Lawyer Eric Maxwell has been in love with Ann as long as he can remember. He figured he never stood a chance-don't the beautiful girls always prefer the bad boys to the nerds? So he makes Ann a deal. He'll provide her with free legal services...if she'll move in and help him transform him from nerd-without-a-clue to bona fide bad boy.
And once the transition is complete, all he has to do is prove that he's the only bachelor for her...
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Stealing the Bachelor
A Stealing the Heart Novel
By Sonya Weiss, Alycia Tornetta
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2016 Sonya Weiss
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Mug shot. Orange jumpsuit. Details on the evening news.
I could go to prison. Ann Snyder took a deep breath to calm herself. She tried again to get the handcuffs clamped around her wrists off. They were part of a Halloween costume she planned to wear, and she'd put them on to see how she'd look when she was hauled off and locked away. Only now she couldn't find the key. But that was the least of her worries right now.
She'd practically worn a hole in the hardwood flooring with all the pacing back and forth. She pivoted, then stopped abruptly. It was time to act. Knowing who she had to turn to didn't make it any easier to swallow. She pressed a hand against her stomach, the handcuffs jiggling while her trepidation grew to the size of a small truck.
Usually, she was the calm one — if she didn't count dumping a bowl of melted chocolate over Monica Sinclair's head. But the woman had slept with Ann's fiancé and then gloated about it all over town. She'd waltzed into the chocolate shop recently and made snide comments about Ann having put on a few pounds. Monica had had the chocolate coming. Even after losing her fiancé to a woman like that, Ann had tried to find the bright side, to look for the positives, the rainbow after the storm.
But there was absolutely nothing positive about what was happening now. She'd been stabbed in the back. Now, because of her misplaced trust, the business she loved could go belly up. For the love of her business — and for that reason only — she was ready to face attorney Eric Maxwell, the man she'd done her best to avoid since high school. She needed him to keep her next fashion accessory from being an orange prison jumpsuit, and she needed him to save her business. She had no choice except to throw herself on his mercy. Under the pinch financially and too proud to ask her family for a dime, she'd have to see if she couldn't get him to skip the retainer and take small payments. Maybe he'd be willing to do that.
She changed — with much difficulty — out of her paint-stained jeans with the holes in the knees into a simple black skirt, pairing it with low-heeled shoes. Her shirt would have to do. She couldn't change it thanks to the handcuffs. For good luck, she added one of her mother's antique necklaces. Leaving her shoulder length brown hair down, she added a touch of lipstick, and headed out.
The trip through the heart of Sweet Creek never failed to make Ann appreciate the sight. She'd been born and raised in the small town. She loved the simplicity of the place, the feeling of neighborliness, and the beauty of the quaint buildings. Singing along with the James Morrison song on the radio, she tried to keep the worst of her fear at bay. By the time she parked her little pale blue Volkswagen in the lot behind the building that housed the law firm where Eric worked, the sky had opened up and unleashed a steady shower of rain. Rain in October and the chill in the air always made her feel the pang from missing her late parents. Had they been alive, they would no doubt have been disappointed in her latest failure. No, Ann shook her head. Her business wouldn't fail. She'd poured her heart into it and every bit of her savings. Failure couldn't happen.
Squaring her shoulders and swallowing her pride, she stepped out into the rain, then dashed for the protection of the awning. She jerked open the office door, rushed into the foyer, and promptly slipped on the slick floor.
To keep from face planting, she slammed her hands against the wall, wincing when the force stung her fingers.
"Are you okay?"
Through the strands of her dripping hair, she locked gazes with Eric Maxwell. The floor she was standing on free-fell a hundred stories. His dark chestnut hair glistened under the lighting. Instead of his usual suit and quirky nerd ties, he wore a pair of jeans and a T-shirt, which were as soaked as her own clothes. The T-shirt clung to his wet skin, providing a great outline of his nicely muscled abs.
When did he get those, and where has he been hiding them? He hadn't had them in high school.
Remembering him as a teenager brought back the sting of how he'd humiliated her. His friends had created a fantasy girl draft and listed all the girls in their school and their physical attributes in great detail. When one of them had mentioned her name, Eric had quickly and loudly said, "Ann Snyder doesn't belong on that list. She's not in the same class as those girls." His voice had carried down the hallway to her, and she'd been on the receiving end of laughter and pitying glances.
