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Irresistible Forces (Forged of Steele) [Kindle Edition]

Brenda Jackson
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One week of mind-blowing sex on a beautiful Caribbean island. Of all the business proposals financial tycoon Dominic Saxon has heard, Taylor Steele's is definitely the most tempting. All Taylor wants in return is for Dominic to father her baby. No strings, no commitments…just a mutually satisfying arrangement. Make that very satisfying. For a man with no intention of marrying again, it sounds ideal.

Taylor wants a baby, not a relationship. And sexy, intelligent Dominic seems like a man with perfect genes. Turns out, Dominic has perfect everything. Their "procreation vacation" is a whirlwind of sensual ecstasy. But when it's over, will either of them be able to say goodbye?



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Ababy.

Taylor Steele's heart began beating rapidly the way it always did whenever she thought about her most ardent desire. A mixture of relief and anticipation soared through her upon realizing that she was about to embark upon a phase in her life that she had been looking forward to for a long time.

Motherhood.

She leaned back in the chair behind her desk and stared out the window while tapping her fingertips against her bottom lip. For the first time she wasn't appreciating the view of the Lincoln Memorial. Her thoughts were on something else entirely. She was inwardly counting her blessings.

During this past year she had achieved a number of her goals. First by venturing out and starting up her own wealth and asset management firm, which she named Assets of Steele, and then moving from New York to the nation's capital and purchasing a beautiful condo with a view of the Potomac River from her bedroom window. That wasn't at all bad for a twenty-five-year-old woman who'd made the decision after college not to return to her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, and work for her family's multimillion-dollar manufacturing company. Instead she had set her sights on New York after accepting a position with one of the major banks as a wealth and asset manager.

Now she could turn her attention to the final stage of her plan that she needed in place before making her most sought-after dream a reality. And that was the man she had chosen to father her child without the benefit of marriage. She was even open to joint custody of the child, if he wanted to go that route.

A permanent hookup with someone was not what she wanted, not even a teeny-tiny bit. Nor was she looking for a long-term lover, either. A short-term one could handle the task intended quite nicely. The last thing she wanted was a long-term romantic commitment of any kind.

But she was selective.

She had decided very early in her plans that not just any man would do. It had to be someone with all the qualities she wanted to pass on to her off-spring. He had to be handsome, intelligent, caring, healthy and wealthy. Definitely wealthy; after all, wealth was her business. And with those "must-have" qualifications embedded deep in her mind, she could think of only one man who met her criteria.

Dominic Saxon.

She tried ignoring the warmth of sensations that seeped through her veins. Dominic was one of her clients and she had never met a man who radiated so much sensuality. Part African-American and part French, at thirty-four he was the epitome of every woman's fantasy and a major player in numerous women's nightly dreams. The sexiness was there in his looks, his body, when he walked, talked or just plain stared at you. He was definitely the most gorgeous man she'd ever encountered. Besides that, she knew from the many charities he was associated with that he was highly intelligent and caring. And although she wasn't privy to his health records, she had no reason to think he wasn't in the best of health and could not father a child. The man was as virile as any man could get.

From the very beginning she had been attracted to him and for the past two years it had taken everything she had to keep their relationship strictly business, although he'd never given her the impression he expected anything else. Whenever they met he was always professional and courteous. She knew that he merely saw her as one of his employees and nothing more. He was paying a hefty fee for the services she rendered and her job was to take all the wealth he'd accumulated in his thirty-four years and make him richer, which wasn't hard since he was an ace at making the most of every financial opportunity.

It was common knowledge that he was the son of a wealthy Frenchman and his beautiful African-American wife, and from the time Dominic was born he'd had the best of everything—schools, social contacts and money, and he'd used all three to his benefit. He rotated residences between the United States and France, although she heard he also owned a beautiful apartment in London, as well as a private island off the French coast of Normandy.

Taylor picked up the brochure that had been sent to her compliments of her youngest sister, Cheyenne. It was meant to be a joke after a conversation the two of them had shared a week ago when she'd told Cheyenne that she wanted a baby, but not a husband.

Cheyenne had sent her the pamphlet that she'd come across in her travels as a professional model that advertised procreation vacations. A week on a Caribbean island, plenty of dirty talk with trained professionals, exotic food and aphrodisiac-laden drinks…and if needed, a week's supply of Viagra.

It was advertised as a dream come true and the Bahamas resort encouraged potential guests to use their facilities for a week of near-constant, mind-blowing sex just for the purpose of making a baby. The packet Cheyenne had sent included several pictures bordering the brochure that could be considered X-rated. But they did a good job of getting their point across.

