When he wins a sexy bet, billionaire Linc Blair can’t wait to get Lauren Neill naked. He’s never gone for her type in the past, and he’s pretty certain it has more to do with her buttoned-up hotness than the nagging sense that something is missing from his life. But when he gets a glimpse of the vulnerable woman beneath the conservative, yet oh-so-sexy clothes, it’s a game changer.
Lauren can’t believe she’s spending a few days with one of sexiest, and most annoying men she’s ever met. But she can’t deny the chemistry between them, and for once in her life she’s letting down her guard so she can explore a different side of herself. The side only Linc brings out in her.
Taking it slow, he unleashes her sexuality and it quickly occurs to him that what started out as a bet for him has become something more. With their weekend nearly over, and her ex showing interest in this new confident version of Lauren, Linc will have to risk it all if he wants to win the game of love.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cathryn Fox is a wife, mom, sister, daughter, and friend. She loves dogs, sunny weather, anything chocolate (she never says no to a brownie), pizza, and red wine. Cathryn has two teenagers who keep her busy and a husband who is convinced he can turn her into a mixed martial arts fan. When not writing, Cathryn can be found laughing over lunch with friends, hanging out with her kids, or watching a big action flick with her husband. She is the author of the Blue Bay Crew books, including Demolished.
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By Cathryn Fox, Candace Havens
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Why did he always have to be here?
Lauren Neill stepped into the spacious skybox at the Miami Rays hockey stadium and glared at the man who managed to dig his way under her skin without even trying. Sports Source CEO Lincoln Blair. Linc.
Kill. Me. Now.
He stood there, sexier than should be legal, chatting it up with some pretty blonde. With his attention half on the girl and half on the hockey game between the Rays and the New York Storms, he pushed his hands into his pockets, a slow sexy smile spreading across his far too perfect lips. Normally he dressed conservatively in designer suits that fit his tall, athletic frame to perfection, but for today's game he wore jeans and a black sweater, which fit tight against those wicked abs of his.
A soft, involuntary moan slipped out of her throat. Linc in a suit was one thing, but this ... well, this laid-back version of the hot as sin, richer than royalty Linc was something else entirely. Talk about raw, orgasmic sex appeal.
What the hell am I doing? Stop staring at him. It had become a habit whenever he was around, which was a lot, since he was best friends with her boss and provided all of the team equipment.
She shouldn't be drooling over a man who barely spared her a glance. Not that she wanted him to. Because she didn't, and it irritated the crap out of her that she couldn't seem to stop herself from looking. Her dislike for Linc grew, even though she honestly had no basis for it. On the few occasions when business had put them together, he'd never been anything but nice, but even when he ignored her he was a distraction. One she didn't want or need, especially at work, but oh, the naughty thoughts he inspired ...
No. Do not go there. Did she have no self-control at all? Gritting her teeth, Lauren pulled her gaze from Linc and turned it toward the crowd, focusing her attention on the activity going on around her.
As an accountant for the Rays, one of the perks was a seat in the skybox. While she seldom took advantage of that little extra, today the Rays were playing against her favorite team, the New York Storms. Unethical to root for the other team? Maybe, but as long as no one caught her, where was the harm?
She glanced around, and as usual, no one seemed to even notice she was there. People chatted and milled about the room, others gathered in small, more intimate groups, their heads bent, deep in conversation. Some watched the game from the floor to ceiling windows as it played out on the ice below, while a few hovered at the bar, preferring the zoom of camera lens and the play by play of commentators as they sipped from a longneck or a glass of something more substantial.
Perched on a barstool amid the sports enthusiasts, with her back to the game, a pretty brunette waved Linc over, trying to steal him away from the blonde who was toying with the sleeve of his sweater. Lauren shook her head. Dim witted moths to a lightbulb — every last one of them. Mr. Sex turned his head toward the brunette and shifted his weight from one foot to the other. The movement drew Lauren's attention to the jeans that hugged the thick muscles of his thighs and curved around his perfect ass like the fitted baseball gloves his company sold by the millions.
