Undeniable Demands: An Enemies to Lovers Romance

Undeniable Demands: An Enemies to Lovers Romance

by Andrea Laurence

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There's always room to negotiate.

When Wade Mitchell finds himself face-to-face with Victoria Sullivan, he has to reconsider his usual tactics. Wade needs to buy something she owns, and he needs it now. Since he and Tori have enough heat to melt ice, it should be a done deal.

But melting Tori's resolve is a harder task. She's not giving in to the man who fired her seven years ago. Yet Wade has to keep trying, because if he doesn't, he risks exposing a secret that could destroy his family. When all proper negotiation fails, seduction may be his only option.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781460300657
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 01/01/2013
Series: Secrets of Eden
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 216,102
File size: 222 KB

About the Author

Andrea Laurence is an award-winning contemporary author who has been a lover of books and writing stories since she learned to read. A dedicated West Coast girl transplanted into the Deep South, she’s constantly trying to develop a taste for sweet tea and grits while caring for her boyfriend and her old bulldog. You can contact Andrea at her website: http://www.andrealaurence.com.

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Wade hated the snow. Always had. You'd think a man born and raised in New England would feel differently or leave, but he'd done neither. Every November when the first few flakes started falling, a part of his soul would shrivel up until spring. That was why he'd booked himself a trip to Jamaica for the week before Christmas. He'd planned to return to the Edens', as always, for the holiday, but the frantic call he'd received from his foster sister, Julianne, had changed everything.

He had been loath to tell his assistant to cancel the trip, but perhaps if all went well, he could use the reservation after Christmas. He could ring in the New Year on a beach, drinking something frothy, with thoughts of his troubles buried deep.

Interesting choice of words.

The BMW SUV wound its way down the two-lane road that led to the Garden of Eden Christmas Tree Farm. Wade preferred to drive his roadster, but rural Connecticut in winter was just not the place for it, so he'd left it in Manhattan. The SUV had snow tires, chains in the back and enough clearance not to scrape on chunks of ice in poorly cleared areas.

Spying the large red apple-shaped sign that marked the entrance to his foster parents' Christmas tree farm, Wade breathed a sigh of relief. He hadn't realized until that moment that he'd been holding his breath. Even under the less-than-ideal circumstances, returning home always made him feel better.

The farm was the only home he'd ever really had. None of the other foster homes had felt like one. He had no warm memories of living with his great-aunt before that, nor of his early years with his mother. But the Garden of Eden was just that: paradise. Especially for an abandoned young boy who could just as easily have become a career criminal as a millionaire in real estate.

The Edens changed everything. For him and every other child who had come to live there. He owed that couple his life. They were his parents, without question. Wade didn't know who his father was and had only seen his mother once since she dropped him at her aunt's doorstep as a toddler. When he thought of home and family, he thought of the farm and the family the Edens had pulled together.

They were able to have only one child of their own, their daughter, Julianne. For a time it seemed that their dreams of a house bustling with children who would help on the farm and one day take over the family business had been dashed. But then they decided to renovate an old barn into a bunkhouse perfect for rowdy boys and started taking in foster children.

Wade had been the first. Julianne had been in pigtails when he arrived, dragging her favorite doll behind her. Wade had been in his share of foster homes, and this time just felt different. He was not a burden. Not a way to get a check from the state. He was their son.

Which is why he wished he was visiting them for another reason. In his own mind, disappointing his parents would be the greatest sin he could commit. Even worse than the one he'd committed fifteen years ago that got him into this mess.

Wade turned the SUV into the driveway, then bypassed the parking lot and took the small road behind their large Federal-style house to where the family kept their cars. It was nearing the middle of the afternoon on a Friday, but even so, there were at least ten customer cars in the lot. It was December 21—only a few days until Christmas. His mother, Molly, would be in the gift shop, pushing sugar cookies, cider and hot chocolate on folks while they waited for Ken or one of the employees to haul and bag their new tree.

Wade felt the sudden, familiar urge to start trimming trees and hauling them out to people's cars. He'd done it for all of his teenage years and every Christmas break from Yale. It came naturally to want to jump back into the work. But first things first. He had to take care of the business that had brought him here instead of the warm beaches of Jamaica.

