***USA TODAY bestseller***
"... more than a love story... intensely complicated and emotional..."
With one shocking announcement, successful restaurateur Dane Bergman has gone from millionaire playboy to daddy. Now the sole guardian of an adorable and willful four-year-old child, he's counting on his executive assistant, Pamela Atwater, to save his ass. Even if it means bringing her along on a month-long ocean-side retreat.
Pamela prides herself on being the perfect assistant. Whatever Dane wants or needs, she's there—pretending to ignore his golden charm and drop-dead gorgeousness. With his daughter, however, Pamela sees a new side to her powerful boss. Private. Vulnerable. A man who tempts her to cross the line from professional...to personal.
But is one month long enough to convince Dane that his perfect assistant might just be his perfect match?
Each book in the Men of the Zodiac series is STANDALONE:
The Millionaire's Deception
The Millionaire's Forever
Ten Days in Tuscany
The Millionaire Daddy Project
Revenge Best Served Hot
The Prince's Runaway Lover
Seducing the Colonel's Daughter
One Night with the Billionaire
The Greek Tycoon's Tarnished Bride
Blurring the Lines
Her Sworn Enemy
About the Author
Roxanne Snopek believes in happily-ever-afters. While this book was being completed, she and her husband celebrated twenty-five years of marriage, so she knows what she's talking about. As the mother of three grown daughters, she also knows that love and family take work, a lot of it, and that it's worth every little gray hair that comes with it. Friends, pets, books, and a nice glass of wine round out the picture.
For a grittier glimpse, check out her blog at www.roxannesnopek.ca. She hangs out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RoxanneSnopekAuthor and tweets now and then at www.twitter.com/RoxanneSnopek. She loves to connect with readers!
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The Millionaire Daddy Project
A Men of the Zodiac Novel
By Roxanne Snopek, Wendy Chen
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Roxanne Snopek
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The man had stage presence, she had to give him that.
Pamela Atwater, Chief Executive Assistant to The Great Dane Bergman—in her mind, the letters were always capitalized—waited for the king to finish wowing his subjects, wishing she wasn't just a tiny bit wowed herself. But he really was great, from his perfectly tousled hair to his lean, long legs and everything, she imagined, in between. Flash and dash, the kind of strategic packaging a smart girl like her knew to appreciate from a safe distance. She bit her lip. She hadn't quite figured out the parameters of that safe distance, unfortunately.
The boss stood at a podium in the main test kitchen of the Resource and Development —aka "Creative"—department of his kingdom, drawing out the suspense while his employees sat in rapt attention. He gestured grandly to a small box on the podium, then whisked off the linen napkin covering it, like a magician revealing a prize.
A magician with McDreamy's smile and Patrick Jane's golden curls.
"In appreciation for your hard work on our latest venture, I've prepared gift cards for you all, good at any of our establishments."
He prepared, thought Pamela. His entire contribution to the bonus was the instruction: "$500 for each of them, however you want to do it."
Naturally, Dane's announcement was met with enthusiastic applause. Bergman employees were extraordinarily proud of their chain of restaurants, which included the Railhouse Pub, famous for its craft beer, and the Station, for more upscale dining. Dane frequently provided such inducements, as a way of encouraging them to bring in their friends and family. No one could fault his generosity.
Dane had a Mr. Darcy-esque air of justified entitlement, and somehow, the combination with his good looks resulted in an endless lineup of women vying to bask in the circle of Bergman love light.
Seeing how quickly that light shifted kept Pamela safely out of the lineup, able to enjoy her tiny bit of wow because, well, she wasn't dead, was she?
That girlfriend queue would thin out dramatically if they spent forty hours a week with him. The man loved his work. Everything else was the choice of last resort. She'd never be satisfied with second best, no matter how hot the guy was or how much money he had.
"With your help," he continued, waving his arm to encompass the dozens of people in front of him, "the Bergman Group will rise to even greater fame, bringing the best of food and drink to the good people of Vancouver. Here's to STRUT!, the city's newest, edgiest night club!"
The fact that there was a community protest set up outside the refurbished building housing the new night club was inconsequential to him, merely a smudge on his latest diamond, awaiting Pamela's polish.
"STRUT! is a place where beautiful people go to see and be seen," he continued. "You're all representative of the Bergman brand so bear that in mind at all times. New uniforms are on the way and remember to use your complimentary corporate gym memberships. You look your best when you're healthy and happy."
Pamela saw a few smiles slip.