She'd ducked into the girls' bathroom and cried. She knew she wasn't the beauty her sisters were, but to hear it confirmed had hurt. As the years had passed, she'd chalked it up to high school drama and thought maybe Eric hadn't meant what he'd said. Especially after he'd blatantly hinted that he liked her. She'd even considered going out with him.
But then she'd overheard him, again, at her sister Abby's diner with his old high school friends. Loudmouth Jerry had laughingly asked, "Did Ann Snyder ever make your fantasy list?" and Eric had looked disgusted and said that she'd never be on such a list.
After that, she'd cold-shouldered Eric, never wanting to feel that way again.
She blinked and pushed the hurt aside. This wasn't high school anymore, and it didn't matter that she wasn't as pretty as her sisters or any of the girls on his fantasy list. She had a good life and her business. If she could keep it. She took a deep breath. "First, get me out of these handcuffs."
His mouth dropped open, then he snapped it closed. He stared at her for a second before he said, "I don't even want to know. Your private life is your business."
Swallowing the embarrassment of what he must be thinking, Ann said, "Can you help me or not? It's not what you think." Her gaze drifted across his muscles before she snapped her attention back to his eyes. "Keep me out of handcuffs. Legally. Not that I would need you illegally." She pressed a hand against the side of her head for a second, then rattled the handcuffs. "Well?"
He stepped closer and raised her arms. Lowering his head, he leaned in to examine the handcuffs. "Where's the key?"
"If I knew that, I wouldn't be wearing them."
He patted the pockets of his jeans. "I don't have anything that could cut them."
"Would you normally?"
"I like to be prepared."
"Hold on." He gripped the chain between the cuffs and pulled. It snapped like it was nothing more than paper.
Ann licked her lips. "Um ... thanks." She rubbed her wrists. After she left here, she'd figure out how to get the bracelet part of the cuffs off. Surely her thoughts were a bit fuzzy because she'd skipped breakfast this morning. But those muscles ... She snuck another glance before blurting out, "You're wet."
He gave a look that said that was obvious. "I got drenched on the way in." He crossed his arms, jerking his head toward the entrance. "You're the last person I expected to come through those doors." His tone wasn't exactly unwelcoming, but it wasn't welcoming, either. She couldn't read what was going on behind that mask of his.
"I never thought I'd ever have a reason to come to your office." Ann glanced around at the empty area surrounding them before looking back up at him. His gaze held hers. Uncomfortable with the prolonged silence and the butterflies in her stomach, she asked, "Where's your secretary?"
"I gave her the day off. I have some business to take care of with my family." His lips tightened when he mentioned family, and he shook his head. "It doesn't matter. What do you need?" he said, his deep voice slightly exasperated.
"I told you already. You." Keeping her focus on his handsome face, she said, "I need you. Desperately."
He raised his eyebrows and crossed his arms, staring at her without saying a word. How can he say so much without speaking? She hated feeling like she'd rolled into town and fell off the turnip truck. Embarrassed and irritated with herself, Ann clarified, "I mean, I need your services. Your skills as an attorney. Nothing else." She blinked away droplets of water that dripped from her hair onto her eyelashes.
He gave her a long, steady look from his dark chocolate eyes, and Ann's stomach tightened. She hated that. Hated that she couldn't quite figure out what was going on. There was that tension she noticed every time she was around him, making her feel awkward and definitely not calm or quickwitted.
Finally, after lasering her with his eyes, Eric motioned her forward. "Come with me." He led the way to his spacious, richly furnished office and disappeared into a small adjoining bathroom, then returned with two oversize towels. "This should help absorb some of the water."
Ann took the towel he offered and began drying the ends of her hair, then rubbed it along her arms, darting a glance at him as he slipped off his T-shirt, giving her a front row seat to his impressive physique. She gaped as he dried himself and then put on a clean shirt.
When he saw her watching, he said, "It's the only T-shirt I have at the office. I would have offered it to you, but I didn't think you'd want it."
