The CEO Buys In

The CEO Buys In

by Nancy Herkness


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The CEO Buys In by Nancy Herkness

Self-made billionaire Nathan Trainor feels restless and disillusioned. His company may be thriving, but he can’t find a woman who sees him for more than his wealth. With his love life in the red, he meets two other billionaire bachelors at the ultra-exclusive Bellwether Club. The three of them make a wager of the heart: they must find women who love them for who they are, not their money.

Savvy office temp Chloe Russell is trying to scrape together the money she needs to support her grandmother. So when a flu epidemic strikes Trainor Electronics and she’s promoted to Nathan Trainor’s assistant, she jumps at the lucrative opportunity. But then Nathan himself falls ill, and he and Chloe must work from his penthouse while he recuperates. Before long, it’s clear there’s genuine heat between them, and it’s more than just a fever spike. Will Nathan win Chloe’s heart—and the bet? Or will their differences destroy any chance for love?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503944091
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 07/21/2015
Series: Wager of Hearts Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 804,253
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Nancy Herkness is the author of the award-winning Whisper Horse series and several other contemporary romance novels. Her second Whisper Horse novel, Country Roads, was nominated for a Romance Writers of America RITA™ award.

Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers, and Novelists, Inc. She has received many honors for her work, including the Golden Leaf Award, the Maggie Award in Contemporary Romance, and the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English literature and creative writing.

A native of West Virginia, Nancy now lives in a Victorian house twelve miles west of the Lincoln Tunnel in New Jersey with her husband, two mismatched dogs, and an elderly cat.

