After catching her fiancé cheating on their wedding day, interior designer Kylie Edwards swore off high-powered men. But before she can drown herself in wedding cake, she's dragged to a Vegas romance conference by her friends. At least she'll be able to meet the hotel's owner and pitch her new design idea. And maybe attend the elaborate masquerade ball, where business unexpectedly becomes pleasure with the hotel's oh-so-hot head of security.
Jake Royale's no security guy-he owns the hotel and casino. The masquerade ball gives him the perfect opportunity to drop his high-profile identity and blend in. To be seen as a man, not his money. But when one hot night with Kylie becomes more, Jake knows he's screwed. Not only will his fake identity cost him the design that will catapult his casino back to the top, it might just cost him the one thing money can't buy...
The complete 'What Happens in Vegas’ series (All standalones which can be read out of order)
Tempting Her Best Friend by Gina L. Maxwell
The Makeover Mistake by Kathy Lyons
A Change of Plans by Robyn Thomas
Masquerading with the CEO by Dawn Chartier
Just One Reason by Brooklyn Skye
Tamed by the Outlaw by Michelle Sharp
Tempted by Mr. Write by Sara Hantz
Gambling on the Bodyguard by Sarah Ballance
Seducing Seven by M.K. Meredith
Calling Her Bluff by Kaia Danielle
Her Secret Lover by Robin Covington
Betting on the Wrong Brother by Cathryn Fox
Accidentally in Love with the Biker by Teri Anne Stanley
Loving the Odds by Stefanie London
The Seduction of Kinley Foster by Lisa Wells
Hot on His Heels by Margo Bond Collins
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Dawn wouldn't necessarily call herself a bayou girl, (A New Orleans lady sounds better, though it may not be true. LOL) but she does have the occasional gator park itself in her front yard. She's not so much worried about the gators as much as she is about the snakes. (shivers)
Give Dawn anything chocolate and she'll be your friend for life. When she isn't fishing, golfing, writing or reading, you can find her on the beach or watching her favorite television shows such as Game of Thrones, True Blood, Supernatural, Hell on Wheels, and pretty much any home renovation show she can find.
Dawn loves writing contemporary and paranormal romance, but she loves reading everything with a HEA ending.
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Masquerading with the CEO
A What Happens In Vegas Story
By Dawn Chartier, Suzanne Evans
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Dawn Chartier
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With her three best friends by her side, Kylie Edwards sat in the back of the white stretch limo, excited that her life was about to change forever.
Her fingers brushed against her ivory silk wedding gown, designed especially for her by the Vera Wang. Compliments of her fiancé.
The gown was striking and sophisticated, yet simple in design — a description she'd always thought fit her. Striking and sophisticated also described the wealthy CEO of Trident Industries, her soon-to-be husband, Brett McAllister. But he was far from simple. He was so much more. She couldn't believe it. In only a few moments, she would be Mrs. McAllister.
It still felt like a dream. Millionaire playboy Brett McAllister had fallen in love with her. She had no idea why — but he had. The old saying "opposites attract" couldn't be any closer to the truth. The only flair she had was for interior design, thanks to an eye for color and details she'd inherited from her dad. Otherwise, there was really nothing special about her. Not until Brett. He made her feel special. Especially today.
She lifted a colorful pink, purple, and white bouquet of carnations and sniffed. The scent immediately made her think of her mother, who had died two years ago. Your favorite, Mom. A faint pang of heartache rose as it did often when she thought of her mom, but it was especially painful today. Kylie had refused to carry any other flower in her hands on this magical day. Everything was perfect, with the exception of her mother not being here to witness her only daughter getting married.
She sighed and shot a glance at Jan, who hadn't said much all day. Her best friend and maid of honor stared out of the tinted window, fidgeting with the ends of her lilac satin sash.
"You feelin' okay?"
Jan nodded but still didn't look in her direction.
Puzzled, Kylie faced Sara and Ashlyn on her other side, and they shrugged in unison.
She swiveled back toward Jan. "I'm the one who should be nervous. What's with you today?" Now that she thought about it, her friend had been acting a little strange for the last few weeks.
