He’s quirky, but irresistible.
Eccentric CEO Mason Talbot may be missing a few social skills, but when he meets his alluring new lawyer Camilla, he turns on the charm. Well, his kind of charm….
She’s a good girl…with a wild side.
An affair with the boss, a plane crash and getting stranded in the freezing wilds, makes Camilla’s first day on the job unforgettable. Now all she needs to do is survive the rest.
A new job, a new love…a new life. But while she’s tempting the boss, will she also be testing herself?
Each book in the Sleeping with the Enemy series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Tempting the CEO
Book #2 Tempting the Corporate Spy
Book #3 Tempting the New Boss
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Tempting the New Boss
A Sleeping with the Enemy Novel
By Angela Claire, Marie Loggia-Kee
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Angela Claire
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"It's polite to shake a new employee's hand when it's extended." Mason Talbot's administrative assistant interrupted his reading of the draft Annual Report.
A woman stood next to Marcia. She was a little younger than him, late twenties maybe, and sported a wide, over-eager smile along with the usual polished exterior of a lawyer. Navy suit. First-day-of-work string of pearls. He took the young woman's outstretched hand and obligingly shook it.
"Camilla Anderson. Nice to meet you, Mr. Talbot."
"Yeah. You, too." No magic sparks erupted between them. He didn't touch her and know she would be his future. He didn't think much of lawyers. At all. One way or the other. They were a necessary evil as far as he was concerned. He dropped her hand and turned to Marcia. "Can I have my report back now?"
He was trying to get through the legalese of the report and sign off on it by the time he left for his trip. Reading and rereading every sentence to get the general gist of it was slowing him down. He'd solved calculus equations that were less complex.
"No. You have to leave. You can read it on the plane."
"I thought I had two hours?"
"We're fitting a meeting in on the way. Greg Porter called and said it couldn't wait. No prep needed. Just introductory." She handed him his briefcase.
"What is it?"
"Project Ripper. It's moving faster than they expected."
"Oh, European component supply. Right. I care about that one."
"Which is why I put it on your schedule. Now what about the dinner next month? I have to let them know." She waved an invitation that she had been hounding him about for the last couple days.
"No. No way."
"You don't have to give a speech. Just say 'thank you' for the award and be on your way. You care about that one, too. You know you do. All the money you've spent on —"
"Forget it. Let's go, uh ..."
"Camilla. Her name is Camilla"
"Where's what's-his-name? The usual one?"
"Sam got tired of you shouting at him and forgetting his name. He said he didn't go to Yale for that. He quit. Camilla here is his replacement."
The new hire played with her pearls, a twist of the single strand around her index finger, and treated him to that wide smile again. Glossy cherry lips and teeth so white they put her jewels to shame. He had a sudden vision of tilting her heart-shaped chin up and running his tongue along the gloss, savoring the fruity taste of her. Unclasping the necklace to let it drop slowly into the satiny crevice between her breasts. Fishing it out with long strokes on her bare skin along the way.
Mason shrugged into his jacket, missing the armhole twice before he finally got it on, and looked away. Okay, that was weird. And not good. Where the hell had that come from? He had never looked at a suit — his term for one of the troop of business executives who kept his company humming — with that in mind, no matter how attractive she was. Suits were for advancing more important business agendas.
He strode out the door with the new lawyer behind him. "I hope you didn't go to Yale," he said over his shoulder.
"Well, that's a little better."
"Camilla, hang back a minute," Marcia called out. "I've told the limousine to wait. You go on ahead downstairs, Mason."
Sam Shreeman had tried to talk Camilla out of taking his old job, but the salary Talbot, Inc. offered spoke louder. She'd done her research on Mason Talbot before she applied for the job as his corporate counsel, and everything she saw on the record was admirable. Degree from Caltech, Ph.D. at twenty-five, CEO of his own company one short year later, and a billionaire by thirty.
"Forget the record," Shreeman had advised, "the man is practically Asperger-Syndrome-worthy."
And this from the guy who was interviewing her for the job. Even if her predecessor's unflattering portrait of Talbot wasn't sour grapes, all she needed to do was manage to last one measly year. Then she could pay off her student loans and finally be free of the worst decision she'd ever made. Going to law school.