Checking out the Star Wars logo on the shirt, Ann said, "I love Star Wars." What's going on? I sound like Nerd Girl, and Eric looks too hot for words. Maybe I hit my head when I slipped.
"You want me to take it off? That way you can wear it and get out of your wet clothes?" He walked around the expansive desk.
She lifted her gaze to his. Is he teasing? No, he couldn't be. His expression was serious and besides, Eric never playfully teased her. Still, there was something about his voice that suddenly sent shivers chasing up her spine. Get a grip, girl. "Thanks for the offer, but if I take you up on it, then all I'd have on is a T-shirt." Duh. She gave herself a mental forehead slap.
His gaze dropped to her legs.
Her insides heated up hot enough to deep fry something. All the air in the room snapped with increased tension. "You taking off the T-shirt would be a bad idea. Gorgeous men without their shirts on are always ..." Her voice trailed off, and she gritted her teeth. Why am I babbling?
"Gorgeous men?" He frowned, and his gaze sharpened into something she couldn't define. "Are you saying you think I'm gorgeous?"
"No, of course not. I've never noticed your looks." And Ann's nose grew two sizes that day ... Ann squelched the taunting thought. She'd seen Eric hundreds of times but never really paid attention until ... now. Was she ever paying attention now. And it was unfair that he was so polished and smooth, so him, and she still felt as gangly and awkward as she always had.
He inclined his head slightly, waiting for her to speak.
Uncomfortable with how he was watching her, and telling herself to stay focused, she searched through her purse, removing the papers she'd been given. "I think I'm in trouble." She unfolded them and passed the stack to him, hating how her hand shook slightly. "When I arrived at my business this morning, it was crawling with various alphabet agencies. The expressions on the faces of everyone there scared me. I asked one of the agents from the FDA what was going on, and she gave me those documents." Ann shuddered at the memory of the exact moment she'd realized everything was about to hit the fan.
His gaze sharpened. "Your business was raided? What would they want with Chocolate Cravings?"
"I know, right? I was about to make a joke about them jonesing for chocolate, but then one of them handed me a search warrant. I think I'm in trouble."
He skimmed the papers, his expression darkening. Then he looked at her, his expression incredulous. "If any of these accusations are even remotely true, you're right about being in trouble." Tapping his index finger on the first sheet of paper, he said, "This says that you engaged in deceptive trade practices, among other things."
"Deceptive trade practices?"
"Your company sold goods labeled as one thing when they were actually another."
Ann put the towel down on the leather chair across from the desk and took a seat, hoping to keep the wet material of her skirt from dripping onto the expensive furniture. "I would never do something like that. All the labels on my chocolates are correct, and the ingredients are clearly listed."
He shook his head and explained, "They're not talking about the chocolates. What they're saying is that you sold health supplements under your company's name claiming they cured illnesses."
"But I didn't sell any supplements." Her heart beat faster. She didn't like the sound of this.
He shrugged. "According to these papers, you did. With the FDA and the IRS both involved, this is the big league. It's federal level, meaning federal courts. There's a copy of a cease and desist letter that was sent to your company four weeks ago. You were warned to stop selling the supplements."
Her fear rose along with her voice. "Today is the first time I've seen it. Lewis always picks up the mail." Because she'd trusted her manager. That rat. She'd never even laid eyes on the cease and desist letter. Wait a second. Hope rose within her. She couldn't be responsible for something she didn't know anything about, and she'd tell the FDA exactly that. Maybe then they'd realize that this was all a huge mistake. She told Eric as much, then smoothed her skirt and smiled. "Who knows? Maybe I won't even need an attorney."
Eric leaned back in his chair and narrowed his eyes. She'd never noticed before today how tall he was and how well he filled out his clothes. His slight smile made her restless. "Your business became financially successful pretty fast. Quicker than normal, wouldn't you agree?"
"Well ... yes," Ann said, not understanding. So what if her business had taken off? She'd put in plenty of long hours and hard work to make it happen, even peeling off the layers of old wallpaper herself. Many evenings she'd worked past midnight, scraping the walls until her fingertips cracked because she couldn't afford to hire help.
