My Man Pendleton

My Man Pendleton

by Elizabeth Bevarly


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My Man Pendleton by Elizabeth Bevarly

When Pendleton accepted a new job at the McClellan family bourbon company, he had no idea the benefits package would include a forced relationship with the boss' daughter. He'd taken the job hoping to make money, not marry into it! But if heiress Kit McClellan doesn't agree to enter into wedded bliss soon, the entire family fortune will be willed to the various charities of Louisville, KY.

At the request of Mr. McClellan, Pendleton sets out woo the runaway Kit, but taming the wealthy spitfire is no easy feat. As their relationship grows, Pendleton realizes there is much more to Kit than meets the eye. With the deadline fast approaching, will the two give in to their attraction or was Mr. McClellan wrong in believing Pendleton was the right man for the job?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940466743
Publisher: Stardust Romance
Publication date: 04/25/2018
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Bevarly wrote her first novel when she was twelve years old. It was 32 pages long -- and that was with college rule notebook paper -- and featured three girls named Liz, Marianne and Cheryl who explored the mysteries of a haunted house. Her friends Marianne and Cheryl proclaimed it "Brilliant! Spellbinding! Kept me up till dinnertime reading!" Those rave reviews only kindled the fire inside her to write more.

Since sixth grade, Elizabeth has gone on to complete more than 50 works of contemporary romance. Her novels regularly appear on the USA Today and Waldenbooks bestseller lists, and her last book for Avon, The Thing About Men, was a New York Times Extended List bestseller. She's been nominated for the prestigious RITA Award, has won the coveted National Readers' Choice Award, and Romantic Times magazine has seen fit to honor her with two Career Achievement Awards. There are more than seven million copies of her books in print worldwide. She resides in her native Kentucky with her husband and son, not to mention two very troubled cats.

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His life fit very nicely into seven boxes. Three of those boxes contained books. Two held his music collection. One housed the sort of small appliances that made a single man's life complete—digital alarm clock, coffee maker, wet/dry razor, portable CD player. And one box—the biggest one—held all the designer suits and pointy-toed Italian shoes a man could ever use in one lifetime. All in all, he had everything he needed to start a new life. New city. New house. New job. New wardrobe.

He was a new man.

Restlessly, he scrubbed a hand over his nape, still not quite comfortable feeling the brush of frigid February air on a part of his body that hadn't been exposed for almost half a decade. The heat and electricity were working fine in the house in Old Louisville on which he had closed three days before. But thanks to the ice and wind of his first Kentucky winter that currently pelted his new home, the radiators in the old brick Victorian were taking their time warming up the roomy three story structure. And because he hadn't yet bought any new furniture to furnish his new life, save a mattress and box springs to sleep on, there were no lamps for him to fight to keep the darkness at bay.

A chill wound through him in spite of the leather jacket hugging his shoulders, so he puffed briefly on his bare hands and shoved them deep into the pockets of his blue jeans. Then, unable to tolerate the darkness any longer, he crossed the empty living room, continued without slowing through the dining room, and entered the kitchen, where he flipped on the overhead light. The sputter of the bare fluorescent bulb spilled a perfect bluish-white rectangle of illuminationinto the dining room, creating at least the illusion of warmth. And in spite of all the misgivings eating him up inside, he sighed with much satisfaction.

Tomorrow he would start his new job as executive vice president in charge of finances at Hensley's Distilleries, Inc., Kentucky's premiere producer of fine Bourbon whiskey. Frankly, he'd never much planned on becoming a high-powered corporate suit again. But, at thirty-two, he needed a change. And he had something to prove. Hey, it wasn't like his new position was something he couldn't handle, right? He'd been in a far more demanding position before. Granted, it had been one that had nearly destroyed him as a human being, but still ...

Things would be different this time. Holt McClellan, Sr., the CEO of Hensley's, and the head of the family that had run the distillery for more than a century, was crazy about him. Although he had been a bit surprised to find himself seated across from the Big Guy himself when he'd interviewed for the position, he -was fully confident he'd won the old man's approval. And although he didn't kid himself that someday he'd take over as CEO himself—Hensley's was, after all, a family-run business, and McClellan had five kids, one of whom was a VP himself—he knew he could be happy there for some time. Or, at least, until he had proved his point.

His new home was the land of Bourbon, tobacco, and thoroughbred horses, the greatest trio to come along since wine, women, and song. What wasn't there to like here?

Pushing away from the kitchen doorjamb, he sauntered slowly back toward his living room. His boot heels scuffed softly over the hardwood floors, and his nose filled with the combined fragrances of old dust and neglected fireplace. He absorbed the quiet, the solitude, the darkness. And he felt very, very good inside.