The blonde moved away, and he turned Lauren's way, giving her an eyeful of crotch, but she was far too slow to react. Her gaze flew to his and held for a moment too long. The muscles along his jaw rippled, and those kissable lips of his quirked into a smile. Crap. He'd caught her staring. Again.
He scrubbed his hand over his chin, watching her, then turned and walked to the bar, making his way to the stool the pretty brunette had pushed out for him.
Heat suffused Lauren's cheeks. Would she never learn? And what had he been waiting for? To see if she'd simper up to him like every other woman in the room? Arrogant asshole. And even as she swore under her breath, tagging him as every kind of womanizing lowlife, her gaze settled on wide shoulders that any linebacker would kill for, then languidly slid down his back, stopping just below his belt.
Stop staring at his ass already!
And there it was. It hit Lauren like a bolt of lightning right between the eyes. She was no better than the other women who panted after Linc, but for one exception ... when it came to her, he walked away. Straight to another woman.
Just like her ex. Her lower lip trembled. Was that why she had formed such a dislike for Linc? Had she been projecting her failure to attract and hold the attention of a man onto an innocent bystander? Well, Linc was hardly an innocent in any respect, but still ...
Stricken, she tore her gaze away and smoothed her palms over her navy pencil skirt, wiping away the perspiration that had gathered. This couldn't be. She wasn't a mean person. She should apologize.
Resolved to make amends, Lauren searched the patrons of the bar until she found Linc, looking over his shoulder at her, a smirk on his lickable lips as he ran his knuckles along the side of the brunette's arm.
Fueled by her own gullibility, Lauren swung around and searched for somewhere, anywhere to hide until he left. Her glance landed on her best friend Kelli, who, as luck would have it, worked for the owner of the perfect ass. As Linc's top regional sales manager, Kelli always accompanied Linc to the stadium for his merchandizing meetings, or to catch a hockey game.
Kelli motioned Lauren over to the table she'd commandeered, and when she hesitated, her friend pinched her lips tight and gave her a look that suggested she'd better pick up her damn feet and get over there — pronto — otherwise there'd be hell to pay. Kelli might be a pixie of a thing, but she'd grown up on the streets of Brooklyn and could drop a man to his knees with a single look. Lauren had seen it first hand. The two might have come from different worlds, but after rooming together in college, they were now closer than sisters and always had each other's backs.
A strand of hair fell from the bun piled on top of Lauren's head. She tried to shove it back in place but the damn thing wouldn't stay. Giving up, she jammed it behind her ear and stomped to the table Kelli had grabbed, her new Jimmy Choos clicking on the polished floor as she made her way to her friend.
"What's the matter with you?" Kelli asked quietly.
Lauren dropped onto the plush, upholstered chair and crossed her legs. "What do you mean?"
"Your face is flushed, and your bun has sprung."
"Like you have to ask," she muttered, her foot jiggling like it had a nervous twitch.
"Are those new?" Kelli pointed at Lauren's feet.
Stretching out her leg, Lauren twisted her ankle around, giving Kelli a better look at the black alligator pumps she'd splurged on — a secret indulgence. "They are. You like?"
"Me love. So, what has Linc done this time?"
Lauren shifted in her chair. Never in a million years would she admit, especially to Kelli, that she might, just a little bit, be attracted to Linc. "He exists. Isn't that enough?"
"I told you, once you get to know him, he's really nice."
Lauren gave an unladylike snort. "Which translates to he's a complete asshole, but you get used to it." She slanted Kelli a look. She'd heard the stories. He was a ruthless, take-no-prisoners businessman, and she had no doubt he was just as ethical when it came to women. "No. Thank. You." She lifted her chin and ran her hands over the lapels of her suit jacket. "Doesn't matter. I've no intention of getting to know him. He's your boss, not mine."
"I don't know, Lauren. I'm beginning to think the tension between you two stems from something else."
"I hardly think so," she said, a little too quickly. Dammit, way to give myself away.
Kelli grinned. "She protests too much ... me thinks."
"Well, you're wrong, Shakespeare. I can't stand guys like him." Hot, sexy, can-get-any-woman-he-wants types. And it irked the hell out of her that she couldn't get him out of her head.