Thin ice, boss. He didn't seem to realize how much work went into "natural" beauty. Thank goodness her own position didn't depend on sex appeal, she told herself. She preferred staying behind the scenes. No distractions that way. No expectations.
"Pamela?" Dane turned to her and she felt his gaze like a jolt of electricity. "Do you have anything to add?"
To smooth over? You bet she did.
"Thank you," she said, stepping forward to address the group. "Mr. Bergman's comment regarding our common core values is well taken. The Bergman Group is about beauty, pleasure, sensuality even. Obviously, we don't dictate how you use your personal time; we merely encourage you to take advantage of your benefit package in the manner that suits you best."
As she expected, a relieved titter rippled over the room.
"The next six weeks will be busy as we prepare to showcase our new club at the Vancouver food festival, so I'd like to take this time to recognize Chef Castellano," she nodded toward an Italian man in immaculate whites, "and the entire Creative team. You've created a brand new menu for STRUT! without interrupting the award-winning service in either the pub or the restaurant. Thank you!"
Money was great, but people still needed to hear words of appreciation. The broad smiles and applause proved it.
"Are there any questions?" Pamela always provided a public forum as an opportunity to speak, but most of them chose to address her privately. Since most of their concerns were about whether or not they'd displeased the boss somehow, she understood it. She remembered that feeling. His smile of approval didn't come easy, but when it did, wow.
She'd learned to ignore it.
A hand went up from one of the newer employees at the back.
"Have you ever considered setting up a corporate day-care facility here?"
Pamela saw several heads nodding in agreement.
She knew about the lack of quality, affordable child care. She'd looked into the logistics of establishing their own program before, but the cost-benefit analysis had never passed muster with Dane. She was about to say so when he stepped in.
"Working parents face many challenges," said Dane, blithely childless. "Nothing is more important than providing for your families, and I admire each and every one of you who does this vital job. As for child care, the Bergman Group attracts the top talent in part because of our above-industry-standard compensation, but also because we always strive to meet the needs of our team members. We want you to be the best sous chefs, the best technicians, the best hostesses and bottlers and servers and busboys. If child care remains an issue, I'll have Pam look into it again. Now, if you wonderful people will excuse me, I've got a meeting."
Great. He made it sound like he was actually open to suggestions, when she knew darn well the numbers would crunch exactly as they had last year.
He gave them his usual dazzling smile, all bright white teeth and twinkling tawny eyes, and left the room.
Pamela sighed, thinking of the headhunter who used to email her like clockwork every month. She could have had another job in a heartbeat, once. But no, she chose to work here. For Dane.
She loved the Bergman Group, she reminded herself. Dane's good outweighed the bad. Also, she owed him.
"I'd like to see Mr. Dane Bergman, please."
Pamela looked up from the gleaming expanse of her desk, hoping her impatience didn't show. She hadn't even had time to make notes on the staff meeting yet, let alone address Dane's attitude toward the day care question.
The last of Dane's bimbos had received her parting gift months ago, so Pamela was braced for a fresh onslaught of hopeful women anytime now.
But this one didn't look like a Dimbo. The severely cut skirt and jacket were far more like what Pamela herself was wearing. She glanced down at her own plain but serviceable pumps. There was a fine line between timeless and old-fashioned. Perhaps it was time to update her look.
The woman held a thin file of papers in front of her, like a shield. "I'm afraid I must insist on seeing him immediately."
Professional, well-modulated speech. And a definite imperative, which poked a stick in the direction of Pamela's well-buried inner crab.
Dimbo-wannabes could be surprisingly creative. A single man of good fortune and all.
And the Bergman Group was a very good fortune indeed.
Chelsea, the main-level front receptionist, burst into the room behind the woman, gasping. "I'm so sorry, Pamela." She pushed past me. I couldn't stop her."
Pamela set down her pen, aligned it with the single sheet in front of her and waved the girl away.
"It's fine, Chelsea."
Pamela insisted on protocol to protect Dane's privacy as much as possible, even though he laughed at her worries. Enterprising gold diggers were a mere annoyance compared to the less likely but far greater threat: journalists.
"May I ask your name?" She stood up from her desk and walked around to the front of it. "And to what this is regarding?"
Although Dane didn't see it, his latest project was the kind of Corporate-Evil-Displaces-The-Needy story that newspapers loved. STRUT! straddled the line between the city's historic Gastown and soup-kitchen lineups filled with homeless addicts and sex workers.
"I'm afraid my business with Mr. Bergman is of a personal nature."
The woman's tenacity rang warning bells.
