In the Eye of the Storm / Catering to the CEO

In the Eye of the Storm / Catering to the CEO

by Samantha Chase

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Overview

Dealing with your boss is never easy...falling in love with him is even harder.

In the Eye of the Storm
Holly Abrams can't believe her demanding...and unbelievably sexy...boss, Stephen Ballinger, called her to pick him up at 2 A.M. in the middle of a tropical storm. To make matters worse, the storm is too dangerous for her to make the trek home. Forced to stay at his place to wait it out, their relationship quickly turns passionate...but will it last past the thunder and lightning?

Catering to the CEO
Millionaire CEO Adam Lawrence knows how to get what he wants—in business and in the bedroom. So when caterer Cassie Jacobs dares to best him on a deal, Adam vows revenge. But when they get life-changing news that could bind them together for years to come, Adam may have no choice but to change his ways...and open his heart.

What People Are Saying About Samantha Chase:
"A sweet romance: classic, thoughtful, and as lyrical as the stars." —Kirkus for A Sky Full of Stars
"So much more than just a romance." —Night Owl Reviews for Always My Girl
"A classic love story...a delight for readers." —RT Book Reviews for This Is Our Song

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492622710
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 619,187
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.
When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

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In the Eye of the Storm / Catering to the CEO 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
KivicCT140 More than 1 year ago
Samantha Chase hit a home run with this duo of books (In the Eye of the Storm / Catering to the CEO). Great chemistry between the characters, witty dialog and plenty of steamy scenes. Both books are fun, light reads from one of the best romance authors around.
Cali-Jewel More than 1 year ago
This is not just one but two highly entertaining, sweetly sexy, action packed and emotional romantic journeys filled with love, laughter and happily ever after... I really enjoyed reading both of these commentary romances both couples where fun to read and had me rooting for them from beginning to end. Read both stories straight through and was completely captured by both.
DebsIN More than 1 year ago
"Samantha Chase has delivered two of her classic fun and sexy stories in one book. "In The Eye of The Storm" we meet Stephan and Holly, a workaholic and his assistant. Sparks will fly, awareness will be an eye opener for the two of them that leaves the reader laughing and crying at the same time. Not a smooth journey to their awareness of each other, thanks some to Stephan's friend, they do find their way to a HEA. In "Catering to the CEO", Adam was a man that was hard to like. Rigid and a bit on the nasty side, it seemed nothing pleased him for long. When it didn't please him, he just simply discarded it, including people. Cassie was just the woman that could make a dent to that rigidness, but it didn't come easy for either of them. Their story is fun with many emotions running through the reader as Cassie and Stephan find their HEA. Classic reading of two great romance stories in one, these fun reads never go out of style. I would like to thank NetGalley and Sourcebooks for gifting me "In the Eye of the Storm/Catering to the CEO". My opinion is my own. 4.5 Stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved these two stories, but mad they were old books and paid more for this one then two books separately.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Samantha Chase combines two of her shorter reads from 2013 into one book with her latest offering, Eye of the Storm / Catering to the CEO. I enjoyed the books equally, and both lead female characters from each story were loaded with determination and gumption. Each couple is hot, both in and out of the bedroom. In addition, family plays a huge role in the second book. In the Eye of the Storm Holly Abrams has been Stephen Ballinger's executive assistant for more than three years. They work together like a well-oiled machine, however, Stephen takes all of Holly's dedication for granted. So when Stephen calls Holly at 2:00 am to pick him up from a bar during a tropical storm, Holly has finally had enough of Stephen's lack of consideration, and she tells him so. Due to the horrible weather, she ends up being stuck at his home for a few days, and their work relationship evolves into much more. Catering to the CEO Cassie Jacobs loves being a caterer and an event planner. She is very good at her job, and her biggest client, millionaire CEO Adam Lawrence, causes her a lot of grief. Adam is used to getting his way and tends to distrust most people. He makes menu or event changes at the very last minute, which makes Cassie's job practically impossible at times. When Cassie finally has had enough of Adam's meddling, she confronts him, even though she knows that doing so will cost her his account. Then life gets in the way, which throws them together on a more personal level, and they have to make nice. Overtime, Adam lets down his barriers to love, and finds his forever with Cassie. I must mention that the author uses the term "personnel" in the first book, which even in 2013 was outdated when referring to the people in an organization. Human Resources is the correct term. Anyway, if you are in the mood for a sexy romance or two, pick up this book. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Laura_V0ss_SBR More than 1 year ago