"All I know is the chemistry between you two is explosive." Kelli peeked at her watch. "What took you so long to get down here? The game is almost over."
She glanced at the scoreboard, thankful for the change in subject. Her team was down by one. She resisted the urge to shout encouragements. Cheering for the Storms while working for the Rays might not be in her best interest. Her boss, Michael Rock, was a bit of a hard-ass when it came to team loyalty and would likely fire her for what he'd consider an act of treason.
She shrugged. "I had to run some numbers. Michael needed them right away."
Kelli scoffed. "And you think my boss is a hard-ass. At least he gives me time off to catch a game every now and then."
Linc appeared at the table with a drink in his hand. How long had he been standing there? Had he overheard any of their conversation? Lauren's entire body stiffened as he dropped onto the chair next to Kelli without so much as saying hello to her. Oh, so she was back to being the invisible girl now, was she? Jerk.
Then again, why would he really pay any attention to her? Obviously he'd been just waiting for her to look his way when she'd seen him stroking the brunette's arm. She was, after all, as boring as her clothes, and likely blended in with the ugly beige walls hugging the skybox. Nothing exciting to see here. Move along. Just ask her ex. He'd be quick to set the record straight. What was that he'd said? Sex with her was like drinking day-old champagne ... no fizz. Then again her ex was about as exciting as a wet crouton — under-seasoned with no bite.
Linc, however ... well, that guy had spice and bite written all over him. Any girl would want to pop him into her mouth and savor every morsel. The sudden image of being on her knees, looking up his long, lean body as he fed her his cock popped into Lauren's head, and the shocker was, she didn't find the thought unpleasant at all.
What would sex be like with him?
Would she be able to orgasm with him? Or would she once again fall short, and turn sex into something awkward and stiff?
Maybe I should just start collecting cats now.
Lauren blinked and focused on Kelli, who gave her an odd look from across the table. "What?"
"I asked what was so urgent that it had to be done today?"
Heat again warmed Lauren's cheeks. These fantasies had to stop, especially with the object of them sitting at the same table. What had they been talking about? Oh, right, running numbers.
"I could have worked on the statements Monday, but you know I have this thing about unfinished business," she said, explaining her tardiness. It was the accountant in her. "I can't walk away until I see that healthy bottom line."
Kelli stared at her for a moment and then shook her head. "Damn girl. You really need to get laid."
Lauren's mouth fell open, and she darted a quick glance around to see if anyone had overheard her. From the corner of her eye, she could see Linc's head slowly turn her way as she zeroed back in on her friend. The skin at the nape of her neck tingled. Oh, God.
He's staring at me!Swallow me Earth. Now. Do it.
Don't look. Don't look.
When her gaze met that set of piercing blue eyes, it nearly sucked the oxygen from her lungs. He rested his arm on the table and leaned forward, leaving no doubt that his attention was focused on her. The corner of his mouth quirked, and a dimple formed as his gaze moved over her face. That smirk. God, that smirk. Sexy, dirty, that of a natural born bad boy — a shameless player. Her body burned, no tinder needed. Come on. Weren't her panties damp enough already?
"What was that about a bottom line?" he asked, his voice laced with humor.
Her stomach squeezed. Why oh why did everything that came out of his mouth sound so sexual? "Nothing," she said, looking away to focus in on the game below. Dammit, the Rays were pressing.
Kelli's glance ping-ponged between Lauren and Linc. "I'm going to grab a hot dog and a drink. Anybody want one?" she asked.
Panic burst inside Lauren. Kelli couldn't leave. She needed a buffer, otherwise she'd have to make conversation with Miami's hottest, youngest, sexiest billionaire. One who made her mouth go dry and the needy spot between her legs tingle.
"Yeah, grab me one, Kel." He dipped his head and looked at Lauren. "Would you like a footlong?"
A strange, strangled noise crawled out of her throat. Both Kelli and Linc sat there looking at her like she had two heads. Wait, what? Are you kidding me? How could anyone not think those words were overtly sexual? Ugh. Then again, maybe they weren't. Maybe her mind was in the gutter because she hadn't felt a man's hand on her body, or had a footlong in ages. Or ever.
