Thomas Jones has come to Vegas to win yet another account for his marketing company. But when he sits across from beautiful and sensual Brianna Faulk to deliver his pitch, his desire to leave Vegas as quickly as possible is replaced by the need to get close to her. Yet she resists his
Brianna knows a date with Thomas could jeopardize her job, but he’s so maddening and insistent, she has a hard time denying him just one date. But that’s all it can be: one date. Because she has to protect her job and her secrets, even if it means giving up a chance at a life she never thought she’d have again.
Second in the Take a Chance series, I never thought this book would impress me as much as it did. I had already read some of Diane Alberts’ books and they never “touched” me. However, this one did.
Marketing executive Thomas Jones hates Vegas. He’d volunteered for the company business trips to the city when his sister lived there, but now that Erica lives with her husband in California, he is still stuck with them.
Thomas’ job is in jeopardy in the business meeting he has with Brianna Faulk. He needs to convince her to trust his company with her Golden Hand Casino’s marketing budget and brand image. What he never expected is to discover that the spitfire he meets just before the meeting is Brianna. During the meeting, Thomas explains to Brianna his thoughts and ideas. He suggests she should advertise the hotel more than the casino because there are plenty of casinos already, but her hotel is close to the airport.
You need to market what tired airline travelers want: a room to sleep in, a place within walking distance with food that doesn’t taste like airport fare, and a bar with the best cocktails this side of the runway. Position the restaurant with a terrace view of the casino poor, put slots in the bar, and you’ll have them hook, line, and sinker. I wouldn’t be surprised if people start missing their fights.
However, Thomas doesn’t want just the account, he is determined to win Brianna too.
“I want this account. And I want you.”
She swallowed. Her throat was as dry as the desert. “You can’t have us both.”
“We shall see.”
When they end up having sex, Brianna runs from him. Thomas awakened feelings in her she thought long dead, along with her husband. She doesn’t know how to handle him, especially when he comes looking for more. She thinks that the sex they had was just a way for Thomas to win the account and nothing more. She stills feels like the chubby, insecure little girl she once was.
Eight years ago, Thomas’ marriage ended because of his wife’s affair, so when he sees Brianna’s wedding picture he is devastated. He knew she was hiding something, and now he’s sure Brianna was hiding a husband. What he doesn’t know is that she is a widow, with three kids at home. When Thomas discovers the truth, Brianna is sure that he will move away, so she simplifies her situation to make a clean break.
I’m thirty-two and a single mom with a lot of baggage. Zach’s thirteen and miserable. Katelyn’s six and thinks she’s twenty. Cody is eight, lives in his own world, and thinks Transformers are real.
But Thomas doesn’t leave her and he wins over her children: first Katelyn, then Cody and then Zach. And with them, their mother’s heart.
I loved the story! It went straight to my heart!!! Thomas has been hurt so badly he never dated in the eight years since his marriage ended. Still, Brianna got to him and there was nothing to dissuade him from pursuing her, not even discovering she is a widow, not even discovering she has three children (although he is terrified of doing something wrong while being with the little ones).
He never really envisioned himself with kids. Never even pictured a family of his own. And the idea of dating someone with kids had never even crossed his mind. He never would have considered getting involved with a woman who had children. He didn’t know how to talk to children. How to make them like him.
But this was Brianna. The idea of walking away and never getting to kiss her lips again clawed at his insides like some hidden monster, refusing to let go.
Kids or not, he wanted to be with her. Wanted to explore the new feelings she brought out in him.
Brianna lost a husband she loved and now, with three children, she doesn’t believe Thomas could want something serious with her. He gets her to commit to two weeks to see if their relationship has a future, and those days are heaven and hell for her … her love for him deepening with every new day. But her fear of losing him grows more intensely with every passing day, too.
We don’t have just awesome main characters, but also some lines full of humor that will prevent you quitting the book once you’ve started.
“What are you doing?”
“Touching you.” He raised her hand to his lips and pressed a kiss to her palm. “It’s something humans do to express interest in someone. You’ve heard of humans, I assume.”
“I’ve also heard of slimy snakes.”
“I left my snake oil in my briefcase.”
“I still intend to use your shoes to bribe you into another date with me. A real one. We’ll actually end up somewhere other than my room.”
Amusement glittered in her eyes. “Those are six hundred dollar shoes. If I don’t get those back, I’ll castrate you.”
And romance, too.
Their relationship might have started because of mind-blowing sex, but now it was more. He couldn’t do this halfway.
Before when they had sex, it was exactly that. Hot, sweaty sex. But now he had a feeling everything would be different. For the first time since Nicole, sex had a new meaning for him. It had emotion. And depth. Once he got his hands on her, he’d never let go. He ached to lose himself in her. Have her. Consume her. Love her. And he wouldn’t touch her unless he could have all of those things. Unless he could have all of her.
Because he already loved her. He knew that now, and even better? He wasn’t scared of it. Or of her. Without Brianna, his life would feel like a shell. Like he was going through the motions.
5 very deserved couples.
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Source : Publisher Request
Released : May 13th 2013