Over-forty, single mom Tess Howland's life is all about caring for other people. Indulging in a one night stand is just what she needs. She doesn't expect to meet anyone she would introduce to her kids, especially not some rich playboy who acts like a big kid himself. Even if he keeps giving her the best sex of her life.
Millionaire Miles Prescott can't get the sexy nurse he met at a fundraising gala out of his head. For the first time ever, he doesn't want a woman with no-strings-attached. He wants everything—even it comes with a ready-made family with a woman in her forties. Suddenly, helping with homework doesn't sound like the worst thing in the world, especially if it means being near Tess.
But what happens when he’s ready to step up and she says no?
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Tess shimmied into her silk navy dress, knowing it wasn't quite as fancy or formal as some women would wear, but it would do. It was either this or the little black dress she'd had for almost a decade. Her life rarely called for formal wear. She checked the time and realized Nina would be arriving any minute. Trevor said he'd stop by to help as well. When William, her ex, bailed on taking the kids for the weekend, her friends that she'd made in divorce support group had stepped up.
The night was important to the hospital because it raised so much money every year, but for Tess, it was the only night of the year when she wasn't taking care of anyone. She wasn't a nurse or a mom. She was just a woman out for a good time. And with the kids home for the summer, she needed a real night off.
The doorbell chimed just as she slipped on her heels.
Opening her bedroom door, she heard the cacophony of her home. The boys fought over something in their room, and Zoe yelled from her position on the couch.
"Someone's at the door!" Zoe called for the second time.
Walking past, she tapped her daughter's head. "You could've answered it."
"You always taught me not to open the door for strangers."
Tess rolled her eyes. "Nina and Trevor aren't strangers."
"But they're babysitters. As if I need one."
She ignored Zoe and opened the door to see Nina standing on the porch with a huge smile.
"You look hot!" Nina told her.
"Eww," Zoe called from the couch.
"You should be thrilled your mom can pull this off. This is your future," Nina said and gave Tess a quick hug. She swept a hand down the length of Tess's body. "This is amazing. Don't listen to the cranky teenager."
Nina narrowed her eyes. "But it needs something ..." She pointed a finger at Tess's neck and then rummaged in her overnight bag. A moment later, she held a sparkly necklace in her hand. "I know you don't do much jewelry, so I brought this. It'll look fabulous."
"That's so thoughtful, but I can't wear that."
"Yes, you can. Turn around." She twirled her finger. "It looks incredible for an expensive fake."
She had no idea when Nina had become so bossy. They'd been friends for years, but it had taken Nina months of coffee dates with the group of divorcees before she'd engaged in conversation. Now she was telling Tess what to do.
Tess lifted her hair to let Nina clasp the necklace. As it dropped into place in the deep V neckline of her dress, Tess touched the cool stones. Adding glitter made her feel a little like a princess.
As if reading her mind, Nina said, "Okay, Cinderella, let me see."
The doorbell sounded again, and Billy and Andrew tore into the room screaming, "Trevor!"
It was like they had radar for finding a guy who was fun. They both ran to the door and fought over who would answer it. When they finally yanked it open, they launched themselves at Trevor.
"Hey, guys. Way to make me feel welcome," Nina said.
The boys pulled Trevor into the living room. He looked like the Jolly Green Giant being tugged by munchkins.
"Wow," Trevor said when he saw Tess.
She smiled. "I know that's a compliment, but I can't help but wonder what you think of me every other time I see you."
"Aww, you're always beautiful. But this ... this is wow."
"Gross," Billy said. "That's my mom."
"I know. And she's my friend. Don't you know any girls at school who are pretty?"
"Yeah, but ..." He looked at Tess with his whole face scrunched. "She's Mom."
"Yeah, I love you, too, buddy. Go to the kitchen and wash up. Pizza should be here soon."
Andrew started to follow Billy, but he turned back and whispered, "I think Trevor's right." Then he took off to the kitchen.
Tess turned to Zoe. "In bed by ten thirty."
"It's the weekend."