Uncomfortable with slurs involving developmental disorders, however, she had reminded Shreeman about the generous severance package he bragged he was getting "to keep his mouth shut" — otherwise known as a non-disparagement agreement — and he admitted, "You're right. It was just a joke anyway. But man, Talbot is downright odd. Acts like he doesn't know you're in the room half the time and the other half he treats you like shit."
Was that all? She was used to being treated like shit. She'd worked as an associate at a New York meat grinder, er, law firm, before they had the gall to repay her hundred-hour working weeks by laying her off to maintain profit margins.
Talbot's matronly assistant gestured to the black leather sofa in the corner of the office, bigger than Camilla's entire studio apartment, and placed what looked like an invitation on the coffee table, before taking a seat beside her.
A large woman with a shock of gray hair trailing down her back in a thick braid, Marcia White dressed in peasant skirts that spoke to comfort in her own body after five or so decades and referred to her boss like a recalcitrant child. Camilla was already a fan.
The assistant batted the invitation around on the coffee table with one finger, and Camilla couldn't help but notice the gold embossed script against the white background. A thank you dinner for our generous sponsor. There was a yellow logo of a smiley face that seemed out of keeping with the otherwise elegant invitation. Camp for Kids it said.
"It's so nice to meet Mr. Talbot finally," Camilla offered.
"Yeah, Mason's a doll," Ms. White said. "But the thing is, he's not so good with his, ah, social skills. I won't get into his family, er, personal background. But let's just say he's a little awkward sometimes, with people I mean."
Camilla didn't even dare nod. Was this some kind of post-employment test?
"I have a little job for you, Camilla. Something to keep your eye on while you're doing all that legal crap."
"Of course. Is it something to do with that invitation?"
She looked down at the white square of cardboard and laughed, as if she'd forgotten she had it, then gave it a rest. "This? No, this is a cause Mason gives a load of money to and just refuses to let them thank him for it."
Marcia scooted forward. "Now you're a smart lawyer, Camilla, but there were about a hundred other smart lawyers applying for this job, and I didn't want another Shreeman, nice as the poor kid was."
"So when I saw your resume and did a little more fact checking on you, about your background and all, and then you came in, I could see right away you were what we needed around here."
"And what was that?"
"Somebody to teach Mason some manners."
It was about the last thing she expected the assistant to say. She laughed, starting to stand. "I'll do my best."
Marcia yanked her back down. "I'm not kidding. With that big family of yours, you got skills from the cradle Mason doesn't know the first thing about. How to get along with people. How to, well, hide a little of yourself in a crowd. Blend in."
On interview day, the assistant had asked a lot about Camilla's big brood of an Irish Catholic family, eight kids in all. But of course everybody asked about that when they found out. Although it had been commonplace in her neighborhood back in Detroit, in New York it was as unusual as saying she'd been raised Amish. How did your mother remember all your names?
"That's nice of you to say but —"
"And then with your PR training —"
"Not exactly training. It was more like a class or two in college."
"— and your psychology degree —"
"Just a minor."
"You have all the right tools to take somebody like Mason and make him, well, a little smoother when he deals with people. Like I said, sort of teach him some manners."
"I don't think I'd be very good at that."
"You'll do fine."
"What I mean to say is I'm not comfortable with it. Correcting my boss or guiding him on anything non-legal, that is. I'd rather not."
"It was in the job description. Footnote three. Check it out if you like."
She mentally called up the vague reference to other duties as specified by etc. etc. It was always the fine print that got you. "No need. I concede the point."
The assistant stood up. "Thanks so much, hon. I look forward to seeing how you do."
Camilla smiled, recognizing an immovable force when she ran into one. "No problem. I'm on it."
So in addition to the Uniform Commercial Code and Securities Acts, it looked like she needed to pick up an etiquette guide for this job.
When she got back down to the limousine, apologizing profusely for the delay, the driver nodded, and Talbot, sitting across from her, barely acknowledged her presence, staring out the window at the rainy, snarled Manhattan traffic. The car pulled out, and she pretended to read her iPhone, as if she might have some important emails to scan when in fact her work email wasn't even set up yet.
