It was only supposed to be a little white lie. When Emmaline Greene pretends to be Sarah, the confident, sexy woman she wishes she could be, she figures no harm, no foul. Her one-night stand will never find out. Wrong. The gorgeous guy she slept with isn’t just amazing in bed…he’s also her new boss.
Parker Wentworth has a lot to prove. He’s just been appointed CEO of his family’s company and is tasked with repairing its scandalous reputation. He can’t afford any distractions or complications. Too bad the attractive blonde he takes to bed turns out to be both. So why can’t he forget the incredible night they spent together and move on?
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Taken by the CEO
The Scandalous Wentworths Series
By Stefanie London, Alycia Tornetta
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2017 Stefanie London
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Emmaline Greene had never asked for much in life. Nor did she voice her opinions too often or too loudly. But that was all going to change. Everything was going to change ... starting with her name.
What better way to forget that she'd wasted six years of her life being married to a cheating bastard who'd turned her into a trophy wife with no purpose or achievements of her own? The only way she could think to truly bury the easily manipulated person she'd been in the past was to become someone else.
After all, she deserved a new identity to go with her new lease on life. She'd earned it.
"What else am I supposed to call you?" Gracie stared at her as though she'd spontaneously sprouted a third head and declared that she was, in fact, an alien. Perhaps the conversion to extraterrestrial would have been easier for her sister to accept than Emmaline suddenly deciding she no longer wanted to be referred to by her birth name.
"I don't know." Emmaline cradled her latte. "I don't see why it's a big deal. You changed your name."
Gracie rolled her eyes. "I got married and changed my surname. That's a totally different situation."
"What about Ruby?"
"It doesn't suit you."
"I could dye my hair red." Flame-colored hair would certainly be more interesting than her boring beige-blond. That would shock everyone into seeing her as a different person.
"I'll disown you," Gracie muttered. "I was always jealous that you got the blond hair and I didn't."
Emmaline wrinkled her nose. Growing up, she'd envied her sister's dark curls and rich brown eyes. Gracie looked glamorous. Emmaline, by comparison, lacked curves and curls of any kind. The blond hair was the perfectly bland cherry on top of a boring, vanilla sundae. Maybe she would dye her hair ...
"What about Gemma?" she suggested.
Gracie frowned. "Do you want to have the same initials as me?"
"Bianca means white," Gracie pointed out, taking a sip of her coffee. "Which would make your name White Greene."
A waiter arrived with their breakfast and the conundrum of finding a new name was momentarily forgotten. The Wooden Llama café was their weekend hangout. It was a quirky little place that did an especially good poached eggs and avocado smash. Plus, they served their coffee just the way Emmaline liked it — piping hot and stronger than a bodybuilder. This morning it was full to the brim, and the sound of chatter and cutlery scraping against plates comforted her. Any noise at all was preferable to the deafening tomb-like silence of her house.
"What about Adriana?" Emmaline said. "Or Charlotte? They sound like fun names."
Definitely not as stuffy and old-fashioned as "Emmaline."
"Em." Gracie reached across the table and grabbed her sister's hand. "Just because Conrad was a lying, cheating scumbag doesn't mean you need to go changing everything about yourself. He did the wrong thing, not you."
"I want to be a new person, and I want a clean break." She pulled her hand out of Gracie's grip. "What's wrong with that?"
"Nothing. But changing your name won't do anything. And what about work?"
"A simple update to the employee system." She shrugged. "And work is exactly where I want to start being the new me."
Her job at the Wentworth Group had been the first step in rebuilding her life. Conrad, the aforementioned cheating scumbag, had always wanted her to stay home and support his business. So, she'd been the perfect wife — cooked gourmet meals, hung off his arm at functions, sacrificed her job, and killed the little voice inside that had always asked but what about me?
Now she was working in the HR department of one of the biggest luxury retailers in Australia. But it wasn't enough. She wanted to prove to herself and her employer that she was top-level management material. And that meant she could be a wallflower no more. It was time to shine and stand out and do all the things she'd been told were "not appropriate" in the past.
