- Wild Rose Press
- Release Date
- February 2011
They both want the same thing – St. Eden Studios.
Corporate raider Yvette Giardino intends to bring St. Eden Studios to its knees. It's a job. One her grandmother's health depends on. That Adam St. Eden will suffer isn't personal. Until he awakens her sympathy and stirs her body in ways she can't explain.
Adam wants one thing and one thing only – to protect the dream his grandfather began. But when the board demands he work with stunning Yvette, a woman he'd mistakenly indulged with in a little after-hours play, his world turns upside down. Missed meetings, unhappy clients, and nights of intense pleasure – he can blame one person. Yvette.
With his corporation crumbling around him, can Adam rise above the fallout and see his sexy temptress for what she really is – a victim of manipulation and a woman who desperately needs his love?
Mar 16, 2011 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
117 people found the following review helpful
TEMPTING ADAM is a 164-page novella that is as unpredictable as the town it's set within--Hollywood. There is nothing calm or mundane about this story. The characters are intense, the plot is interesting and the writing is imaginative.
I know there are going to be loads of people who will really enjoy this book. There were quite a few parts that had me fully engrossed. That being said, overall, for a reason I can't seem to pinpoint, I just wasn't engaged.
Yvette is a corporate raider known as The Shark. She's been hired to discredit Adam St. Eden and bring his movie company to its knees, making it ripe for her employer to disassemble and sell off. At first, the task seems easy enough. The file she put together on Adam shows a playboy living off daddy's money, and now thanks to daddy's passing, the pretty boy finds himself in charge of one of the movie industry powerhouses. He doesn't deserve to be CEO.
With her employer working behind the scenes, Yvette becomes Adam's personal assistant at the demand of the company's board of directors. Working within such close proximity allows Yvette to do a little sabotage to move the process along. What she doesn't count on is Adam actually being a nice guy. He may be in over his head, but he has a good heart and pure motives in taking over his father's company.
The two end up making a connection, but Yvette's financial needs and her employer's refusal to allow Yvette to back down mean Yvette must follow along a path that for the first time has her questioning her life's choices.
I found Yvette to be pretty heartless for most of the book. She has no morals or ethics and it was hard to want love for the kind of person who made a career out of taking down CEOs and selling off their companies. By the time this Tin Man found her pulse it was too late for me.
I thought Adam had no business running the company. He is hot tempered when calm is needed and the fact that she can trip him up so easily doesn't bode well for a man in his position. Nothing that happened during the story changed that for me. I kept thinking that he'd realize he needed Yvette's know-how and ask her to be his partner, but that never even crossed his mind.
There were two really wonderful parts of the book. One was between Yvette and Adam as he comes to see her as more than just someone he'd like to have a temporary relationship with, and the other was the really Hollywood-worthy ending to the corporate scandal. The end I expected occurred about 80% into the book. So not really an ending at all. What played out after that surprised and delighted me. I will say that the clever way the author executed the ending and did what was unexpected made me glad I hung in there for the payoff. Now, the ending between the two lovers seemed a little farfetched. But hey, we are talking Hollywood here. Realism isn't the name of their game.
If you like the suspense-filled romance, corporate espionage and the undeserving getting their cake too, this is one to check out. Enjoy!
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