Book Two in The Executive Decision erotic romance trilogy by Grace Marshall.
Tess Delaney is the hottest property in romantic fiction, but the reclusive Tess has a secret – she’s really the alter ego of Garrett Thorne, bad boy brother of business tycoon Ellison Thorne. When Tess is nominated for the Golden Kiss Award, Garrett recruits PR specialist, Kendra Davis, to keep his secret and be Tess for the awards despite their mutual animosity.
Hatred turns to scorching passion, but when Tess is stalked by a rabid fan, an identity crisis is eclipsed by a battle for survival. It seems Tess, the woman who doesn’t exist, just might understand Kendra and Garrett’s hearts better than they do.
‘Excuse me.’ The man sidled in next to Kendra at the bar all casual-like. ‘I couldn’t help noticing you sitting here all by yourself, and I was wondering if I could I buy you a drink?’
Kendra lifted her barely touched rum and Diet Pepsi. ‘Thanks, but I already have one,’ she said without looking up from her novel. ‘And I’m not alone.’ She nodded down to her Kindle. She was just getting to the good part. All she wanted the man to do was go away and leave her alone.
Honestly, she was so engrossed in her novel that she thought he’d done just that until he cleared his throat loudly and sat down on the stool next to her. ‘So, whatcha reading that has you so enthralled?’
‘Tess Delaney’s latest, Learning the Business.’ She kept reading. Surely eventually he’d figure out she didn’t want to be disturbed. There was a time it would have embarrassed her to say that she was reading a romance novel, but now she didn’t think too much about it, not when it was a Tess Delaney novel.
But apparently the man wasn’t very bright. He scooted slightly closer, as though he might read over her shoulder. ‘It must be really good. I mean, this is the Boiling Point. Most people don’t come here to read.’
She heaved an irritated sigh and closed her Kindle. ‘Yes the book’s very good. Tess Delaney’s best so far. And no, most people don’t come here to read.’ She downed her drink in one go and jammed the Kindle into her bag, making no efforts to hide her irritation. It barely registered as she slid off the stool and headed out the door past the mountain-sized bouncer that the man hadn’t been bad looking. He was in a nice suit like he’d just come from some office somewhere, and if it wasn’t for Tess Delaney, Kendra probably could have had him in the park on that little secluded bench behind the shrubbery if she’d wanted to. That would have been a nice kinky beginning to the weekend. That was what she’d come to the Boiling Point for, wasn’t it? She figured she’d dance a little, flirt a little and, with a little luck, get nicely laid. She hadn’t done that in a while. Was she losing her touch?
She cursed under her breath. Whoever this reclusive Tess Delaney was, her novels were ruining Kendra’s sex life with her damn romance and love and not settling for just having a tumble and a handshake. What the hell was the matter with her? A fantasy, that’s all it was, just a fantasy. Nobody really got a happy ever after!
“I can honestly say that this book is totally thought out and original. I’ve never heard of a plot like this before and major kudos to Miss Kay for writing it out so well! It was a sure page turner that kept me reading until the final page. The main female characters Anya and Clara both had incredible detailed history/back-story making this story far more interesting. Their hard boss/master Mark puts them through unbearable tasks to fulfill his own fantasies… but they pass with flying colors.”
Secret identities, enemies turned to lovers and an obsessed stalker – a must read. Ms. Marshall is a new to me author. The blurb of this book immediately caught my attention. This trope while rare, is one I’ve come across before. This one is by far the best one I’ve read. A man writing romance under a female’s pen name is delightful. Garrett Thorne easily keeps up the facade of a wastrel riding his successful brother’s coat tails. It keeps him hidden, gives him space to observer others and writing hot desirable romance stories. Surprisingly, Garrett is a romantic looking for his own happily ever after.
It’s a well written story which keeps a reader’s attention from beginning to end. This romantic suspense novel is recommended to hopeless romantics who know love triumphs over all.
Grace Marshall is the pen name of best-selling erotic author KD Grace.
Her titles include, The Initiation of Ms Holly, which has been favourably compated to Fifty Shades of Grey, The Pet Shop, and the paranormal erotic novel, Body Temperature and Rising, the first book of her Lakeland Heatwave trilogy.
When she’s not writing, K D is veg gardening or walking. She walks her stories, and she’s serious about it. She and her husband recently walked the Coast to Coast route across England. For her, inspiration is directly proportionate to how quickly she wears out a pair of walking boots.
11th April 2013 9:23AM
Absolutely love love loved it, it was even better that An Executive Decision - if that's possible, it had everything, 'edge' of your seat suspense, super hot sex scenes and Garrett ooohhh I love him such a good twist on the usual run of the mill erotic romance novels, Kendra and Garrett's story was just beautiful!!!! cannot wait for part 3 to come out :)