"Mr. Bergman has an opening," she said, consulting her calendar, "two weeks from today, at two thirty. Shall I reserve it for you, Ms. ...?"
"My name is Marion Oliver," she said in a hushed voice. "I'm from child welfare."
"We have applications on the first floor for causes seeking donations," said Pamela.
"It's not that." Marion Oliver looked like she had an urgent plane crash to attend. "This is highly confidential information."
"There is a child, you see."
The woman gave up, her words spilling out in a great rush. "Last week, a woman named Carmen Wilde passed away suddenly. She left behind a child. I have signed affidavits attesting to Ms. Wilde's assertions that the child's father is Dane Bergman. I'm here to collect a DNA sample. Should the sample confirm paternity, Mr. Bergman must either accept custody or sign away all parental rights."
Carmen Wilde. This name rang no bells.
Pamela took a step back to lean against her desk.
"Now," added Marion Oliver, "will you finally let me see Dane Bergman?"CHAPTER 2
Dane paused with his hand on the massive oak door separating his office from Pam's, trying to make sense of the social worker's words.
Carmen was dead? He hadn't seen or heard from her since she'd unexpectedly left him, what, three or four years ago. Obviously, if Carmen had a baby, it wasn't his.
They'd met at a fund-raising event. She'd handed him the Platinum Supporter plaque, and he'd taken her for drinks after. They'd been together for several months until she ended it, no reason, just boom, done.
The sting to his pride wasn't a memory he enjoyed revisiting. Women loved him. He was a catch, one that would never be caught, let alone thrown back.
Carmen had been the last one to get anywhere near his heart, the one that had solidified his determination to keep things light. It was hard to imagine a spirit like that extinguished.
Where had life taken her?
A rare vision sprang to mind of his mom, stumbling home to their sunless basement apartment, too tired to do anything more than crack open a box of macaroni and cheese ...
Anger heated his chest. He shook his head, displacing the memories. He couldn't imagine Carmen's life spiraling downward like that. But if someone had left Carmen and her baby, hadn't had the decency to step up, Dane would track the deadbeat down and force him to be a man.
He shoved the door open with both hands.
The social worker jumped, and the folder in her hands went flying. Pam stepped forward calmly and gathered the papers together but instead of giving them to Marion, she handed them to Dane. Always reliable, always there for him.
"Mr. Bergman," she murmured with an annoying hint of a smile in her gray eyes. Always just this side of insubordination, too.
She didn't believe this crazy accusation, did she?
Okay, she was the perfect assistant but her silent mockery of his love life irritated the hell out of him. As if she didn't have a personal life, never loosened that tidy knot of dark hair.
Give me a reason to reprimand you, Pam.
The folder rustled and crunched in his grip. Why should he care what Pam thought about him? She did her job. That was what mattered.
"Excuse me," said Marion, reaching for it. "That information is highly confidential."
Dane evaded her easily, opened the folder and glanced over the first page. It was a computer printout with the sum total of Carmen's life on it. Name, birth date, insurance information, beneficiaries, survivors.
Cause of death: injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.
Poor Carmen! He snapped the folder shut.
"The time frame eliminates me as the father, Ms. Oliver. But I'm sure that doesn't matter to you. Will a cheek swab do?" he said. "Or are you out for blood?"
Marion's face was pink as she pulled a plastic collection tube from her briefcase. "A swab is sufficient."
He opened his mouth, and she ran the soft tip across the inside of one cheek, then the other, a sensation both intimate and unwanted. Tiny bits of himself were being removed to be turned into data.
He wished Pam wasn't watching. This was his business, not hers.
The social worker snapped the container closed but before she could return it to her case, Dane took it from her.
"I need to send it off," she said. "It'll take a week for results. We don't want any further delay."
Dane slipped the plastic container into his breast pocket. "We'll have results by tomorrow, copied to your office."
"Will there be anything else, Ms. Oliver?" he asked, holding out the file. Enough time had been wasted already.
Pam took the file from his hand and opened it herself.
He hadn't expected that. His relationship with Carmen was ancient history, private. He began reaching for the file, then stopped. Pam already knew he was a player.
Still, he felt annoyingly ... exposed.
"I'm afraid I must insist—" began the woman.
"Don't be afraid," said Pam, paging through the file. "It's bad for your heart."
He stifled a smile. Poor social worker had no idea who she was dealing with. But why was Pam so interested, anyway? What made her eyebrows dip like that? Pam was always getting in his face about his love life, thinking every woman wanted to hop on the Dane Bergman gravy train via a little caboose.