Kelli was right. She needed to get laid.
She coughed in a feeble effort to cover up her embarrassment as the two continued to watch her. "No, I'm good," she managed to get out past a tongue gone thick.
As Kelli stood and went to get the refreshments, Lauren also got up from the table and walked to the window. She stepped up to the glass and focused on the game, a difficult task when the king of the one-night stands followed her and was standing so close. The Storms interrupted a pass, and took off down the ice. The puck was passed from center ice to the left-winger, who took a shot, and evened the score.
"Yes!" she hissed before she could catch herself.
"Interesting," Linc said.
She angled her chin and glanced up at him. "What?"
"I'm pretty sure I just heard you cheering for the other team."
She tore her gaze from his, denial spilling from her lips. "You're wrong."
He moved close, too close. His hand brushed against hers, the warmth of his knuckles curling her toes. Her nipples tightened as she imagined the rough rasp of his fingers skimming over her breast. "Pretty sure I'm not."
She squared her shoulders and opened her mouth to counter, but his scent ... damn, why did he have to smell so good? She breathed him in. Mmm. Warm and earthy, like afternoon sex on the beach. Wait, what was it she wanted to say?
Get it together, Lauren.
"You're from New York, right? Kelli told me you met in college."
Why would he be talking about me with Kelli?
"I might be from New York, but I wasn't cheering for the Storms." She tapped her temple. "I was just running some numbers in my head, and it excites me when things balance."
His grin widened, bringing those dimples into play. Dammit, she was so busted.
He arched a brow. "So this is you ... excited?"
His warm breath fluttered over her face. "Yeah. This is me, excited."
"You're not even smiling. I mean, most people smile when they're excited, don't they?"
"I'm smiling on the inside."
"Right." He glanced at the ice and then back at her.
"What?" She stared at him. She had no idea what was going through his head, but she'd grown up with three scheming brothers and knew when a plan was forming. What was he up to?
"How about a bet?"
"I don't bet."
His grin was slow, sexy ... deliciously filthy. Enough already! "I think you're going to want to take this one."
Her body stiffened and she eyed him carefully. "Why?"
"If you don't, word could get out that a Rays employee was in the skybox rooting for the other team."
Her heart slammed. Bastard. "You wouldn't."
He held his hands out, palms toward her, the image of innocence when he said, "Hey, I'm not saying I would tell."
She put her hands on her hips and glared at him. "What do you want?"
"Bet me." His gaze dropped to her mouth, that dirty, promising smile of his teasing her sex. "My team against yours."
What the ... Okay, she was pretty damn certain this exchange was sexual. But it didn't make sense. She wasn't even his type, and in all the times they crossed paths, he'd barely spoken to her.
"What is that supposed to mean?" she asked, needing clarification.
"If my team scores before overtime, I win, and you're mine for the weekend."
His for the weekend?
Her mind raced with hot, sexy images, like him holding her against the wall while he did depraved, corrupt things to her body. She swallowed. How tempting.
"And if I win?" she asked, sounding far more winded than she would have liked.
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Steamy, intense but short read. Worth it though. The main characters were super hot. Just wished it wasn't a novella.