Her new boss was a little quiet — actually completely silent — but after years of listening to blowhard superiors, in title if nothing else, and seven noisy siblings, quiet was a refreshing change. She decided against trying to start a conversation right off, since he seemed distracted. It gave her an opportunity to study him.
Business casual didn't begin to describe Talbot's style. Student casual was more like it. Homeless casual may have even been closer to the truth. The jacket he'd shrugged into on his way out of the office was of a muddy color that had once been tweed but was worn down to a smooth sheen, ill-fitting at that, and his shirt was a simple T-shirt with a slogan on it that she couldn't quite read. The jeans and tennis shoes completing his outfit were beaten up enough to look chic, but she doubted that was on purpose. He clearly didn't care what he looked like.
Interesting, then, that the rest of him actually looked quite yummy. Sure, she'd been working nonstop since she passed the bar and hadn't shared her bed in almost as long as that, but she still recognized attractive when she saw it.
With his overlong curly black hair, dark blue eyes, and inky lashes, Talbot had a distinctly Byronic thing going on, with none of the eccentric or tyrannical undertones her predecessor had hinted at.
Even now, she couldn't help but notice his long fingers, nails short and blunt, as he rested them against his full lower lip, or the way his chin was slightly squared, making his angular face more than just planes and hollows. His legs, which took up most of the space between the two sides of the limo, were crossed as he leaned toward the window, completely still. What was going on in his head? She thought about his assistant's surprising last-minute addition to her work responsibilities. He didn't look the slightest bit ill at ease or awkward.
But most people didn't sit in absolute silence with a new employee. Small talk might be a nice way to ease into the gentle tutoring that she supposed she should be flattered Marcia wanted her to undertake. So she said, "Horrible weather we're having, isn't it? And it's not even April showers, right? What do October showers bring I wonder. Halloween?"
No slight turn of his head in her direction. No hum. And above all no talk, small or otherwise. It was as if he hadn't heard, glued to the sight of the bleary city streets, blaring honks punctuated by jarring starts and stops, not just for the limousine, but all the cars around them. An occasional biker veered in and out of traffic for variety, risking his life in the name of whatever package he was delivering.
"I don't know how they do that," she tried again, leaving the statement ambiguous so as to prompt the obvious response. Who? Or even You mean bikers?
But again there was nothing. Thinking of her little brother, Joey, who was hard of hearing, among his other issues, she wondered if maybe that was part of Talbot's problem. Was it possible he had some hearing loss and was hiding it behind his aloof exterior?
"I said I don't know how they do it. Bikers." Spoken as loudly as she would to Joey if he wasn't facing her.
That did the trick. He turned sharply toward her. "Is there some reason why you're shouting at me?"
"Oh, sorry." She forced a laugh. "I thought maybe you hadn't heard me. Just making conversation."
His phone buzzed with a text, and he glanced at it, then at her. "I thought you were my lawyer."
"Hmmm." He pocketed his phone. "Marcia says it's going to be part of your job to make me more amenable to people and help me with my social skills."
Her mouth dropped open.
"Of which she says I don't have any."
She was starting to think maybe the assistant didn't, either.
One corner of his mouth turned up, a dimple making him look boyish. "Good luck with that," he murmured.
The limousine stopped, and the driver came around to the curb to get their door. An open umbrella was clutched in his hand, but Talbot walked right by it, long strides in the rain toward the Time-Life Building just beyond the slippery sidewalk.
Camilla clasped her computer bag, accepting the umbrella from the driver with a smile of thanks and, taking care not to slip on her four-inch heels, rushed after Talbot who was already in the grips of the revolving door. He was rustling around in his pockets a few feet from the lobby desk when she caught up to him.
"Forgot your ID?"
He nodded. "Left it at the office. This damn checking in."
"Let me try something. Can I have your phone?" She tapped out a quick text to Marcia, and a moment later had what she had asked for. She brought the phone to the front desk, slipping her own ID out from the wallet in her computer bag.
The guard, weary from a million self-important folks trying to bully him day in and day out, faced her stonily. "ID please."
