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Friday, May 31, 2013

Review: Executive Sweet by Sage Ardman

Format: .mobi (provided by author in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: May 30, 2013

Kay Samson is fresh out of business school and has a job as a junior executive—or so she thinks. But the job turns out to be something else: a bizarre game of erotic high-finance business deals. Although it starts off innocently, with just a little teasing, the game draws her in deeper with each new deal, and thrills her more than she could ever imagine. Who would have thought that her brains and her beauty could work together so powerfully?

Kay’s partner in this game is Dan Avery, the handsome CEO of the company. The two of them might seem like a perfect match, but neither wants to get romantically involved. Dan has a history of bad relationships, and refuses to wreck the game by having another bitter breakup. Kay is wary of men, who always lust for her looks and never care about what’s inside. Besides, they’re both having too much fun manipulating unsuspecting businessmen.

But with all the sexually-charged business deals going on, how long can they keep the game going and stay out of trouble?

First time romance author Sage Ardman manages to make the ordinarily dull sounding business world fun, dangerous and sexy. Who knew it could be done right? The two lead characters are serious about their work but not so serious about the romance budding between them.

Dan Avery and Kay Samson are an ideal couple even if they don't realize it. They're both intelligent, driven and fiercely independent. They compliment each other without trying to and work well as a team... of con artists.

Yes, the hero and heroine of this book are con artists out to settle the score with unscrupulous buisnessmen by hitting them where it hurts, their money belts. Because who hasn't imagined doing just that right?

Executive Sweet is a series of Cat-and-Mouse games that can keep readers on the edge of their seats wondering if and when Dan and Kay will be caught, and of course, when will they realize they're fast falling for each other.

While Dan is the hot shot boss in the book, it's Kay that really steals the show. She's beautiful, she knows it and she's not afraid to use how men see her to her advantage. However, Kay never makes the reader feel like she's rubbing her beauty in their faces, more like she's owning up to it and not trying to present a sense of false modesty. It was also great to see a female character who could match and in some cases, outsmart men who were both powerful and rich.

The supporting cast of characters, many of whom know what Dan and Kay are up to (which in my opinion wasn't very smart, I mean, people can be bought you know) are silly, fun and sometimes a great diversion from the seriousness of the game.

With each successful con, the suspense builds and builds while also making readers feel like they're along for the ride, the thrill of the game but the uncertainty of the outcome plagues not only the characters but the readers as well.

Executive Sweet is an interesting read, definitely the first con-artist romance I've read, so if you're looking for a different setting for a contemporary romance, then give this one a try.


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1 comment:

  1. Great review! I haven't heard of this one or this style of contemporary, I just might have to give it a shot. Hope you are enjoying your week so far.


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