Pam was paranoid, finding problems where they didn't exist, but maybe that's what made her the valuable assistant she was. He allowed Pam access to the most important details of his life and his business. In a way, it was the most intimate relationship he'd ever had, but he never worried his trust was misplaced. Pam didn't fall into the same category as other women. The line between them was razor-wired, inviolable. Which is why he could trust her. Her pit bull loyalty had nothing to do with him. She was simply protecting the Bergman Group.
Still, it was odd for a woman to be so completely immune to his charms. Odder still that it irked him so much.
"Ms. Oliver," said Dane. "I will study the situation with my legal counsel. I may elect to make a donation out of respect for my prior relationship with the child's mother. But the baby is not mine."
Marion Oliver's knuckles were white, but her gaze was unwavering.
"Mr. Bergman," she said. "The 'baby' will be five—"
"Dane?" said Pamela.
Something about her tone made him look up. Pam held a photo of Carmen, holding a little girl. Her expression was unreadable.
Carmen's smile made his heart clench.
Then he looked closer. Her cheek rested against the head of a little girl who must have been around—wait, did someone say five? Carmen's sleek black waves fell over boisterous blond curls, her dark eyes and demure smile in sparkling contrast to the kid's honey-eyed grin.
"Her name is Danielle," said Ms. Oliver.
He put a hand to the back of his neck, recalling pictures of the towheaded troublemaker he'd been at the same age. Little Daniel, he'd been then.
"If the surviving parent is incapable or unlikely to provide an appropriate environment, we seek out other options," said the social worker. She ticked off the criteria on her fingers. "You have no criminal record, numerous reputable character references, ample means, solid standing in the community. We will be able to make frequent checks to ensure the child is receiving the care and nurturing she needs."
This was all moving way too fast.
"Surely there's someone else! What about Carmen's mother?" He vaguely recalled that Carmen and her mom hadn't been on good terms. But bad enough to keep her from her grandchild?
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This bachelor has met his match & is about to lose his heart in the process. Reviewed by Kim Leo. The fifth sign of the zodiac. Leos are known to be confident, ambitious, and generous. However, they are also known to be melodramatic and stubborn. These qualities definitely describe Dane Bergman. Dane is a self-made millionaire restaurateur. He came from nothing to become a major success. He’s confident, larger than life, and generous. He pretty much rolls with the punches, has no problem using money to get what he wants, but likes to have things in a nice little box. Children have never been in his plan or on his radar. Pamela Atwater is Dane’s personal assistant and right hand. Without her, The Bergman Group wouldn’t run smoothly. Pamela is so invested and perhaps unknowingly puts aside her personal life for Dane and the company. She knows what women find attractive about Dane, but she’s smart enough to keep her distance and not become another one of Dane’s Dimbos. (Or so she thinks.) Interestingly enough, Pamela is the longest female relationship the Great Dane Bergman has had. When Dane suddenly discovers he’s the father and only living relative of a four-year-old little girl he knew nothing about, he turns to the only person he can trust, Pamela. Of course, good old Pamela is there to help bachelor Dane transform into the father and man she knows he can be. Unfortunately for them, that sounds easier than it truly is. I knew poor Dane was going to be put through the ringer by his four-year-old daughter, Danielle “Dani”. I just didn't know how bad I would feel for him, or how much I would laugh in the process. From fighting over food to being afraid to enter a bathroom where Dani has been in for twenty minutes, these two definitely butt heads. But there is no denying that Dane loves Dani and would do anything for her. I really like the way Roxanne captured a four-year-old. Maybe at times, she had Dani saying things a four-year-old wouldn't, but overall she nailed it. I loved the way Roxanne through Pam forced Dane to look at his past and got him to compromise a little. Or maybe that was Dani. I was surprised by the little unexpected curveball in the story. But I loved it and it made the story that much more endearing. Over the course of about two months, Dane goes from a bachelor to a father and finally truly discovers what love is all about. His relationship with Pam does grow and turns intimate. Of course, when Pam’s fears become reality, Dane finds himself out of his element once again. I’m a huge fan of grand gestures and Dane definitely used what is considered to be a fault in Leos to his advantage. I found The Millionaire Daddy Project seemingly perfect. Roxanne portrayed the father/daughter give and take relationship to a tee. I loved the way we got to see Dane grow as a person and the bond between him and Dani form. This story reminds me of why I’m a Roxanne Snopek fan. 4.5 Stars *Personal Purchase*