"They have this fast-track program where they take the best performers and give them an accelerated career plan. I could be working in a senior manager role in three years," Emmaline said, sipping her coffee. "It's highly competitive. I want one of those spots."
"I am all for this newfound ambition, Em. It's great, really." Gracie sighed. "But you need to get out and meet people socially, too. Or take up a hobby. Life can't be all work and no play."
Emmaline bristled and speared a piece of bacon with her fork. "I have more in my life than just work."
"Oh yeah, like what?"
"Well ..." She pursed her lips, searching her memory in an effort to prove her sister wrong. "There's brunch."
"And I visited Mother last week." Okay, now she was scraping the bottom of the barrel.
"A visit to Mother does not count as a hobby." Gracie laughed, her dark curls bouncing as she shook her head. "Do you even know what a hobby is?"
"Of course I do," Emmaline said through gritted teeth.
As much as she hated to admit it, her sister had a point. A hobby was exactly what she needed to fill her time outside work. While married, her time had revolved around her husband and attending all the events important for his career, hosting his colleagues, and being involved in the charities he deemed appropriate.
She'd been so busy at the time that it never dawned on her that she'd failed to cultivate a life for herself ...let alone her own identity. She didn't have anything that she was passionate about. She didn't belong to any clubs or groups that weren't tied to her ex. It was quite pathetic, really.
The new her was going to be very involved in ... things.
"There are plenty you could do," Gracie went on, gesturing with her hands as she spoke. "You could take up some kind of art ... or how about crafting?"
Emmaline made a skeptical noise. "You know how clumsy I am. I'm likely to either stab myself or glue my fingers together."
"What about yoga? Or running?"
She thought for a moment. "Running could work."
It didn't require any specific skills, at least not for a beginner, and it would have the added benefit of being good for her health. Besides, taking up a sport meant the opportunity to go shopping for a new outfit.
She tapped her nails against the edge of the wooden table. "I'll think about it."
"I want you to report back when we have brunch next week, okay?" The compassion in her sister's eyes was too much to bear. Emmaline didn't want pity. She wanted to get on with her life. No matter how pathetic it seemed it was still her life. She could make the decisions, set her own goals, and decide how to spend her time.
And she wasn't going to waste a second of it.
"So, what am I supposed to call you now?" Gracie teased.
"Nothing." Emmaline frowned into her coffee. "I'll call you."
* * *
"Did your first order of business have to be firing someone?"
"Yes." Edward Parker Wentworth looked up from tying the laces of his running shoes to meet the judgmental stare of his younger brother, Ian. "What? The CIO wasn't performing and, while I'm aware that you've all been able to run amok like it's the goddamn Jungle Book in there, that's not going to fly with me. You perform or I show you the door."
He ignored the bait and stood, taking a moment to stretch the tired muscles in his back. "And technically I don't start until Monday, so Arthur fired him."
"On your orders." Ian followed him out the front door.
"On my recommendation."
"You're such a buzzkill."
Of course Ian would say that. But the fact was, the Wentworth Group's IT spending was triple that of their closest competitors, and yet they still hadn't implemented a new point-of-sale system or updated the online shopping functionality of the company website. Which explained why their customer engagement scores were not only at the bottom of the pack in their latest benchmarking report, they were practically six feet under.
Just like your reputation will be if you don't get in there and make some changes.
"Did you see they called you Edward in the memo that went out last week?" Ian chuckled at his expression.
"I'll be fixing that the second that I start on Monday," he said. While Edward was his legal name, he'd only ever been referred to as Parker growing up. The name suited him better, and Edward made him sound a good two decades older than his thirty-two years. "I'm sure they'll keep it on all the official stuff, but I don't want people calling me Edward."
"Won't be an issue. I'm sure they'll be calling you Mr. CEO or Your Highness, anyway," Ian quipped.