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The CEO Buys In 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Three billionaires walk into the exclusive Bellwether Club and make a drunken bet. Sounds like the start to a bad joke. But it’s actually the premise of Nancy Herkness’ Wager of Hearts series. Self-made billionaire Nathan Trainor, Quarterback Luke Archer and author Gavin Miller have had it with women who only want them for their money and what they can do for them. In a drunken encounter, the three make a bet to find true love within a year’s time. When The CEO Buys In first came out, I remembered seeing the cover and thinking I might want to read this book. When Nancy contacted me about reviewing the second book in the series (The All-Star Antes Up) I was so excited I couldn't say no. She ended up sending me both books to review (thank you) and she even did an interview with me. As I was talking up the books on social media, I kept thinking I want to read these books. Sometimes talking up a book so much puts high expectations on the book that it can't possibly live up to. I’m happy to say that The CEO Buys In did not let me down. Nancy has written two characters who are easy to like. Nathan Trainor is a self-made billionaire who is just a little bit out of touch with the rest of the world. He has a chip on his shoulder from wanting to prove his father wrong. He also has forgotten what it’s like to do something he loves to do. Chloe Russell’s sole goal in life is to take care of herself and her elderly grandmother. She’s smart, sassy, and is extremely good with people. She has been jaded by stories told to her by her inventor father that have shaped her view of the corporate world. While working a front desk temp position at Nathan’s company, Chloe is promoted to his personal assistant when a flu epidemic hits the company. Nathan is all about business and when the flu hits him, he insists Chloe works with him at his penthouse. Over the course of their confinement together, the two eventually fall into a sexual relationship. The more time they spend together, the more they realize they could have something real. These two are so good together. Chloe has this ability to see through Nathan, challenge him, and force his hand for his benefit. Nathan thinks all he has to give Chloe is his money, but soon realizes she doesn’t care about the billionaire man, she just wants the man himself. I really liked The CEO Buys In. The only reason it doesn't get a five star rating from me is because it didn't move me to tears or tug at my heartstrings. But this is definitely a solid book, one worth reading. As I mentioned before, I really liked the characters. Gavin Miller, the author of the group is currently a little not to my liking. I think that’s probably because he has a weird sense of self-deprecating humor and likes to “poke the bear”. Luke Archer, the quarterback, definitely has me wanting to know about him. I can’t wait to read his story in The All-Star Antes Up. **Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.** Rating: 4.5 Stars
JeneratedReviews More than 1 year ago
Three billionaire friends wager for love as Nancy Herkness takes her readers on the first gambler's journey in The CEO Buys In book one in her Wager of Hearts series. This author brought a fantasy situation to life in her book and made it seem absolutely viable resulting in a great read! Self made billionaire Nathan Trainer knows what it is like to come from humble beginnings so when his attraction to extremely competent temp Chloe Russell takes hold he sees no problem. What is an issue is trust. With lots of self imposed barriers the fierce inner battles the hero and heroine fight pitted against intense physical attraction make for a romance fraught with energetic interactions. Ms. Herkness' adept story telling will draw you in and keep you coming back for more of her fabulous writing.
JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
The CEO Buys In was such a great and addicting book to read. Not having read any other works by the author before, I did not know what to except of a book that seems to have a very common story line. As a contemporary romance reader, I love these types of books, yet there are too many and some might even have similar plots. Now with that said, I actually loved this book. Herkness does an amazing job creating a setting that is both unique in its own way, while keeping the reader guessing as to what it's going to happen next. At the beginning of the story we meet three men, all equally young, handsome, and wealthy. When they suddenly meet at the ultra-exclusive Bellwether Club, these men meet for the first time and they all decide to make a wager of the heart: they must find a women who love them for who they are, not their money. It all sounds easy, yet hard when they're all betting something that priceless to them. If they win, they will not be getting the women of their dreams, but if they lose they will be losing a lot more than just their hearts. The first one up to the challenge is self-made billionaire Nathan Trainor, whose job has made him a workaholic and devoted to his company more than anything else. When savvy office temp, Chloe Russell starts working at Trainor Electronics, she is determined to work hard in order to make enough money to hire help for her dear grandmother. So when the flu epidemic strikes the workers at the company, she gets temporarily promoted to being the CEO's assistant. Not having met before, Chloe is immediately taken back at how handsome Nathan Trainor is, yet his cold attitude makes her see that a work relationship will never end up good. Now she has no choice but to make sure she works extra to keep her job. But just when she was getting used to her job, Nathan Trainor gets sick and ends up staying in his home, but with too much to do he requests that Chloe stays with him until he gets better. With her job on the line and a very fragile grandmother, she accepts. Soon his delirious moments make him weak, and a part of him wants Chloe close to make things better. As the two start to get to know each other, the more they start to realize that their chemistry is stronger than they thought, and that they can give a relationship a try. Like I mentioned before, I truly enjoyed reading this book. It is evident from the very beginning that they both have put themselves in a position where they have to protect their loved one over themselves. They have pasts that they need to move on from, and if they start to trust each other then things will get better for them in the future. Both of the characters have great personalities, Chloe is caring and a hard worker, so is Nathan. They are both driven by success, and when they're together they make great team. In the story, Chloe helps Nathan overcome his past, by helping him get a better relationship with hi father. On the other hand, Nathan is willing to do anything to impress Chloe's grandmother in order to get her to accept him as Chloe's boyfriend. Soon they face obstacles that they need to overcome together, leading the ending that I really enjoyed reading. Now, I loved overall plot, I just wished the author could have written a few scenes at the end that would have made the book so much better. At times the scenes felt rushed a bit, specially in the end, but the epilogue tied everything together very well. I highly recommend it:)
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