She smiled and held out her own as well as the screen of Talbot's phone for the text with the shot, front and back, of his ID that Marcia had sent at her request. The guard took both. "Stand in front of the camera please."
He snapped her picture and handed both the phone and ID back along with one entrance badge. "You can go ahead, Miss Anderson, but the other guy, who may or may not be Mr. Talbot, better go on back home and get himself some ID. A picture of something 'aint that something."
Behind her, Mason observed, "That's a pretty arbitrary distinction that's eroding with the advance of technology. Consider Apple-Pay, for example, which is essentially a picture of cash, not the cash itself."
If looks could kill, it wouldn't matter that the guard wasn't actually armed. Or she hoped he wasn't.
"This man is just doing his job," she said in a reproving tone.
The guard's nod in response to her sentiment was a step in the right direction. A line formed behind them.
"It's my first day," she confided as she returned her ID to her wallet, laughing in what she hoped would be construed as nerves, well, actually, really were nerves. "And this is my new boss." She leaned a little forward to the guard and added in a lower voice, "I'm sorry about this. We'll just have to go back to the office and get his ID. He probably thinks I should have reminded him about it. You know how that is. Anyway, it's just we have a flight after this and —"
She glanced back at the line and moved to the side, pulling Talbot with her, the solid muscle beneath the damp tweed slightly disconcerting. "But we're holding things up."
A man in a Burberry overcoat, five thousand dollar briefcase in hand, slapped his ID on the marble counter with an impatient huff. "I'm late for a meeting."
The guard eyed him before turning back to Camilla. "Let me see that phone again."
She complied and he took his time about it, staring at the screen, then at Talbot, the line getting longer and the raincoat guy's face getting redder.
"I guess this'll do."
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This is book #3 in the Sleeping With The Enemy series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. To avoid spoilers, and have a better understanding of the series, I recommend reading this series in order. Camilla needs this job as the CEO's assistant. He has many quirks, but she figures she can handle the job. She is completely blindsided by the sudden attraction. Mason wants Camilla and is not afraid to show it. She is an excellent assistant and impresses him on several levels. Wanting her just makes things more complicated. Such a fun book and a great addition to the series. Sexy, fun, and full of humor, this story moves at a good pace. I enjoyed how witty and clever the story is as it unfolds with some serious heat punching you as you read. ***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.
## Good read. I actually enjoyed that the man was the one with the insecurities for once. I'm so tired of the weak women authors seem to write these days. This wasn't the most realistic book, but oh well. If I wanted reality, I would read non-fiction. I don't believe for one second that a woman who graduated from Harvard Law with honors would sleep with her boss on her first day, especially after he offers to pay her more money. Yikes! Paging HR. Yes, this hero was definitely different, but he grew on me. The heroine could've been nicer but I noticed that that is sort of this author's MO. All in all, enjoyable.
3.5*** You know when you really want that piece of chocolate cake knowing it is not what you should eat, but end up giving in and devouring it? That is this book with Mason and Camilla. After he finally "saw" her, there was this change in him where he wanted her. Once they touched, that was it. Sparks galore! Mason was quite a refreshing character with his blunt straight forward speak and innocent expressions in regards to her angry outbursts. Their interactions were hot and quick and very very distracting. I enjoyed their communication in getting to know each other, that they learned the real person. I felt for Mason when he couldn't understand the situations he was in or couldn't get the right words out. I loved his dependence/relationship with Marcia. The two of them were golden. I only wish there was more of the story during the angst portion and to the end, more to Mason and Camilla's involvement with her family. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
