Seducing the Enemy's Daughter

Seducing the Enemy's Daughter

by Jules Bennett

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Seducing the Enemy's Daughter by Jules Bennett



Brady Stone had just learned the new manager of the property he wanted was a woman…and quite desirable. Charming Samantha Donovan into giving away corporate secrets would be even sweeter considering she was the enemy's daughter.

The business magnate had been planning his revenge for years. Now the only thing standing between Brady and victory was a beautiful, innocent pawn. His head told him to forget about any possible future with Samantha. But his heart knew that in destroying the Donovan empire he would be ruining his last chance at happiness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426849992
Publisher: Silhouette
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Series: Silhouette Desire Series , #2004
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 391,160
File size: 487 KB

About the Author

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Jules Bennett has penned more than 50 novels during her short career. She's married to her high school sweetheart, has two active girls, and is a former salon owner. Jules can be found on Twitter, Facebook (Fan Page), and her website julesbennett.com. She holds contests via these three outlets with each release and loves to hear from readers!

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"I'm sorry, sir, but the Tropical Suite isn't available until tomorrow."

"That's unfortunate, since I'm here now."

Samantha Donovan took a deep, calming breath, approached the registration desk and pasted on the umpteenth smile of the day. Running a high-class resort was certainly straining on her jaw muscles.

"Is there a problem?" she asked.

The tall, impossibly good-looking stranger turned his darkened gaze to her. "My room is unavailable."

Because she'd been in toe-pinching Jimmy Choo shoes all blasted day, Sam leaned an arm on the marble counter and directed her attention to the young employee at the computer on the other side of the registration desk. "Mikala, what is the problem with the Tropical Suite?"

The young Hawaiian girl punched in several keys; her hands shook as they hovered over the keyboard. "It seems Mr. Stone's reservation was entered into the computer for his check-in as tomorrow."

"But as you can see, I'm here today."

Sam didn't blame the man for having a bit of irritation to his voice; she was a bit irritated herself and had been since her father came up with this preposterous plan to make her gain his respect and a place in his company by getting their family's newly acquired Kauai resort up and running smoothly.

"Mr. Stone," Sam said with a soft yet professional tone. "I cannot apologize enough for this misunderstanding. We could upgrade your room and offer the Honeymoon Hideaway at no additional charge. I know that suite is available, because I just saw the couple off to the airport personally."

Another part of the job her father hadn't warned her about. Not only had the resort been operating at a loss, they'd had to lay off workers. Now, as manager, Sam found herself playing taxi driver, maid, occasionally a waitress in one of the three restaurants and yesterday she'd had to unclog a commode in the Sands Suite.

Not the luxurious position her father had made this job out to be. But she would persevere, no matter what daunting tasks she had to take on.

This once five-star resort was the newest piece of property owned by her father and brother. Details weren't given, but Samantha knew the takeover hadn't been pretty or easy, so she needed to use all her energy and then some to make sure the guests were happy, the staff was well paid and the grounds were kept immaculate.

No problem.

"Is the room clean?"

The guest's question snapped her out of her self-induced pity party. "Yes, sir. Mikala, please make the necessary changes in the computer and I'll show Mr. Stone to the suite myself."

The man had a garment bag over one broad shoulder, so Sam reached for the extended handle of the single piece of black luggage.

Now she could add bellboy—or bell girl—to the growing list, providing Sam a diverse and impressive résumé, if her father chose to boot her from the company for good.

"Ma'am." The gentleman's voice drifted over her left shoulder. "I can take my own bag."

Not slowing her pace one bit, Sam replied, "Guests don't carry their own luggage."

She hit the button for the elevator, glanced up to see what floor the car was on and tried her damnedest to ignore the sultry, woodsy scent of this handsome guest.

"What kind of gentleman would I be if I let you carry my bag?"

Glancing to the side, Sam couldn't help but notice how well his shoulders filled his navy business suit or how nice his golden, tanned skin looked against the dark material.

Why was this man alone? She couldn't believe a man who dripped with charm and sex appeal didn't have a busty, leggy blonde draped over his arm. Granted she'd been here only six short months, but she hadn't seen too many singles.

"What kind of hotel would I be running if I had guests take their own bags to their rooms?"

Just as the elevator dinged, he lifted a dark brow. "I'm not going to win this fight, am I?"

She merely smiled over her shoulder as she stepped on to the empty elevator. Once upon a time the two lobby elevators had probably been full of laughing families and honeymooners, but not anymore. Sam wasn't sure what happened, all she knew was that her father had handed her this new resort and she was going to make it the best in Kauai, the world for that matter, or she would drop over dead in her Jimmy Choos trying.

The next time she contacted her father—he never contacted her—she'd bring up the fact, yet again, that in Kauai traditional resorts were going by the wayside and those with luxurious day spas or upscale Bed and Breakfasts were the only way to go. Of course, coming from her, she doubted he'd believe the new concept. Perhaps that's why the hotel had been in financial trouble before. Poor communication and/or lack of interest to upgrade in an attempt to compete with the other tourist hot spots.

If her father didn't listen, and soon, she feared they'd be caught in the same dilemma as the previous owners.

