Penthouse Player

Penthouse Player

by Tara Leigh
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Penthouse Player by Tara Leigh

Abandoned by her mother and spurned by her father, Reina St. James is tired of being treated like a dirty little secret. It wasn’t easy making her way into the high-risk, high-reward Wall Street world ruled by financial kings and trust fund tyrants. But now that she’s got a stiletto-clad toe into one of the swankiest firms in Manhattan, Reina is determined to prove she’s more than just a pretty face hiding an ugly past.

For Tristan Xavier Bettencourt IV, escaping the shadow cast by generations of family fortune has been difficult, and success hasn’t come without sacrifice. Tristan has always put business before pleasure… Until Reina’s curved lips prove an invitation he can’t resist.

Walking away from their explosive night together won’t be easy, even if the heat between them might consume both of their careers. Will Reina and Tristan risk everything by betting on each other?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250138507
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Series: Billionaire Bosses , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 92,630
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Tara Leigh attended Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia Business School in New York, and worked on Wall Street and Main Street before “retiring” to become a wife and mother. When the people in her head became just as real as the people in her life, she decided to put their stories on paper. Tara currently lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with her husband, children and fur-baby, Pixie. She is the author of Penthouse Player and Deal Breaker.

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Penthouse Player 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
CathyGeha 7 days ago
Hooked from their first scene together I was rooting for Tristan and Reina from the beginning. This well written debut novel shows promise for Tara Leigh’s future as I look forward to reading what she writes next. Tristan Xavier Bettencourt IV is a moneymaker on Wall Street. He has an Ivy League degree, played hockey in college and has chosen to work hard though he has family money. Into his life walks Reina St. James and he is smitten at first sight. When Reina’s hot suddenly goes to cold and she hurries out his door he is curious. When he walks in to a company orientation program for interns at the family company he more than surprised to see her there. From that point on there is a bit of chase but a lot of insta-love to go with the insta-attraction. The beautiful couple of alpha, older, wealthy wonderful lover and the younger new-on-the job, intelligent, driven-to-succeed woman have a few things to deal with before they can achieve their happily ever after. I felt like kicking Reina’s mother in the patoot and wished her childhood had been easier but it added to the story so all’s well that ends well. There was some predictability but it did not deter from the story and as I liked both Tristan and Reina I kept reading – in fact – I stayed up reading till 2am needing to finish the book before sleeping. Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press-Swerve and Barclay Publicity for the ARC – This is my honest review.
lucy117 11 days ago
I was given an ARC in exchange for a honest review by NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press. Reina St.James and Tristan Bettencourt, their eyes meet across the room a sparks fly . Until she realized who he is!! Secrets and lies just might tear them apart. A well written book with complex characters, secrets, lies, betrayal, and intriguing twists.
belllla 16 days ago
Penthaus player is an interesting love story on the Wall Street. At first, I thought this book will not be for my taste a rich playboy CEO and an opportunistic social climber. But no the story is so much more after you see what is behind the strong facade and under the expensive suit you see two completely different persons. Tristian and Reina are both really great person you can not help but to fell in love with them. I loved how did author hat escalate attraction between them how they were constantly denied the pleasure and tasted just a few bread crumbs. Tristian is truly amazing character down on earth and with a great relationship with his father. And Reina her story is just sad and heartbroken but she did it, and she overcame the fear and her anger transmitted in something good, the wish for success. With Tristian, she makes a great team they are both stronger because of their love and at the end, we see that sky is the limit. Great story with an unexpected twist and a lot of suspensions. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
etoile1996 17 days ago
when reina st. james first encounters tristan bettencourt at a charity gala in penthouse player she is stunned by their connection. their flirtation quickly boils over to seduction, until reina recognizes his family crest and is horrified to realize that she's in bed with her future boss. you see reina has big plans for her future, she wants to take wall street by storm. she wants one of those corner offices with the floor to ceiling windows that look out over manhattan. reina has been shut out of this world because of her background, but she also belongs to this world. and she sees the bettencourt group as a way to gain access to this world she's always yearned to be part of. but she's not going to sleep her way into it. she wants to earn it. she's good at finance. and to muddy the waters before she even has a chance to step into the office is probably the worst thing that could have happened. when tristan realizes why reina ran he's shocked. and unsure of how to proceed because he can see her potential to be the dream employee, but he still wants her in his bed. and they try so hard to stay away from each other, but with chemistry like theirs there is no way. and things are even more complicated because reina's past ties into some of tristan's current connections. and everything blowing up is inevitable. you can't keep the connection they have a secret. but it shouldn't be the kind of secret that destroys everything either. and one thing i liked, is that when everything does go sideways, tristan has his moments of doubt, but he lets reina explain. and he believes her. and it's so nice when fictional characters behave like real human beings instead of total drama llamas. i appreciate it. **penthouse player will publish on september 5, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/st. martin's press (swerve) in exchange for my honest review.
