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Synopsis: My life was just like any other girl’s until the Maxwell corporate empire ruined my family and stole my future. I’d given up hoping to see justice done, but then the way to right this wrong was dropped in my lap. My job with an event planner can get me into the home of one of Maxwell’s business partners. I can find evidence of what they did to my father. I can make sure they pay.I wasn’t expecting Sebastian.Sebastian has been hired for security, but he is also the son of the man I despise. I should hate Sebastian purely on principle. I shouldn’t care that he’s sweet and funny and sexy as hell. He’ll always be a Maxwell, and that means he’s my enemy.
I can’t help but want him anyway.
He seems to want me too, but only for a good time. He’s the son of privilege, and he’ll never be serious about me. He’ll also never betray his family. If he finds out what I’m really doing here, he’ll turn on me in an instant. He’ll keep me from finding justice.
It’s just that I keep finding him instead.
~ Excerpt ~
Feeling pleased and victorious, I pushed the window up.
It really wouldn’t be that hard for me to climb in inside.
I stood for a minute, trying to decide whether I should do it or not. No one was around. What harm could it do? If I was caught, I could always say I was checking out the building for possible use in the charity event.
It wasn’t dangerous. And it would be a first step toward seeking justice, restoring my family’s honor.
Feeling a rush of determination, I leaned in and saw that the window opened to what definitely looked like an office. My heart raced as I started to climb inside.
“What are you doing?”
I froze, halfway in the window, when I heard the unexpected male voice from behind me.
My mind whirled with fear, embarrassment, and desperation as I tried to remember the excuse I’d just thought up a minute ago.
This wasn’t supposed to be happening.
I’d started to ease myself down from the window, when I felt a pair of strong hands on my waist. They startled me so much that I jerked and turned around too quickly.
I bumped my head on the window and stumbled into the man who was now right behind me.
I would have fallen had he not caught me. I found myself looking up at the face of the best-looking man I’d ever seen in my life.
He was about five or six inches taller than me, with a fine, athletic body. He had vivid green eyes and strong features that were so handsome they were startling. His expression was half-questioning and half-amused as he gazed down at me.
“Ouch,” I said stupidly, rubbing my head where I’d hit it on the window.
His expression transformed to a full smile. “That’s what happens when you try to climb in somewhere you don’t belong.”
Ridiculously—absolutely ridiculously—I wanted to smile back. His expression was just so warm and amused.
He wore a pair of khakis and a black t-shirt, and I figured he must work on the grounds somehow, since he seemed to belong here when I clearly did not.
“I wasn’t trying to climb in,” I lied, thinking as quickly as I could. “I was just looking inside to see what was in there.”
“Why would you need to see inside the guest cottage?”
A guest cottage. Oh. That was what this this place was. Not a secret office hideaway housing tempting secrets. Definitely not worth the embarrassment of getting caught like this. “I didn’t know what it was,” I said, speaking the truth in this at least. “I’m the assistant of the event planner. I was just checking out what the building was to see if we could use it somehow for the big charity gala.”
The man’s mouth tilted up slightly in one corner as his green eyes ran up and down my body. His gaze looked appreciative—as if he liked how I looked—so maybe he didn’t think I looked like a school marm. “I guess you could use it for couples who want to sneak off for sex. Maybe reserve it by the half-hour so you can offer it to as many horny couples as possible.”
He spoke with such a deadpan expression that it took me a minute to realize he was joking. When I realized it, the clever humor hit me so hard that I burst into laughter.
His expression changed as he watched me, and I sobered, feeling suddenly self-conscious.
Like he could see me. All of me. Even the parts I didn’t want anyone else to see.
~ Review by Laura ~
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Sebastian Maxwell came from a wealthy family. His father wanted him to take his place at the family’s company but Sebastian had other plans. He joined the Marines. Even that didn’t impress his father. When Sebastian came home he started a security business with some of his marine buddies. With a connection from his father they landed a job working security for an event. There he meets Ali. Their attraction is undeniable but Ali has her own agenda. As they become closer it’s obvious Ali is keeping a secret. Will it tear them apart or bring them closer?
Once I started this book I couldn’t put it down. I just had to know what was going to happen next. Sebastian Maxwell is a hottie! This book has a great story with well written characters. I could feel the attraction between Sebastian and Ali. I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it! I give it 5 books
About Samantha Chase: Contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan’s Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40’s to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.
Her second book, a holiday novella titled “The Christmas Cottage” hit #10 on Amazon’s Best Seller List on Christmas Eve. It was a great Christmas gift! Watching the numbers rise and fall is a daily roller coaster ride but definitely an exciting one! And on February 25th, she released the follow up novella – “Ever After” – available exclusively on Amazon.
When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, blogging, playing way too many games of Scrabble on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 23 years and their two sons in North Carolina.
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I used to think I could be a hero, but one deadly night destroyed that delusion. So I’ve come home defeated. My military career, my best friend, my purpose—all of it is lost.
What I find is her.
She’s my best friend’s sister, and she’s everything I shouldn’t want. She’s on a hopeless quest for answers about her brother’s death, but those are secrets that can never come to light. She’s always been a fighter, and she desperately wants the truth.
I desperately want her.
Someone is trying to kill her now, and she won’t let me keep her safe. I have to do it anyway, even if she doesn’t trust me, even if she hates me for it. A man protects what’s precious to him, whether or not he can ever claim her for his own. So she becomes my purpose.
I’ll become a hero for her.