Compared to the frosty March weather they were experiencing, the island seemed like a really nice place to be right now. She could spend her time resting, relaxing and, of course, making a baby. Now if she could only convince the man she'd chosen to father her child to go along with her plan…

"Ms. Steele, Mr. Saxon has arrived."

Taylor's secretary's voice coming across the intercom interrupted her thoughts, and immediately she took a deep breath when more heady sensations coursed through her. It was time to put her plan into action. "Please escort him in, Mrs. Roberts."

Dominic Saxon checked his watch. He had just about an hour to meet with Taylor Steele and then he had an unexpected meeting back at the hotel. He had received a call from his parents saying they were flying into D.C. from California and wanted to meet with him. His father's voice had sounded urgent but he had refused to say what the meeting was about.

Whenever Dominic made a pit stop in the nation's capital it was usually to check on the Saxon Hotel, just one of many his family owned in several major cities around the country. Usually Taylor would fly into New York for their meetings, so it came as a surprise when he'd gotten a call asking that he drop by her office on this trip.

She had been assigned as his financial advisor when she had worked for a bank in Manhattan. From the very beginning, the degree of her intelligence when it came to wealth management, as well as her comprehensive view of his personal portfolio, investment goals and financial objectives had amazed him. He was already a successful businessman but together they created a long-term strategy that was increasing his fortune exponentially.

Besides being very knowledgeable on financial affairs, he'd found Taylor to be an extremely beautiful woman. Even now he could recall the desire that had consumed him the first time he'd seen her and because of it, he had concluded the less he saw of his wealth and asset manager the better off he was. He had decided that first day that she was definitely a woman worth taking to his bed—he was one who didn't believe in mixing business with pleasure, no matter how enticing the thought or deep the craving. Yet the thought had remained lodged in his mind. He would be the first to admit it had been hard as hell to control the urge to take things further. He was used to beautiful women but there was something about Taylor Steele that caused him to think of hot sex every time he was in the same room with her.

Regardless of the iron-clad control he was known for—physically and emotionally—he was definitely a hot-blooded man, which was something he seemed to remember each and every time he breathed Taylor's scent.

"Ms. Steele is ready to see you, Mr. Saxon. I'll escort you in."

He stood and smiled at her secretary, a nice older lady, who seemed more suited to baking cookies for her grandkids than trying to tackle the huge computer sitting in front of her. "Thank you, and I don't need an escort."

"Yes, sir."

He fought for control of both his body and mind as he headed toward the door that had Taylor Steele's name plate on it.

Taylor inhaled a deep breath as she stared across the room at the man who walked into her office. He was wearing a black business suit with a white shirt that spelled out his wealth, and at thirty-four his mixed heritage made his looks striking. A sensuous shiver glided down her spine. He was simply gorgeous. His height, tall and imposing at six foot three, was hard to miss. She had seen photographs of him and his mother, a renowned fashion designer, earlier that year in People magazine. Megan Saxon was known for her beauty as well as for her skill and talent with fabrics.

From his mother, Dominic had inherited the shape of his lips, which could only be defined as full and sultry even on a male. He had his father's startling green eyes, which were a breathtaking contrast to his maple-brown coloring. Then there was the thick, black, curly hair that flowed past his shoulders when he wasn't wearing it back in a rakish-looking pony-tail…as he was now. And last but not at all least were the chiseled jaw, cleft chin and high cheekbones.

As she stared at him, her courage began wavering. Anyone would say she had a lot of nerve to proposition Dominic Saxon to father her child and then expect him to back off. But then anyone who thought she had a lot of nerve would know that in essence she really did. She was known to be gutsy enough to try anything once—as long as it was legal. And there was nothing illegal about making an offer. The only thing he could say was yes or no, and inwardly she crossed her fingers that she would get a yes.

What did she have to lose?A very profitable client was the first response that popped into her mind. Would he still want her to handle his financial affairs after she made such an outlandish request?

"Taylor?"

She let out a relaxed breath with the sound of her name from his lips. She loved his accent, a blend of English and French. More than once during the course of their busines...


