As a novella, The Deal is a complete story told at lightning speed. I loved The Truce, the first full-length book in this series, and we’re introduced to Ethan and Avery there so I was intrigued to read their story. This certainly doesn’t disappoint, though it also doesn’t hold a candle to The Truce. Filled with drama and steam, The Deal is much more about how two coworkers can make the transition to lovers than it is about them actually falling in love. The writing is great, the characters are likeable, the steam is incredibly sexy, and while the story does move quickly, it also feels complete.
The Deal follows Ethan, a workaholic whose main focus in life is building his business. With his sister’s wedding coming up, his mother is meddling with his love life so he decides to take a fake date to act as a buffer. He thinks Avery is the perfect person to take because they have a great working relationship and he knows they won’t need to worry about getting attached. But seeing each other outside of work makes these two total opposites realize there might be something more there, and Ethan isn’t sure how to handle that.
Anyone who liked The Truce will love seeing how Ethan and Avery fell for each other, but this can easily be read as a standalone. Chronologically, this story comes first but I consider it more of a bonus to the series so they can be read in either order (and I loved seeing a few of the characters we came to know in The Truce). Steele’s writing style is so easy to read and get lost in that I can’t wait to see what she writes next. There are plenty of stories to be told in this series and I’m hoping we’ll get many more.
A steamy, standalone, fake relationship/friends to lovers romance novella.
I’ve worked at Barrett London for some time now, and if there’s one thing I know about the CEO, Ethan Barrett; it’s that he’s a complete workaholic and obsessively organised.
When he comes to me with a proposal to pretend to be his girlfriend for a weekend, I take the deal but I wasn’t expecting sparks to fly. When he suggests we see where our attraction takes us, I can’t help but wonder, can I really settle for always being second to his work? Or do I deserve more than that?
I built Barrett London from the ground up. It’s been my life from day one, and I never let anything get between me and it.
I need a date for my sister’s wedding, otherwise I risk my mother trying to set me up with some vapid socialite, so I make a deal with my employee, Avery Jenkins. She’s my opposite in every way—messy and disorganised—so I know there’s no chance of feelings developing. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Can I let go of some of my control in order to put her first? Or am I willing to lose the only woman who has ever managed to get under my skin?
About the Author:
Becca Steele is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling romance author. She currently lives in the south of England with her husband, two kids, and a whole horde of characters that reside inside her head.
When she’s not writing, you can find her reading or watching Netflix, usually with a glass of wine in hand. Failing that, she’ll be online hunting for memes, or wasting time making her 500th Spotify playlist.
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