Jan shook her head. "Nothing."
Even though the absence of Kylie's mother was the most powerful thing in the car right now, Kylie wouldn't let it drop. "It's obviously something. Fess up."
Jan's gaze dipped to where her fingers fidgeted in her lap. "There is something I think you need to know before you marry Brett."
Kylie's glare shot to Jan's downturned face, trying to look her in the eye as a slice of fear cut across her chest. "What?"
"I hoped he would tell you, but —"
"Tell me what?" Her temple throbbed, and she stilled.
Jan raised her chin. Her mouth opened, closed, then opened again. "I slept with Brett."
Kylie flinched. Pain splintered deep into her temple, and her stomach twisted. With four simple words, her world stopped, tilted, and turned upside down.
Jan's eyes filled. "I'm so sorry. I begged Brett to confess weeks ago. I'm only saying something now because I'm your friend. I don't want you to marry that snake."
"You're her friend?" Ashlyn coughed. "Right."
"Back-stabbing bitch," Sara snapped.
The bickering began, but their voices sounded distant. Kylie slid deep into her inner hiding place. No. She had to have misunderstood. Brett wouldn't do that. But why would Jan lie? Did Jan want Brett for herself?
"Look. I didn't have to tell her, but that man doesn't deserve either of us." Jan wrapped her arms around her waist, pretending to be the victim.
How dare Jan act innocent when she was clearly the villain? Kylie could easily open the car door and push Jan out.
But more so, Kylie wanted out of the limo. She wanted to run. She wanted to die.
She squeezed her eyes shut. How could they betray me? S he tried to inhale through burning lungs. I was so sure he loved me.
I can't breathe. I can't breathe. God help me.
She stared at her mother's favorite flowers, now lying by her feet in a taunting, multi-colored pile. "Pull over," she said. The carnation scent was now sickeningly sweet.
The limo continued rolling.
"Pull. Over." The driver finally noticed her in the rearview mirror, and she mouthed again, "Pull over."
He squinted as though he hadn't read her lips correctly, but she nodded, confirming the words.
It seemed like an eternity before they stopped. She stared out the front windshield and almost pitched her breakfast when she saw the chapel only a hundred or so feet away. Friends and family entered the church, and judging by the long line of parked cars, more were inside, waiting on her arrival. Waiting to share this special moment of her life with her. How can I face them? How can I face my dad? How can I disappoint him again? He'll never let me live this one down. Ever.
She swallowed hard, and her heart shriveled like a dried prune.
Now it was she who couldn't look at Jan — not without losing the yogurt and cup of fruit she'd forced down hours ago.
A lump of fear mixed with hatred clawed its way up her throat.
"Get out." Her voice sounded hard and raw. Devastated.
"I'm sorry, Ky." Jan picked at her sleeve, her face a pale shade of green. "Brett wouldn't leave me alone. I tried to stay away, but you know how persuasive he is when he wants something."
Kylie's insides ignited, and if she could have shot fire out of her eyes, she would have. Instead, she glared straight ahead. "I. Said. Get. Out."
* * *
"Get out of bed, Ky," a voice called out.
Kylie lifted her head slightly off the pillow. Damn it. She'd finally fallen asleep a half an hour ago. What day was it? Had it already been a week since her wedding day? No matter. She still wasn't ready to talk to anyone. Whoever it was could wait, especially Brett, but the voice was too soft to be Brett's.
Ring. Ring. Ring. Kylie lifted the receiver to her mouth. "Go away," she said into the phone and placed it on the nightstand. She only wanted sleep. No. Not true. She wanted to die.
She raised her head again. Hell. It wasn't the phone ringing, but someone ringing the buzzer on the door. Yep, that's what happens when you only sleep a few hours each night. The incessant ringing and pounding yanked her from her sleepy state. Reaching for the lamp in the dark, she knocked Ashlyn's manuscript off the nightstand. "Dammit."
Bang. Bang. Bang.
"We know you're in there, Ky," Ashlyn's voice came from the other side of her front door.
