Jack Gordon is Ann Arbor's most delectable bachelor. At age thirty-five, he's made millions as a top-selling Ann Arbor real estate broker and has the right connections to close a deal by any means necessary. With his rugged good looks and compelling personality, he has a virtual black book most men would kill for and he uses it often, never settling for one woman for very long.
While his D/s past remains buried, exactly where he wants it, an undercurrent of boredom and dissatisfaction runs through his life now. A disastrous experience years earlier made him swear off the whole scene, but the more Jack suppresses his natural Dom, the more his frustration grows.
Sara Thornton, a rookie in the real estate game, has fast-tracked herself to the top of the Ann Arbor market. Her life reflects a disciplined and focused routine, exactly the way she wants it. However, as her career takes off, the fulfillment she seeks remains inexplicably out of reach. The one thing she knows for sure, she will not join the Jack Gordon groupies in her company, no matter how tempting that might seem.
A chance encounter, then a difficult transaction, throw Jack and Sara together and the sparks fly high and hot and often. Forced to confront the compulsions that gain momentum with each sizzling encounter, their relationship seems to spiral out of control until Jack finally admits what he needs, and shows Sara what she's been missing.
Wow, as an introduction to a new series, this one certainly leaves a lasting impression! The world of realty has never seemed so sexy, or emotionally complicated. And this is only the beginning.
Sara Thornton can't catch a break when it comes to romance. After discovering her lover engaged to someone else, she swears off men but fights for over a year her attraction to the very sexy Jack Gordon. Even knowing that he's a player, the connection between them can't be denied. In every other aspect of her life she's incredibly strong and confident, but Jack brings out a different side to her that excites her. He gives her a glimpse of a different kind of life that intrigues her and she's like a kid in a candy store trying to learn all she can and getting more excited by the prospects every minute. She's a very likable character and there were times I became irritated by Jack's shabby treatment of her. I can understand her attraction to him but wished she'd put her foot down, preferably on his head, from time to time. Especially when given the tantalizing temptation of fellow realtor Craig. He's one hot surfer boy and I'm drooling with anticipation for his story to be told!
Jack is a charming character but weighted down with lots of emotional baggage. On the cusp of forty he's still acting like a horny college boy, but once he sees Sara thoughts of settling down start churning in his head. He's been hurt before though when thoughts of settling down entered his head so he's fighting his feelings every step of the way. At times he's hurtful to Sara, but then turns around and does something truly romantic that makes it hard for Sara or the reader to hate him. Seeing him agonize over his moments of idiocy made me sympathetic to him and how damaged his past has made him. He knows he has issues and tries to warn Sara off but at the end of the day he knows he needs her too much no matter how bumpy the road will be for them.
And with this book it's just the beginning of their rollercoaster ride to true happiness. With vivid secondary characters and smokin' hot sexual interludes I was drawn into the emotional maelstrom from the very beginning and felt a sense of satisfaction at the end even knowing that this is truly only the beginning. I'm breathlessly waiting to reenter this world where wheeling and dealing is not only for business and highly invite you to do the same.
My rating for this is a B+
*I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.