3 "I’m still undecided on how to rate this book" Stars *I received a complimentary copy from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review* While I liked the storyline of the anti-commitment business mogul suddenly being the sole parent to a 4 year-old girl he didn’t know existed. I struggled to connect with the main characters. We have Dane, the aforementioned hot guy whose only deep relationship with the opposite sex is his executive assistant Pam. When he is presented with his surprise daughter (it was almost literally: “surprise! You have a daughter! And her mom died so she has to stay with you now”) he realizes he is completely unequipped to deal with it, so he enlists Pam’s help to let little Danielle settle in her new circumstances. As Dane keeps calling on Pam at the most absurd hours and the most ridiculous of situations, she finally puts her foot down and tells him that he needs to bond with the girl, and convinces him to take a month long vacation on his private island getaway. In a complete panic Dane makes Pam go along. Well, you can guess the rest, the spending together time in a more relaxed and non-business related setting finally breaks through their control and they… you know, have some grown up fun. There was a lot of mind changing about the relationship so the back and forth was a bit tiring at a point. Also, I felt the little girl’s attitude and actions to be somewhat unrealistic, maybe if she was 7 or 8, but I don’t know if a 4 year old would have reacted that way in general. As I said, I found it hard to connect with Dane and Pam, Dane was an asshat most of the time, and his insistence on making the food he wanted made me want to throw things at his head constantly. Pam… I don’t know, she just exasperated me for some reason. This was a quick read. The writing was good and I really liked the storyline. Sadly I can’t say it completely worked for me.
I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This is an amazing book! I have been awaiting its release so I could review it. I love the story of an alpha male, totally in control of his business and what he thinks his future is, who is suddenly made aware of the fact that he is a father. The power of this story is how he comes to deal with this change in his life. He is totally clueless up front and, without the help of his assistant, he would not have made it. This is more than a love story. It is the story of this man's coming-of-age and his acceptance into his heart of so much more than just a woman...as is standard in the romance genre. You will truly enjoy his spunky assistant. She basically forces him to face things head on since trying a softer approach didn't work. She's one tough cookie who you will be shouting for. She's more than capable of making the hard decisions. Rest assured, however, that there is a happily ever after...and one you'll be cheering for. Be prepared to break out the tissues on this one. You will find yourself pulled into the story so deep that you'll think you're actually there. This is definitely a book that deserves to be read over and over. It is one of those books that has an impact that will have you thinking about it long after you're done reading. Kudos to the author for another great book!!
Loved this book! It's not your typical boss/ assistant romance based on some steamy attraction. Those are far too common. No this story evolves around a hard driven businessman Dane and his assistant (who he could not function without) Pamela. Dane unloads a lot of work on Pamela and her life basically is her job. Early in the book we get the surprise visit from a social worker with private papers in hand, papers to test Dane's DNA. He's been named as a child's father by a woman he had a brief relationship with who has just died. She also came with a photo and one look and you know the little girl is his. DNA confirms this. He knew nothing of this child who is now 4. Her mother didn't want Dane involved for her own reasons which you read in the book in a letter she wrote to him. Nothing is more important than his business. So with 4 year old, who is grieving she latches onto Pamela, and Dane gladly shifts the responsibility to her. Not because he doesn't want her, because he feels inept and the little girl doesn't take to him at all. Pam gets an idea that they need to go away, he's got a house on a private island where Dane can spend 1:1 time with Dani, his little girl. He agrees but only if Pamela comes as well. The guy does everything he can, but his way making no allowances for the little one, fancy mac and cheese when what she really wants in Kraft in the box. After a month alone, a brief sexual encounter or 4 occur and Pamela a leery about their return back to real life. Dane flips back into his boss role and she tries to fit back into hers when it's clear it isn't working. So, she decides to leave. Even at that point he realizes that his feelings for her are deeper than he would admit, but she leaves. He tries to use Dani to get her to stay (at her job) but she won't have it. We get some more interaction with Dane and Dani and it's really sweet how these two have adjusted to each other and this 4 year old plots with him to get Pamela to come back. Dani misses her and so does Dane. This was a great story, beginning to end. Both characters are fully developed and the plot was great. Again, not your typical office romance. There was some steam there but just enough and it was done so well. I loved their dialogue, Dane was so intense and yet needed Pamela to ground him which she did and correct him when he got out of hand. He may not have liked what she had to say but he listened to her. Their backstories were intact. It was just a great read. I've read Roxanne before, she writes a great story. I really recommend this one. Loved it. **arc from NetGalley and Entangled** in exchange for an honest review.
