Taken by the CEO
by Stefanie London
The Scandalous Wentworths #1
Publication Date: March 13, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: indulgence, Contemporary, Romance
It was only supposed to be a little white lie. When Emmaline Greene pretends to be Sarah, the confident, sexy woman she wishes she could be, she figures no harm, no foul. Her one-night stand will never find out. Wrong. The gorgeous guy she slept with isn’t just amazing in bed…he’s also her new boss.
Parker Wentworth has a lot to prove. He’s just been appointed CEO of his family’s company and is tasked with repairing its scandalous reputation. He can’t afford any distractions or complications. Too bad the attractive blonde he takes to bed turns out to be both. So why can’t he forget the incredible night they spent together and move on?
And why does he have this need to know the real Emmaline?
Emmaline swallowed, her pulse fluttering with anticipation. “That was kind of you to send them all home.”
“Kind?” His lips lifted, a wicked smile appearing and sending her mind into a spin. “It was downright selfish.”
“How else am I going to tempt you into making bad decisions unless we’re alone?” His voice was husky, teasing.
Well, that answered her question from earlier. “Didn’t I say that I wasn’t interested?”
His confidence annoyed her. Never mind that his words were whipping her into a frenzy. How was it possible that the one thing she kept telling herself to avoid was the very thing that got her heart racing like a thoroughbred? His assumptions should have been a turnoff.
But they were the total opposite.
“You did.” His hands came to the silk knotted at his neck. “But then you walked into my office wearing those shoes.”
Emmaline shifted her weight. “I like pretty shoes.”
“I like them, too.” He pulled the tie loose.
The deep crimson silk gleamed. He didn’t wear fancily decorated ties like a lot of other men in the office—this wasn’t an accessory that chased trends, that sought to be head of the fashion pack. Like Parker, there was an elegance and power in its lack of bells and whistles.
“What if I didn’t wear them for you?” Her mouth was suddenly dry as thunderclouds passed over his face, but the urge to bait him tugged at her. She would never have spoken to her ex like this, would never have needled at him to chase her, to hunt her. “I might have a hot date after we finish up.”
Satisfaction coiled inside her as he stalked across the office, tie in hand. Two could play at his game.
“You won’t have a date,” he said.
“And why is that?” she asked, folding her arms across her chest. She wanted him, there was no doubt about that, but that didn’t mean she’d let him push her around and tell her what she could and couldn’t do.
No one controls you anymore.
“Because you won’t be able to walk properly after we’re finished.” He was in front of her, trapping her between his broad chest and the expensive office door. She couldn’t take her eyes off the tie, that red—so rich and bold, like blood. “You’re not leaving this office until your knees have given out.”
“Then how will I leave if I can’t walk?” she asked tartly, because that was the only way she could respond without melting at his feet.
“I’ll throw you over my shoulder if I have to.”
There was something seriously wrong with her. This caveman talk should have fired off every warning signal in her body. It should have made her recoil, reconsider her desires. It should have made her want to kick off those ridiculous heels and run out of his office as fast as she could.
But it didn’t.
Stefanie London does it again. I enjoyed the heck out of this book! The premise has been done a million times, so of course the characters have to steal the show or it would just be another oops, I had a one-night stand with by boss and didn’t know it story. Well, Emmaline Greene and Parker Wentworth not only stole the show with their banter and heart, but also with their growth.
Emmaline wants to start fresh. She wants a personality make-over. Her past has made her hit bottom and she’s had enough. People are gonna start to take notice, even if she has to pretend to be someone else 🙂 Being someone else gives her the confidence she needs to step outside her comfort zone. Cue the dreamy Parker Wentworth. *happy sigh* Now Parker has got himself some baggage as well. He’s a newly appointed CEO to his family’s business, which has scandal running amok! He’s going to change that. He’s done with the reputation the company has. He’s gonna turn it all around …..
Bwaahahahhaha, as you can read in the blurb, Parker is starting out on a stellar note 🙂
It is phenomenal how this story unfolded and how both Emmaline and Parker grew thru it all. Of course their journey began a bit rough around the edges (lol) but it turned into a humorous, heart-warming journey that will make you smile all the way thru 🙂
Copy provided for blog tour review
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ABOUT STEFANIE LONDON
Originally from Melbourne, Australia Stefanie now lives in Toronto, Canada with her wonderful husband. She loves to read, collect lipsticks, watch zombie movies and drink coffee.
Her bestselling book,Pretend It’s Love, is a 2016 Romantic Book of the Year finalist with the Romance Writers of Australia.
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