Great Boss Story #Tempted This has such the workings of a great book – You have Mason Talbot- who is the quirky CEO –some might find him odd and hard to get along with but for Camilla Anderson, he is her new boss and he is someone she can find ground to bond over. And as they meet for the first time on an airplane, Camilla found herself actually liking her boss and finding him human after all. She has gone to work for him after losing her other job due to having outstanding student loan debts. They immediately connect and there is emotional twists and turns in this story that I found wonderful . As the story develops , you can see Mason has no filter for things he says and that drives Camilla crazy but it also entices her. I mean—the airplane conversation will show you what I mean. Mason doesn’t understand what to say, or how to say it right because to him its how he feels and to Camilla she doesn’t know if she wants to kill him or kiss him because he comes across so earnest. And there is trouble when the airplane goes down—oh my, was Mason there for Camilla and there passion HOT and the chemistry charged. I loved how everything went between them. The flow was good and the HEA was great. I think I would have liked to see an epilogue to see how things were between them after all but other than that, this was a good story that had the tension, drama, passion and chemistry that made a worthy read. My Rating: 4.10 stars **** ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review****
This novel ... this novel ... was so much fun! It was twisty, turny, quirky and Sexy. Almost half of "Tempting the New Boss" spans one day and the STOP (hammer time - no just had to go there) BOOM - time jump. Whoa. Dude. I sound insane but I felt off kilter, in a good way, while reading this book. I laughed out loud, I was saddened, and I felt helpless at times. There were a couple of times that I did want to do a head slap or two when I felt someone should have spoken up to clarify something but I also understood the "why not". The heat index was spicy too - near death experiences do that to people. The main characters were both contradictory in their own ways - the Hero majorly and intentionally so, while the Heroine was a subtler shade of internal opposition, though also by design. Angela Claire gives us the secondary character of Marcia - a marvel. Marcia is a maternal handler, assistant, magician, and the "angel on the shoulder" of sorts for the Hero and at some points the Heroine too. The other characters all brought something to the table which added to the intricacy of the romance, impacting the Hero in particular. The characters had crazy huge growth - I mean BIG - I love that. Angela Claire constructs a lively story - thrilling, sexy, funny, and poignant. Much of the theme centers on Family and presents two diametrically opposite types of families - but maybe there are three ... But another aspect of "Tempting the New Boss" is about realizing who you are and just embracing it. This was definitely a steamy wild ride of a romance with great characters. To read the entire review please visit: http://bit.ly/1kA7Xuk This novel was provided by the Publisher in exchange for a honest review.
Mason Talbot is incredibly blunt, almost registering on the Asperger's scale. He's a billionaire who unfortunately needs more than a little help navigating social situations. Thankfully his new lawyer, Camilla Anderson, is a whiz at reading people and diffusing tense situations. This was a slow-start kind of book. I didn't really connect to the characters, but was eventually entertained by their story. Mason's bluntness is almost comical at times and as a reader I almost felt sorry for him. Camilla was a little wishy-washy. She's say one thing and do another, which I felt was a little off-putting and disingenuous to her lawyer-background character. That said, the romance was sweet and the sex steamy, just the way I like my erotica! I definitely gave bonus points for having such an unique hero like Mason. Plot Twist Reviews [dot] Com I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
*I received an ARC from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review* I have read and enjoyed several books by Angela Claire, but this is probably my favorite. There is something about Mason that just makes you want to hug him. He's so nervous and uncomfortable around people but from the moment he really becomes aware of Camilla, it's almost like she becomes his center. Camilla knows he is different and despite the brazen things he says, she really has a soft spot for him. Their chemistry is smoking hot and so are the love scenes. This is a heart-warming but very sexy romance that made me smile a lot and I loved it.