I loved this book! It drew me in from the first page and kept me hooked until the last page...I was sorry when it ended. Yes, it's somewhat predictable with the rich bachelor and the dependable assistant by his side, but the author told the story so well that I was hooked. This is a delightful romance that made me smile. Fans of the genre will love this book. I've added the author to my must read authors' list.
Reviewed by C.J. Anaya for Readers' Favorite The Millionaire Daddy Project: Men of the Zodiac by Roxanne Snopek is yummy in all of the right ways when it comes to a strong female lead, a delicious male, and the perfect happily ever after. The usual sweet and caring secretary who works for a handsome boss is livened up a bit by the arrival of her handsome boss's young daughter whom he had no idea existed until now. It is his job to learn to care for his little girl, now that her mother has passed away, but he is woefully inept when it comes to relating to children. His skills, he thinks, are much better served running his business. Enter the reliable, hard-working secretary and a sudden awareness of all of her charms, and you have a fun recipe for some sizzling romance. The characters were wonderfully developed, the plot was perfectly paced, and the conflicts within the story were the kind we can all relate to when a young child is thrown into the mix of a brand new relationship. Each character had a strong voice and characteristics unique to their personalities. The characters are forced to move outside their comfort zones and overcome aspects of their lives and their own human frailties in order to eventually end up with what they want. Taking risks and giving love a chance seems to be the most difficult task of all. I guess you'll have to read the book to find out what kind of risks the characters are willing to take. I truly enjoyed this touching contemporary romance. If you're looking for a love story that satisfies the hopeless romantic in all of us, this is most definitely a contemporary romance you should add to your shelf.
This book was thoroughly enjoyable. I really fell hard for Dane, even if I felt he was a bit ridiculously over-the-top on his food snobbishness. I'm sorry, but the little girl is just that...and he expected her to instantly adore gourmet mac & cheese?! Granted, that was definitely a stumbling block to his growth as a human being, but still it really grated on me and is probably the only thing I didn't enjoy in this book. I loved seeing the growing heat and attraction between Dane and Pamela. These two really deserved each other and I was happy to see how Dane grew into the man that Pamela really deserved. He was a good man, just not set up to be a daddy, though that was hardly his fault that the mother of his child never mentioned the child to him. I also liked the subplot Ms. Snopek included which led to the discovery of the little girl's grandmother and how the grandmother tied into the continuing growth of Dane's actual business - in other words, I really felt like Dane came across as a full person, not just a romance hero. He had a business that he'd worked hard to develop and I enjoyed seeing that business grow as the man himself did and as Dane dealt with the consequences of a business decision he makes very early on. So - definitely check this out. Plenty of giggle-worth (in good ways) moments, and if you're a food snob/conneissure, you'll probably enjoy some of the food descriptions. Lord knows I wanted his mac and cheese somethin' fierce. Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Daddy Dane This was a heartwarming tale and just what I needed as a pick me up on a cold spring day. Dane was a millionaire with a devastating tale as to how he grew up and became the stubborn delicious alpha that he is. He finds his self at a loss when he discovers that he is the father to a four year old little girl (Danielle), which he knew nothing about once her mother passes away. So what's the boss to do, ask his assistant for help. Pamela is Dane's assistant and basically helps him run the company but always lets her opinion be known even if its with the raise of an eyebrow. Helping Dane get on solid ground with his daughter at his house on the island where he was raised, they start to see each other in a personal light which leads to complications once they return home. I loved the fact that even though Pamela was the assistant she took no stuff from her boss regardless of her position. Also the things that Danielle(daughter) was going through helped her father to also become a better man and realize that what he wanted was staring him in the face all along. This was definitely a sweet read and I can't wait to check out more in the series.
Tugged heartstings? Check. Cute and stubborn little girl? Check. Clueless new daddy? Check. Helpful female assistant? Check? Recipe for romance? Absolutely! Dane had a horrendous childhood. He even changed his name in hopes of leaving it all behind. His gal Friday, Pam, is always there for him and the thought never enters his mind that she is anything but an asexual work-a-holic. Everything changes when Dane's ex-girlfriend dies and leaves him a four-year-old daughter he never knew about. If things weren't already complicated, they go thermonuclear pretty quick. When Dane and his daughter, Dani, need some serious bonding time, Pam accompanies them to Dane's private island home. Being in such close quarters, Dane gets an unexpected jolt to his libido in the form of Pam's sexy curves. Snopek creates the perfect atmosphere for sparks to ignite between Pam and Dane. What she also does is fully develop both her main characters. I LOVED that! I could really relate to Pam and Dane that way. When a scary incident occurs with Dani, I was right there panicking with Dane. When Pam's heart was breaking, I was tearing up and sniffling right along with her. The best thing for me is what I like to call the "dessert" portion of the book, the happily ever after. If the dessert doesn't leave you satisfied, you won't eat it again. Snopek created a unique and tasty "dessert", one that will have me sampling the rest of her work to get the same thrilling experience. Thanks so much to Roxanne Snopek and Entangled Indulgence for gifting me with a copy of The Millionaire Daddy Project in exchange for an honest review.