Julianne's call had been unexpected. None of the kids were very good about calling or visiting their parents or each other like they should. They were all busy, all successful, the way the Edens had wanted them to be. But their success also made it easy to forget to make time for the important people in their lives.

When Julianne had shown up at the farm for Thanksgiving with little warning, she'd been in for quite the surprise. Their father, Ken, was recovering from a heart attack. They hadn't called any of the kids because they didn't want them worrying about it or the crippling hospital bills.

Wade, Heath, Xander, Brody—any of the boys could've written a check and taken care of their problems, but Ken and Molly insisted they had it under control. Unfortunately, their solution was to sell a few plots of land they couldn't use for growing trees. They couldn't understand why the kids were so upset. And of course, the kids couldn't tell their parents the truth. That secret needed to remain buried in the past. And Wade was here to make sure it stayed that way.

If he was lucky, he could take one of the four-wheelers out to the property, buy the land back from the new owner and return before Molly could start wondering what he was up to. He wouldn't keep the purchase a secret from his parents, but he'd certainly rather they not fret over the whole situation until it was done.

Wade found the house empty, as expected. He left a note on the worn kitchen table, slipped into his heavy coat and boots and went out to grab one of the four-wheelers. He could've driven his SUV, but he didn't want to pull up in an expensive car and start waving money around at people.

Heath and Brody had both made visits to the farm since Julianne broke the news. Digging up as much information as they could, they found out that the person who had bought the smallest parcel of land was already living out there in some kind of camper. That sounded positive to him. They might need the money more than the land. But if they thought some rich guy was bullying them to sell it, they'd clamp down. Or jack up the price.

Wade took the four-wheeler down the well-worn path that went through the center of the farm. After selling eighty-five acres, the Edens still had two hundred acres left. Almost all of it was populated with balsam and Fraser fir trees. The northeastern portion of the property was sloped and rocky. They'd never had much success planting trees out there, so he'd understood why Ken had opted to sell it. He just wished his father hadn't.

By the time he rounded a corner on the trail and neared the border of the Edens' property, it was a little after two-thirty. The sky was clear and blue and the sun's rays pounded down on the snow, making it nearly blinding despite his sunglasses. He slowed and pulled out the new surveyor's map Brody had downloaded. The eighty-five acres that his parents had sold were split into two large tracts and one small one. Comparing the map to the GPS location on his phone, he could tell that just over the rise was the smallest, a ten-acre residential property. He was fairly certain this was the one he was after.

Wade refolded the map and looked around for any familiar landmarks. He'd deliberately chosen a spot he would remember. There had been a crooked maple tree and a rock that looked like a giant turtle. He scanned the landscape, but it appeared to him as though all the trees were crooked, and all the rocks were buried under a foot of snow. It was impossible to know for sure if this chunk of the property was the right one.

Damn. He'd thought for certain that he would know the spot when he saw it. That night fifteen years ago remained etched in his memory no matter how hard he tried to forget it. It was one of those moments that changes your whole life. Where you make a decision, right or wrong, and have to live with it forever.

Still, Wade was certain this was the right area. He didn't remember traveling far enough to reach the other plots. He'd been in too big a hurry to roam around the property all night trying to find the perfect spot. He eyed another maple tree, this one more crooked than the others. That had to be the one. He'd just have to buy the land back and hope that once spring came around, he would find the turtle rock at its base and know he'd bought the right plot.

Surging forward through the snow, he continued up to the rise and then started descending into the clearing toward what looked like some sort of shimmering silver mirage.

He pulled closer and realized it was the midafter-noon sun reflecting off the superbly polished aluminum siding of an old Airstream trailer. You could have got a suntan from the rays coming off that thing. Parked beside it was an old Ford pickup truck with dually tires to haul the twenty-foot monster of a camper.

Wade stopped and killed the engine on the four-wheeler. There was no sign of life from inside the camper yet. Brody had searched online for the property sale records and found the new owner was V. A. Sullivan. Cornwall was a fairly small town, and he didn't remember any Sullivans when he went to school, so they must be new to the area. That was just as well. He didn't need to deal with anyone who remembered his troublesome days before the Edens and might give him grief.