"With the amount of money you made, there's no way you were only selling chocolates. The supplements were shipped in bags with your company logo. You don't know anything about those?" Eric steepled his fingers, one eyebrow raised.
Her temper rising at his skeptical tone, Ann glared. "It was only chocolates, and no, I didn't know about the bags."
"But you knew about the supplements?"
"Weren't you the one who ordered the bags? Didn't you notice how many bags you were going through versus how many 'supposed chocolates' you were actually selling? You recently took a trip to Hawaii. How'd you afford that? Did you jet off to relax while preying on the hopes of other people?"
Ann blinked, taken aback by his rapid-fire questions and his air quotes around the words supposed chocolates. "Yes, about the bags —"
"So you admit you knew the bags were used for the supplements?"
"What?" Ann stammered out. "No! And 'supposed chocolates?' Preying on the hopes ..." Ann shifted her feet, preparing to stand. She couldn't wait to get out of his office. Granted, she and Eric weren't friends, but she'd never expected him to be so hateful, like he was enjoying her misery. Before she could stand, he fired another round of questions at her.
"You and your manager Lewis are involved romantically, correct? You'd do anything for him. Was the plan to scam people solely your idea or was it a joint effort?"
"Lewis and I were friends, nothing more, and I haven't scammed anyone." She'd thought that Lewis was different. That he was trustworthy. He'd been so kind, always thoughtful. Ann cringed inwardly. Of course he had. He'd only acted like a great guy so he could use her business. She'd been an easy mark. Why did she always have such bad luck with men? Did she have a giant bull's-eye on her back?
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you like really really REALLY naive and helpless heroines, then you may like this book. The main character is sweet and has a good heart, but she has the basic reasoning skills of a second grader and needs everyone else in her life to help her or she wouldn't be able to function. Not a terrible book, but it would have been better if the heroine did something besides look pretty.
Stealing the Bachelor is a charming, fast paced read about two people who have know each other since high school but have not always like being each others company. Ann Snyder is unlike the other women in her family. Where her sisters are drop dead gorgeous and attract mens eyes every where they go, Ann finds herself lacking in the department. Content with her looks she focuses her energy in becoming a successful business woman, allowing her bakery to fill the void of having a man in her life. Erice Maxwell has been in love with Ann since high school but couldn't understand why she became distant and almost hositle with him. When Ann finds herself in legal issues due to her skeazy ex-manager she turns to the only man who might be able to save her and her bakery, Eric Maxwell. Eric is thrilled Ann has come to him for help and not willing to let an opportunity slip through his grasp, Eric makes a deal with Ann. He will represent her in her legal troubles in exchange she will trun him from a geeky lawyer into a desireable bachelor, he just convientally leaves out the part that he wants to be a desirable bachelor worthy of her and her love. I really enjoyed this fast paced, feel good romance and look forward to reading more from this author. I received an eARC of this book compliments of the publsiher in exchange for my honest review and opinion. All ratings and opinions stated are my own.
Stealing the Bachelor is a book about two complete opposites that work together towards a new beginning. Ann Snyder may not always have the best of lucks, but after starting her chocolate business everything started to change. She became very successful and she had no reason to doubt why her business was booming. Little did she know that her manger/boyfriend had a secret of his own by creating a side business, one that would ultimately cost Ann the very same business that she worked so hard to open on her own. Now Ann is in serious trouble with the FDA and the IRS has withhold everything that she had in the bank. Without knowing what else to do, Ann turns to the guy that humiliated her in high school for help, Eric Maxwell. Eric Maxwell has had a very successful career as a lawyer so far, and after Ann asks for his help he is more than willing to help her out. After all, he has been head over heals in love with her ever since high school, but in order for him to help he is going to need her help along the way. His plan is to provide his legal services in exchange for her to help him transform him into a bad boy (the guy that she would typically like). Ann agrees, but everything changes when the two of them start to get along. Their secrets are out in the open and it is then that Eric will have to convince Ann that their relationship could actually work. I liked the overall idea of the book, but it didn't quite work for me. I've read other works by the author before, and they were all great. Yet, Stealing the Bachelor didn't have enough background and character development for me to fully enjoy the story. Eric to me sounded like your typical guy who is not nerdy at all, he just wanted to change for Ann, which it didn't end up going as well as he would have liked. On the other hand, Ann is tough and she cared for her business, but she has been hurt by guys many times in the past that it's hard for her to let her guard down when she is with Eric. As the two of them start to spend more time together, the more they start to realize that they deserve a second chance. Had their been a better execution, the book would have turned out great. Anyway, if you are looking for a very quick read that will not contain a lot of details, yet it's romantic and has a good ending then I would suggest reading this book. :) ***ARC provided by Entangled in exchange for an honest review.***
*ARC received from Entangled Publishing in return for an honest review* Ann Snyder is under criminal investigation due to the illegal activities of her chocolate shop manager. She turns to attorney Eric Maxwell for help. Although she has always been attracted to him, they have a strained relationship because of past misunderstandings that have never been cleared up. Eric sees this as a chance to get close to Ann, the woman he has always wanted, so he comes up with a makeover scheme to get close to her. This book is kind of lukewarm. I didn't feel any chemistry between these characters. For me this book was just okay.