Parker had moved back to Melbourne for the one and only thing that could've tempted him to deal with his family again — a CEO position. It wasn't just a title to him, it was the chance to take over his family's company and restore the value of their name. A name that his father had dragged through mud.
Parker and Ian jogged down the steps and onto the street. His new apartment was a short distance from Melbourne's Tan running track, and the leafy surrounds were just what he needed to clear his head. If only he could get Ian off his case ...
"Or maybe they'll call you the Terminator if you keep firing people," Ian added.
"It's my job to start picking up the pieces. Arthur has made a right fucking mess of that place."
"Lighten up, Park. When was the last time you got laid?" Ian snorted. "Or do you only get a hard-on for numbers these days?"
Parker shot his brother a look. "One of us needs to focus on keeping the family business going. You should thank me for protecting your inheritance."
"I'm looking out for you." Ian chuckled as they rounded a corner. "You know if you don't use it, you lose it."
"I am using it," he muttered, knowing full well that his brother was winding him up for sport.
"You can't wait for the perfect woman to crash into your life, you know," Ian continued. "You have to seize the moment."
"Is that how you justify slacking off from work?" Parker rolled his eyes. Besides, the perfect woman didn't exist, at least not one who would agree to his two key criteria:
A woman who didn't expect to be trusted; and
Someone who was happy to play second fiddle to his career.
Since he knew that made him sound like a jerk, most of the time he didn't bother. One-night stands were better like that — it was easier to "lose a phone number" than have that conversation and deal with other people's emotions.
The Tan was packed with runners enjoying the fading summer sun. Lush greenery from the Royal Botanical Gardens surrounded the track and could easily make you forget that the city was just around the corner. Parker and Ian picked up their pace, dodging a group of women with children and finding a clear space to keep their speed steady.
"How can you look at all this and not be interested?" Ian gestured to the people running around them.
The Tan was the place to run in the city and, as such, it attracted some very fit women in some very tiny shorts. But Parker needed more than a great set of legs to tempt him. Despite sticking to casual encounters, he still expected them to have some spark.
"Sorry for knowing what I want," Parker said, rolling his eyes. "Or what I don't."
"More options for me, then."
"Reverse psychology isn't going to make me any more attracted to these women because you've got it in your head I need to get laid more often." He shot his brother a look. "I'm perfectly satisfied with my life."
That wasn't entirely true. The years he'd spent living in Boston had been crazy. What should have been a work hard, play hard scenario had turned into work hard ... then work harder. But one didn't become a CEO without sacrifice. Anyway, he wasn't exactly hard up for female company. Since returning to Melbourne he'd caught up with a few old flames who knew not to expect anything long term. But unlike Ian, he didn't give out details about his sex life to anyone who asked.
"So are you ready for Monday?" Ian asked, breaking the silence.
"Of course," Parker replied a little too quickly.
He was good at his job — that was never in dispute. But he'd taken on the role of CEO when his father had retired suddenly after a heart attack. Apparently, the old man had started banging on about work-life balance or some bullshit.
But the opportunity presented to Parker was ripe for the taking. He had plans to prove that the Wentworth Group was the future of Australian retail. Drive the share prices up and shake the mud off his family name. Piece. Of. Cake.
"Get out of your own head." Ian gave him a nudge with one elbow. "I can hear the cogs turning from here."
"Must be a nice change since your cogs don't get much of a workout."
Ian laughed. The insult was flimsy at best. His brother's breezy charisma was often mistaken as a sign that he was "all talk, no action" but Ian was one of the sharpest businessmen he'd ever known. Whereas Parker was often pegged as the serious, studious type, the younger Wentworth brother was the serial charmer. Like chalk and cheese.
"You really do need to get laid. It might help you loosen up a bit."
"Your fascination with my sex life is bordering on weird."
"Someone's got to look out for Little Parker, because you sure as hell aren't."
He snorted. "Creep."
"And you love it." Ian's laughter caught the attention of a pair of blondes jogging past. They smiled and giggled to each other as Ian winked. "Seriously, though, it's good that you came home."