His boots crunched through the snow until he reached the rounded doorway. It had a small window in it that he watched for movement when he knocked. Nothing. No sound of people inside, either.

Just great. He'd come all the way out here for nothing.

Wade was about to turn and head back home when he heard the telltale click of a shotgun safety. His head spun to the left, following the sound, and he found himself in the sights. The woman was standing about twenty feet away, bundled just as heavily as he was in a winter coat with a knit cap and sunglasses hiding most of her features. Long strands of fiery red hair peeked out from her hat and blew in the chilly wind. The distinctive color immediately caught his eye. He'd known a woman with hair that color a long time ago. It had been beautiful, like liquid flames. Appropriate, since he was playing with fire now.

On reflex, his hands went up. Getting shot by some overprotective, rural militia type was not on his agenda for the day. "Hey, there," he called out, trying to sound as friendly and nonthreatening as he could.

The woman hesitated, and then the shotgun dropped slightly. "Can I help you?"

"Are you Mrs. Sullivan?" Hopefully Mr. Sullivan wasn't out in the woods with a shotgun of his own.

"Miss Sullivan," she corrected. "What's it to you?"

A single female. Even better. Wade had a certain charm about him that served him well with the fairer sex. He smiled widely. "My name is Wade Mitchell. I wanted to talk to you about possibly—"

"Arrogant, pigheaded real-estate developer Wade Mitchell?" The woman took a few steps forward.

Wade frowned. She didn't seem to care for him at all. He wished to God the woman wasn't so bundled up so he could see who she was. Maybe then he could figure out why the mention of his name seemed to agitate her. Of course, he was wearing just as much winter gear as she was. "Yes, ma'am, although I wouldn't go so far as to use those adjectives. I wanted to see if you would be interested in…"

His words dropped off as the shotgun rose again. "Aw, hell," she lamented. "I thought it looked kinda like you under all those layers, but I thought, why would Wade Mitchell be in Cornwall making my life hell again after all this time?"

Wade's eyes widened behind his dark sunglasses. "I have no intention of making your life hell, Miss Sullivan."

"Get off my land."

"I'm sorry, have I done something to you?" He scanned his brain. Had he dated a Sullivan? Beaten up her brother? He had no memory of what he could've done to piss this woman off so badly.

The woman stomped across the snow, closing the gap between them with the gun still pointed directly at him. She pulled off her sunglasses to study him more closely, revealing a lovely heart-shaped face and pale eyes. Her skin was creamy, the perfect backdrop to the fiery strands of hair framing her face. When her blue eyes met his, he noticed a challenge there, as though she was daring him not to remember her.

Fortunately, Wade had an excellent memory. One good enough to know that he was in trouble. The fiery redhead glaring at him was a hard woman to forget. He'd certainly tried over the years, but from time to time, she'd slipped into his subconscious and haunted his dreams with her piercing, ice-blue gaze. A gaze that reflected the hurt of betrayal that he couldn't understand.

Property owner V. A. Sullivan was none other than Victoria Sullivan: green architect, eco-warrior and the employee he'd fired from his company seven years ago.

His stomach instantly sank. Of all the people who could've bought this property, it had to be her. Victoria Sullivan. The first person he'd ever fired from his company. It had pained him at the time, but he'd really had no choice. He had a strict policy on ethics violations. She hadn't taken the news well. And judging by her stiff posture and tightly gripped firearm, she was still upset about it.

"Victoria!" he said with a wide smile, trying to sound pleasantly surprised to see her after all this time. "I had no idea you were living out here now."

"Miss Sullivan," she corrected.

Wade nodded. "Of course. Could you please drop the gun? I'm unarmed."

"You won't be when the cops come." Her words were as icy cold as the snow, but eventually the gun disengaged and dropped to her side.

She pushed past him to the front door of the Air-stream, pulling it open and climbing the stairs. "What do you want, Mr. Mitchell?"

As she hung at the top of the steps, looking back at him, Wade realized he needed to change his tactic, and fast. His original plan had been to tell the owner that he wanted the property for one of his development projects. If he told her that, she'd refuse him just to ruin his plans.

He'd have to appeal to a different side of her. That is, if he could explain himself before she started shooting.

"Miss Sullivan, I'd like to buy back this property from you."