This is a HOT romance by Cathryn Fox! Sexy billionaire Linc Blair can't wait to spend some alone time with Lauren Neill so he comes up with a plan to make it happen. In the end he wins a weekend with her, but Lauren believes it is a win/win to be able to spend a weekend with Linc even if she finds him annoying at times. His sex appeal more than makes up for it. The weekend is hotter than either of them ever expected, but it also brought out feeling both of them are sure can't be real after just one weekend away. Lauren's ex sniffing around again makes Linc take a bigger chance at love than he's ever taken before. This time he's ALL in! I was given an ARC for an honest review. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
Not having read any of Cathryn Fox's previous works before, I was impressed with the overall idea and how the author managed to completely tie the story in a novella. At the beginning of the story we get to meet Lauren Neill and Linc Blair, whose sexual attraction is what ultimately brings them together. They had seen each other before, but they've never spoken to each other. Linc happens to be Lauren's best friend's boss so she knows him from afar, yet it was from the minute that they first saw each other that they've had an undeniable attraction to one another. But when they bumped into each other again at a sports game, Linc makes a bet with Lauren that will change their lives forever. If his wins the game, Lauren would have to spend the weekend with him, and that is exactly what happens. Both of them know that they only have the weekend to spend time with each other, and nothing else. Yet, their sexual chemistry is not that only thing that is growing and they both have to decide if they want to keep seeing each other after the weekend is over. Although the novella is rather short, the author manages to capture the chemistry between the characters very well. Linc is your typical billionaire who wants to he can't have, and he is not accepting a no for an answer. Whereas, Lauren is not one to mess with at work, but still has insecurities when it comes to what everyone will think of her. As the character spend time with each other, the more they start to realize that they might just be perfect for one another. The pace of the story was great, and the ending really worked well for the story. Overall, if you're looking for a quick romantic read full of steamy scenes then I would highly recommend reading this book. It is worth it, and I will be definitely be reading more from the author in the future. :) ***ARC provided by Entangle Publishing in exchange for an honest review.**
Definitely hot and steamy--lots of potential here--but everything happened just a little *too* fast to be completely believable; especially given the ending. This is one book that definitely could have been expanded into more--more time passing from start to finish, the hero and heroine spending more time together, and I needed a bit more convincing that Linc was really pining after Lauren for all that time prior to the book's start. I believe that he'd come to her rescue in front of her ex, sure; a weekend of wild and crazy sex at his beachfront hideaway? Why not? But (view spoiler) So...a fairly fun, definitely fantasy-inspired read this is. If you're looking for a fairy tale-type romance with lots of sex, you've got it here. Just don't think too much about the details. Rating: 3 1/2 stars / C+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Are you in the mood for a well-written short story that is hotter than molten lava? Then pick up a copy of Learning Curves by Cathryn Fox, pour yourself a glass of wine, and devour this erotic tale. For quite sometime, accountant Lauren Neill and billionaire Linc Blair have lusted after each other from afar. A bet is what brings them together for a weekend of sunny skies, an ocean view, and the hottest sex ever. Lauren's experience and confidence in the bedroom is practically nonexistent, while Linc is known for his sexual prowess. When Lauren's naivete and Linc's dominance are combined, there are fireworks. Ms. Fox does an amazing job of combining a sexy story within the space constraints of a novella. I connected with Lauren and Linc instantaneously, both as individuals and as a couple. Linc's patience and tutoring in the bedroom is a real turn-on, and Lauren is an excellent learner. Her reactions both in and out of the bedroom are completely genuine. Overall, this is a hot read that should not be missed. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Learning Curves is by Cathryn Fox. It is part of the brand new Scorched line by Entangled Publishing. This book was generously provided to me by NetGalley, Entangled Publishing, and by Cathryn Fox. Lauren Neill has had one serious relationship but her ex, Matthew, dumped her. He told her she was boring in bed. That she didn’t know how to please him. So ever since then she has concentrated on her work, still hurting from Matthew’s words. Still, though, she can’t help but to notice the oh so sexy Linc Blair. He is ridiculously sexy and beautiful and she isn’t the only one that notices him. He has women fawning all over him constantly. As angry as it makes her to see it, she can’t seem to look away. Then came the bet. Linc doesn’t know what it is about the buttoned up Lauren Neill. She’s definitely not the usual kind of woman he is attracted to. So maybe a sex filled weekend with her will finally get her out of his system. He hated watching her with Matthew when they were still together and now that she’s single, he’s determined to have her. But when he realizes that Matthew hurt Lauren and that her self-confidence has taken a serious hit, he promises her a weekend of sex. He will teach her body in every way possible that she is a sexy, responsive, beautiful woman. I love student, teacher type scenarios. Lauren’s experience was limited and disappointing and Linc is determined to teach her what sex is really supposed to be like. But he ends up learning a few things as well. He never expected it to be the way it was between them. Can he get her out of his system in just one weekend or will it take a lifetime? Lauren and Linc were perfect together. I love it when love hits when they are least expecting it. This short book was seriously hot. Lauren’s weekend with Linc most definitely showed her what she had been missing. This is the third I have read of the four brand new line of books Entangled is releasing called their Scorched Line. I am loving this new series. If you enjoy hot and sexy with characters that are sure to tunnel into your heart, I definitely think you will enjoy this new line as well.
