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Xavier Gaines and Peyton Smoke knew each other in high school. He was the out of shape geek with big glasses and an even bigger mind. She was the captain of the cheerleaders, beautiful, and loved by all.....including Xavier, who tutored her in math.
Xavier is now one of the youngest member of the Fortune 500, owner of Gaines Industries, "most eligible bachelor" according to People and called "Deep Freeze" behind his back by his employees. He is negotiating for government contracts and needs a makeover. "Business he could do. Being social not so much." He knows just who he needs to talk to.
Peyton Smoke is the PR director for a local politician, and he wants to reach higher. Peyton is ready for a change and was surprised with Xavier's call. After meeting, exchanging old memories, and negotiating, she is convinced she wants the job, on the condition she does it her way. Xavier is open to anything she can do.
Two years later as the story picks up, she smoothly handles his business, and knows everyone's names and personal story. Xavier is under her spell, and can even see the changes in himself. He knows Peyton lost her brother in Iraq, and her fiancé committed suicide not long after his return. He wants to take things deeper, but is afraid to ruin the wonderful relationship they have. Peyton is equally attracted but afraid to love again. This journey for them, past friendship and their working relationship, is a slow, sizzling romantic climb. The characters add so much to the story, and it even has a little teasing intrigue.
This novel makes you laugh, fall in love with Xavier and Peyton and the sweet, sometimes tortuous search for their HEA. This is a stand alone novel, but all Ms. Moran's works are great reads.
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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the author/publisher.
*Note: The quotes used belong to Kelly Moran; TBQ's Book Palace does not claim them. Any mistakes or typos in the quotes are my own fault.
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Thanks for the review, Pat! This sounds like a great read. :)
Until Next Time,
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