3.5*** This has to be one of the sweetest stories I have ever read. Eric is a major sweetheart caretaker. From the beginning when he saw Ann, he knew she was it for him. The things he did behind the scenes for her were very touching. I loved the way he was so supportive of her, just very encouraging and letting her know he would be there for her. Ann was a little more leary and didn't have much self confidence in her outer beauty. I could empathize and relate to her. But I enjoyed her character, especially her interactions with her sisters and her granddaddy. Loved the family banter. This was a sweet read with characters who are down to earth, genuinely likeable, and could even possibly be your friends. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
Given to me for an honest review. Ann has major problems and must ask Eric for help. She has been avoiding him since high school. She overheard him and some other boys making a list of girls. Eric had told the other boys that she didn't belong on the list. She was heartbroken and avoided him as much as possible in a small town. She shows Eric the documents that were given to her by the various federal agents who were in her store this morning. Eric says that this is very serious if everything is true. It seems she trusted her manager too much and now she has no money (seized) and no way to make any. Eric takes her case and tells her to not worry about the retainer. They can do a barter. He wants to be turned into a bad boy. She doesn't understand why he wants to be a bad boy, but she has no choice. Why does Eric wan to be a bad boy? Do they find her manager? Will she have to go to jail?
This bachelor will "steal" your heart This is a cute story about Ann who finds that she is in over her head when she has been set up in her business by her underhanded business manager. He did something that brought down the government (think FDA) down on her. She started her business and her manager screwed her over which brought the law down on her; Ann is trying to show her family that she could stand on her own and be just as good as them but instead, she got in over her head. Ann needs help, legal help to make sure she doesn’t lose her business or her livelihood and the only person she can think of to help is Eric, her sort of friend from high school. He is a lawyer now but in high school he was sort of a nerd. They almost dated but he had a foot in mouth problem. There is some tension related to that which is what the basis of the story is about. Eric states he will help Ann BUT he wants her to help turn him into a bad boy so he can get the girls. UMMM Hello??!! Basically Eric has carried a torch for Ann since HS and he ruined his chances back then ; because of that Eric has held a grudge. Who know why men think the way they do. We get this impression driven to us in the book Ann is mad at Eric but its never really explained. But the characters do have somewhat of a chemistry. There is an ebb and flow in the writing. I did like their bickering and the humor written. I started to root for them and I guess I gave up wanting to know why there was the misunderstanding and just wanted the MC to get together. There are gaps in the writing and things that didn’t make sense but overall this is an ok read. The villain in the piece could have been written in a different way –it seemed to be thrown in. Overall, it’s a nice book which has good points to it. My rating: 4.0 stars **** ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review***
If you enjoy clean romances that touch the heart, then you have to check out this sweet read by Sonya Weiss. I have not read a book by this author previous so it is always exciting to experience a story by someone new to me. This book is a stand alone read that is a part of a series. You meet many of the family members, but yet the book allows a complete story to evolve and develop. Our main characters know each other from high school but have never had the success at having a regular conversation. Eric has been head over heels for Ann forever and when he is able to try and help her through an issue, he jumps at the chance by bartering with her. Ann still feels the burn from high school, where she thought Eric had spoken poorly about her. Add in several other miscommunication errors and you wonder if they will ever figure it out. I enjoyed the flow and development of the story. You get a feel for the depth of caring that Eric has for Ann. She is a bit slow to the party and it takes to the end of the book to get to the HEA. This is a quick read that is perfect for getting that warm and fuzzy feeling you look for at the end of a book. The author has crafted a lovely romance that offers the deep, feel good feelings we love along with the enjoyment of a well written story. Well done!