Since his wife's death, Stanley Donovan cared for nothing but himself. Samantha had been pushed to the back of his mind. Well, she was still his daughter whether he wanted to put forth the relationship effort or not.

Sam rested the bag's handle against her hip and hit the button for the penthouse floor. "Did you have a nice flight?"

"As a matter of fact, I did, considering I have my own jet." A smile spread across his lips as he glanced down to his suitcase. "If you're the manager, why are you playing bellhop?"

"Mr. Stone—"

His dark gaze darted back up. "Brady."

"Brady," she said, instantly liking the strong, confident name, not to mention the way his coallike eyes raked over her. "Because I'm the manager, I have to fill in when and where someone is needed. By the time I would've found someone to take your luggage, I could've done the job myself. Besides, even though there was an error in your reservation, I want you to be confident that we will do everything to make your stay pleasant."

The elevator came to a halt, the doors slid open. She motioned for him to exit first.

"That's quite a speech," he told her as she stepped beside him. "You even have a pleasant, professional voice. It sounds as if you've used those same words once or twice before."

Sam swallowed the lump in her throat, inserting the key card into the slot of the only door on the f loor. "M r. Stone —"

His hand slid over hers, sending shivers all through her overworked, underappreciated body. "Brady, please."

Because she couldn't deny the low, seductive tone of his voice, Sam lifted her gaze only to find his eyes held more of a punch than his sultry voice and warm, strong hand.

Dark, rich brown eyes shielded by half-lowered lids roamed over her face, pausing at the lip she chewed on.

"Brady," she replied, cursing herself for allowing, even for a moment, emotions she didn't have time for to creep up. "I assure you, there are no problems with Lani Kaimana. We're happy to have you and I guarantee you'll have a pleasant and relaxing stay."

His bedroom eyes traveled back up her face, a corner of his full lips tipped into a smirk, but his hand remained enclosed around hers. "I'm sure it will be pleasant, but I don't know about relaxing. I'm here to work."

Sam forced herself to remember her task. She slid her hand from beneath his and jerked on the cool metal door handle. As much as she'd like to chat with Mr. Charming, she had a resort to save from despair.

"What exactly does Lani Kaimana translate to?" he asked.

"Royal Diamond." She swung the door in to reveal the spacious dark green and bright white suite. "I'm sure you'll be happier in this suite. Even though it's the honeymoon suite, it's the only one on this floor, so you shouldn't be disturbed. There's a king-size bed, a Jacuzzi, wet bar and Internet access."

Stepping across the threshold, Brady studied his surroundings, while Sam continued to study him. She'd seen plenty of men in business suits before, but as her eyes continued to roam over Brady's broad back, she couldn't recall seeing a single man who filled out a tailor-made jacket so well.

"This is amazing. The view through those balcony doors is absolutely breathtaking." Brady turned to face her. "I can't believe this room isn't booked year-round."

Sam took a step into the romantic suite, her eyes betraying her by drifting up to the king-size canopy draped with white sheers in the far corner perched on a stage just for the bed. An image flashed through her mind of this sexy, too-good-to-be-true handsome man stretched out beneath the crisp white sheets—wearing nothing but the sheet.

She looked back to Brady; a smile danced in his eyes as if he knew where her thoughts had wandered. "Yes, well, that's what we're working on," she said.

"How about if you discuss your plan of action with me over dinner?"

Stunned, yet flattered, Sam shook her head. "Brady, I appreciate the offer, but I cannot have dinner with you."

"Because you don't date guests?"

"No, because I'm too busy." Though now she would have to make a vow not to date guests. The topic had never come up before.

He cocked his head to the side. "Too busy to eat? How about if I come to your office?"

Obviously this man didn't take kindly to rejection. And Sam was pretty positive he hadn't heard a negative word from a woman in his lifetime.

"Thank you again, but I can't." Sam moved toward the door in an attempt to get away from his sexy scent and those piercing eyes before she gave in to temptation. She couldn't help but wonder just how many women fell into those bedroom eyes. "If you need anything, please just ask."

"Actually, there is one thing."

She peered over her shoulder. "Yes?"

"You know my name, but I don't know yours."

"Samantha Donovan, but everyone calls me Sam." She grinned. "I own the resort."

Samantha Donovan?

All this time he'd expected Sam to be a man. How could he not have known his worst enemy had a daughter? And a stunning one at that.

Brady slipped his smart phone from his jacket pocket and punched in the number to his brother, Cade. Not having all the facts on a resort he intended to take over was unacceptable. How the hell had this vital piece of information not been caught before?

"Hello."

"Cade, why the hell didn't I know Sam Donovan was a woman?" Silence filled the other end. "I assume you didn't know, either?" Brady asked.

"I had no idea. Are you in Kauai?"

"Yes." Still astounded, Brady stood in the same spot he'd been in five minutes ago when Samantha had walked out the door after dropping the bombshell. "Not only that, but I was escorted to my suite by the Donovan heir herself. I thought old man Donovan had two sons, not a son and a daughter. I can't believe this."

"Why did she escort you to your room? Didn't they have a bellboy?"