I received a copy from Netgalley for review purposes. Samantha Chase delivers again with two amazing romances full of characters that bring out all of your emotions. Along with stories that suck you in. How can you go wrong with this duo of sexy CEOs?
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
Two wonderful romances by Samantha Chase in one book allows for one happy and lucky reader. Both stories are employee-boss relationships and contain some heat, but are mainly sweet. In the Eye of the Storm, an unexpected romance takes place during a storm on a weekend but afterwards, Stephen and Holly need to go back to work as if nothing had happened. Stephen is a workaholic while his assistant Holly has always been at his beck and call. With a little help from his friends they just might be able to weather out the storm. This story has a great premise and relatable characters. In Catering to the CEO, Adam is all business and Cassie, a caterer, has finally had enough of his behavior and confronts him on it. Shortly after they discover they are going to be a family because their parents are going to get married. While Adam is not interested in finding love he struggles with the chemistry between him and Cassie. I loved seeing the changes in Adam as he grows throughout this story. A wonderful enemies who fall in love trope. Ms. Chase is a wonderful story teller, making me feel as if I was right there watching the action unfold as she drew me in, making me forget the world around me. I highly recommend these stories to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
SullyGirl More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying that boss romances are not my favorite trope. But considering they were written by Samantha Chase, I’m always willing to read anything! I very much enjoyed Holly and Stephen in In The Eye of The Storm. Yes, he’s demanding and frankly clueless as to the gem he has in Holly. Oh, he knows how well she helps him run his company...because, let’s face it, she does as much work as he does. But until the night of the storm and her “rescue” of him, he doesn’t see her as a woman, too. But once he does, there’s electricity in thecair, and it’s not due to the storm! Holly is a hoot, with the patience of a saint, frankly, for all she does for Stephen. And she’s proven that she is both smart enough and strong enough to not let this huge personality overshadow her. I loved this pairing. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for Cassie and Adam. He’s a complete ass and she’s a dope for putting up with it. Yes, his company is a big account for her catering business. But I personally would rather be catering little league banquets than work with/for a man like him. His expected turn-around was too little, too late for me. 3.5 Stars combined...4 for Holly and Stephen, 3 for Cassie and Adam ( which is mostly for the writing)
Varnerd More than 1 year ago
This is the first time that I have read a duo or publication that had two non series books in one publication in it, but not the first time I have read Samantha Chase. I loved these stories individually, but I also thought it was neat to have them in one unit or book as they did both revolve around CEOs who are workaholics. What I also appreciated about it, is that it showed how creative and talented SC is because while both men were CEOs, the two stories are not similar and have the women in very different places in their interests and world, but both females are strong, loving, funny and very likable. I finished both books in one setting each. I did take a break between the two stories to ensure that I did not get characters mixed up or confused with the different worlds, but I found both stories to be very entertaining and quite engaging as I did not want to stop until I found out how the relationship would or would not work out. Also, I love that the stories are both set in NC!!! Love my state In the Eye of the Storm From a workaholic, to a stormy weekend and a woman who was pushed to far, this story grabbed my attention immediately. It has the characters that are so relatable, the dialogue that keeps me engaged and the bit of angst that kept me turning page to page to see what would happen. The romance between the two is prevalent right away and apparently always was as the two friends and co-workers kept asking about it! I loved how both characters had dialogue that showed their internal thoughts and concerns throughout their journey. I did want to shake them both at times, but mainly because I just wanted to scream talk to him/her so that they could get on the same page! As with many SC stories there were some life lessons about being careful what you wish for and the importance of communication...and also taking time to look around you to see what and how life is going! Fun story and would love to see more of the two friends..especially Will! Catering to the CEO I loved this story. I found this story to be engaging, funny, sweet, emotional and a great discussion on the serious health issue of endometriosis. This story does also follow a CEO, but here both characters own their own business and are both headstrong. What was really neat in this story, was that it was not friends in the background, but rather family. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this story because for quite a while into the story I was not a fan of Adam, at all. However, the way that SC wrote his scenes where he was made aware of his behavior, cared for Cassie, opened up to family, etc. made me change my mind. I also would love to see/visit/live in that beach house. I do think Cassie forgave a bit too easily in her scenarios, but I thought it also worked beautifully for their story and personalities! Can’t wait to read more SC stories!
