Sebastian Bennett is a determined man. It’s the secret behind the business empire he built from scratch. Under his rule, Bennett Enterprises dominates the jewelry industry. Despite being ruthless in his work, family comes first for him, and he’d do anything for his parents and eight siblings—even if they drive him crazy sometimes. . . like when they keep nagging him to get married already.
Sebastian doesn’t believe in love, until he brings in external marketing consultant Ava to oversee the next collection launch. She’s beautiful, funny, and just as stubborn as he is. Not only is he obsessed with her delicious curves, but he also finds himself willing to do anything to make her smile.
He’s determined to have Ava, even if she’s completely off limits.
Ava Lindt has one job to do at Bennett Enterprises: make the next collection launch unforgettable. Daydreaming about the hot CEO is definitely not on her to-do list. Neither is doing said CEO. The consultancy she works for has a strict policy—no fraternizing with clients. She won’t risk her job. Besides, Ava knows better than to trust men with her heart.
But their sizzling chemistry spirals into a deep connection that takes both of them by surprise.
Sebastian blows through her defenses one sweet kiss and sinful touch at a time. When Ava’s time as a consultant in his company comes to an end, will
Sebastian fight for the woman he loves or will he end up losing her?
While Layla Hagen’s book, Withering Hope, remains my favorite book by her, I really enjoyed this fast paced, sexy read as well! Once I started reading, it went by fast for me!
The cover is what first caught my eye, and after reading Sebastian and Ava’s story, the cover really does illustrate the relationship between the two of them. Ava is hired by Sebastian as a marketing consultant, and sparks fly the first time the two of them set eyes on each other. But, Ava has a strict policy of sleeping or dating with anyone she works with, and she will be fired if her boss were to ever find out she did. It’s never been that hard for her to adhere to the rules until she meets the sexy Sebastian. The two spend time together, and a friendship, one fraught with hot sexual tension, develops. But, their feelings for one another become harder to ignore. I loved the chemistry between them from their very first meeting, and I loved the way Layla Hagen strung us along until the moment they finally give into their desires.
Sebastian isn’t the average sexy, alpha billionaire that is typical in other books in the genre. He doesn’t jump from woman to woman or bed to bed. Actually, he’s pretty much perfect! He’s strong, bossy, sexy, and has a naughty mouth, which I loved! But, underneath all that sexiness is a man with a heart of gold. He’s looking for a woman who sees him…not his money or success, and Ava is that woman. She’s beautiful, yet very down to earth and normal. She’s the girl you want to have as a friend. She sees past Sebastian’s public image and sees the real man. I like that she’s strong, intelligent, and a success in her own right. In other words, the two of them are perfect for each other.
I also loved Sebastian’s family, and he comes from a large family. They are incredibly rich, but they never lost themselves and their values even when they reached the top rung on their ladder to success. Readers who like their books with hot sex, sweet romance, and love of family, will really enjoy this one. Can’t wait to read the second in the series.
I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later. I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world. And I drink coffee. Lots of it.