Stealing the bachelor is a great story, though the title doesn't really fit. Ann needs a lawyer after trusting the wrong man to be her business manager. Eric wants, has always wanted, Ann. After a deal for legal help vs bad boy make over, the fun begins. But as old misunderstandings are cleared up and a nosy grandfather plays matchmaker, the fun begins. Eric is awkward only around Ann. Otherwise he's a very smart, great looking guy and a great character all around with close friendships. Ann has a strong family but is a bit insecure in her place, making her a character you can relate too. The grandfather is a hoot!
3 stars Stealing the Bachelor was a sweet and fluffy read. The storyline was good and while the characters were likable and entertaining, I found it hard to connect with them. I felt this lead to me not enjoying Stealing the Bachelor as much as I wanted to.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Book 3 of the Stealing the Heart Series by Sonya Weiss is a warm-hearted romance and although it is part of a series, this book can still be read as a stand-alone. This is the first book by Ms. Weiss that I have read and I can say it was good and entertaining. It was a bit cliched though for my tastes but still a good way to pass a lazy afternoon. The characters are pleasant and I found the interactions between the siblings and their grandfather absolutely delightful.
Loved Stealing The Bachelor, a sweet quick read. Enemies to lovers. Ann needs help from her high school enemy, now lawyer. She can not afford to pay him, so in return she is going to turn Eric the nerd into a bad boy. Eric has always liked Ann, but figured he was not her type. It turns out just the opposite with a little bit of communication. This is the third book in the series, I have enjoyed all three of the sisters getting their HEA. THis book can be read as a stand alone. I highly recommend this book. I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.
I had read another enjoyable makeover story a while back so I was looking forward to reading this one. The premise had a lot of potential. However, I was disappointed the story centered more around Ann's situation than Eric's makeover. Also, Ann's opinion of Eric was based on a misunderstanding from high school that could have been easily resolved. Overall, the story was good but I guess I was expecting more. ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
A very enjoyable sweet read. It's the third in the Stealing Hearts series but can easily be read standalone. Loved the slightly nerdy Eric and the way he'll do whatever he can for Ann just made me swoon. Ann was a little harder to warm up to but she and Eric seemed to work well together even if she is a bit clueless about how he feels. This sweet romance will make for a great lazy read for everyone. I recommend it.
This is a delicious, sweet, enemies to friends romance with great characters, plenty of worry and a cute read. Although it is the third story in the ‘Stealing Hearts’ series, it works brilliantly as a stand alone story and you don’t need to have read the other two to appreciate this on – I know because I thoroughly enjoyed this even though I somehow missed out on the earlier ones. Ann turns to Eric Maxwell when she needs legal advice and assistance but has no money to pay for his services so he asks her to to help him turn from nerd to bad boy. As the two try to hide their mutual attraction from each other, crimes, lies and secrets will all be important factors if they are to have any chance of a happy ever after together, This author always writes stories it is easy to get immersed in, with robust plots and easy to relate to characters and this story is another fine example of her skills in doing just that. Misunderstandings from school days impede their romantic encounters and additional miscommunications make their progress even more traumatic for them both. This is a quick read that made my journey fly by, I really enjoyed it and will be looking out for the other two stories in this series soon! I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing, cute chicklit to get lost in for a little while. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley for gifting me an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review.
This book reminded me of one of my favorite movies. I have always been a huge fan of Can't Buy Me Love. With Stealing the Bachelor Sonya Weiss made a classic movie an unforgettable book. The concept of looking for that special someone in all the wrong places when the perfect match was right in front of you is a great draw. There is nothing more romantic. A fantastic read. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.