Ash needed to get a clue.
Bang. Bang. Bang.
Fine. Kylie slid out of bed and walked down the hall, her too-long sweatpants dragging along the carpet. She yanked the door open and glared at her friends.
"Go away. I'm fine." She started to close the door, but Sara's foot slid into the doorway, stopping it from closing.
Sara and Ash glared at her. "The hell you are," Ash said.
I look that bad? Probably worse than bad. Before she could force the door shut, they pushed past her to the table with a bag and three cups of what smelled like coffee.
"I bet you haven't eaten in days." Sara dropped the bag on the table and reached in, pulling out a bagel. "You love breakfast, so sit. Eat."
Kylie glared at the bagel. She couldn't touch food. The coffee smelled like her favorite mocha-mint, though, and she sort of wanted it. "I can't."
"We aren't leaving until you eat something. This isn't you, Ky. You have to get out of this slump. At least get out of those pj's and bathe!" Sara leaned over the table and pushed a coffee cup toward her. "I miss my sappy-go-lucky friend."
"Sappy?" She dipped her head to her arm and sniffed. She had bathed, maybe ... okay, twice since that day. Hygiene wasn't her utmost priority right now anyway. She couldn't see much through the anger and hurt.
Ash patted her hand. "Exactly. Don't let that bitch and the CEO dick-wad ruin your life."
"Too late. My life is ruined." She sank into the chair and took a grudging sip of her latte.
"You still have lots to be thankful for. One, you didn't marry that asshole. Two, you have a great job at your dad's design firm. Three, you have this freakin' awesome condo in the heart of Phoenix." Ash turned in a circle. "Look around you."
All of it was true. But what did it matter if she had no one to share it with? She knew she was wallowing, but damn it, she deserved a pity party right now. "Y'all don't get it. I thought he was truly the one. Instead, he betrayed me with one of my closest friends."
"You still got us," Sara said, "and that's why we're here."
"You know what I mean. I want someone to wake up with every morning. I want someone to truly love me." This was what she'd always dreamed of. Now what did she have left to dream about? God, she was pitiful. Still. She didn't want to end up like her father. All he cared about was money and power. Well, look where that got him. Look where it got Brett. Asshole.
For a short while, soon after her mother died, her father had been so distraught. No amount of money could stop her mother's cancer. So Kylie invited him over a few times to visit with her. She tried to break the ice between them, but he never had anything good to say, and most of the time he was half-drunk. He found a quick replacement for her mother, and he didn't care if the woman loved him or not. He could control her, and she used him. The sad part was that neither of them cared. He spoiled his fiancée and blew money on more plastic surgeries than anyone could possibly need, but in return, she kept him company in bed. A loveless marriage eats at the soul. I won't be like him.
Brett had just proved that all CEOs must be emotionless like her father.
But she couldn't go through this pain again. The ache ate a hole in her heart. "I'm pathetic," she said and dropped her head in her hands.
"Exactly. And we are here to fix that." Sara cast a sly smile in Ash's direction. "Tell her."CHAPTER 2
Jake Royale sat behind his desk at his hotel and casino, Masquerade, reviewing the financials with his advisor. A headache grew by the second. "This doesn't look good, Pat."
"Jake, it's not bad." Patrick crossed his legs and eased back in the chair across from him. "It's to be expected when a new casino opens next door. It will pick up again. Plus, we are booked solid this weekend for that conference."
His jaw ached. "Expected or not, I don't like it." He shoved the reports across the desk. "When do our renovations begin?"
"I knew you'd ask, so I checked with Tad. You'll be glad to know the new design firm called half an hour ago and wants to meet this weekend."
"Good. I'm ready to do whatever it takes." Jake never liked coming in second, and with the brand new casino next door, Masquerade needed refreshing. He'd already approved the budget.
Though he worried about the competition, there was something else nagging him. Something that had been nagging him for a long time. Like a part of his life was missing. He pushed the thought to the side.