A new life in a new place for a new man. Nothing but blue skies and smooth sailing ahead, he promised himself. He decided to overlook the fact that the sky had been gray since his arrival and that he'd never sailed anywhere in his life. Because hey, what could possibly go wrong?

Something was very, very wrong.

As he folded himself into one of thirteen chairs that surrounded the long, mahogany table bisecting the boardroom of Hensley's Distilleries, Inc., the hair on his nape leaped to attention. And it had nothing to do with the haircut on which he'd spent more than he normally paid for a good lube job. There was definitely something strange about the entire collection of Hensley's executives, something that bothered him significantly. He just couldn't quite say what it was.

He watched as Holt McClellan, Sr., CEO, seated himself at the head of the table beside his son, Holt McClellan, Jr. "Gentlemen," he said, clearly unconcerned that his greeting excluded the solitary female who sat at the other end. "Good morning."

"Good morning, sir," the executives replied with all the precision of a Broadway chorus line.

McClellan, Sr. sifted through a small stack of papers before him as he announced, "I assume you've all heard by now that we've filled Riordan's position. Pendleton is our new VP in charge of finances. I hope you'll all make him feel welcome."

Pendleton, he repeated to himself. Corporate America, he recalled now, had an Ellis Island-like habit of changing the names of its citizens. Simply put, no one had a first name in this particular country. Only a last name, a career label, a personnel number, and a tee time. Pendleton, he supposed, he would be from now on.

"Thank you, sir," he said to his new employer

McClellan, Sr., who most closely resembled a white-haired Burt Lancaster playing his most eccentric role to the hilt, bowed his head in silent acknowledgment of Pendleton's gratitude. Pendleton tried not to throw up.

The other executives nodded and welcomed him quietly, but somehow their greetings seemed a bit strained. Pendleton shrugged off his odd feeling to new-kid nerves, greeted them quietly as a group, then turned his attention back to his employer.

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My Man Pendleton 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 462 reviews.
meljef1 More than 1 year ago
I try and write a revew every time I read a book to let people know if it is a good read or not for me. I always read others revews and if I see alot of bad reviews I pass up the book. This book was free book so of course you take your chances but it was over 700 pages long which that is a huge plus for me. I thought it was a good romantic story along with a good story line. Well worth downloading if you like romantic books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Man Pendleton is the first Elizabeth Bevarly novel I've read, but it won't be the last! This book has all the right elements: a *sexy* leading man, a wacky heroine, an unusual situation, and *lots* of comedy! It's a definite must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great read if you are in the mood for a book that makes you feel giddy and romantic. Some cons are that there are parts where it feels like the author went back with a Thesaurus and picked the fanciest words. It makes some of the dialogue unnatural. There is also a theme of masculinity (specifically sterotypical "manlyness") that is off putting because it rarely flows with whats going on. Overall i would suggest this book to anyone who likes romantic books with a little more story. The romance between the characters is great. There is also an interesting story arc for the characters that gets a little dark and gives the story some depth. (Reviewer 25, F)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love crazy families and 2nd chances this is a must read!
Karenls1956 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Very well written. It has love, sex, humor and great banter between Pendleton and Kit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written romance, if extremely predictable. Very, very long explicit sex scenes and a lot of emphasis on a stereotypical type of "manliness," neither of which I enjoyed. It would have been nice to read some plot twists I couldn't predict, but this isn't that sort of book. There was some humor, which helped lighten the atmosphere at times. I'm sure some readers will like this book a lot, even though I didn't.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. A nice bit of humor that i hope is repeated in her other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun, change of pace love story. Lots of twists and turns. Well worth it. Recommend the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
705 pages of wealth, family, and love.. enjoyed the book
gtdolphin More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. Would make a great movie. :>}
my1perch More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. This cute story is definitely worth it.
LadyHeatherBug More than 1 year ago
This was a straight romance. As a general book I give it a 3 because there was a lack of any other aspect other than romance to the book, however as just a plain romance I give it a 4. The characters were fun and had some complexity to them but I really would have liked a little more depth to the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fast read with likeable characters, "somewhat" believable story line, and a cute romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A definite must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun, easy read. Different than most romance novels in a good way. Would definitely read again!
LotsAReading More than 1 year ago
It was a very predictable story but a fun read. It was worth my time to read it, however.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, with over 700 pages, was a great read! I laughed out loud several times, it was that funny at times. Very well written...cant believe it was free!
LashaeTW More than 1 year ago
For a free book, this was excellent. I truly enjoyed it from the beginning to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute and funny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best books ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good plot and fun characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked this book worth the read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books i`ve read in awhile couldnt put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I freakin love this book. I couldnt put it down....will definetly look for more by this author
TessVermont More than 1 year ago
Seemed a bit forced. I did not find a great love for the heroine of this story. The hero was wonderful though.