Series: Billionaire Bachelors Club #3
Published by Avon on January 21st 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy concludes her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series with a fiery romance that refuses to be left at the office…
Bryn James can’t take much more. Smart, sexy Matthew DeLuca is everything she wants in a man, but he’s also her boss—the youngest, hottest vineyard owner in the Napa Valley—and he doesn’t see her as anything more than his shy assistant. That’s all about to change. Armed with a hot new look and an attitude to match, Bryn is determined to catch Matt’s eye… professionalism be damned.
With his winery’s grand reopening approaching, Matt is trying to stay focused, but Bryn is suddenly making it very difficult. He’s always thought her prim demeanor effortlessly sexy, but Matt can’t deny that her transformation is jaw-dropping …and going to make it very difficult to keep his hands to himself.
But when one thing leads to another and suddenly Matt is stripping Bryn bare, he’ll be faced with the biggest risk of his career—and his heart. Can he convince her—and himself—that this might just be more than a no-strings office affair?
“The man is like a drug, and I’m hopelessly addicted. Not only hopelessly, I’m happily addicted.”
Like I have said in my previous reviews these sexy billionaire bachelors are quite addicting. Matthew DeLuca is not an exception. Since being injured on the professional baseball field he is forced to retire and decides to purchase a winery in Napa Valley. He has no experience running this type of business but does that stop him? Nope. He is determined to make this endeavor successful. I admired him for his drive and motivation. Even when there is this distraction lurking right through his door he knows what his priorities were.
Bryn James is Matt’s personal assistant. As much as Matt is attracted to Bryn she too shares those same feelings. But she isn’t the type that goes chasing after a man – especially when that man happens to be her boss. She’s been there and done that and lets just say that the outcomes weren’t that great so she wants to avoid such a relationship as much as possible.
As much as they try to avoid it, their attraction is just too strong to ignore and the inevitable happens. It doesn’t come easy as you might think. There are other forces trying to sensational their relationship and break them apart. Being so new, will they be able to get pass the issues thrown their way?
I enjoyed this story as much as the first two. However, for some reason I felt that this one was a little rushed in the end. In general, I thought the series was cut shorter than expected. For me there is so much more that I want to see happen between all three of the couples.
I have to admit that I am a little sad to see this series end and that may be why I feel this way. All the characters some way or another got their hooks in me and I can’t seem to let them go. What would make me deliriously happy would be if Ms. Murphy decides to write a finale that features one of these couples getting married!
Overall, I liked the entire series and I’m hoping that we get read more. I would mostly recommend this series for those romance readers that have limited reading time. These books are short, sweet and direct to the point but even if they are not as long as your regular stories they do not fail to deliver a sexy, hot and passionate romance.
“Don’t be so cranky. It’s okay to admit you have a thing for Bryn.” Ivy leans forward in her chair, a secretive smile curling her lips. “I have a feeling she has a thing for you too, you know.”
I do know. And I can’t act on it. Bryn James works for me. She’s my assistant. She’s by my side constantly; we spend more time with each other than probably anyone else in our lives, especially lately what with the winery’s grand reopening approaching. She’s a representative of my business. If I were to fuck around with the help and the relationship fell apart, I’d be in huge trouble. She could screw me over financially every which way by suing me for sexual harassment and I’d be left with a limp dick in my hand and a ruined business.
Yeah. Not going to take the chance. Saw it happen with my father. Not going to let it happen to me.
“It doesn’t matter. Nothing can happen.” I send Ivy a stern look. “And this conversation can never leave this office.” Glancing over her shoulder, I try to see if Bryn is at her desk but the chair is empty.
Ivy’s expression goes solemn and she holds up three fingers. “This conversation stays here. Scout’s honor.”
“You were never a scout,” I mutter, afraid she’s making a promise on an untruth. She’ll probably just blab to everyone. Or specifically Archer and Gage. I don’t need to hear their shit.
And I am worrying way too much over this.
She laughs again. “I won’t say a word, I promise. But I need to tell you something, Matt.” She leans in close, her voice dropping. “She’s got a major crush on you. You might not see it but it’s there—sounding in her voice, shining in her eyes, every time she looks at you, talks about you. The way her body turns into yours every time the two of you are together . . . it’s pretty obvious. A body language expert would have a field day with you two.”
Body language expert? What the hell is Ivy talking about? “I have no idea what you’re referring to, but office crushes are just that. Crushes. Harmless attractions no one ever acts on. Period. End of story.”
This is what I keep telling myself. I can’t pursue anything with Bryn, no matter how much I’m tempted to. Not only would it be wildly inappropriate, dating my assistant, but we come from two different worlds. She seems nice and normal, quiet and unobtrusive, and I am anything but. My life has been a circus sideshow for years.
“I get it. You’re trying to do the right thing, and I admire that. So, of course you don’t see anything beyond an efficient assistant in Miss James.”
Well. Ivy’s not too far off the mark. When I first met Bryn, she hardly said two words, kept her head bent when I spoke to her and offered lots of yes–sir and no–sir answers. She had this way of almost blending in with the walls, like she didn’t want anyone to notice her.
So I didn’t.
As we got comfortable working together though, something happened. I’m thinking Ivy had a hand in Bryn’s slow transformation. She actually makes eye contact when she speaks to me, and she’s become somewhat animated. Started to wear bolder colors as well, drawing my attention to her chest though I keep my eyes averted as best I can.
These subtle changes made me notice all of the little things—like the color of her eyes (blue), how her hair looks (like silk and I want to touch it), and the tempting fullness of her lips (they’re spectacular).
Her gaze lingers when she looks at me and sometimes so does mine. Her smile softens, her voice drops lower when she speaks, sparking my imagination. Would she sound like that right before I kissed her? Took off her clothes? Took her to my bed?
Yeah. All of those are dangerous thoughts. I almost prefer the old Miss James. The one who was like the wallpaper—boring and nondescript. Mean to say, but hell, the last thing I need is a distraction.
And she’s become the biggest distraction I’m currently facing. The very last one I need.