Author: Ahren Sanders
Genre: Adult, Romance
Release Date: February 5, 2015
(ok, so normally this is a small picture that goes next to the synopsis… but with this man… I had to go big so I could look at him a bit longer… *sigh*)
Bright. Dedicated. Loyal.
The day I walked into his boardroom, I had no idea my life was about to change forever. It was supposed to be a simple proposal that would catapult my career. The chance to help Hurst & McCoy save one of their flailing business lines seemed simple enough. However, I never expected that one look at Maxwell McCoy would have me grasping for control. He’s demanding, charming, powerful; most of all he’s beautiful, inside and out. As hard as I fought against the attraction, he broke down my defenses. But he’s hiding things. Even when secrets, lies, and greed threaten everything I have worked so hard for, I couldn’t walk away. There’s no denying, the moment my eyes landed on Maxwell McCoy was the moment I became his.
Rich. Brilliant. Powerful.
People only see me as CEO of Hurst & McCoy. The ruthless businessman whose mere presence demands respect. People don’t know I chose to leave a life I loved in order to protect my father’s legacy and reputation. When my company’s future was threatened, I had no choice but to seek assistance. The day Stella Sullivan walked into my boardroom was the day my heart started beating again. One business proposal, from the topaz-eyed beauty, changed my life. She tried to deny our unyielding chemistry, but I wouldn’t. I should let her go, but I didn’t.
The smokescreen I created soon comes crashing down, forcing me to fight for everything I love.
First let me start by saying, that promo was strategically placed to maximize it’s effectiveness on me while I wrote this review… Those eyes and abs… get me every time… Right… maybe that was a bad place to post that… I have lost my train of thought (*wink*).
SO… this book…
Ahren Sanders–I ADORE YOU! Truly, this is a fabulously written book with great characters and a female lead who has this incredible strength and softness to her. She holds a lot of cards without even knowing how special she really is. She sees something in making a bid for a client that she knows is completely unobtainable and yet, she doesn’t back down. She knows if given the chance, she can do amazing things for this company… oh but that’s a big if. She has to get the contract first. But the first step is walking into that boardroom to present her ideas.
Immediately dismissed by one, the other saw great potential. In fact, I think Max saw a lot more than potential in Stella. But it is more than her ideas that have Max intrigued. He see something in her that he just can’t resist. He likes her ideas to help his company that is in trouble, but how long can he pretend there is no chemistry when they shook hands? How long can he pretend this is just another business deal to handle?
Oh Stella… you have your hands full with this one. Max just hired you to pull of a big PR move… do you think you can handle the pressure? Do you think you can handle Max? Not talking anything away from your brilliant ideas, but how you manage to get anything accomplished with Max so close is beyond me.
There is so much I want to say about things that happen in this book that I just can’t. I don’t want ANY spoilers to fall in my review. But this book truly defines strength. It is not conventional, it is not the norm, but Stella has it and if Max is beside her through it, he will make sure she never loses it. I think Max would rather lose his business than watch Stella’s fall apart.
These two heat up the pages and the fire burns through the entire book. It is a beautiful romance but more than the chemistry and passion between these two main characters, I was blown away by the strength and courage of them both. Fighting for everything without sacrificing their integrity. That is what makes them so powerful together.
The secondary characters just made me laugh, made me cringe and Max should have fired half the damn company that he worked with. But Stella’s best friend and her very unfiltered mouth just had me in hysterics. She was hilarious and one of a kind, but more than that she was an amazing friend who would stop at nothing to help her Stella Bella! The extended family that Stella had just touched me. They wrapped their love around Stella and help to protect her and love her when everything seemed to be going wrong.
Ahren Sanders is a talented writer, there is no disputing that. This is not her first book, but this book is a treasure. It has the steam, the romance, the passion, the intrigue and the suspense. I was up all hours of the night reading it and it was worth it to be barely functioning in the office the next day! I love Ahren’s writing style and her books grab me more and more with each page turned. You can’t help but be swept away in the story line and when the book finally ends, you will wish you were able to read it again for the first time. I know I will be revisiting this book and Max very soon…
Stella groans lightly and rolls over. I’ve been watching her from my desk for half an hour, trying not to wake her. But as soon as she realizes my side of the bed is empty, she sits up dazed. Her head turns toward the bathroom and then turns to me.
“What are you doing?” she asks sleepily.
“Working a bit.”
“What time is it?”
“A little after seven.”
“Why the hell are you up? Do you ever sleep?” She falls back onto my bed and the sheets slip down her naked body.
I jump to my feet and make my way to her side of the bed in a second. “Yeah, I slept, then I worked out, showered, and decided to work until you woke up.”
“You worked out? Showered? What the hell is wrong with you? I thought we weren’t going anywhere this morning.”
She throws an arm over her eyes and I take the opportunity to kiss the skin up to her elbow, then pull her arm down so she has no choice but to look at me.
“I didn’t go anywhere. I have a home gym down the hall. I showered because I was gross, and we are staying here this morning. We have a meeting at ten, but until then, it’s us.”
“You have a home gym? Where?”
“Yeah, babe, there’s about two thousand square feet you’ve not seen yet. Two more rooms and a gym.”
“Babe, you’ve only been here a few times, I haven’t had time to show you.”
“This is a whole lot of information for me this early, without coffee. Remember I’m not a morning person.”
“So you keep saying, but I love proving you wrong.” I kiss her softly and slide my hand under the sheets and down until it reaches her pelvic bone.
My fingertips run lightly back and forth from hipbone to hipbone until her breath catches. Every time I hear that small sound, I know she’s getting turned on. Then my hand slinks lower to her slick heat and I press one finger in, sliding her wetness back and forth. “You are the best morning person I know.”
“That’s because you give me orgasms before my coffee.”
Ahren spent her formative years living in an active volcano. There her family made collectible lava art. She studied rock collecting at the Sorbonne in France. There she met the love of her life-her pet pig Sybil. She returned to the states and started writing. She is happily married to a guy who used to live under a bridge and she met while pole-dancing. They have one amazing daughter.
Now, meet the real me. I grew up in the south and consider myself a true “Southerner”. Most of the special locations mentioned in my books are reflections of my favorite places. Living on the Florida coast, my family spends a lot time at the beach which is where I usually can be found with a book in my hand. I started writing my Surrender Series, in the spring of 2013 and have received incredible support from the Indie community. Throughout this year, I have been privileged to meet some amazing people that I am thankful to have in my life.