4 stars The Millionaire Daddy Project was a fun and entertaining read. I enjoyed seeing Dane and Pamela get together =) I found myself drawn in from the first page and held me until the last. A great read and hard to put down.
What an absolutely beautiful story! Pamela was such an inspiring female lead character. She was strong, a little pushy when it came to Dane, selfless, generous and so loving. I thoroughly enjoyed her keeping Dane in his place. She was simply amazing. I loved her interactions with Dani. Dane's journey of self discovery was remarkable. This book was filled with so much emotion. My heart swelled at times and was saddened in others. Just a fabulous loving book from beginning to end! I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
I love, love, LOVE Roxanne Snopek’s books. The characters are always so interesting and full of life, while the plot just keep me glued to the pages. Dane is one of those hottie billionaires that are so popular in romances – he’s smooth, gorgeous, wealthy, and knows how to play just as hard as he works. He’s also anti-commitment … then the ultimate commitment, a little girl, lands on his doorstep and shakes up his world. Luckily he has his oh-so-efficient assistance to help, but the more time they spend together, the more attracted to her he becomes. Pam knows exactly the kind of man her boss is – short term affairs with gorgeous women. But she also knows how smart and sexy he is. Forced together thanks to a haunted little girl, she’s finding him super-hard to resist. She’s just about the only person in the world who will force him to be the dad that he can be. But can she live with (or without) the man she makes him into … Dani is just too adorable and the interactions between the three of them as they learn how to navigate new waters is just too darn sweet, heartbreaking and funny all rolled into one addictive ball. They are totally believable and touching as they slowly become a family unit. And just because some might find the secretary/boss fantasy a little clichéd doesn’t mean that in the hands of a great author like Snopek the dynamic can’t be just about perfect. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
This was a great romance with an underlying story of one mans struggle to find himself and the little girl and wonderfully strong woman who helped him get there. I loved this book, it was definitely different than what you normally find in romance novels.
Dane's life is about to turn upside down when her learns that he is a father. He has no idea how to handle a five year old little girl so he will do anything to convince his assistant Pamela to help. Dane would be lost without Pamela. Her work load and personal life are filled to the max, but she can't resist the sweet little girl and the desperation on Dane's face. What starts out as a working arrangement soon becomes very personal, but Pamela knows nothing can come of it. Dane struggles to find ground with his little girl, but your heart just melts seeing him try his hardest. His childhood has shaped the man he is, but he needs to learn from his past in order to make a future with his little girl and Pamela. Can Dane convince Pamela that they could be a family?
How can you not adore this book! There is humor galore. There is a sweet and funny and sometimes willful four year old. There is a perfect assistant who gets the job done and stays professional even though she would love to be more. There is an island and a month vacation on it! And of course, every child’s favorite macaroni and cheese even if the main cook cringes over it! And in the end- on the island, three people learn to become a family! So anyway, Dane is a man who is a wealthy business man and who helps his staff out and knows how to talk to adults and get what he needs and help with things that they need. Until one day, staff wants him to start an in-house day care for those that needed day care while they were working. Dane wasn’t having that. But Karma has a way to bite you in the butt! A woman from Social Services comes and tells him that he is the father of a child whose mother died in a car accident. She was five years old and her name is Danielle, or Dani, and the mother was someone whom Dane had spent time with 5 years ago. He didn’t believe it was his. But looking at Dani he saw himself. After DNA tests prove him to be the father, he decides he will take care of her and provide the best for her. He just doesn’t know what to do with her. How to talk to her. Dani is scared and doesn’t like Dane and cries. But Pam, Dane’s right hand assistant and who gets everything Dane needs done, is who Dani clings to. Dani clings so much to Pam that Dane doesn’t know what to do except to get Pam to help him. Which really boils down to her doing everything. Not that Dane can’t but he doesn’t want her to reject him and isn’t sure how to set boundaries and be a parent. So Dane gets Pam to come to his home and put her to bed and buy Dani's bed and furniture and anything else Dane is afraid to do. Dani continues to cry and steer clear of Dane and cling to Pam. As a parent myself that would be heartbreaking, whether or not you just found out you had a child. I enjoyed watching Dane learn to be a father, something he didn’t have growing up (foster care) until he ended up with the one family who taught him to go after his dreams and helped him succeed