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Tempting the New Boss by Angela Claire Book Three of the Sleeping the Enemy series Publisher: Brazen Publication Date: October 19, 2015 Rating: 1 star Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Sometimes you have to break the rules… When Camilla Anderson loses her job just as a position at Talbot Inc. opens up, there's no way she's questioning the lucky break. Working for the quirky, reclusive CEO will pay off her student loans within a year, and they're flying to Europe in his private jet. Mason Talbot isn't good at talking to women. Well, to anyone, really. But when his new lawyer boards his plane, biology kicks in. But he can't tell if her adverse reaction is to him or his painfully awkward attempts at flirting. As the flight gets bumpier, Mr. High IQ gets calmer. And…he holds her hand? Maybe the guy is redeemable after all. As soon as they land, she'll have to teach her endearingly awkward new boss how to seduce a girl properly. That is, if they don't die in a fiery plane crash first. What I Liked: Uuuggghhh, this book. I'm sorry I requested it, to be honest. I rarely ever say that, but I wished I hadn't. I didn't need this one! Mason Talbot is a thirty-year-old billionaire with a ridiculously high IQ and awkward social skills. He's shy, has no filter, and rarely realizes when he says something he shouldn't. Like propositioning his new lawyer, Camilla. He asks Camilla if they can have sex - and she is (rightfully) outraged! How can he ask an employee of that!? But Mason is so clueless (really, he is) that he didn't realize you can't do that. Camilla thinks he's hot, but would she cross that line? Yes. Yes, she would. What I Did Not Like: Aahhhh. Where to start. I didn't particular like Mason. Didn't hate him, didn't like him. As a romance novel hero, he didn't work for me. I don't particularly like reading about a strapping hero in an adult romance novel that is awkward and weird and shy. Sorry, but it's not a preference that I have. Like, he didn't come across as attractive, which romance-novel heroes should. Sure, the author tried to make him physically attractive to me. But again. I don't particularly like awkward and shy and clueless (don't get me started on the clueless-ness) heroes. I'm not saying that they all have to be muscular, rich, confident, brooding men. But... this guy was a turnoff. I liked him, but not as a Brazen-novel hero. A friend, a brother, a warm hug. But not as someone who is supposed to ooze sex appeal (which, apparently, he does, despite the fact that he looks like a hobo and is totally vacant). His clueless and blunt attitude scared me a bit. And there's Camilla - I didn't like her. I'm not sure exactly what it was about her, but I did not like her. At first she's totally outraged that he would ask her to have sex with him, and she keeps going on and on for PAGES about how she would never, and then five minutes later... boom! They're going at it like bunnies. Hmmm. I'm not a fan of her overall, but that scene really bothered me. Also I don't like her in the second half of the book especially, with even more mixed signals and so much un-professionalism and whining. So. Much. Whining. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
TTNB delivers a lovable uniquely different hero. Reviewed by Kim Tempting the New Boss by Angela Claire is different from any Brazen book I’ve read. And that difference, in my opinion, makes this a very unique story. This book will make you see things a little differently, and have you questioning your own interactions with people. Mason Talbot isn’t your typical hero, at least not any I’ve read. Mason is clueless and funny, without trying to be. At times, he’s even sweet and adorable. In the early reading stages of Tempting the New Boss, I found myself laughing and I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to be. Mason definitely lacks social skills. As it turns out, self-made billionaire Mason Talbot has the characteristics of a person with Asperger’s Syndrome, but he doesn’t actually have it. Camilla Anderson is like a coin. There are two sides to her and depending on what side you’re on determines which person you’re going to get. There’s the professional lawyer side, who is serious, all business, and focused on making sure her loans get paid off. Then, there’s the fun, throwing caution to the wind side. This side drinks until she’s tipsy and is a seductress. Sparks fly when these two reach cruising altitude on a transAtlantic flight. When their plane crashes and it’s just the two of them, they’re able to connect emotionally and physically. But, once rescued, all the good vibes seem to disappear. I love that Mason is different from other heroes. He looks at things differently than most people do. And I think it takes a very special person to see just how great he is. At times, I really thought Camilla was that person. However, when her family gets involved, my faith in her does falter. Tempting the New Boss has wonderful secondary characters. My favorites are definitely Joey (Camilla’s younger brother) and Marcia (Mason’s assistant). As I mentioned before, this isn’t your typical Brazen book. However, Mason is an amazing hero. He’s so much more than people give him credit for being. Angela Claire has delivered an opposites attract duo that will make you laugh, cheer, and at times, bring you close to tears. Mason is definitely one of those characters who has made an impression on my heart. **Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
This book had me panting at times and laughing out loud at others. Camilla hates being a lawyer but if she sticks with this new job, she'll be able to pay off her loans quickly. Her boss, Mason, has NO social skills...I mean none. It isn't till the end of the book that we get a better idea of why, although a total understanding isn't given. Camilla's first day of work is a disaster: her boss prepositions her, she has sex with him after drinking too much, and the plane crashes. This was a great read. *I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The time span of this book is small, as most of it revolves around a couple of days time, but it's exciting! Lots of steamy sex, and moments to pull at your heartstrings. Socially awkward as he is, I really enjoyed Mason! Camilla Anderson has just lost her job when she hears about one opening up to be the in-house lawyer for Talbot Inc. Even though she's warned off by the previous lawyer that is quitting, she takes the position anyway because the pay will allow her to pay off her student debt quickly. Mason Talbot is the quirky, reclusive CEO of Talbot Inc. He's achieved a lot to be as young as he is, but he doesn't enjoy interacting with people much. He has a strong attraction to Camilla when they are traveling to London for meetings, and decides to act on it and put his cards out on the table to her ... very awkwardly! She doesn't know whether to spend her time yelling at him or kissing him, because she's attracted to him too, but his lack of a filter in what he says infuriates her. When their plane runs into the path of a strong storm, they are suddenly in for a rough ride. Mason is a calm rock of strength and comforts Camilla as things are thrown from one side to the other throughout the cabin. Will they make it through this storm or will they be crash landing?