"You still need sleep, and you're not staying in bed until noon. Chores tomorrow."
"Gawd. Does it ever end?" Zoe shoved off the couch, tucking her phone in her pocket.
"Sure. As soon as you turn eighteen and move out."
Zoe heaved that teenager sigh Tess despised and walked to the kitchen. Tess focused on not grinding her teeth, which would cause tension to build, which would lead to a migraine.
"Go. Get out of here. Have an amazing time," Nina prompted.
Tess inhaled deeply and released the breath.
"Thanks. Thank you, too, Trevor. Don't spoil the boys or let them stay up too late."
"You mean no Walking Dead marathon fueled by greasy food and sugar? What the hell am I here for?" Tess laughed. "You guys are awesome. I totally owe you."
"I'll stay until the boys are settled in bed and then head out," he said. "Have a great time."
Giving Nina another hug, she whispered, "My bed is made. Get comfortable there. I'm not sure when or if I'll be home."
"Stay out, have fun, get laid. We'll be fine."
She grabbed her clutch purse and shoved her lipstick and phone in beside two condoms. With her keys in hand, she rushed through the kitchen to give the kids a quick hug and kiss and a final warning to behave.
The pizza delivery guy pulled up as she walked toward her minivan. Nina stood in the doorway and waved her off. It was one night. They'd be fine. She knew it, but she still got a sinking feeling every time she left the kids. Mom guilt sucked.
When she went to work, she usually took the train, but traveling on the El in a party dress didn't seem wise, so she drove into downtown Chicago. The city skyline was beautiful. At least that's what she told herself as she fought with the cabs in the gridlock of the city.
By the time she turned the corner toward the Peninsula, she'd had enough. Even though it went against her nature, she forked over the exorbitant valet parking fee for the night. She didn't care how many extra hours she'd have to work to make it up. Not having to drive around and look for parking was worth it.
She stepped from her mom-mobile and smiled at the valet, who was classy enough not to laugh at her and the picture she made — elegant dress, high heels, perfectly curled hair, climbing from a minivan that reeked of French fries. Yeah, she was ready for a drink.
Inside the lobby, she texted her friend and coworker Angie to let her know she'd arrived. They'd made plans to have a drink together and scope out the crowd. Their boss thought they were there solely to help fill the coffers for their department. Tess usually put in her hours for the hospital and then went to the hotel bar to find company for the remainder of her night. If nothing else, she might be able to talk Angie into hitting another hotel or club.
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Miles Prescott sat on the edge of his bed, careful not to wrinkle his tuxedo. The mere thought of listening to his mother nag that he looked like he'd just rolled out of bed was enough to keep him neatly pressed. The St. Mark's Hospital gala would be his third event this week. His second black-tie of the month.
Normally, he didn't care about the fundraising and charity events he was expected to attend as the face of his family. While his siblings did the "real" work of running the family software company, he mostly dictated where they should send charitable contributions. But tonight, he was tired.
In fact, since his dad had died, this had begun to take its toll. When his father had been alive, Miles had been able to do his work in his office and at board meetings. His parents had been the face of the family. He'd attended only a handful of events. Now, the bulk of such affairs fell to him. And he hated it.
Of all the Prescotts, he was definitely the partygoer. Hell, everyone loved a good party. Except these weren't parties. They were events. All polite conversation, shameless flirting with older women who always went home with their husbands, and superficial smiles with people he rarely wanted to see again.
Part of him would kill to go back to being in college. To drink beer at a party. To meet women who actually wanted to talk to him, not just to get a contribution.
Shoving off the bed, he smiled as he thought of what his mother's reaction would be if he ordered a beer tonight. A knock let him know she was ready to go downstairs. At least with the gala being held at the Peninsula, he had an awesome view of the city and excellent food for the night. It was almost enough to make up for everything else.
Another sharp rap had him moving faster. He opened the door with an apology on his lips.
"What are you doing?" his mom asked before he had a chance to say anything.
"Getting ready. It's a big suite. Long walk from one end to the other." His sarcasm was lost on her.