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
5 STARS FOR THIS DUO!! I loved both of these stories, as always with Samantha Chase's brilliant writing you get perfect believable characters. In the Eye of the Storm.....I enjoyed seeing the story for Holly and Stephen dealing with the storm that causes some issues. Catering to the CEO.....Wow, this story was fun and exciting with chemistry sparking a fire between Adam and Cassie. You definitely will love reading these two stories in one book.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
Two classic romances by Samantha Chase in one book. Both are employee boss relationship. In the Eye of the Storm, a slow burning romance that takes place in a storm on a weekend but then for Stephen and Holly to go back to work like nothing happened. Stephen is a workaholic and Holly has always been at his beck and call but with the help of his friends they might be able to weather out the storm. Great characters that I could identify with. Catering to the Ceo, Adam is all business and Cassie is a caterer, finally Cassie has had enough of his behavior and tells him so. Soon things will change when they find out they are going to be a family, as their parents are going to get married. Adam has no interest in finding love, but can not always fight the chemistry between him and Cassie. Loved, loved Adam, to see how he changes through out this story makes my heart swell. Love enemies who fall in love. I highly recommend these classic love stories, a little steam but still sweet.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Women go crazy for a sharp dressed man, but in the case of Holly and Cassie a sharp tongue cramps his style. There will be fireworks. Stephen and Adam are about to learn how to charm a woman by two fierce and fiery teachers. Passionate personalities, heartstopping attraction and that brand of Samantha Chase swag makes the duet of In the Eye of the Storm and Catering to the CEO the treat that keeps on giving.
carvanz More than 1 year ago
This is a double feature with the first book being about Stephen, a workaholic, and Holly his assistant. When Holly tells him off about him forcing his work ethic on her he is suddenly attracted to the raging woman he actually knows very little about. A storm strands them together for the weekend and they come together as a couple but uncertain where this new turn of events will leave them professionally. While I enjoyed Holly, I would’ve liked Stephen more had he been attracted to her from the beginning. They’d been working together for three years, every day, fourteen hours a day and he didn’t know the basics of her life. This had the potential to be a really cute, fun and steamy read for me but overall it just felt a bit tepid. The second book did not include characters from the first. Cassie has been Adam’s caterer for the past two years. When he tries to make a change, again, she’s had enough. Seeing her in a new light, Adam makes plan to seduce her even as he’s planning to never hire her again. I definitely enjoyed this one more even though Adam had several a-hole moments. Several. I wanted him to really have to grovel when the end came and although there was a tiny bit, it didn’t satisfy me enough. The secondary characters in this one were better developed and I actually liked them unlike the first. These are both fast paced reads with a touch of humor and some steam. Overall, I wasn’t sold on these heroes. I never felt their driving need for the heroines except perhaps on a sexual level and even that was bit meh. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided by NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Dual POV although it switches erratically Safe – no ow/om drama No apparent triggers
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
IN THE EYE OF THE STORM : Originally released in July 2013 IN THE EYE OF THE STORM follows overworked PA Holly Abrams as she once again finds herself answering to the demands of her exhausting but sexy boss Stephen Ballinger. A bar fight, a tropical storm, and an angry tirade against the man in charge finds our heroine locked down for the weekend with Stephen at his monstrous home. What ensues is a weekend of $ex and passion that is all too quickly to cool upon their return to reality and work. IN THE EYE OF THE STORM is a quick and sassy read about two people whose attraction to one another is tempered by the potential work-place gossip, and Stephen’s friends who think they know what is best for our hero. Three years as employee and boss adds to the weekend insta lust/love, and emotional break down between head and heart. The premise is warm hearted, charming and cheeky; the characters are charismatic and engaging; the romance is passionate and seductive without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. CATERING TO THE CEO: Originally released March 2013 CATERING TO THE CEO follows the building relationship between security