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Jade Morrow is an up and coming public relations wiz at Michaels and Associates. She's the gal the firm turns to on tough accounts. The problem is she just can't seem to win that promotion to the Account Supervisor. Drew Robson has taken over the family steel mill after his father ran off with $1 million of the company's money. Drew is struggling to keep the mill afloat because it is the major employer in town. Before his father ran off, he signed a $100,000 contract with Michaels and Associates. Drew does not need PR when his company's about to go under so he's trying to renege on the contract and it's Jades job to make him honor it. Jade's boss promises her the promotion she's been working for if she succeeds. Realizing that the best way to get the money out of Drew is to teach him sales techniques so he can get business for the mill and also land a major investor for backing, Jade sets out to become Drew's sales coach. The two embark on a three-week sales trip. Drew believes that there isn't anything that Jade can teach him so he has a lousy attitude. Jade is determined to help Drew learn the skills he needs to save the steel mill. Jade works hard to show Drew that her techniques will work and before long he's winning sales. The relationship between the two, although physically attracted from the start, soon turns deeper. The sex scenes are HOT.
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The execs at public relations firm Michaels and Associates have written off the steel mill account for two reasons. The former steel mill CEO, who signed the contract with them, fled the country after embezzling funds. His replacement as CEO of the steel firm, his son Drew Robson fails to see how Michaels and Associates can help save the company from bankruptcy. Jade Morrow wants a promotion at the PR company, but feels she needs an opportunity to prove her worth via salvaging a written off client. She persuades Drew, with a bit of blackmail, to honor his beach relaxing father's contract. Drew and Jade begin a three-week road show to save his company, but neither one expected the other to steal their respective heart. Why Jade felt she could obtain her promotion by gaining more business from a nearly failed company with a small account and hostile boss seems off for this intelligent person. Still, fans will enjoy the battle inside the bedroom, the boardroom, and the steel room between the lead couple. The story line is fun to follow due especially to the bitter Drew, feeling like a betrayed mugging victim, now reeling as his heat is under assault. Jade is a strong woman who knows what she wants and goes out to get it. Together they provide readers with a good time. Harriet Klausner
I picked up this book after hearing news of my aunt's death, less than 24 hours of seeing her in the hospital. It was one of the books in the boxes in my parents' house (we haven't unpacked). I needed something to distract me. Unfortunately it took me a few days to concentrate to read and finish any book.
It's been a while since I've read erotica that was based in the "here and now" and isn't fantasy based. The story is of a PR consultant (a green-eyed redhead named "Jade" of course) working with the president of a floundering steel company (Drew) whose previous president (his father) embezzled money and ran away to some warm tropical place. She accompanies him on a three-week road trip to meet his clients and try to teach him something about sales. Of course, there's attraction and they have sex several times.
Reading the name "Jade" a first few times irked me because of another Jade I knew (of) who only had bad memories associated with her, but over time I got over it. This Jade is a much stronger, loyal and nicer character than the real-life Jade I knew.
Of course there's a happy ending, though some bumps along the way. It's a little trite how Jade gets her "revenge" for something done to her by her boss (or at least a foreshadowing of it) because it seems somewhat contrived. But overall, the read was good sizzling fluff. :P I also appreciated the realness of the sex scenes where the characters were concerned about protection and stopped to take care of that.
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