Jake leaned back in his leather chair after Pat left and glanced at the monitors on the wall. He watched the live feed from the front entrance. "Is that ...?" He squinted, then leapt from his chair. His seat flung backward and bumped into the credenza. "Fuck. Me. He's back."
* * *
"You don't have a say in this." A slow smile eased across Ashlyn's lips. "We're taking you to Vegas, baby."
"No. No. No. I'm not going to the biggest elopement city in the world."
Less than six hours after she'd said those words, Kylie grabbed her luggage off of the carousel at the Vegas airport. Her friends hadn't given her a choice. They'd packed her clothing, and she'd thrown in her design charts and samples after her "so-called" friends called her dad and begged him to give Kylie the casino job. They'd known it was the only way she'd agree to go. Shockingly, their plan worked.
So here she stood at the airport in Vegas. At least she had her work and her father's reluctant blessing to try impressing their new client with her designs. He'd already been planning to meet this casino client later this week, but allowed her to go in his place — something that had never happened in her entire life. She wasn't sure why he'd never given her a chance to prove herself before with big clients. Other than a few tiny flooring screw ups, she'd been a pretty good employee overall. She'd show him this time. She'd make him proud.
Ash was there for a romance writers' conference, but Kylie had a job to do.
She couldn't miss this chance to prove she could handle a job by herself. He'd made her work harder and longer than any of his other employees, always saying he couldn't let anyone think she was getting special treatment from the boss. Hell, the last four years she'd gotten just the opposite. Maybe he'd give her the promotion to senior designer after this. In your dreams. Dreams were all she had now. Kylie lowered her sunglasses from the top of her head, but she still had to shield her eyes as they walked out of the airport. The dry heat sucked all the air from her lungs and the moisture from her skin within seconds.
"What happens in Vegas ..." Ash said.
"Stays in Vegas," Sara finished.
Kylie nodded, faking interest. While Ash and Sara were here to party with a bunch of authors, readers and cover models, she would, instead, bury herself in work so she wouldn't think about —
A horn blew, and she jerked around. Her eyes widened and her hands clamped over her mouth as she stared ahead at the white limo rolling to a stop directly in front of her. The same kind of limo I used for my wedding. Her breath came out in short bursts, and memories of that horrifying day began to suffocate her. Of how the limo driver had dropped her off at home while Sara and Ashlyn informed everyone at the church, including her dad, that she wasn't coming. "Um. Ash? Sara?" Sara spotted the limo and then glanced at her. Sara must have understood that seeing the white limo made her think of the moment when she discovered how life could change in a split second. "Shit." She searched the pickup area. "It's okay. We won't take a limo. Look." Sara pointed. "There's a shuttle bus for the hotel pulling away. Run."
Kylie barely noticed the Cinderella carriage spectacle rising out of the fountain in front of Masquerade Hotel and Casino before she hurried inside. The sweat that formed on her back dried before it had time to soak her shirt. She removed her large sunglasses, instantly eyeing the massive poles with ribbons and beads flanking the registration area, and then the huge jester hat that occupied the center of the lobby caught her eye.
Somehow the Bourbon Street decor didn't appear as gaudy as her father had warned or the pictures had shown, but it still needed some serious updating, and she was just the girl to do it. The new plan was to bury herself in this project for the next six months — that is, if the owner liked her designs. He will. He has to.
Screams of laughter filled the area as several women entered the lobby. Kylie inwardly cringed. Yep. Romance Lovers Convention. Why she'd let Ashlyn talk her into coming, she'd never know. She didn't actually have a choice, now that she thought about it. They did you a favor, admit it. Daddy never listened to your pleas when you'd asked for a project on your own, so now you have an opportunity to prove yourself because of them.
Ashlyn's hand shot out and gripped her wrist. She squealed like a teenager.
Kylie's heart jumped. "What's wrong?"
Ash covered her mouth, and her voice sounded muffled. "Do you know who that is?"
Sara and Kylie both rolled their eyes. Here we go.
"That's freakin' J.R. Ohmygod!" Ash jumped up and down.
Kylie spotted the thin blonde wearing dark sunglasses. That had to be J.R. surrounded by fans. "Go get her autograph."