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  • File Size: 422 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Kimani Romance (January 15, 2014)
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  • Language: English
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150 of 167 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked reading this but mmmmm... December 12, 2008
By Denny
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Most of the reviews on this book are postive. If you are a diehard fan of Ms Jackson buy this book, if you like a touch of realism in your romances then borrow this book. I find that more and more I am of the latter type of reader. The sex scenes are great, Ms Jackson can do no wrong on that score but I found the plot line hard to swallow. A 25 year old professional asset manager, decides she wants a baby but not a husband. Ok if she was 35 or even 45 I can go with that but 25?! Taylor Steele first cousin of the Steele brothers decides to ask one of her very wealthy clients to father her child at an all expenses paid baby making vacation. The client Dominic Saxon , biracial millionaire (him being mega rich was a very important detail for Taylor) accepts. After that despite enjoying some of the story this unrealisic aspect kept bugging me. If Taylor was working class, not very educated and came up with the same plot she would be potrayed as a fickle woman who wanted a rich baby daddy, but cos she has money herself then her behaviour is considered acceptable? Ooookkkkk. Also as per usual with Ms Jacksons work everyone, well the heroine does, falls in love in one week, alright I know this is fantasy and fiction but pleeease this is too much! Maybe I need to back away from these fairy story type books or a while. LOL
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285 of 335 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An astoundingly bad book May 26, 2009
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Even as a freebie the book's too expensive. Those are hours you'll never get back people.

The plotting is stupid, the writing is excruciating, the dialogue ridiculous. There wasn't a single good part to the book, well, except maybe the part when I realized that I didn't have to finish it about half way thru. There was no gun at my head. I could just put it down and remove it from my Kindle. That part? That part was awesome.
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107 of 125 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable May 9, 2009
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From the first chapter, you knew how this book was going to end. It was pretty predictable and bland. The middle of the book really had no story or plot - just sex for a week. And, honestly, that got old for me after the first few escapades.

If you're interested in a predictable plot this is for you!
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69 of 85 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful! May 21, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lousy, lousy writing. Stupid plot; boring, unbelievable, flat, personality-less characters. Subtract the sex (there was so much of it, it became incredibly annoying and nauseating; I must have rolled my eyes about a thousand times) and you probably have about 10 pages of text. Not that any of the ten pages have substance. Please do not buy this book or in any way encourage this author to keep writing or to think she is good at it. This is the first and will be the last book of hers I've read. Thank goodness it was a free read on eharlequin and I didn't actually spend money. Yuck.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to like it but... November 24, 2009
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I enjoy reading romances and erotic romances. I say that to let you know I'm a fan of the genre and give the authors a lot of latitude before calling a book awful. But, this I could not like or finish. The writing was too stiff and mechanical. I guess the erotic scenes could be considered hot but if you can't feel the characters doing the mattress gymnastics, it ain't very exciting. You know how some movies are terribly written but star one of your favorite actors who elevate the script and make it enjoyable? Well, this book was like a bad movie with bad acting: bad all the way around. Some of the diaglogue could have been more fun if the characters weren't so flat. When the hero said, "Now I give you my baby" just as he prepares to flood the heroine with love juice, well that was just too ridiculous, too unromantic, too robotic.

I really wish the writer could loosen up and let the characters flow. She's got the goods with a fun plot and fun characters and good handling of love scenes but when it all comes together it's flat, plodding and unentertaining.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book I've ever read..... February 12, 2010
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Not even worth the $0.00 price tag! I am so mad I wasted my time with this. The story and characters are completely horrible. I ended up stopping at about 70% done because I felt like poking myself in the eye. If I had to read one more time that Dominic said something in his "husky" voice, I was going to scream.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By R. Mace
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Here's the skinny, this book was written for someone who wants a steamy beach read that isn't really into reading. Several aspects of this book make it a complete disaster. *Below is a breakdown but I don't give away the ending* (not that it would matter since you can guess it from the first chapter.

#1. The main character is allegedly 25 and executive level and has determined relationships are not for her and she needs a baby. Being 25 and executive level is laughable in and of itself, but already decided that she won't be in a long term relationship and she'll take a go at motherhood alone? HA! Not to mention that it reflects POORLY on the African American community when "baby daddy" is actually referred to in the book and it embraces a young single mother. It was completely insulting to both my intelligence and every woman, mother, wife, girlfriend, and African-American out there.

#2. The love interest is an obscenely wealthy man of 34 who's just A-okay with fathering this GIRL's baby out of wedlock? Excuse me? Since when do wealthy, intelligent men embrace joint custody all for the sake of fulfilling some LITTLE GIRL'S desire to birth a kid at the ripe-old age of 25? Most wealthy men have better things to do than open a legal "pandora's box" of issues at the age of 34... Especially considering most wealthy men would marry someone with an iron-clad pre-nup in place for the purposes of pro-creation.

#3. I get the steamy romance part of the book, but it's really hard to believe that the elite would find it acceptable to sleep with someone you barely know for a week for the purposes of procreation when fertility treatments are a little less risky. Or should I say risque?
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