"Don't get all soft on me." Parker rolled his eyes, but deep down he was grateful for Ian's support.
The rest of their family might be a total mess, but he counted on his siblings. That was one relationship he could commit to.
They jogged in silence for a while, and Ian was making eyes at a brunette beside them. When the girl stopped to stretch, Ian gave him a wave and followed her. Shaking his head, Parker continued on. No doubt his brother would have her number in his back pocket by the time they caught up again.
Sometimes, he wished he could be more like Ian and revel in a little irresponsibility. But Parker had been deeply affected by their father's mistakes. Like any high-profile family, skeletons in the closet were pure media fodder, and theirs had been blown out of the water when it came out that Arthur Wentworth was not only keeping a mistress on the side — his secretary, no less — but an illegitimate son, too.
A secret family that he'd managed to hide for over two fucking decades.
The bad stench of that scandal hung around to this day. Which was exactly why Parker was coming in to clean the company up. Arthur's mistakes might have ruined their family, but he wouldn't allow it to crumble the company.
Parker went to turn around another corner, and a flash of pink blinded him. The woman trying to get his attention almost knocked him clean off his feet.
"Can you help?" she asked, her voice panicked. "Please."CHAPTER 2
Take up a hobby, she said. Go jogging, she said. Stupid Gracie. Emmaline should never have listened to her. Now look what she'd done. She tried to outwardly keep her shit together.
"I'm so sorry," she said breathlessly, attempting to force her mass of blond hair out of her eyes. She tried not to cringe at how good-looking he was. Of course she managed to find the most attractive man in Melbourne and make a complete idiot out of herself. "I uhhh ... I need to use your phone, if you have one."
Cringing, she pointed to the silver Lexus sitting in a parking spot where a tiny, yapping Chihuahua had taken her vehicle, her car keys, wallet, and phone hostage. The evil little beast looked smug as hell as he stood, paws braced against the driver's side window. "That dog locked itself inside my car, and all my things are in there, including my phone."
"That dog?" The man chuckled. "It's not yours?"
"No. He belongs to the woman who lives next door to me, and she asked me to bring him on my run." If only Emmaline had known that the tiny thing was basically the spawn of Satan. "But he didn't want to run, and then my feet got tangled on the leash and I fell. When I came back to the car to get a Band-Aid, I put my stuff down and closed the door to keep him from running away while I patched myself up."
Except, like an idiot, she'd left the key on the front seat, and the dog had promptly jumped on it, activating the central locking and alarm.
"I would have smashed a window, but I was worried the alarm might give him a heart attack," she added. "I'm not sure why, but his owner is quite fond of him."
Thank God they were having some unseasonably mild weather, so at least the damn beast wasn't roasting in the car.
The man leaned closer to peer into the window and was greeted with a vicious snarl from the dog. It started yapping again, its paws scrapping at the window while it prepared for battle. "Whoa. Not exactly a friendly little guy, is he?"
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False identities, little white lies, & romance? I was intrigued as soon as I read the synopsis. I couldn't wait to see how Parker and Emmaline went from being two strangers sharing one romantic evening to having a boss-employee relationship. It spelled D-R-A-M-A. The verdict? Taken by the CEO was a super sexy & enthralling romance from start to finish. Stefanie utilizes a dual POV here, alternating between Emmaline and Parker. I found both characters to be likable. When the book begins Emmaline is looking to find herself again after a painful and messy divorce. She's done with being the sweet and wholesome Emmaline. Instead, she wants to be sexy and alluring, someone who doesn't think twice. It was easy to root for her, and I loved seeing her slowly become more confident when it came to her work and her romantic life. Parker, on the other hand, is happy with being all-work-and-no-play. He views romance as a distraction, and after witnessing his parents marriage fall apart he finds it hard to believe true love lasts. Parker was swoon-worthy for sure! You could smell his confidence from miles away. However, contrary to what Parker may thinks he is meant for love & romance. I loved seeing his more passionate and caring side come out as his romance with Emmaline progressed. The plot here mainly revolved around moving on, family, and romance of course! I liked the romance - Stefanie definitely knows how to write super sexy scenes. And I also enjoyed the focus on family when it came to Parker's character. It was interesting to see how he fit in with his family, and where he decided to go from there. It also didn't hurt that I found his siblings to be charming. I look forward to reading more about them in the future.