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Undeniable Demands 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Great read. Loved the chemistry between h/h. I accidently read Brody's story first, but no matter. Both can stand alone in the romance category. Just know that the mystery isn't resolved until book 4.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Family is strong ... no matter how it's made up! Wade Mitchell needs to get his hands on something that could destroy his family if it were to be exposed. He learns that Victoria Sullivan is the one that can return it to him, but she's not going to be easy to persuade. Victoria may be attracted to Wade, but she also despises him for firing her all those years ago and hanging her up to dry career-wise. There's no way she's giving him what he wants ... or will she? She can't deny the heat she feels any time he is near, and if the hunger she sees in his eyes is any indication, he feels it too!
koala571 More than 1 year ago
This was my first book that I read from Andrea Laurence and I truly enjoyed it. Victoria (Tory) wants to settle down as her parents were drifted from place to place while she grew up. She buys property from the Eden's to build her perfect green house. In waltzes the handsome, billionaire Wade Mitchell to buy/take back the property she brought from his parents. Years before, Wade and his siblings buried a secret on the property that would hurt everyone involved if it was discovered, so he sets out to romance Troy to get the property back one way or another. I was taken on a passionate journey of both Tory and Wade discovering each other and falling in love. Does Wade risk losing Tory as he doesn't want to tell her why the property is so important or does love prevail? I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a wonderful romantic story.
judyrudy More than 1 year ago
Undeniable Demands by Andrea Laurence kicks off her new series Secrets of Eden with a bang! Wade Mitchell lived as a foster child on a Christmas Tree Farm with several other foster children. He and his other brothers are keeping a secret that if revealed will greatly affect his family. He’s discovered that someone has bought a piece of property that he believes is hiding their secret. He returns home only to discover that the person who bought the property from his foster parents is Victoria (Tory) Sullivan. Tory was once employed by him but was fired by him several years ago. Tory has never gotten over it. All Tory wants to do is settle down and build a home that she can call her own. Now, she is faced with Wade who is trying to win this property back to save his family from discovering this secret. I thoroughly enjoyed this book especially the scenes from Christmas Eve. This book captured me from the first pages. I couldn’t put it down and read it in one sitting. I highly recommend reading Undeniable Demands and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
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caitlinallycesmum More than 1 year ago
Undeniable Demands is a story about a foster family,and in that family some members are hiding a major secret, a wronged employee, a Christmas tree farm and undeniable attraction. This story is about Wade and Tori, who have a history, Tori used to work for Wade and he fired her for something that she did not do. The story starts with Wade just about to go on holiday to Jamaica and he finds out that his foster parents have sold a piece of land and he wants to buy it back in order to protect his siblings. So Wade returns home to approach the owner only to find out that she is his ex-employee so when he steps on her land asking to buy it from her - she aims her shotgun at him and tells him to leave. The story then proceeds and you see these two main characters falling for each other even though there is mistrust on Tori's part. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I can not wait for the next instalment in the lives of the Eden clan plus I can not wait for the secret to be uncovered.
Pisceslyttle1 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the first of two books that I have read by Andrea Laurence. I have to say I am glad I have a found another great author. This is the story of Tori and Wade. I instantly liked Tori's character right from the beginning.. She is a strong minded and stubborn and doesn't instantly fall for the charms of Wade the "Most wanted of the Eden Boys" especially since he is her former employer. Wade is a strong wealthy man from New York that is need of purchasing back the land that was sold to Tori by his parents without his knowledge to preserve a family secret that he shares with his brothers. Tori is looking for the first real home she has ever had and isn't  going to give up her land and the possibility of a home without wheels. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wait in anticipation for the rest of this series. I love this book. It is my favorite Andrea Laurence book so far. Wade desperately needs something that Tori has and he really needs all the help he can get in convincing Tori to sell it to him. Tori has good reason in declining Wades offer as she was once employed by Wade until he fired her. I felt so angry at Wade on Tori's behalf as to the reasons why she was fired. Yet I fell in love with Wade and his amazing foster family. So looking forward to the next book... Katrina
yazmin593 More than 1 year ago