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Seducing the Enemy's Daughter 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, read it in one day, a must read
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Great story looking forward to brothers story.
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Debs_Book_Nook More than 1 year ago
Business magnate Brady Stone wanted nothing more than to avenge the wrong done to his father by an old business associate and now he has the perfect opportunity. Take down Sam Donovan, manager of Lani Kaimana hotel. Little did he know that Sam Donovan was actually Samantha Donovan, daughter of his enemy. His plans underwent a change but he was bound and determined to get his revenge. Samantha Donovan was determined to make her hotel the best in Hawaii but she definitely had a job ahead of her. Profits were down, employees had been let go and she was constantly on the run helping all over the hotel. But the biggest obstacle of all was her father. He was never happy with her, no matter the excellence of the job. Her father has always been hard to please but since her mother had died, it was impossible to please him. Sam made a point of not getting involved with her hotel patrons but Brady Stone is hard to resist and he feels the same way toward her. Or does he? Can this be a real relationship or is he only after revenge and will he break Sam's heart in the process? Jules Bennett has woven a wonderful, in depth story that I didn't want to put down. Her first release with Silhoutte Desire and I eagerly look forward to more of her wonderful work!
Judy_F More than 1 year ago
Jules Bennett makes a delightful Desire debut in Seducing The Enemy's Daughter. Brady Stone was a man on a mission. He was determined to return the resort Lani Kaimana to his family's holdings. Brady figured he gain information from the employees and be able to take back the resort. He didn't know Sam Donovan was really Samantha Donovan. Switching gears Brady turned to seduction. Samantha Donovan was newly in charge of Lani Kaimana. She was willing to put in long hours and do what ever it took to make the resort shine. Sam has spent her whole life trying to prove to her father that she belonged in the family's business. She didn't have time to be distracted by a handsome guest. Brady Stone makes her feel alive and wanted. Sam can't believe how fast she is falling for this man. Brady thought he had it all planned out by seducing Sam. He hadn't planned on falling in love or Sam finding out the truth of why he was really at the resort. Can Brady make Sam believe that what he feels is for real? Seducing The Enemy's Daughter is enchanting read. Jules Bennett draws you into two intriguing characters and makes you fall in love with them. I will be looking for more books from this author.
zoomom03 More than 1 year ago
I was captivated by this book. The author weaves suspense, betrayal, seduction and heartbreak together in a seamless story that will have you turning the pages long into the night. Samantha has dealt with feeling second best all her life and just wants her dad and brother to treat her as an equal in the family business. Her love and dedication to the company and most especially Lani Kaimana, the resort on Kauai she is managing, puts her in the path of Brady Stone, the son of the previous owners. Brady will do anything to own the resort again, even stoop to seducing Sam to gain inside information. Their attraction to each other is as magical as the setting and the romance flows through the pages. Samantha and Brady are both strong characters and the reader is given foreshadowing throughout the book leading up to the explosive moment when secrets are revealed and hearts are broken. Both characters experience growth and awareness and through their relationship learn lessons about life and what is really important. The family dynamics added realism to the plot. I loved how Sam's relationship with her father evolved and how Brady related to his brother. You don't want to miss this emotional and sexy debut book by Jules Bennett!
JLute More than 1 year ago
I immediately fell in love with Sam and Brady. Jules has the ability to bring her characters to life. I felt their love, pain, stuggles and joy. I look forward to future releases from Jules. Check out some of her eariler books...I highly recommend Love in Bloom. Jules is one of my favorite new authors.
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ERBIRK More than 1 year ago
Jules Bennett's latest book, Seducing the Enemy's Daughter, gives every gal the perfect read. Brady Stone and Samantha Donovan's story takes place in the romantic paradise of Kauai, the garden isle. These two strong characters are instantly attracted to each other but have obstacles to overcome in order to have their happily ever after. Get ready to escape with a great read full of romantic walks and passionate embraces. This book also sets the stage for Cade Stone's story in For Business...Or Marriage?
Angel_LH More than 1 year ago
Jules knows how to seduce her reader.....she writes in a way that makes you feel like the people are more than just characters on a page. You relate to them and care about them. You find yourself totally immersed in their story, turning page after page, craving to read more. I enjoyed everything about this book.....even the end! Because where Sam and Brady leave off, the next story will begin! Definitely a must read for romance lovers. :)
Luckylady More than 1 year ago
This book kept you involved and turning pages right from the beginning. It shows there is a thin line between love and hate. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait until the brother's story comes out.
Paulette26 More than 1 year ago
Seducing the Enemy's Daughter, seduced me from the first sparks flying page where Samantha (Sam) Donovan and Brady Stone meet. Jules Bennett's characters are wonderful, wounded by life, and determined. Her story is strong, compelling, and hot as its Hawaiian setting. Both Sam and Brady have something to prove to each other and themselves. You'll want to join them on their journey of discovery of self, heartache, and love. I started this book on a Saturday afternoon and didn't put down 'til early Sunday morning. Can't wait for Ms. Bennett's next, "For Business.or Marriage?" to see what's in store for the other Stone brother. I give this story 5 stars.