"Are you ready?"
"Just about." He looked at her for a moment. Something was off. Stella Prescott was always formal, but tonight she looked stiff. "What's wrong?"
She swept into the room, lips pressed tightly. "It's the gala. I thought I could do it."
"What do you mean?"
"This one was always your father's favorite. I didn't make it last year ..."
She didn't finish the thought. Miles knew she hated admitting how lost she'd been when Dad had died. She was slowly coming back to herself. It was part of the reason why Miles kept agreeing to attend these things.
"It'll be fine, Mom." He walked across the room and gathered his wallet and key card. "Why did Dad like this one?"
Her face softened. "Because, like you, he hated formal high- society gatherings."
Miles laughed and pointed at the tuxedo he wore.
"Well, let's not get carried away, Miles. Of course, if you want to raise any real money, the event has to be black-tie, but this gala is open to so many more people. He loved talking to guests from all walks of life. Many of the hospital employees attend. Mostly, I think it's an attempt to draw in more funds. They plead their case directly to benefactors."
Interesting. If his dad had liked this event, maybe Miles's night wouldn't be a total loss. He found it funny his mother managed to think doctors were of a different class. He highly doubted the maintenance staff would be joining them for the evening.
He held out his arm for her to take. "Shall we?"
She looped her hand through his crooked elbow. "Keep in mind not all of the guests will be who you're used to. Try not to comment on off-the-rack gowns and rented tuxedos. Not everyone is as privileged as we are."
"First, have I ever embarrassed you by looking down on anyone?"
"Well, I didn't mean that."
"Yes, you did. And second, do you think I would be able to tell an off-the-rack dress from a designer one? I'm too busy imagining the dress on my floor to think about something like that."
His joke had the desired effect. She lightly smacked his arm. "That is exactly the type of talk to which I'm referring. My friends find you simply scandalous."
He led her to the elevator.
"While my peers know you are playing games, not all the women here will understand."
His night was looking better by the minute. While it wasn't a kegger, he might have the chance to actually enjoy himself.
The elevator arrived with a swish and a subtle ding. Inside, his mom rested her head against his shoulder as the doors closed. "Thank you for doing this, Miles. It means a lot to me."
Moments like these were exactly the reason he continued to agree. He could fight his brother and sister about always being the one to go. They could just as easily make appearances, but he couldn't fight his mom. He liked knowing she could lean on him.
Never one to show any kind of weakness for long, she straightened and put on her game face before they reached the ballroom.
Miles waded through the throngs of people to reach the bar. While his mother was content to sip champagne all night, he wanted something a little stronger. At least she'd been right about the crowd being different than the guests at the usual events they attended.
At the bar, he ordered a scotch, and while he waited, he eavesdropped on conversations happening behind him.
"Are you saying the work you do is more important than the cancer wing?"
"Of course not. We're all working our ass — really hard to save lives every day."
Hearing a woman nearly slip and swear at prospective donors made Miles turn to watch the interaction. The couple behind him he recognized. The Baldwins were generous but loved to make a recipient work for it.
Mrs. Baldwin reached out and laid a hand on the woman's arm. "Really, dear. How do you do it without becoming severely depressed every day?"
The woman stood with her back to Miles, so he couldn't see her face, but her voice carried clearly. "Many days break my heart. I work with sick babies. When a newborn is so small she can fit into the palm of my hand" — she held her hand out, palm up to demonstrate — "and I hold and care for that baby daily, nothing in the world feels as satisfying as the day I get to see her go home."
Miles's gaze followed the line of her arm from her hand to her shoulder. Her brown hair fell in waves down her back. The dress she wore hugged her but wasn't tight. It also wasn't too revealing, which sucked for him. He didn't want to have to imagine her body. His eyes landed on the curve of her ass and down the length of her long legs, which were bare. The toned muscles made him ache to touch them.
Mr. Baldwin chimed in, "Why should we fund such a small department? Wouldn't our money have a greater effect at a hospital like Lurie's or even St. Jude's, where children are their sole focus?"
