy?
She picked up the receiver on her desk and spoke into it in a soft voice, then smiled at him again. “Jennifer will be right out to get you,” she told him.
Okay. Jennifer. He stood with his briefcase, trying to wait without fidgeting. Then a door opened at the far end of the hall and the woman of his dreams walked toward him. If this was Jennifer, he might hang around after hours. It wasn’t just his cock that wanted to stand at attention. His heart dropped to the bottom of his feet then bounced back up into his throat.
Jesus, Alex. Get your shit together.
She was of medium height, but that was the only thing medium about her. Hair the color of deep auburn hung to her shoulders in loose waves. And though she was dressed in a tailored blouse and straight skirt, the material of both was soft and did little to hide curves that made his mouth water. Her heels added three inches to her height, but she didn’t teeter on them as many women did. She had an air of supreme confidence and he wondered just what Jennifer did that she exuded such poise and assurance.
When she reached him, she extended a graceful hand. “Mr. McMann? Jennifer was handling something for us so I came to fetch you myself. Olivia D’Angelo.”
“Alex McMann.” He grinned. “But then you know that.” When he shook hands with her, electricity zinged between them. She seemed to feel it, too, and narrowed her eyes just a tiny bit. He held on to her hand a fraction of a second too long, loving both the strength of her grip and the soft skin of her palm.
“Indeed, I do.” She eased her hand from his, curving her lips in a tiny but mischievous smile and lights dancing in her hazel stunning green eyes.
Oh, yes. This woman was temptation on a plate. He wondered what she looked like without those clothes, hair spread out on a pillow—
“Mr. McMann?” Her words shook him out of the erotic reverie he had for a moment fallen into. “Let’s go. Everyone’s waiting for you.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Michelle V. Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Hammered by Desiree Holt is another hot and steamy erotic romance in her Erector Set series. Alex McMann has been given a chance to get a contract for McMann Brothers that has the potential to take their company to a whole new level. First, Alex is going to have to get past the team that Concordia has put in charge of the project, and one member of that team could threaten it all. Olivia (Livy) D’Angelo is all business and all woman all at the same time. There is instant and powerful chemistry between Livy and Alex, but do they dare act on it and risk their careers and their hearts? I loved the first book in this series, Erected, so much that I was sure it would be my favorite of the series. I have to admit that I think I may have enjoyed this one even more. Once again the author gives us characters that are easy to relate to. I liked them immediately (even when they weren’t always acting very likable), and I was rooting hard for these two characters. This is book two in this series, and you could certainly read this one if you haven’t read the first book, but I believe you will have a better appreciation for some of the characters, in particular the McMann brothers, if you read this series in order. Each of the first two books is just over 100 pages which makes them a great length and definitely worth reading them both together. Hammered is filled with plenty of drama, a touch of suspense, steamy passion, and tender romance. The first two books have given us the stories of two of the three McMann brothers and I am looking forward to Tyler’s story.