In Undeniable Demands by Andrea Laurence, Wade Mitchell is a self-made millionaire. He was raised in a foster home by the Edens, and he would do anything for them. So when he finds out that a piece of land they just sold has a dangerous secret, he is determined to get it back no matter what. What he doesn’t expect is that the new owner is Victoria Sullivan, a woman he fired several years ago. Tori is still hurt about being fired, for she had done nothing wrong to deserve being fired. So when Wade offers an insane amount of money to get the land she just bought she declines. After living a gypsy-like life, and then becoming a green architect, she bought the land and plans to build her own home there. Not to mention that when Wade fired her and believed false accusations of her made her wary of men and left her with trust issues towards them. What neither of them expected was the attraction they felt toward one another. Which Wade will use to his advantage, thinking that if he can get to know her and seduces her, he may just be able to convince her to sell the land. But Tori will not be an easy catch, and she will put up a fight and try to prevent anything from happening between Wade and her, only to set herself up for heartbreak. Wade will not be able to buy himself out of the problems coming his way, or to convince Tori to go his way. With her trust issues she will become one of the biggest challenges Wade has had to face. If you like a fun and witty romance, don’t miss Undeniable Demands by Andrea Laurence.
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one. Read it in a day. Love Wade and his family. This book had some heat. I loved the chemistry between Tori and Wade. Tori didn't have the typical childhood and she's finally ready to settle down and plant some roots. The problem she has something Wade wants that could have dire consequences to his family. Wade's going to do anything he can to get it back even seducing Tori. Tori and Wade have a past. He used to be her boss until he fired her. Tori hasn't forgotten. She's going to be a tough nut to crack and she doesn't fall for his charms so easily. Will they both get a happy ending or only one?
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
Anyways, today's read is Andrea Laurence's Undeniable Demands which is the first book in Secrets of Eden series. First off, I wonder what the deep dark secret it is, because throughout the book they kept hinting around the secret. With that said, I'm anxiously waiting for the next book. Seriously. I want to know the deep dark secret, by the way is a great way to get you hooked on the next book. Since I don't have a clue what this secret could be I might  as well share what Undeniable Demands is about and what I thought of the story. Wade Mitchell had a rough start to life, but fortunately was able to find some stability once he arrived at the Garden of Eden Christmas Tree Farmer. This is where he was taken in by Ken & Molly Eden who wanted to have a house full of children, but were unable. Yet they took in foster children (awe super sweet, right), to fill that void. What fun it would be to grow-up on a christmas tree farm? Anyways, rough times hit Ken & Molly, so they started to sell off parts of the farm without telling the children that they raised what they were doing. Of course this upset Wade and his other siblings (Heath, Xander, Brody, and Julianne). They set out to get back to the land, so the secret may stay buried.  Wade sets out to make an offer to one of the landowners, unbeknownst to him they actually have a past together. What! Victoria (Tori) Sullivan actually worked for Wade seven years prior to her buying the property. However, she was let go, because an incident. Now not willing to give back the land to Wade, he's willing to do whatever it takes to get back the land. Sounds like this should be good. Wow! What a great start for the Secrets of Eden series. Seriously, I can't believe I put off this story till it was almost time for the book to come out. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Tori and Wade.  I loved the fact that she carried the grudge of getting fire, for something she was accused of doing. I also enjoyed the fact that Wade wasn't able to buy his way out of the jam, but he had to use his charms and wit. Plus you have the fact that Tori with her trust-issues that just adds fuel to the fire. Nothing like falling for a woman who has trust issues. Incredible! Undeniable Demands left you wanting to find out more to the grand scheme of things. Yet Tori and Wade's romance was fun to watch, especially when they are trying to outwit each other over a piece of property. So, you might want to checkout Undeniable Demands by Andrea Laurence, you might enjoy it like I did. Copy provide by Author
Love_Books50 More than 1 year ago
I was into the book the first chapter, another one sitting read.  Andrea is a premier author.  Fiesty, fiery Victoria Sullivan is a wonderful character and Wade was the perfect nemesis for her.  Can't wait for Brody, Heath and Zander.  Hope all of them get their own book, as well as Julianne.  
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congrats, you have done it again. Your voice is just getting better and better. I too hope the next brother is Brody
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant wait for next book. Hope its Brodys story. This one was well written and loved all the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great start to the series. I can't wait for the next one.