I initially enjoyed the beginning of this story. It reads like a rom com novel with Emmaline wanting to be someone else for a night. She wants to live a little after going through a horrendous break up. Emmaline thinks what she needs is a one-night stand, which probably wouldn't have been so bad had she not, unknowingly, had one with her boss, Parker. It was hilariously excruciating getting through the moment they each realize what they've done. After that, however, the book is rather unremarkable as it follows the suit of so many other romance books. It was entertaining, and I would totally read another Stefanie London book (I have already - see below), but it wasn't my favorite from this author.
Emmaline's marriage wasn't a success. Her husband used her and bossed her around and it's time for her to take complete control over the direction of her life. She now has a prestigious job and she's ready to start dating again. To practice at being more comfortable and sexy Emmaline calls herself Sarah. When she meets Parker she thinks he's the perfect candidate for her first one-night stand and she can be anyone she likes, because she will never see him again after that night. She's in for a big surprise when she finds out Parker is actually her new boss. Parker is a young CEO. After his father's disastrous leadership of the Wentworth Group he's taking over the reins of his family's company. His father caused a big scandal and Parker wants to restore their reputation. Falling for one of his employees doesn't fit into his plans at all. He can't forget Emmaline though and wants to get to know her better, but they both have their careers to think of. Will it be a wise idea to keep seeing each other? Taken by the CEO is a fun and sexy story. Emmaline has been hurt in the past and she's determined to make it on her own. She's shy and sweet, but she tries to be bolder and tougher, which was quite endearing to see. She's perfect for Parker. She treats him with kindness and respect, but also lets him know what she wants and what her boundaries are, which is exactly what he needs. Parker is a protective man and he's used to getting his way. Emmaline surprises him and I loved how she constantly challenges him and brings out his nice and forgiving side. They have plenty of chemistry and are a sparkling couple. Stefanie London writes about two people who are working hard to achieve their goals. The Wentworth Group is an intriguing place to read about and the company life she describes is interesting and eventful. Falling for her boss is the last thing Emmaline wants, but love always manages to bring out the unexpected, which is something Stefanie London uses for her book in a fabulous way. It is what I loved the most about Taken by the CEO and I flew through the pages of this lovely flirty book. It's a wonderful lighthearted read with a fitting romantic ending.
Fab spin off series Behind the Bar parlays into beautiful new series After divorcing her cheating, controlling ex-husband, Emmaline Greene dreams of finding someone who will love her for her. That is when Parker , a very handsome CEO comes into her life and wow does her life take a turn for the better. This is a sexy, sweet and emotionally fabulous spin off of this Behind the Bar series. There is good chemistry and good development between the characters. I loved the pace and the ending of this story. Emmaline went after her HEA and Parker was ready for is HEA. These two MC were perfect for each other. My rating: 4.3 stars **** "I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. It was good, Parker sounded Hot, and you could understand how Emmaline falls for him. The meet and both of them do not really say who they are, she lies by saying she is Sarah a school teacher, he does not say he is Mr. Wentworth a billionaire, and they have a one night stand. Parker goes to work on Monday morning as the new CEO, taking over for his father, whom he has a rocky relationship with, and as he meets head people, there is Sarah who is really Emmaline, they are both upset for lie, but that does not stop the attraction. They start spending time together under the guise of working on project, and love affair begins. They try to keep in under wraps, but eventually as the fall in love, Parker decides he does not care. They end up having there HEA.
