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When filmmaker Christian Monroe runs into fiery—and frustrating—Elise Templeton at a party, the night quickly becomes the hottest one-night stand of their lives. But then her boss hires Christian to make a publicity film about Elise, and suddenly they’re in each other’s space. All day. Every day. And things are getting hotter…
Outside the bedroom, the two have nothing in common. Elise is focused solely on becoming the NBA’s first female general manager. And Christian learned long ago that being a work-a-holic—or being with one—is a recipe for disaster.
But the more Elise reveals her deepest desires and fears to Christian—something she’s done for no man, ever—the more Christian wonders how much longer he can keep his hands off the infuriating woman who rocked his world…
Take one young lady determined to succeed in a male dominated profession, add in her father who is also her boss and seems unable to acknowledge her abilities or trust her and than introduce one hot man to whom she is decidedly attracted and you just know there’ll be troubles ahead. This is especially true when the man is equally attracted to her but believes her workaholic nature is a big detriment to any chance for a relationship between the two because of his personal experience!
Elise Templeton’s father owns the Dallas Stampede where she works, hoping to become the first female general manager for the NBA, though she’s not certain her father will promote her to the position when the present incumbent retires. She’s determined to get the job – and to prove it is because of her knowledge and skills, not nepotism. Fed of feeling like she’s banging her head against a brick wall, she hooks up with Christian Monroe at the engagement party for one of the team players and Christian’s twin sister. They have a hot and steamy encounter that neither are likely to forget, their chemistry is explosive but it was only meant to be a one night stand…
However, her father has other ideas, especially after giving her the much sought after promotion. He sets Christian on making a publicity film about Elise and her new role and the two are now working together on a daily basis and familiarity definitely isn’t cooling their attraction to each other! Working so closely together both start to reveal their hidden selves to each other, but as she determines to keep placing her work at the forefront of her life can he resist this workaholic and can she develop a more manageable work/life balance with more room for romance?
Don’t assume this is a straight forward, if somewhat steamy, romance. There are other threads interwoven into the story and I was especially pleased with how the one relating to sexism was handled, raising it and demonstrating its pervasive influence undermining those striving to overcome it even in contemporary situations. It was one of the particular strengths of this novel, woven seamlessly in with others such as forgiveness, fatherhood and caring. This is a great read which addresses some real issues in a realistic manner whilst still being a fun romance to escape into. Although this is the third book in the One on One series, it works well as a standalone.
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for gifting me a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
An Excerpt to whet your appetite to read more of this novel:
“I suppose since I was distracted, you can be forgiven for using the cheesiest pick-up line known to mankind.”
Shifting on the leather seat, she crossed her right leg over her knee. His gaze flickered down briefly to where a slice of her thigh had been revealed, thanks to the split in her dress. She noticed the small flare of heat in his eyes, though quickly banked. What surprised her was the flickering in her body. Lately, she’d been much too busy to think about her physical needs.
“The cheesiest?” He wrinkled his nose. “I’m sure if I thought about it for a second, I could come up with something much cheesier.”
She would not chuckle and encourage him. She didn’t have time for any entanglements. Though getting entangled with this guy, whoever he was, between the sheets would almost certainly be no hardship. It was a battle, but she kept the laughter from spilling out. “I’ll take your word for it.”
He grinned again. “As you should.”
She shook her head and studied him, still trying to place him. One of Brady’s childhood buddies, maybe? Had he come to a game?
His eyes narrowed. “You have no clue who I am, do you?”
Elise winced. Oops. Busted. “What’s the best way to answer that without offending you?”
His lips cracked, revealing even, white teeth. “No worries. I’m Christian Monroe.”
That’s right. Caitlin’s brother. A memory tickled her brain. She had met him once briefly, probably after a game. She must have been too busy with work—the story of her life— at the time to pay much attention to him. Which, if she was being honest with herself, was seriously embarrassing because Christian Monroe had “hard man to forget” written all over him.
He looked good. Exceptionally so. But wasn’t a man in a well-tailored suit always a safe bet to capture a woman’s interest? Lord knew the style revved her engines. But it wasn’t only his clothes that gave him an air of hotness. No, the man was handsome. Confident. Two other things she found damn near irresistible. If for the night only.
She nodded. “Of course. Sorry about that. Nice to see you again.”
“Pleasure’s all mine.”
Good Lord. The man’s voice. Deep and rumbly and everything yes. But no, Christian Monroe was off-limits. No matter how much his full lips, dark slashes of eyebrows, muscular thighs, milk-chocolate eyes, and wide shoulders appealed.
Jamie Wesley has been reading romance novels since she was about 12 when her mother left a romance novel, which a friend had given her, on the nightstand. Jamie read it instead, and the rest is history. She started her first manuscript, a contemporary romance, after she graduated from Northwestern University in 2002 and couldn’t find a job. Life got in the way as it often does, i.e. she found a job, and she didn’t finish the story. However, she never forgot about it and finally got serious about completing it in 2009. She’s been writing ever since. Jamie holds a master’s degree in sport management (yes, that’s a real thing 🙂 ) from the University of Texas at Austin, so it probably comes as no surprise that she loves sports and spends an inordinate amount of time rooting for her hometown Dallas’s pro sports teams and her alma maters. She also adores Walt Disney World, shopping, and pop culture. Want to know if your favorite TV show is going to be canceled or what the newest Disney attraction is? Ask Jamie. She’ll probably know the answer.
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