Need a hot little read for a spicy afternoon pick me up? Then this is the book for you. This novella has everything that you are looking for in a Quick read. A fine looking man with loads of heat, plenty of sexual tension, and delicious steamy sex. Plus the awesome HEA that we fantasize about in a perfect romantic world. That's what's awesome about Cathryn Fox. She took the best parts of a romantic story, packed it into a beautiful novella and we get everything we want in one quick read. This author goes in with a great storyline and delivers a fast paced, banging hot story that you will remember. YUMMMM Definitely one to pick up! * a copy was gifted for review purposes
***ARC Provided by the Publisher and NetGalley*** Novellas are hard to review, as they are by definition, shorter and not as developed, and I like developed stories. That said, it is possible to develop a story in a novella, it just takes a little effort, some attention to a different pacing, and an ability to know what can be skipped and what needs to remain in order for the story to work. Cathryn Fox does a wonderful job with all of this, creating a novella that works and feels like a full story. In this case, Fox dealt with having less time to develop the characters by giving them an attraction they had been fighting for a year, an amusing reason to place a bet, a Linc who was brave enough to go for what he wanted when the opportunity presents itself. Their chemistry is clear as they try to avoid one another, to not speak to one another, and to generally pretend the other is not in the room...while being acutely aware of one another. The characters were fun, they had great chemistry, and most importantly, I believed their attraction to one another. This matters, and can be a challenge in a novella. The sex was also hot, and this is also something that can be hit or miss in a novella, as you have to develop the attraction before the physical parts are steamy, and this was done very well. I liked Linc and Lauren, I thought they were well developed characters and I found their reactions and behaviors to be consistent. The pacing was good and it spent the right amounts of time developing the important parts of the story while skimming past the non-essential parts. I recommend this overall and am looking forward to the other novels through the new "Scorched" line with Entangled.
Billionaire Linc Blair is use to always getting what he wants, and so the minute that he sets his sights on conservative accountant Lauren Neill and makes his move, and she denies his attention it confuses him. He's never really had a woman not be interested in what he has to offer, normally all he has to do is flash his smile and it makes women weak in the knees, but with Lauren he's only met with irritation. Every encounter they share, his desire for her grows, but he just can't seem to convince her to take a chance on him, so he decides to go at her with a different angle... So, when he sees her rooting for the enemy hockey team, he decides to make a little wager, if her team loses she will be his for the weekend. Surprisingly she accepts his bet... now he just has to hope things go his way... Lauren Neill doesn't do bets, she's just not a gambling kind of woman, but the minute her crush issues a bet that would put her at his mercy for an entire weekend she finds herself giving in, and accepting his bet. The idea of spending a couple of days in his bed and having every one of her fantasies about him come to life has her tingling with anticipation, but a little bit nervous too, because she has no where near the experience he has. She's certain she can't offer him his usual fair, he on the other hand thinks she is just what he needs... The minute I read the synopsis for this one and saw that Ms. Fox was at the helm I knew it would give me just what I was looking for... an opportunity to meet a irresistible new book boyfriend that is sure to take me on a hot and spicy literary escape that will leave me completely satisfied... and true to my thought Mr. Linc Blair gave me that and SO MUCH MORE! The second he walked onto the page he had my undivided attention, and had me swooning like a fool... the man is one sexy beast!! He completely won me over with his seductive one liners, smooth arrogance, and unwavering dedication to see to it that Lauren was well taken care of... all I can say it that Lauren is one lucky woman!! There wasn't a single thing about this delightfully sinful tale that I didn't absolutely love, once again Ms. Fox has created a true literary gem that is sure to leave readers completely satisfied... and maybe a little envious too!! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing, LLC - Entangled: Scorched in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
Holy Moly, after a dry spell of tame books, this one hit the spot! Lincoln is one dirty talking, panty melting bad boy that will leave you gooey panting for more. Add in an unsure Lauren and the sheets are bound to catch fire as Lincoln shows her what she's been missing. I can't say enough how this hot this book is. I had to take a breather halfway through to calm down. If you like well done dirty talk, this is a must read.