​​​​​To think it all started with a bet, made by three extremely wealthy gentlemen who only want to be loved for themselves, not their riches. Nathan Trainor, a techie CEO, Luke Archer, a superstar quarterback, and Gavin Miller, a best-selling author, all happen to be members of the posh and swanky Bellwether Club in New York City. One evening of drunkenness brings about a fast friendship, and the need to reevaluate their respective lives in order to find true love. This is the first book in the Wager of Hearts trilogy, and it focuses on Nathan's quest for happiness. Chloe Russell's resume is replete with failed organizations, so now she is temping at Trainor Electronics in order take care of herself and her grandmother. Due to a flu epidemic, she is promoted to Nathan's temporary administrative assistant. When he gets sick as well, they end up working from his penthouse apartment and shortly thereafter the sparks ignite between them. Nathan and Chloe are perfect together and they challenge each other both in and out of the bedroom. When I requested The CEO Buys In from "new to me" author Nancy Herkness, I had no idea the book was close to 400 pages. I tend to avoid lengthy novels because I get bored easily, which results in fast-forwarding through the chapters and missing some key elements of the story. However, almost immediately my reluctance was soon forgotten, due to the engaging plot, interesting characters, and extremely hot, sexy times. I especially liked the dressing room scene, because it reminded me of the movie Pretty Woman, with a twist of risque. The creative and exciting prologue captured my attention right away and I knew I was going to enjoy this novel. Overall, I really liked this book and can't wait to read Luke's story, which is slated to be released around July of next year. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
As much as I want to like every NetGalley ARC e-book I am issued, it is not always possible. Unfortunately, The CEO Buys In is one of those cases. The cover and book synopsis were both well done. Thank you, Ms. Herkness, for providing a very classy cover with our handsome hero actually wearing a shirt. This reviewer prefers class over skin on her romantic reads. Unfortunately, in this instance, it was the writing style that missed the mark. Starting off very subtle, the first red flag was when Nathan Trainor, the CEO, came down with a high fever shortly after meeting the heroine, Chloe Russell, and in his delirium kept asking her to “make it better.” Basically, ignoring his associates/friends/acquaintances in the same room, but calling out for her. Though some might view it as romantic, it seemed juvenile to me. Since he barely knew her name, it also seemed unrealistic. I also did not know what he meant by referring to her as “his ringer.” Much later, I did figure it out but again pretty premature to think he would think of her in that fashion so quickly. As a very forgiving reviewer, I easily shrugged that off until 57% into the book the unlikely, non-character fitting, too numerous, not particularly well-written, steamy situations began to highjack the story. In fact, I started to notice the same phrases being repeated with each encounter. It is never a good sign when you feel awkward and embarrassed for the main couple and fast-forward to try to find the storyline again. Even the writing itself started not to flow, as well. The next in the series will undoubtedly be about the other two billionaires, Archer (pro football player) and Gavin Miller (famous author). Hopefully they will have more of an emotional, romantic connection between the leading couple, therefore, more engaging storyline. Title: The CEO Buys In, Series: Wager of Hearts (Book 1), Author: Nancy Herkness, Release date: 7/21/15, stand-alone, HEA, no cheating. (This review is based on ARC e-book provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion.)
KellyTheRed More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book as a birthday gift. Having never read anything by this author before, I expected the typical perfect flat characters and trite plot. I was wonderfully surprised to find the characters were real flawed people with depth and histories that helped fill out their personalities. The story is fun, exciting ;)  and has great unexpected twists that kept me enthralled. It would have been easy to write a main character who was a self-made uber-wealthy sexy bachelor. But throw in cynicism from discovering all his supposed girlfriend was after was his prestige and money plus unresolved feelings of failure and he becomes a fascinating man. Add a drunken wager that he must find true love and marry within one year. Then add a temp worker who hates big corporate policies and politics but needs to earn as much money as possible to care for an aging grandmother. The fun starts when they can't keep their eyes, and hands, off each other. She distrusts men who use their power and money like it was nothing. He distrusts women who are just after money. And the sparks turn into fireworks when they have to work together. This was a fantastic book and I can't wait to read about the other two men involved in the love and marriage wager.
JeriTRyan More than 1 year ago
“The CEO Buys In” by Nancy Herkness was my first book by this author and I was pleasantly surprised. To think I almost did not pick it up to read…just because of the title actually…unbelievable. I had so many “CEO” novels lately that this title did not really draw me to the book, because you come to think of a certain style of book when reading certain “slogans” and unfortunately “CEO” is one of those words for me. But this is already everything “remotely negative” I could say about this book. The story itself leaves no wishes open that a reader could have for a well-developed and well written novel. This book feels really like a romance novel and I totally loved the relationship between the leads. It felt good and believable – as a reader it was easy for me to think “this could actually happen” (at least in most parts), so it was easier to be carried away by it. I was pleased to find out at the end of the book that there will be further books about other characters we met in this one and I will surly read those too.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
A spur of the moment wager and a matchmaking grandmother are just two of the reasons that I could not stop reading The CEO Buys In. Nathan and Chloe live different lives but long for the same things. Nathan is filthy rich, handsome and unhappy with the direction his life has taken. He longs to find that one person who wants him not for what he is worth, but for the person he is. Chloe has a lot of responsibility. The sole bread winner in her family she is determined to look after her aging grandmother and not end up like her father, used and hung out to dry by a big cooperation. So she works temp jobs. Against her better judgement she is placed at a big cooperation. Misunderstandings, preconceived notions, stubbornness and pride are traits of Nathan and Chloe's personalities. So it was amusing and entertaining to see how their love story played out. Nancy Herkness vision hit the ball right out of the park . I ended this read with a smile on my face, joy in my heart and looking forward to what comes next in book two of the Wager of Hearts series. I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review.