"Those hospitals are phenomenal, of course. But not every family can or will go to either of those places. Yes, St. Mark's is small, but we do amazing things in our tiny department. Our families come to us for help. We're close to home for them. They have extended family nearby for support. They don't have to disrupt the lives of their other children in order to save the newest member of the family. At St. Mark's, we care for the entire family, not just sick children."
"Are you sure you're a nurse, Theresa?" Mr. Baldwin asked.
"Absolutely. Why do you ask?"
"You talk like someone who has a lot of experience reaching into deep pockets and wringing them for all they're worth."
She chuckled, and the low sound shot straight through Miles. The bartender set his scotch at his elbow, but Miles was afraid to turn away. He wanted to see the woman who had caught Carter Baldwin's attention.
"I assure you, I work the floor every week. The only fundraising I do is attend this gala every year."
"If you're half as good at being a nurse as you are at talking about how good the hospital is, you should be running the gala."
Another gentle laugh. "Thank you for the high praise, Mr. Baldwin, but I love my job. I'm not looking to run anything. It was very nice to meet you."
Baldwin sipped his drink and nodded at her. "I'm sure we'll be meeting again."
She shook his hand, and Miles leaned forward, hoping she'd turn enough for him to see her face. As she moved, her long brown waves fell back from her shoulder, and Miles leaned to the side to see her. Then she turned completely around and faced him. Her eyes widened when she caught him staring at her. She inched her left eyebrow up a fraction as if to ask for an explanation, but she smiled.
"Can I help you?"
For a moment, Miles was dumbstruck. She was beautiful, with creamy skin sprinkled with freckles. But it was the smile that got him.
"Busted." He stepped forward with a hand extended. "Hi, I'm Miles Prescott. I'm sorry. I was eavesdropping on your conversation with the Baldwins."
"Why not join in?"
"I was intrigued by any woman who could capture Carter Baldwin's attention like that, but I prefer my conversations one- on-one."
She shook his hand. "So, you know the Baldwins?"
He nodded. "They're good friends with my parents." He released her hand. "Can I get you a drink ... Theresa, was it?"
She nodded. "I'd love some champagne. Thank you."
Instead of stepping back to the bar, he waved a waiter over, snagged a glass from the tray, and handed it to her. She raised the glass, and Miles watched her lips settle on the edge as she sipped. Her head tilted back a little, allowing him to watch her throat work.
"So, tell me your secret. How did you captivate Mr. Baldwin so easily?"
She lifted a shoulder. "He asked what I do for a living. Personally, I don't think it's all that captivating."
"You might not think so, but I've been to functions with Baldwin, and I've been in board meetings with him. If he spares you more than a passing glance, you've caught him. Not an easy thing to do."
"Board meetings, huh? So what do you do, Mr. Prescott?" He flinched. "Miles, please. I'm a numbers man."(Continues…)
Excerpted from "One Night with a Millionaire"
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What can be better than two very strong and determined main characters? Not much really. Tess and Miles were fabulous together. They fit perfectly, although there were a couple of times that they bumped heads and could not let the other person in. But their chemistry sizzled and the both knew how they felt about each other. And they respected each other. I felt that they made a good team. Miles was such a great guy and immediately fell for her kids. His interactions with them only made me like him more. I am happy with the way it ended. Tess is a rock star in that! I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Throwing caution to the winds 40 something single mother Tess Howland indulges in a one night stand with millionaire playboy Miles Prescott and finds more than she bargained for. One Night Stand with a Millionaire is fun and sexy contemporary romance. This is the first book I've read by Shannyn Schroeder but it certainly won't be the last.
