Stephanie Bond grew up in eastern Kentucky, but traveled to distant lands through Harlequin romance novels. Years later, the writing bug bit her, and once again she turned to romance. Her writing has allowed her to travel in person to distant lands to teach workshops and promote her novels. She’s written more than forty projects for Harlequin, including a romantic mystery series called Body Movers. To learn more about Stephanie Bond and her novels, visit www.stephaniebond.com.
It Takes a Rebelby Stephanie Bond
Bad boy Jack Stillman loves a challenge--and sexy workaholic Alexandria Tremont is turning out to be a big one! Still, he's sure that one dose of the Stillman charm will have Alex out of the office--and into his bed! Alex Tremont has never met anybody so infuriating, so stubborn--so outrageously irresistible--as Jack Stillman. But with her career on the line,
Bad boy Jack Stillman loves a challenge--and sexy workaholic Alexandria Tremont is turning out to be a big one! Still, he's sure that one dose of the Stillman charm will have Alex out of the office--and into his bed! Alex Tremont has never met anybody so infuriating, so stubborn--so outrageously irresistible--as Jack Stillman. But with her career on the line, not to mention a fiance pushing to set the date, Alex really shouldn't be appreciating Jack's antics, in the boardroom or in the bedroom. Then again, she'd had no idea how closely they'd be working...But could she trust her sexy rebel not to sweet-talk his way out of her life as easily as he'd charmed his way into it?
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This isn't to say that Jack Stillman, hero of Stephanie Bond's 'It Takes A Rebel' isn't an appealing character. He is. As Ms. Bond puts it, Jack is 'clodhopping his way through life' reveling in past athletic glories and having business opportunities handed to him on a silver platter because of those athletic feats. Until --- he comes up against Alexandra Tremont. Part of the Tremont department store 'empire', Alex strives for her father's love and attention, while Mr. Tremont prefers to lavish attention on Alex's fiancé, Heath, and Jack Stillman, whose advertising firm (which is owned by Jack's brother, Derek, with Jack dropping in once in a while) is in the running for a lucrative new account for Tremont's store. Jack doesn't exactly get off to a stellar start with Alex on her first visit to the agency's office. He decides to fall back on his well-documented charm, with Alex fighting him all the way. Lots of fireworks and heated encounters ensue, with an especially steamy scene at the store as Jack models a thong, as Jack does his level best to convince Alex and her father to go with the Stillman agency for the account. Al Tremont wants immediate blanket approval but agrees to consider Alex's opinion after giving Jack a two-week trial run. Oh, and in addition, Al wants Jack (or 'Jack the Attack', as he was know in his college football days) to be the spokesmodel for the store. I have to say that Jack's attitude toward Alex at times left me wishing she'd been a bit more outspoken against some of the things he did and said. And for Alex, I didn't agree with her repeated 'make love to me, Jack/oh now I feel like slime for what I did to Heath' attitude. In my opinion, the first time should have been categorically the last time or she should have come clean with Heath immediately and returned the engagement ring. I didn't like the 'feel' of her having sex with Jack while wearing the ring of another man. Twice. In the end, all in resolved. I'm a big fan of Ms. Bond and though I had trouble with a few elements in 'It Takes a Rebel', it definitely won't prevent me from picking up her next releases. Look for Ms. Bond's single title from St. Martin's ¿ 'Our Husband' ¿ coming in November 2000. I had the privilege of receiving an advance reading copy of this book, and anyone who passes it by will be missing out on one of the truly great books of this year. Pre-order this book as soon as possible.
Derek Stillman was trying to enjoy his honeymoon, but still worried about the family advertising business while he was away. Derek¿s brother Jack is temporally running the firm in his usual lackadaisical way. Jack expects an IRS auditor, but instead Alex Tremont, Director of marketing and sales of Tremont Enterprises arrives. Jack mistaking Alex for the IRS and blows the account with his bum-like attitude. However, he gains a second chance when Alex¿s father insists on a formal meeting to fulfill a promise he once made. The next day, Jack dresses to kill and with the help of his football past wins the account. Alex¿s dad assigns her to work with Jack on the ad campaign. As they work in close proximity, they fall in love. However, she is not only engaged to another management official, but Alex¿s goal of impressing her father is in jeopardy. IT TAKES A REBEL is an enjoyable contemporary romance. The story line is fun as Jack and Alex battle one another to gain an edge on each other. Readers will bond with hunk Jack and admire Alex. Jack¿s new office assistant Tuesday Humphrey adds Chutzpah and humor to the tale, while another secondary character deserves having Stephanie Bond telling her story. Harriet Klausner