Easy, light, and sexy – I devoured this with no trouble! While I enjoyed the first book in this series of interconnected standalones, I liked this one a whole lot more. I was intrigued by the relationship dynamics from the first few pages, and it continued to keep me on my toes the whole way through. Since this hero has been clear that he never spends more than one night with a woman, our heroine is relieved that their drunken night together is sure to keep him away – because she’s not sure she’d be able to resist falling for him otherwise. Except… that’s not quite how things go for these two, and it was fun to watch this commitment-phobic hero fall head over heels before he even knows it’s happening. Add in plenty of spice, just enough family moments to tie the series together, and a playful feel, and this was easy to binge in one sitting.
The story follows Sophie and Liam, two people who wake up together after celebrating a little too hard. While Sophie is attracted to Liam, he’s been clear that he is not a relationship guy. So Sophie is almost grateful that they spent the night together, because she doesn’t have to worry about him chasing her any longer. Liam also lives out of town, so Sophie will not have to see her best friend’s brother-in-law anytime soon. Unfortunately, that all changes when Liam relocates, and he’s suddenly back in Sophie’s life in a big way. He also doesn’t seem to be running scared, and doesn’t seem deterred that they’ve already slept together. Sophie may be off-limits in a variety of ways, but Liam can’t seem to make himself stay away. As the two spend more time together, they forge a tentative friendship with the undercurrent of more… after all, what’s a little pleasure between friends?
I was a little nervous going into this one, because no strings/friends with benefits relationships are not favorites of mine, so I was pleasantly surprised that this didn’t have that kind of vibe for the most part. Liam is the kind of sweet, smitten playboy who is easy to fall for; he’s out of his element and trying to figure out how to move forward. I also liked the surprises along the way (no surprise babies, don’t worry!), and how they changed the situation between them. This was both tropey fun and also a little unpredictable, which made it perfect for bingeing. It never delves too deep and stays light and sexy the whole way through, which was exactly what I was in the mood for. I also liked that we got some more family moments (but not an overwhelming number of them) to tie the series together and get me excited about future installments featuring Liam’s other brothers. All in all, this was just the kind of rom com I was hoping for, so I’m happy to round up to 5 stars.
Never tell a lie. Especially not to a cocky CEO who knows exactly how to seduce you. They always come back to bite.
I should have remembered that before I spent the night with Liam Salinger.
In my defense, he’s stupidly attractive and knows it. He also willingly admitted to me that he never sleeps with the same woman twice.
So I shouldn’t feel too bad about lying to him the next morning. We can forget about each other and get on with our lives, right?
We’ve both been chosen as godparents to my best friend’s gorgeous newborn. Which means we’ll be spending a lot of time together, much to our mutual disgust.
And yes, he looks great cradling a tiny baby against his expensively attired chest. Plus he’s funny, irreverent, and weirdly protective toward me.
But I’m not going to fall for his charm. Not a second time.
I just have to keep telling myself that.
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One office. Two enemies. And a secret he cannot find out…
You know that post-vacation glow? Where you’re all sun-kissed and optimistic and determined to make changes in your life?
Well, mine lasted for about five minutes. Until I walked into the office and saw Myles Salinger sitting in my boss’s chair.
One look at his scowling face was enough to make me want to fly straight back to Europe. And no, he’s not getting any of the donuts I brought in for the team. He doesn’t deserve them.
You see, on paper he’s my contemporary. But in reality he’s been my workplace nemesis for the last two years.
Lucky for us we’re usually separated by five hundred miles.
But now he’s here in my face, throwing his impressive weight around and driving everybody crazy with his demands.
Good thing he doesn’t know the big decision I made while I was away.
That I’m going to try for a baby. Alone.
If he ever finds out he’ll never let me hear the end of it.
So let’s keep it between us. Okay?
Strictly Business is a steamy enemies-to-lovers romance. Expect some hot scenes, a little cussing and two characters whose heads you’d love to bang together…
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About the Author:
Carrie Elks writes contemporary romance with a sizzling edge. Her first book, Fix You, has been translated into eight languages and made a surprise appearance on Big Brother in Brazil. Luckily for her, it wasn’t voted out. Carrie lives with her husband, two lovely children and a larger-than-life black pug called Plato. When she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found baking, drinking an occasional (!) glass of wine, or chatting on social media.
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