specialist and businessman Adam Lawrence, and caterer Cassie Jacobs. For two years Cassie has been Adam’s go-to caterer for all of his corporate events but their latest plans are in a state of constant flux and Cassie struggles with the many changes Adams insists are necessary and real. Frustrated and tired, Cassie threatens legal action, and walks away from their latest contract. What ensues are Adams attempts to persuade Cassie to cater and host an important event; Adams seduction of our story line heroine; and the fall-out as Adam struggles with his attraction to Cassie, and a number of misunderstandings that threaten their relationship throughout the story. CATERING TO THE CEO is a fast paced, sexy story line with plenty of angst, altercations, and a lack of communication leading to several heart breaking moments for our story line heroine. Adam battles between head and heart, refusing to accept that he may be falling in love. His combative attitude hurts the people at home and at work. The premise is energetic and startling ; the romance is spicy and passionate; the characters are lively and spirited.
astroyic More than 1 year ago
In both of these two stories we have domineering, controlling, alpha bosses that don’t see what is right in front of them, as in their perfect match. Until tempers flare and sparks fly. These stories have great, strong heroines who were sweet and caring, as well as being full of spunk and sass. Liked seeing these ladies stand up to their bosses and the emotion and playfulness that will pull at your heartstrings while you root for a HEA. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful combination of stories. In the first book, In The Eye of the Storm, we meet Holly and Stephen. Holly has worked for Stephen for years. This is an easy read to enjoy on a rainy or snowy weekend. In the second book, Catering to the CEO, it was an ok story for me. I am not big into making deals and someone being forceful. Great idea to combine the two stories and have another keeper on your shelf.
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
In the first book, In the Eye of the Storm, we meet Holly and Steven. I really liked this story a lot. Holly has been Stephen’s assistant at his company for 3 years. She’s really been his right hand woman and necessary to his success. Stephen is a workaholic and a very successful businessman because of that he thinks. Doesn’t really fee he has been missing anything. Holly has been happily working by his side as many hours as he needs her too not really caring that she doesn’t have much of a life outside of work because she likes what she does.Until one stormy night/weekend when all of that changes. One very hot, sexy, sweet and steamy weekend! Their chemistry in the bedroom or any other room for that matter is as on point as their work chemistry always has been. Will their weekend tryst ruin their working relationship? Can they really go back to just a boss/assistant relationship after all they shared? Will they realize before it’s too late that the storm that brought them together finally started a storm brewing in their hearts and is a once in a lifetime love neither should deny? Then in Catering to the CEO, we meet Adam and Cassie. I enjoyed this story too as it seems to have a lot of different aspects to it than a typical romance. It was entertaining to watch Adam and Cassie butt heads and for her family to be involved in what turns out to be a unique situation for them. Adam is used to everything being a certain way and getting what he wants as the CEO of his security company. He certainly doesn’t expect anyone to ever question him or give him a hard time. That is until Cassie, who runs her own catering company and has been doing work for Adam, calls him out on an unreasonable request. And thus begins an eye opening experience for Adam and some definite frustration for Cassie. I really liked Cassie from the beginning but it definitely took me time to warm up to Adam. But I did finally get there with him and end up really liking him a lot. He becomes more and more human with each interaction with Cassie. I think he just needed someone to shake up his world and open his eyes to what he had been missing. Cassie is so good for him and he is just very slow on the uptake. Eventually they get to their HEA but is is definitely not a smooth journey but one that was certainly entertaining as a reader to go on.
JaneN17 More than 1 year ago
A Great Romance Duet!, Two great contemporary romances rolled into one! I really enjoyed both these stories! Both stories have lots of sexy times and loads of romance! In The Eye of The Storm Stephen is Holly's boss and a workaholic until one night when out having drinks with friends he gets into a fight and is abandoned at the bar, in need of a ride home. He call Holly to pick him up during a tropical storm. From there the fun begins! I loved it when Holly stood up for herself and put Stephen in his place! This couple was fun to get to know and the angst at times between them was perfect. Catering to the CEO One of my favorite sub-genres is enemies to lovers and this story has all the angst needed along with loads of sexy and romantic times. Adam is stubborn and controlling and has a cynical view of people and trust. Cassie is a fun loving but strong, independent trusting woman who loves her family and believes in the good of people. I smiled all the way through this story! A beautiful HEA that had me sighing with happiness.
