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“This contemporary series starter from bestseller Herkness (The Place I Belong) shines with its catchy dialogue, memorable characters, and top-notch writing...The only disappointment is the wait for the sequel.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

About the Author

Nancy Herkness is the author of the award-winning Whisper Horse series, as well as several other contemporary romance novels. She is a two-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA(R) award.

Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers, and Novelists, Inc. She has received many honors for her work, including the Golden Leaf Award, the Maggie Award in Contemporary Romance, and the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English literature and creative writing.

A native of West Virginia, Nancy now lives in a Victorian house twelve miles west of the Lincoln Tunnel in New Jersey with her husband, two mismatched dogs, and an elderly cat.

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Product Details

  • Series: Wager of Hearts (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (July 21, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1503944093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1503944091
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (715 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
A CEO, a writer, and a star quarterback walked into a bar. Sounds like the opening line to a really good joke, and you keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. But this isn’t a joke, this is one well-written hot and bothered novel. I love a good romance. I really love a well-written romance novel with a strong female protagonist who doesn’t let the leading man run over her. I hate lily-livered, simpering leading ladies, who sniff into their hankies and develop cases of the vapors (if only writers knew what vapors really were, LOL).
Nancy Herkness delivered a complex storyline that kept my attention and entertained my mind as well as my libido on more than one occasion. Her main characters were well developed with a lot of depth and complexity to their personalities that gave them believability and life that lifted them off the pages of the book. The brooding, but extremely intelligent hero is always a favorite in my book. I enjoyed watching this hero and the heroine matching wits as they sparred their way through the pages and sheets of the story. The surrounding characters were colorful and added to the story. The storyline itself was simple and straight forward, with a couple of small sub-plots that filled out the novel and gave some backstory to the characters.
It has been a long time since I have sat down and read a simple, straight forward story, where girl and boy meet. Boy has no desire to fall in love. Girl has no time for boy in her life. But life throws them together and BAM!!!! Life happens, sparks fly. One problem, the boy is the “king of the castle”. The girl hates “kings” and all things “rich and corporate”. Oh, he is not without his own foibles. Even though he is CEO and successful in his own right, he feels that he is a failure in his family’s eyes.
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As much as I want to like every NetGalley ARC e-book I am issued, it is not always possible. Unfortunately, The CEO Buys In is one of those cases. The cover and book synopsis were both well done. Thank you, Ms. Herkness, for providing a very classy cover with our handsome hero actually wearing a shirt. This reviewer prefers class over skin on her romantic reads. Unfortunately, in this instance, it was the writing style that missed the mark. Starting off very subtle, the first red flag was when Nathan Trainor, the CEO, came down with a high fever shortly after meeting the heroine, Chloe Russell, and in his delirium kept asking her to “make it better.” Basically, ignoring his associates/friends/acquaintances in the same room, but calling out for her. Though some might view it as romantic, it seemed juvenile to me. Since he barely knew her name, it also seemed unrealistic. I also did not know what he meant by referring to her as “his ringer.” Much later, I did figure it out but again pretty premature to think he would think of her in that fashion so quickly.

As a very forgiving reviewer, I easily shrugged that off until 57% into the book the unlikely, non-character fitting, too numerous, not particularly well-written, steamy situations began to highjack the story. In fact, I started to notice the same phrases being repeated with each encounter. It is never a good sign when you feel awkward and embarrassed for the main couple and fast-forward to try to find the storyline again. Even the writing itself started not to flow as well.

The next in the series will undoubtedly be about the other two billionaires, Archer (pro football player) and Gavin Miller (famous author).
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Nathan’s wealth is so substantial that he is permitted membership in a club so exclusive, few people on the planet are eligible. But there is a down-side to all that wealth – the women he meets are only after what he can give to them, or do for them, and that includes Teresa … the one woman that Nathan thought was different. Now he’s not so sure he’ll ever be able to find a woman to love him for who he is. Drowning his sorrows at the club, two other men, each sitting alone appearing to be doing the same, strike up a conversation with Nathan. Perhaps it is too much liquor, or the testosterone-fueled desire to win, but all three agree to a bet – that within a year, they will find that one right woman and put a ring on her finger, or forfeit for charity an irreplaceable treasure of their choosing, along with a significant wad of cash to boot.

Chloe, a very capable woman with an elderly grandma to care for and a skewed view on large corporations due to her father’s unfortunate life experiences, is working temporary jobs while saving her money up for the day that her grandma will need companion assistance when Chloe is working. Chloe adores her grandma and would do anything for her, but grandma remains stubbornly independent. The day Nathan comes down with a terrible case of the flu that has him delusional is the day that Chloe is temping as his administrative assistant.

Nathan’s personal physician convinces Chloe that she is needed by Nathan’s side to keep him calm, even though being by his side now means sleeping on a cot next to Nathan’s bed, in his home. As Nathan recovers and regains lucidity, he is none too pleased to see Chloe in his bedroom. A battle of wills between Nathan and his physician ensues, which ends with Chloe staying.
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