in life. Pam loves Dani off the bat, but knows that Dane needs to learn how to take care of her. So she suggests he go to his little island oasis for one month where there is little internet and phone access. Dane says ok with the stipulation that she go as well. Pam has liked Dane for a long time but kept herself professional because she liked her job and knew it to be inappropriate to have a relationship with him. Dane is known for having relationships that last 2.5 seconds. She doesn’t want to go to the island because it will seem like they are having an affair to the other staff and things would be different and she knew it couldn’t work out. But Dani needed Pam too, so she agrees. So, on this beautifully described island oasis the three of them hang out. Dane is a good cook but he likes healthy versions of things and a four year old isn’t having anything to do with it. She wants her box of Macaroni and Cheese! Dane is trying but afraid. He is lost. So Pam teaches him that he has the skill and the love to be a parent. There are many tender moments of them all learning and becoming a family. But Pam knows that he won’t need her for long once he gets the hang of it. “Then let me explain it to you.” Pam leaned forward now, as if the message was too urgent to chance his misunderstanding. “You show them your best side, you find out the things they like to do, and you do them with them. You learn about them, what makes them feel treasured and special, and you do those things. You make them laugh.” “You let them see aspects of yourself you usually keep hidden. It’s about showing someone you care for them, wanting them to care for you, doing things they like because you want them to be happy. Because their happiness makes you happy. That’s love, Dane. That’s how you’ll win…. your daughter over.” He stood up and went to the stone steps. He didn’t do that kind of stuff. He bought flowers, or jewelry. A princess bed and matching dresser. And he’d never bought Pam anything because…….” Then Dane starts to realize he really cares for Pam too and when he acts on it, Pam goes back and forth, wanting to be with Dane but knowing it would ruin her career there. So for me, the book was centered on becoming a family. Not just a love story. That’s what I really liked. That’s what did it for me! Watching them all come together and love each other was so sweet! The other huge thing for me that got me was that the relationship between Pam and Dane didn’t go to the next step until about 70% into the book. They really got to know each other and Dane starts to realize there's more to Pam than just a very hard working woman and that she has given up a lot of her personal life to do whatever Dane needed. The book was easy to read, I loved the characters. I could visualize everything in my head and now I want to go to an island and relax for a month. Can someone make this into a movie, please!?! What I didn’t like was that I couldn’t always feel the chemistry between the Pam and Dane. I know, it sounds fickle after what I said above! The family aspect, I think, overrode the couple’s chemistry. That’s still okay because I still enjoyed the book. Another thing I didn’t care for was the name Pam; I didn’t like it, it’s just ordinary. Pam is the back bone to the company. And the cover is something else I didn’t understand. If the story is more on the three of them and he is always dressed to impress and rarely without a shirt except on the beach, why would that be the cover? I know the author doesn’t always get to choose the cover. It’s just my opinion. But, I still love every book that Roxanne Snopek has written; this one included!
This sweet and touching romance is the story of Dane and Pam, and a little girl named Dani. When playboy millionaire Dane unexpectedly becomes the sole parent of a daughter he never knew he had, his assistant Pamela becomes his lifeline, helping to bridge the gap between the new family. But crossing the line from a business relationship to a personal one comes with its challenges and before they know it, Dane and Pam must make some crucial decisions that will affect them and his company. When your heart is on the line, what risks are you willing to take? I enjoyed this story, though for me it had a bit of a slow start, and I wasn't really sure how I felt about Dane and Pam at the beginning. They grew on me though, Dane in particular as his playboyish ways morphed into those of a loving and caring father. There are really two relationships happening in this story - that of Dane and Pam, but equally that of Dane and his young daughter Dani as they learn to trust and rely on each other. The romance builds up slowly which felt very realistic and I liked how their attraction to each other manifested itself in small moments before they actually ended up in bed together. A solid 3 stars for this lovely story.
ADORED THIS STORY. The three main characters are each searching for their place in the world. Dane is trying to outrun his painful childhood by working like a dog even through he runs a successful empire. Pam is looking for financial security. Five year old Dani is looking for love and security. That they are thrown together by an unexpected surprise is the irony of it all. That they may find what they seek together is the blessing. Not your typical love story. Received this book for an honest review. Adorably heartwarming story.