Lelim0612 More than 1 year ago
A double win in my book… Are you looking for a wonderful romance to read? Well guess what? You will be doubly surprise with this outstanding book, you get two, YES TWO wonderful stories to read in the latest release by the incomparable Samantha Chase. These two books are both to some extent, office romances. Eye of the Storm Holly has secretly had a crush on her incredibly handsome, ever demanding boss. However, when he calls her at 2 A.M. to pick him up from a bar in the middle of a tropical storm… well, she has had enough, he has gone too far this time. Then the unthinkable happens, and she is stuck with him at his home for several days because of storm damage. Then, she learns why he was stranded at the bar at 2 in the morning. Let me just say this Derek is an a…. PG, PG. Let me put it this way, with Stephen having “friends” like Derek, who needs enemies? Derek is a TOTAL DOUCH!!! I loved watching these two fall in love, in SPITE of Derek the DOUCH. Ms. Chase will Stephen’s good friend ever have his story told?????? Please. Catering to the CEO Speaking of Douchery… Only this time it is the hero Adam Lawrence. He thinks just because he owns the company, he can treat people like slaves, always wanting his own way, even when he is wrong!!! This time he has met his match in Cassie Jacobs. She owns the catering company that is catering his latest company teambuilding event and Adam wants to change the menu…AGAIN! But this time it is within 2 weeks of the event and supplies for the event have already been orders. This time Cassie can tell Adam NO as per the contract he signed. Adam will show Cassie, he plans on finding another caterer. Well the joke is on him, when he finds out that his mother is marrying Cassie’s father. I LOVED watching Cassie and Adam work through their problems. Reading how once Adam really got to know Cassie how his feelings change for her. Both phenomenal books were easy to read and emotional books for me. They both had the aww factor, and well as the aggravation factor. That is one thing that I love about Ms. Chase’s books, I know that I will have hours and hours of reading enjoyment any time I pick up one of her books. Only, this time I got 2 stories in one book. Thank you SC/KJB for my gift of this book. If you like to relax with a great romance read this book is certainly for you. So what are you waiting for, go hit that one click button and enjoy this book. Thank you for reading my review.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
In first novella In the Eye of the Storm we meet personal assistant Holly Abrams and her boss, President and Founder of Ballinger Security, Stephen Ballinger. Having worked closely with Stephen for the past three years one would have thought the long hours, dinner meetings, business trips and the other myriad responsibilities that her job entails would be old hat to Holly. Especially since some of the blame is on her shoulders for making herself an indispensable employee. One that Stephen not only relies on to pull her fair share in the work but one he also has come to realize shares his vision for the success of Ballinger Security as well. However, one fateful night the man crosses the line between business and personal. Holly finally snaps and unloads all the frustration she has built up over the years resulting in some unexpected consequences for them both. The resulting storm of emotions is twofold for this volatile couple. It rages both in the outside elements that catapult them into each others immediate orbit in a non-professional setting and continues to rage in their hearts for Holly and Stephen long after the weather system disperses. Novella two Catering to the CEO is about a totally different couple but continues in the same vein as its predecessor. Adam Lawrence has anger issues, commitment issues and major trust issues. He is so used to people wanting things from him that are to their benefit it is hard to grasp that someone wants his company because they enjoy spending time together. The man is too quick to judge Cassie and her family using scenarios from his past experiences as his guide. Fortunately the Jacobs clan proves to be above such measures as Adam finds out but his initial error in lumping Cassie and the rest together in that mold causes untold grief before getting straightened out. Cassie Jacobs is a character who embraces her OCD tendencies. She does not hesitate in using them to not only create and maintain a successful catering business but a profitable one as well if her largest client will continue to retain her services. This novella did not capture me the way its predecessor did. I enjoyed the read but could not totally connect with Adam as he just kept proving to be an arrogant, overbearing and totally unrealistic character at times. Which in no way endeared him to me as Cassie's love interest. Catering to the CEO is an apt name for this second offering in that it not only applies to what Cassie Jacobs does for a living but what autocratic CEO Adam Lawrence expects from his business associates as well as people he employs. When started flew through the first novella and then set it aside a few days to read another digital book while Holly and Stephens story sunk in. When finished that first set of the stories dove back in to finish the second half of the review set. Adam and Cassie's tale went by just as quickly and as easily for me. [EArc from Netgalley]