"Not here. Maybe tomorrow at the literary signing, and if not there, I'll stalk her at the Grand Masquerade ball ... or maybe she'll be at the publisher's party."
"I'm going to check in," Sara said, not fazed. Sara didn't read much, unless it was a murder mystery or law books. It was the male model-watching and parties that convinced Sara to attend with Ash each year.
Kylie enjoyed almost all romance novels, but she didn't recognize too many authors by their faces, not like Ash did, although the woman with dark hair and blue highlights getting into an elevator did look a lot like Gina Maxwell. Dang it. She hadn't had time to pack her Cinderella series books so she could grab her autograph.
After checking in, a man who sort of resembled a young Leonard Nimoy helped them with their luggage. Ash had given up her room for Kylie, knowing she'd want the room to herself. "We'll only be next door, Ky."
"You with the writers' convention?" the concierge asked.
"No, not really," Kylie answered, eyeing the man's name tag that read Will. "I'm just along for the ride. My friend, Ash is an author though. I'm here for a meeting with Mr. Royale and his design team." And to try and forget about a wedding that never happened and a bitch of an ex-best friend.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
a very short read. but I enjoyed the book. it was fun and ended with a happily ever after
Kylie finds out her fiance is cheating on her so she cancels the wedding and gets dragged to vegas. enter Jake she thinks hes the head of security but he really is the owner looking to get a reprieve. the masque is the perfect place to do it. on night of hot sex and he wants and gets more. the problem is his fake identity. i love the play between the two they are perfect for each other.
Short and Sweet review, just like the book. I did enjoy Masquerading with the CEO by Dawn Chariter. The book was cute and sweet. Not much going on plot wise. If you like short & cute books with minimal conflict, then I would suggest giving this book a try. I do wish that this novella would have been longer so I could have gotten to know the characters more. One thing that I always have a problem with in Novella’s (Short books) is that I don’t get more time to see their character grow and get to know more about their back story/life. And that is kind of an issue with me. If I don’t connect with the characters then the book is pretty much doomed. But, for this being short it was an enjoyable read. I did like the characters. I didn’t love them or anything but they were enjoyable. And their friends. It was cute and a simple love story. I will be reading more by this author in the future. But, it will not be at the top of my TBR list.
My Thoughts: This a short but quite enjoyable read! Kylie is in Vegas to meet with the owner of the hotel she's staying at for business. She and her friends decide to make the most of the trip and have fun while they're there. Kylie ends up meeting Jake before her meeting with him. Due to a little bit of confusion, she thinks his name is Macon and that he's head of security. When Jake hears her use the wrong name, he doesn't correct her because he wants to see if a girl could like him without knowing who he is. Turns out to be a big mistake because they're falling for each other quick. Will she be able to forgive him for not telling the truth? Masquerading with the CEO is a quick read but a nice one. It's fun and sweet, plus Kylie and Jake together definitely generates the heat! It's a lighthearted story that has the perfect pace and just the right amount of conflict. Even though some might say it's too short, I say it was just right to tell Kylie and Jake's story. Dawn Chartier brought it and I'm looking forward to more by her! My Rating: Very Good
Who is the man behind the mask? After Kylie catches her fiance cheating, on their wedding day no less, Kylie gets herself dragged to Vegas and masquerade ball. Meeting a man was not on her agenda, but the attraction is there and her masked man can give her exactly what she wants - and needs. Jake Royale is the owner of the casino hosting the masquerade ball. Dropping his recognized and highly sought after profile, Jake hides behind his mask for the night. Spending a night with Kylie is hot and passionate, but it also backs him into a corner. While Kylie's design could bring his casino back up to the top where it belongs, he would have to admit to his true identity. Masquerading with the CEO is sexy, steamy, Vegas fun. Jake is the full package - smart, sexy, and successful and Kylie herself is strong, talented, and sweet. The two of them definitely have a connection, but with Jake hiding his identity and Kylie determined to pitch her idea to the casino owner (aka Jake), trouble is bound to happen and while Jake and Kylie may not have been looking for more than one night, the truth might break both their hearts. The only flaws were that I found myself yelling "Just tell the truth! Tell her who you are!" quite a bit. Continuing the charade just seemed to make things worse. Also, I really kind of wanted to see Kylie's ex and her maid of honor have some horrible happen to them that made them kind of wake up and realize how awful they are, but I often wish that in books that feature this kind of scenario. Masquerading with the CEO is a fast paced and enjoyable book. I found myself rooting for this couple from the get go. I really liked their chemistry and the characters themselves.