One Night With the Millionaire by Shannyn Schroder is the first book in her new Daring Divorcees series. Tess Howland is our heroine, and we meet her from the start; she is a nurse, as well as a divorcee with three kids. She is attending the Saint Marks Gala, an annual fund raiser for her hospital, and makes her rounds to convince people to donate to Saint Marks. Miles Prescott, is a millionaire playboy, who attends this gala to please his mother and sister, who run their company, and expect Miles to step up and have a more active role; especially with their father having passed away a year ago. He notices a woman who immediately gets his attention, and makes sure to introduce himself to Tess. Miles knows how to attract woman, and Tess enjoys the attention he gives her. Tess is a workaholic, and has little time for herself caring for her three kids. But she decides since she is free, to have a one night stand with the handsome Miles. One night only. Best laid plans do not always work out. Miles is not willing to let Tess go, as he enjoys her company, not to mention the sex. He sees in Tess, a woman different then his other woman, and perhaps a future, but can he convince her to allow him to be part of her life? In a short time, their relationship will heat up, and Tess cannot resist the hot sex with Miles. Tess tries to keep their relationship private, but Miles wants more. In time she will relent and have him meet her kids, who end up liking Miles. What follows is a sweet, fun story with both slowly falling in love, but Miles will begin to become frustrated in his attempt to convince Tess that he wants a more permanent relationship with her and with her children. Tess after her nasty divorce pushed herself to be independent, self sufficient, and refuses to allow Miles, who is rich, to help. Will Miles be able to change Tess’s mind? One Night with the Millionaire was a fun read, and wonderful characters, including Tess’s friends, children and Miles’s mother and sister. Shannyn Schroeder once again gives us a sweet romance that keeps us unable to put the book down. I look forward to reading more from this new series.
Tess is a single mom of three kids. She has been divorced for a few years, yet never really dates. The only time she lets loose is once a year at the Saint Marks Gala. She works the crowd for funds for her department and then finds her one night of fun. Miles is a bored playboy. He hates going to these fundraisers, especially since his father died a year ago. But tonight he must be strong and be there for his mother. Especially for this fundraiser. This was his father’s favorite fundraiser. So he will endure it and smile for his mother. As Miles observes the room, he stops dead when his eyes land on a beautiful woman. As the night progresses Miles night improves. But all that changes when he wakes up alone in bed the next morning. No No that will not do. When Miles tracks her down and offers to take her on a date, she says no. But no is not in Miles vocabulary. What was suppose to be one night turns into something that Tess is not ready to deal with. This was such a fun and energetic read. The characters were wonderful. Tess herself is a very independent woman. She is so used to taking care of herself that she never has time for herself. Miles on the other hand is not the playboy that everyone makes him out to be. Even though she says no to him often, he never gives up. Overall this book is a wonderful and fun Rom-Com. The characters are lovable and fun. I really enjoyed Miles perspective and how he tried to show he could fit into their lifestyle even though his is money. I also enjoyed the realization of the single mom angle. Sometimes people don’t understand what single mothers go through on a daily basis. It really gives us a clear picture. Great work incorporating real with fantasy. If you are looking for a feel good romance with stubbornness, then this book is right up your alley. It is full of fun and witty banter. It has fun loving characters with a classic Cinderella vibe. So break out the wine, pick up this book and curl up for a good time.
I thoroughly enjoyed One Night With A Millionaire. Perhaps because the heroine is a little older; I’m not sure. The writing was great and I found myself diving right in and I couldn’t put the book down. From the first to the last chapter I was hooked. A single mum and nurse in her forties, Tess Howland’s life is all about trying to maintain peace and a sense of balance; not only with her kids but also her ex-husband and work. When the opportunity arises for a one night stand with sexy as sin, Miles Prescott, she decides to go for it, after all nothing will come of it, right? Imagine Tess’s shock when the millionaire is interested in pursuing more than the initial one night. What will Tess do? Will she accept or run? Miles and Tess were fantastic together and I loved how accepting Miles was of her life and her children, without completely trying to take over. This was a feel good romantic lover story that hit all the right buttons for me. I loved the interaction as they got to know one another and it was often amusing to watch as Miles navigated the “instant” family he got as their relationship progressed. This book made me smile and was an entertaining and fun read.