I really liked this book and the way that Angela Claire used something that we don't all like to talk about sometimes and made it feel like it was no big deal and showed us how is best to treat those that have this condition. I love that it was the Hero that had Asperger's syndrome signs because it shows that they are all not perfect and that everyone still needs to love and be loved. Mason is a young man that has made a very good living for himself as CEO of Talbots, Inc. No one really understand why Mason is the way he is and no one tries to get to know him in order to find out. Mason's social skills are far from professional and he has a hard time speaking in public. His sense of fashion leaves a little to be desired too for a CEO of a major business. Camilla is a young lady with all her baggage of student loans from law school that she is trying to pay off. When she looses her current job and hears about the opening at Talbots. Inc., she thinks that this will be the perfect opportunity for her to be able to pay off her loans in a years time. When Camilla meets Mason, it is not your typical introduction on the first day of your new lawyers job, but Camilla politely tells Mason how he should react. Camilla goes on about her day and when she is pulled aside by Mason's assistant and told that another of her job duties will be to teach Mason some socializing skills and how to act around others, she has no idea what she is in for with Mason. Camilla and Mason are whisked away on his personal jet for a meeting they are supposed to attend and they run into weather problems. When the plane ends up going down, Camilla and Mason are stranded in the forest with just each other to cling to for the night until they can get help. Well, sparks ignite between these two and Camilla is so torn about what she has done because it is just her first day on a new job. How is she going to be able to work with Mason from now on?? As things progress for Camilla and Mason, his social skills are gradually getting a little better but when Mason admits to having been tested for Asperger's when he was younger, Camilla automatically connects with Mason and realizes where her place is in all that has gone on with them because of her brother that also has the Asperger's. Do Camilla and Mason get their HEA? You really should read this story to find out. It was a great read and I am so glad that the Hero was flawed and not just an Alpha male that has no problems getting everything he wants in life. Thanks Angela Claire for a great read and I can't wait for more from you!
I really loved this one! I thought Mason was amazing. Not your normal alpha hero. He's a lot geeky, a complete social misfit, and he seems perfectly okay with that. Never does he try to be anything but who he is. Camilla is also great. Although shocked by some of what Mason says, well maybe everything he says, never is she demeaning or cruel. She seems to accept the way he is and goes with it. The story is very well written and completely entertaining. This is definitely one I would recommend.