Taken by the CEO by Stefanie London is book number one of The Scandalous Wentworths. This is Emmaline Greene and Parker Wentworth's story. Emmaline always does what everyone wants her to do. Not anymore! She meets this guy and ends up having a one night fling and she told him her name was Sarah. Oh well, she won't ever see him again! Wrong! He is her new boss! Yikes! Parker has just taken over as CEO of his family's business. He doesn't do relationships but will do no strings one night stands. Right now, his focus needs to be on restoring his family business' reputation. I wonder how that works for him since he slept with one of his employees before his first day as CEO. To be fair to Parker he didn't know that she was one of his employees. Parker's first day at work was an interesting day and so was Emmaline's! Isn't that how everything works. The one time you do something risky it back fires on you. This story has humor, passion, chemistry, and a heartwarming story. For Parker to be a no strings one night stand kind of guy he sure was a romantic and loving guy. I fell in love with Parker and Emmaline's characters. I enjoyed their story. FYI, contains mature content. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
A great story for Emmaline. I love how she picked herself up by the bootstraps and got her life back in order. Such a strong woman to take control of her life and go for what she wanted. And her connection with Parker - sizzling! Parker was more closed off than Emmaline, mainly because of family issues. But I loved how he supported and admired Emmaline. He was super sweet with her and a whole lot of hotness. They really had a lot of fun! It was great seeing Gracie from Ms. London's other book, The Rules According to Gracie. She was a great and fun support to Emmaline, keeping her sister in check. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Taken by the CEO by Stefanie London is Book 1 of The Scandalous Wentworths Series. Once again Ms. London has brought her A-game. With her wonderful writing, the author gives us a perfect balance of heat, romance, emotion and drama...just a titter of it within this story that really enhance the characters and the storyline. What a fabulous start to a new series. Please note that an ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review of which this is both honest and completely voluntary.
After divorcing her cheating, controlling ex-husband, Emmaline Greene dreams of being someone else - someone confident, attractive and sexy! When an attractive man comes to her rescue, she decides to act on her dream and pretends to be a school teacher called Sarah. This alter ego gives her the boost that enables her to have her first one night stand - and what a night it proves to be for both her and Parker! She assumes her lies don’t matter as they’ll never see each other again . . . . Edward Parker Wentworth has returned from Boston to take over as the CEO of his family’s company, a role his father previously held. He’s determined not to be involved in a relationship and can’t afford any distractions as he strives to lay to rest the scandalous reputation and poor employee relations which are a legacy of his father’s time as CEO. However, Sarah proves to be just too tempting and he reluctantly lets her disappear from his life . . . . but doesn’t understand why he really doesn’t want her to go. First day in his new role, Parker gets the biggest surprise when he discovers that Sarah isn’t really Sarah and that she’s actually one of his employees! Mind you, it was just as big a shock to Emmaline. Can they resist each other? Will they succumb to temptation? Can they - should they - get to know each other? How will it impact on their jobs and lives? Starting with one lie, their relationship possibilities leave them both torn between giving each other a big miss or giving love a chance. I enjoyed how the characters change and evolve through the story. There are plenty of humorous moments in this fun read which had me laughing out loud at times but the author still manages to pack in the angst and turmoil, showing how the characters are wary, anxious and yet so drawn to each other. It is a great, fun romance to escape into and I can't wait to read more about the Wentworth family in future! Many thanks to the publishers for gifting me a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review.
Two people with a skewed view on love. One was cheated on, one seen his family torn apart by cheating and lies. So a one night stand is the solution, right? That is until you realize your one night stand is your boss and you both want more. Emmaline and Parker's story was a good read that takes us through the thought process of sleeping with your boss, the potential fall out and the heartbreak of family's being torn apart. The emotions of Parker are very well done and his pain is heartbreaking. Emmaline is breaking away from her old personality and working to achieve on her own merit. She's a strong person and very deep character. Both make this book a perfect, enjoyable read.