CrystalsBookWorld 17 days ago
I was really intrigued about this book starting with the blurb and the cover. I love a good "Sleeping with your Boss" trope and was going into this thinking it was going to be similar to others in the same category of romance. What I did not expect was two powerful and strong people were sort of broken from their past. Penthouse Player was sinful and very unexpected. You get the good, bad, and sexy all in one twist. Reina trumps the Queen card of what she takes on in life. Tristan will never back down from what he wants. I really was impressed with their first encounter. Tristan saw Reina and immediately claimed her from the arms of another man. This book had the high and lows. It was a true emotional rollercoaster.
BookReview4you 17 days ago
'Penthouse Player' by Tara Leigh is the First Book in the New series called "Billionaire Bosses". This is the story of Reina St. James and Tristan Xavier Bettencourt IV. Renia mom left her and her 'Dad' when she was a young teenager. Renia had learned through over hearing her mother that the man she left them for was actually her real dad. It seemed that he was married and Renia was what he called a 'bastard' child. Her real father has to keep up an image and doesn't want legitimate kids to know about her. So her mom never came back to see her and her 'Dad' kind of left her to her on devices. Now Renia is working towards a great career and has taken a job at Bettencourt. Renia meets Tristan at a party and they almost have a one night stand before Renia realizes who he is an takes off. This puts a spin on her working for him and they both try to fight their attraction but can't for long. I enjoyed their story! "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
TammyS32 17 days ago
I really liked this read. Reina and Tristan have great chemistry the story has plenty of drama as Reina does her best to hide her background. An entertaining read.
DebDiem 17 days ago
Penthouse Player by Tara Leigh is a book I didn't really think I would like, just from the title. Wow, was I ever mistaken. Ms Leigh has delivered a well-written book. She gets an A+ for the characters, they were simply awesome. Reina and Tristan's story is a workplace romance with a twist. You'll have to read the book to find out what the twist is though. This is an alternating point of view book, not my favorite, but Ms Leigh made it work in this book. There is plenty of drama, humor and five alarm fire sex to keep readers glued to their e-readers. I totally loved reading Penthouse Player and look forward to reading more from Tara Leigh in the future. Penthouse Player is book 1 of the Billionaire Bosses Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I received from NetGalley.
KaliMcQuillen 17 days ago
Reina has to work hard her whole life. She's smiled through everything and never lets anyone see behind her smile. She see's a man and it's holy attraction for both of them. When it really starts heating up, she beats feet and Tristan is stunned. At work the next day, he's even more stunned to be looking at the girl that ran out on him the night before. There's explosive chemistry between these two but she has secrets that she can't have him finding out about. When they can no longer fight the attraction will she come clean before it's too late? Once he finds out what her secrets are will he hate her and think the worst of her? Will they be able to see what they have is real and can last through anything?
PennieM 18 days ago
Reina grew up knowing she was missing something and yet she wanted it all. Now she has the chance at a job with her father's competitor, her father who denied her. No worries. This is Wall Street and Big Business. Tristan has worked hard to get where he is even if he was born into it. A chance meeting at a party and sparks and heat and oh-la-la could it get any hotter? What they don't know at the time is Tristan is Reina's boss. So many secrets but if they can get past them they will be able to overcome all. So much chemistry and heat wrapped up in this morsel. **Received this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
Bette313 18 days ago
Tara Leigh is a new to me author and I have to say she has a new fan! Penthouse Player was a great read. Great pace, great writing, and wonderfully developed characters. She took a fairly common trope and spun it in a new and fresh way. Reina St. James grew up as a dirty little secret. Her father never stepped up and claimed her. Now she's ready to make it in his world and show him she never needed him. Starting her dream job at Bettencourt, her father's main competitor in the financial world, is just the first step. Then she snags the eye of Tristan Bettencourt and everything changes. Fantastic read and one I recommend to everyone.
bouncyberthaCR 18 days ago
4.5 - "I kind of like having you as my boss..." Stars! The first book in the Billionaire Bosses Series gives us a romance with a bit of a forbidden twist, and who doesn’t love a bit of boss/employee after hours shenanigans. I’ll be honest and say I have been giving debut authors a bit of a wide berth lately, but when a trusted friend and fellow reviewer raves about a book to me, I pay attention because she is even pickier than I am generally. "I’m rather discriminating about the opportunities I choose to accept…" And I am glad I did, Penthouse Player delivered everything I want in an office based romance, chemistry, banter and plenty of sexy-times. I can’t say that there as anything particularly new and unusual about Tristan and Reina’s story, but I think when you love the characters as much as I did these two, it makes a massive difference, also the author has a really engaging writing style as well, which as a reader just pulled me completely into everything that was going on. "How about you make me an offer." Well written, it read well, and I cannot wait to see what the author has in store for us in the future. Not too long to wait as Deal Breaker is due before the end of the year.
Lashea677 18 days ago
So different, yet just the same. It's hard to piece your heart back together after having it broken so many times. Reina is the girl that nobody wanted, but the woman determined to succeed. Ambition has taken her far, but will her nuisance of a heart ruin her all over again? Tristan has it all. Or so it seems. Money, notoriety and success mean nothing, if you lose yourself along the way. Tara Leigh appeals to that vulnerability that makes us human. THE HEART! The emotions are raw and the heat is real. Penthouse Player is a look at life's tragedies and complications. Reina finds her inner strength as she struggles with a foolish heart and a sharp mind.