It's not everyday that you encounter a character like Mason. Mason has a head for business, a body for sin and an aloof attitude that he hides behind to conceal his insecurities. Camilla sees the man behind the genius. As she gets to know him all she wants to do is help to build his confidence. I liked Tempting the New Boss. Mason was an Alpha in training that found himself when he met Camilla. He needed her guidance to help him develop the courage to speak up and never doubt the choices he had to make. She needed him to show her that she was more than a face in the crowd. Angela Claire took a different path with this read but that's what I feel made it all the more romantic. Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Mason is Unique, Quirky and Completely Inappropriate. ** Provided by Author in Exchange for an Honest Review ** Judging a Book by it's Cover: Blue-wash filter over the couple. Seductive and sexy. Bold, bright title. Blurb is LOL funny, loved it - had to read it... I think we all love the awkward nerds, so it's fun seeing them become the hot studs by the end. Looking Deeper: What a fun book, it had several LOL moments for me. Mason is socially awkward, has no verbal filter, and is generally etiquette-clueless. Camilla is his new lawyer, but Mason's assistant hopes Camilla can teach him some manners and social grace.The secondary cast is just as fun as the lead characters. There are a lot of bumps in their road to destiny, literally and figuratively, but they seem to draw upon each others' strengths when needed. Their physical chemistry can only be suppressed for so long before the sparks ignite. The emotional compatibility is difficult to really find at times. The plot is well-written, fun to read, and has enough dynamics to keep things interesting. The flow was very smooth and fluid. Ms. Claire touches on Asperger's, bringing to light that though one may be diagnosed with this condition, the person is not always disabled or handicapped, it is a spectrum condition with a wide range. I thank Ms. Claire for shining light on that - especially since I am mom to an Asperger's teen who has a social and communicative delay but is an Honor Roll student (but not even SHE is that clueless and ignorant to the world around her, so he's bewildering at times to me). There really is only one main conflict that comes into play throughout the book, much to Mason's confusion and dismay. Predictability is extremely low. I love the final scenes and how they play out, but felt that the ending is a little loose. I wish there had been an Epilogue to see how he adapts to the Anderson's over time or maybe a new family scene. Overall, it was a quick and enjoyable book. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Heat Level: 4 [R] ~ Score: 4.2 ~ Stars: 4 -------------------------------------------------------------------------
3.75 Who's Christy Brinkley? stars Camilla Anderson puts her newly acquired lawyer status to great use, when she accepts an offer to work directly for the CEO of Talbot Inc; Mason Talbot. What she underestimated was her job remit, and that the awkward, abrupt, dishevelled Mr Talbot may need a few lessons in manners, as well as having boundaries re-iterated. Mason Talbot has led a solitary, lonely life. He trusts barely no-one, and manages his lucrative conglomerate without eye contact. Thrown into a decisive negotiation on her first day, Camilla observed Mason’s discomfort with the entire proceedings. Coming from a large, boisterous family, she tries to understand what puts Mason so on edge in situations such as this. He must be involved in identical scenarios on a very regular basis, and be ultimately struggling. Hot footing it to Europe in his private jet straight after his tiresome meeting, Mason finds himself struggling at such close proximity to Camilla. How can he handle such temptation? What happens next is an extreme situation, compounded by Mason’s Prince UnCharming peculiarities. "All these f***ing rules..." I enjoyed the interaction between Mason and Camilla. Mason was being tutored in appropriateness, whilst providing humorous banter in his inappropriateness. Camilla was slowly having her heart melted by this alluring, puzzle of a man. What we ended up with was an enjoyable, ultra steamy read, which I certainly enjoyed more than its predecessors in this series. ARC gratefully received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review
3 - "Normal's not all it's cracked up to be." Stars. Once again Angela Claire almost delivers an exceptionally good reading experience, to only let it down with an integral character in the story. In fact, the review I wrote for the last book in the Sleeping with the Enemy series pretty much reflects my thoughts on Tempting the New Boss. I liked it, I didn’t love it. ”Good luck with that.” Mason Talbot, is a very different character to a lot of the normal guys you find in a Brazen romance, I loved that about him, and his blunt, forthright way of saying what he wants, how he is feeling and what he is thinking about, made him entertaining, endearing and difficult to not develop a little soft spot for. ”I could look at you smile all day.” My biggest issue was Camilla Anderson, talk about whip-lash reactions, actions and general behavior. I lost count of the amount of times she said one thing, then went on to do the exact opposite. Add to that, her treatment and behavior towards Mason, and her attitude in relation to his unique personality, especially in light of her own family and I went from irritated to annoyed to outright dislike of her as the book progressed. ”When I said I might die tomorrow, I didn’t mean, like, literally tomorrow.” This is the third book I have read by the author now, and once again it didn't quite live up to the expectations. In all honesty I am not sure I would actively look to read more of this series, or from the author in general. ARC generously provided via Entangled, in exchange for the above honest review.