This was a quick, fun read. I love the Vegas trope and expected things to move quickly – it is Vegas! – but this one still left me wanting a little bit more. Like with many novellas I read, the story felt a bit rushed and the ending ties things up but leaves lots for the reader to fill in. I really liked Jake. He’s sexy, successful, and is at the point in his life where he wants more than one night stands and relationships that are based on his balance sheet, not who he is. When he gets involved with Kylie he keeps his identity a secret, liking the fact that her not knowing who he ensures she wants him and not his money. Of course keeping that secret will only lead to trouble…and knowing Kylie wants nothing to do with CEO types, this secret has the power to end a relationship that really hasn’t had a chance to begin. Kylie was a mix for me. I didn’t really like her, but I admired her drive and desire to prove herself to her father and earn her position in his company. I got frustrated with her hating on all CEO types because of what her ex-fiancé did – it didn’t seem fair to punish all successful men because her ex was a scumbag who cheater on her. Jake and Kylie definitely had chemistry, and watching Jake spoil Kylie was totally swoon-worthy. They both are guilty of keeping secrets, and when things finally come to a head, both of them have some explaining to do! There were a few things that seemed unresolved to me, and the story jumps ahead sixth months later at the end and had me scratching my head and trying to fill in some of the blanks. But, if you are looking for a light, fun, Vegas read then this one fits the bill. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
CEO and the Designer-what a wonderful read ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review**** In the beginning of the book, we meet interior designer Kylie Edwards. Her life has fallen apart and she is devastated by a betrayal of the worst kind from her fiancé. She finds out in the worst way from her friend and maid of honor that she slept with her fiancé, on the way to the church’. Kylie had a melt down after this, she just wanted to slowly fade away because the man she thought loved her and a man she loved fully, cheated on her and was doing it during their courtship. She didn’t know what was true and what a lie in their relationship was. After realizing its time to let it go and move on from her near miss and just stay away from men like her ex-, She decides to just forget about men and make her professional life the one and only in her life. Her two friends have a convention in Las Vegas and she has some business there as well so off they go. Here we get to meet Jake Royale who is the sexy owner of the hotel Kylie is staying at. He is a take charge kind of guy.Kylie mistakes him for the head security guard and he doesn’t correct that mistake. Kylie is supposed to be giving some business speech/ideas to the owner of the company and if he likes her ideas, he will hire Kylie and her company. On the day she arrives at the hotel, she comes upon the Tic Tac thief and this is where the comedy of errors start and Kylie and Jake start off with giving false identities to each other, all to keep their real identities a secret and to protect each other. You probably wonder why to protect what—you need to read the story to find out. I won’t give away spoilers. You start to see who Kylie is- spirited, headstrong and not afraid to stand up for what she believes in. But also, you see she is bothered by misleading Jake about her real name and continuing the charade. There is a battle within herself but she continues. Same said for Jake- because of him being the owner of the hotel, he doesn’t want to be liked for being rich and he is trying to find out what is going on in his hotel . The chemistry is there and present- its explosive. But it’s a ticking time bomb because when Kylie finds out who Jake really is , she will go Nuke- She doesn’t want anything to do with rich men anymore, since what happened with her ex-fiancé. The feelings that MC have for each is so real and you can tell the fact they are hiding who they are from each other is wearing and its pains them. There are some twists and turns toward the end which is terrific. My only two grips that I have is this is a short story (130 pages) so I would have liked a little more story and would have loved to have seen something happen to the maid of honor and the cheating ex fiancé-more of a revenge type written in so the reader knows they got what was due them. Overall this is a good story, the MC have a great chemistry and the premise is one I can buy. I liked knowing there are other stories going on at the same time also worked but the author at same time kept the focus on Jake and Kylie. Would like to see another story written in this world and get to revisit Jake and Kylie , Ashlyn, Mark, Mason, and Sara. My rating: 4.2 stars ****
This was a sweet romance mixed with a little bit of deceit. I found it very lovely and a great afternoon read. It seems to be more of a novella though, so expect a shorter story. However it is definitely worth the read.