Cathryn Fox has definitely scored a goal with this one! This quick, sexy read will leave you longing for more of Linc and Lauren. I have a feeling that Linc will be the next BBF for a lot of readers!! Lauren works for a company that does the accounting for a hockey team. When there is a game against her favorite team, not the one she works for but a rival, she decides that she will take advantage of one of the perks of her job and attend the game in the VIP box. When Lauren sees Linc there, she wants nothing to do with him at all. Linc is a player that always has the girls falling all over him and it makes Lauren sick to see. Lauren is minding her own business and is down at the window watching the game when Linc comes up and hears her rooting for the other team. He confronts her about it and Lauren denies it. Linc then makes a bet with Lauren on who will win the game and she goes through with it because he threatens to spill her secret of rooting for the other team to those she works with. When Lauren looses the bet within the last few seconds of the game, she had no idea what was in store for her with Linc. They made an agreement to meet at 7:00 and went about their separate ways. When Lauren was leaving the VIP box, she literally ran into her ex-boyfriend who was there with his new fiance. Lauren had no idea about their engagement. After pleasantries were exchanged, her ex started making rude comments and out of no where Linc showed up to save Lauren from an embarrassing situation. Linc and Lauren played right along to being girlfriend and boyfriend without missing a beat. Lauren's ex and his fiance were totally shocked. When Linc arrives to pick Lauren up, he is afraid that she has backed out since she doesn't answer the door right away, but she hasn't and what he has in store for them is out of this world for Lauren. Linc teaches Lauren how a woman should be treated and loved again. Where will their relationship go after this one weekend and the bet is over though? You have to read this great short story to find out. You will not be upset that you picked this one up to read. Thanks for a great short read Cathryn Fox!!
This was such fun! Lauren's best friend works for Linc Blair, CEO of a sporting goods distributor. He's hot, single, and *quite* the ladies man, if rumor is to be believed. Lauren has a thing for him, but she hates that she does. She assumes he's just like all the other playboy, user, jerks. No better than her ex, who told her she didn't turn him on in bed and he was done with her. So, she's not very confident in her appeal. Linc has had his eyes on her for a while, but she was taken by her worthless ex-boyfriend. Lauren is an accountant for a pro hockey team, but her heart lies with their opponent, her hometown team. One night at a game in the company box, Linc overhears her cheering for the opposing team. He offers, not to tell, if she'll place a bet on her team against him. If he wins, he gets her for the whole weekend. She loses, and she's unsure if she can go through with the terms, when on the way out of the game, she runs into her ex, and his new fiance. He's very condescending and rude to her and Linc overhears and comes to her rescue, claiming to be her new boyfriend. After his heroic deed, she decides it's worth taking a chance and letting her guard down with him, at least for the weekend. This was sexy, steamy, sweet and lovely. They spend an incredible weekend together and they both want more, but aren't sure how to express it. There was some insta-love, though they were both fighting it. Their internal monologues were quite revealing, and it was nice to see from both the H's & the h's POV. I really enjoyed this novella, and I'm looking forward to more from this new Entangled imprint, Scorched!
Linc and Lauren fight like cats and dogs. Is it because she doth protest too much? Linc has always been suggestive, but now there is an option for them to be on the same page. Lauren fights her attraction to her best friends boss the best way she can. Until he catches her doing something she could be fired for. Then he asks her to bet him and try to win. Is any bet where a billionaire involved a bad thing? Linc and Lauren have sparks flying all around them when they are in the same room. No one else is fooled when they see them together. Such a great story and a super HEA! ***This ARC copy is given by Netgalley and its publisher for an honest review only.