Taken by the CEO by Stefanie London......As always, another 5 star read from this fantastic author. Her characters are always very likeable and enjoyable. I loved Emmaline and Parker they had so much chemistry and were fun to watch theirs stories be told. This is one of those book that has everything you look for in a romance story. I highly recommend this book or any other by Stefanie London. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
4.5 Stars! I am a huge fan of stories that take place in the corporate environment. Jealousies, affairs, and backstabbing go on behind the scenes, and I enjoy every minute of the experience. Taken by the CEO by Stefanie London, brings the finer points of corporate America to the page, by creating a wonderful group of characters that truly want each other to succeed. Of course there is always an exception to playing nice, which Ms. London does a good job of gracefully transferring. Human resources professional Emmaline Greene is on the fast track. Recently divorced from an extremely controlling man, she craves a little fun as she immerses herself in her workload. An incredible one night stand with a gorgeous guy provides a little of the confidence and self-esteem that has been missing from her life. However, it ends up that the gorgeous guy is the new CEO of the company she works for. Parker Wentworth is finally back home in Australia. After five years in Boston, he has returned to takeover his family's company. Parker has a huge job ahead of him. He has to clean up his father's messes and restore his family's reputation in the process. Being the CEO is all he ever wanted to be, however, spending the night with Emmaline has shifted his priorities a little bit. Her presence in his life is a disruption that he should not relish, however, he cannot stop thinking about her. I really liked this fast-paced romance. Emmaline and Parker are a great couple and their love begins to blossom the moment they hit the sheets. They are hot in the bedroom and Parker's romantic gestures kept me smiling from ear to ear. Commitment is not something either of them is looking for, however, being without each other is not going to work either. Emmaline realizes that her feelings for Parker mean more to her than quickly climbing up the corporate ladder, while Parker wants all of Emmaline's hard work to be recognized. Family plays an important role in this story and Ms. London brings Parker back into family fold by enlisting the help of his somewhat eccentric siblings. This is the first book in the author's brand new series, The Scandalous Wentworths, and it can be enjoyed as a standalone. The second book cannot come soon enough. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
This is a quick and fun read that I just loved. Emmaline is fresh out of a bad marriage and has lost her self confidence. She has taken a position that she is thriving in, but isn't yet ready to date. Her husband was the only man she ever slept with and, with her bruised confidence, she isn't ready to date. One day she meets an attractive guy after a mishap while running. They it off and he asks her out - but being gun shy, she gives him a false name and job. She meets him for dinner and then goes home with him....but their one night stand becomes very awkward when it turns out he's her new boss Despite all the reasons they should forget that night ever happened, neither can turn away from their intense attraction. Add in an important career contest and family angst, and you have all the makings of an entertaining contemporary romance. Fans of the genre will love this book.
I really enjoyed this one! It's a great entertaining story that is very well written with nicely developed characters. The female lead Emmaline is sassy and determined and Parker is sexy and strong. These two had great chemistry that I could feel through the pages. As Emmaline struggles to find her strength after her divorce, Parker seems to be just what she needs. I highly recommend this one!
4 1/2 STARS Such a fun read! A sexy take on a forbidden office romance leaves us rooting for a happy ending ... and enjoying the heat along the way! Emmaline Greene is trying to move forward in her life and leave an unhappy past behind, so she sets out to be more fun, flirty and confident! When she meets a guy she wants to have a little fun with, she decides to try out her new mantra and tells him her name is Sarah. He's just going to be a one-night stand, so what does it hurt right? Parker Wentworth is taking on a big headache as he takes over as CEO for his family business. He needs to improve their numbers, rally their staff and try to overcome the laughingstock his father made of their reputation. Imagine his surprise when he walks in on his first day and sees his one night stand Sarah standing among his employees ... only they are calling her Emmaline!
A little white lie snowballs into a big fat complication ... Don't you hate when that happens? Stefanie London tends to be a little too serious with her stories, so it's nice to see she does have a lighter side. Taken by the CEO let's it all hang out. From scandalous hookups, to awkward scenarios and humorous characters, this read was a fun escape. She delivered the funny without losing the heart.