Masquerading with the CEO by Dawn Chartier, is a quick read with lots of sexy times. In fact, Chapter Nine is almost completely devoted to the hot, scorching act of love. The beginning is exciting, but I found most of the plot to be lacking real depth. On the way to the church, in a beautiful white limo, Kylie's maid of honor lets the cat out of the bag. She and Kylie's fiancee are sleeping together. Naturally the wedding does not take place, and Kylie retreats to her apartment for endless crying and moping. Now it is a week later and she is reluctantly leaving her apartment for Sin City. Her two girlfriends have a romance writers convention to attend and Kylie now has an account she needs to procure. Kylie is an interior designer for her father's very successful design firm, and she finally convinced him to let her sell her ideas to Jack Royale, the CEO and owner of Masquerade. Jack's casino requires a little cosmetic lift in order to stay ahead of the competition. Both Kylie and Jack are not looking for love, however their attraction is too great to ignore. At first, they both pretend to be someone they are not, however, Jack takes the masquerade a little too far. Luckily, true love conquers all. If you are looking for a hot and steamy novella with some interesting characters, then give this book a shout. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Light, fun, and sexy. Being mistaken for someone else never felt so right. Being able to show your true self before the truth is out may save you a love you waited for. Is it too late though? Will all be forgiven? Kylie needed to get away and her time in Vegas was work and play but mostly an eye-opening experience that changed her for the good. Who could resist a run-in with Jake and NOT be affected? He was HOT, passionate, and a wounded soul. Shoot he had me at hello and I was a reader. Good fast paced book but not rushed in any way. Dawn, I was delighted to read it.
This was a very lighthearted fun romance story to read. Jake started out as an every day normal fun hot guy to a very intense sexy smoking alpha male. Grab a fan on that part. Kylie and Jake's chemistry was immediate and a whole lot of fun. They were both leary of trying anything more than a one night stand, but their bodies and hearts spoke for more. I liked that both Kylie and Jake were hesitant about getting involved with each other, they held themselves maturely and thought things through. There was no unnecessary drama and a real understanding of how to handle each other. I thoroughly enjoyed their ending, so very sexy and romantic. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
This is a fun, quick, sexy read. There isn't any real depth to the story, but for those times when you just want something fun and entertaining, this is a good one. I definitely recommend it. While on her way to the church for her wedding, Kylie finds out her fiancee has been unfaithful with her maid of honor! After a week of wallowing, it's time for her to get on with things so off to Vegas she goes. Hopefully for a little fun before she takes care of the business side of things. Shortly after she arrives she meets Jake Royale but she mistakes him for Macon, the casino's head of security rather than the owner. They both have their reasons for keeping their true identity quiet but when the truth comes out things really get interesting!!
This is your typical read about a jaded girl who has been hurt before and then she meets the guy who is going to change her mind except he's pretending to NOT be the millionaire casino owner. God love her heart, I wanted to shake her because it was pretty obvious what was going on but I guess good sex blinds people sometimes. :) With that being said, I liked this story because it wasn't extremely ridiculous. It was fairly short and I managed to read it in less than an hour. It was pretty developed for being such a short story. I would definitely read this author again with no reservations. Book provided in exchange for review.
A fun read. Kylie and Jake were perfect for each other. Although they started out on the wrong foot, these two people brought out the best in each other. Misunderstandings, secrets and past heartbreaks have played pivotal roles in the makeup in both characters. I received an ARC of Masquerading with the CEO for in exchange for an honest review. A modern day happily every after that leaves the reading feeling good.