This is the first book that I’ve read by Shannyn Schroeder and I am so glad I requested to read this book. Shannyn has gained a new fan. I really enjoyed reading this book. Miles might be drifting through life and might not know what he wants to do with his life but the minute he met Tess he was done for. Miles might not have planned to fall for Tess and her kids but once he realizes that they are a package deal, he will stop at nothing to be part of their lives. One Night With A Millionaire is a must read! ***Received this ARC by NetGalley as an exchange for an honest review.
Great to see an experienced couple fall in love One Night with a Millionaire is the first book in Shannyn Schroeder's Daring Divorcees series. I must admit, this book took a little bit of time to really capture my attention. I wasn't really excited about how Tess was looking for a one night stand(must have missed that in the book blurb) with Miles. However as Miles pursued her I enjoyed how the plot moved. I especially liked that the main characters were mature adults and the storyline reflected the challenges of life as a single mom. I think there was personal growth on both Tess and Mile's part that made the story more interesting. I also thought the secondary characters of family and friends rounded out the story well. I definitely am interested in reading the next book in this series when it comes out. I received an advance reader copy via Netgalley.
Loved this story! Just jump right in and hold on! Tess is a single mom, a little older and seriously needs just one night. One night without any strings and at the (no pressure here) urging of her friends decides to jump in with both feet. She meets Miles who is a little younger and doesn't understand the word No or one night only. I loved these two! It's the perfect romance with no angst and totally relatable characters and it hits all the happy buttons. Watching these two maneuver their way through their relationship and Miles fitting in with her bunch was perfect. Shannyn's writing is stellar and it's worth a second read. *arc from NetGalley and Entangled for an honest review*
This is the first book that I have read by this author and I am totally in love with her writing. This book captured my attention from the moment I started reading it. This book is about Tess and Miles. Tess is a divorced mom with three kids who really does not get a lot of help from her ex-husband. She is a very strong organized woman who always like to be in control. Miles still does not know what he really wants to do with this life. He lives his life really one moment to the next not really thinking about the future. Then he meets Tess. Tess makes him want things in life that he never really wanted before. Tess is really afraid to let Miles get to close to her and her kids because she fears being let down and worst of all hurting her children. This book is just such a great romance book with just the right amount of drama thrown in to keep you on your toes. Tess's children are really great and reading how they interact with their mom and Miles is such fun. The other divorcee's in Tess's group are a hoot. I cannot wait to see where this series heads next. Thanks Net Galley. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
How wonderfully refreshing and fun it was to read a great romance between slightly older characters. This one gives us the story of hard working single mom Tess Howland, a woman with no time or energy for dating. Once a year though she lets herself cut loose for one night of fun and passion. This year that comes in the arms of Miles Prescott. He's a fun loving millionaire known for his no strings approach to relationships. Yet for Miles one taste of Tess is never going to be enough. Now he just needs to convince her he's in it for the long haul and worth taking a risk for. Great fun read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I definitely recommend it.
Tess Howland, is a divorcee and mother of three children. She works two jobs to support herself and her children along with the child support from her ex-husband. Lately she has spent so much time taking care of others that she has forgotten how to take care of herself. That will change when she attends a gala event and meets millionaire Miles Prescott. Miles is all about fun and wants to have fun with Tess. After their first night together, Miles realizes that he needs more than one night or a fling, he wants to spend time with her and maybe her children? The sex is amazing and Miles has no intention of giving up on Tess. Miles has never been around children and he will have to learn to accommodate their needs in to his life. Will Tess relax and trust Miles to be in her life…her children’s lives? I very much enjoyed this romance between somewhat older adults with young children added in to the mix. I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to give an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
This is a sexy and fun romance that has Tess, a single mom of three, having a fun escape with Miles, a wealthy playboy. When their night of fun has the potential for something more, neither is sure what it means or how to manage it. The only thing Tess is sure of is that she doesn't need a man-child in her life and no one will hurt her kids. I enjoyed this book and, while primarily the POV was Tess's, I also enjoyed Miles' perspective and how he approached trying to date a mom of three and how he could fit into their lives. This is an entertaining novel that fans of the genre will love. The author is new to me and I'm looking forward to reading more of her books.