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But once they were in a relationship, the story takes off. I have read this author before and she is great at exploring how people's pasts and the moral dilemmas they face, can trip them and their love lives up. Sebastian just wants to do his job and love Gina, but he is swimming with Wall Street sharks, and things are never easy.
The story is primarily told from his POV with some of Gina's tucked in. Sebastian is English so his dialogue definitely reflects that. Some phrases might be new to American readers but that is part of the fun of reading this book. The sex is hot and steamy, along with some really sweet moments when they realize they are in love. This is Part 1 of a two part book so we end on a bit of a cliffhanger. They are together and love each other but their jobs are getting in the way of them planning a future. And Sebastian is going to need Gina to stand by him as life hits him in the face.
So God's Gift 1 started out slow for me but I'm so glad I stayed with it because it ended strong. I'm looking forward to Part 2!
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Young, Hot, Loaded & British is a lethal combination, and that is exactly what Sebastian Baines is.
Sebastian is a charmer, whether that’s in business deals or women and he is at the top of his game. Given a new contract for one year Sebastian is taking it stateside. He plans to make some Mergers and acquisitions of his own and charm his way through the female population.
Back home in London he has no problem pulling the ladies, but since being in New York something is driving him crazy, someone is driving him crazy. The one women he wants doesn’t think he is God’s Gift.
Terri George’s writing was brilliant and had me turning page after page from start to finish.
Sebastian is everything your mum warns you about. He can get everything he wants, even if it is with a woman. He works hard in the job he does and he is good at it and he isn’t afraid to show it. He May be a player but by god is he desirable. He is never a one women man, but when he meets Gina you see him change from the confident, witty, sweet talking man into a man who wants to change for her.
Gina is beautiful, sassy, smart and Italian! I just love everything about her. She gives Sebastian a hard time and she knows how to make him work for it! She is an independent, head-strong woman who doesn’t just fall for anyone, but she challenges Sebastian that makes her and him want to change. The connection between the two goes from friendly to passionate and the chemistry is unbelievable and I think they bring the best out of each other.
I like to twists that are in this book, as it made it more captivating than just being a sexual romance book, of how the bad boy turns good. They fell in love really quickly but I think that shows just how right they are for each other. I love how their relationship grows throughout the book. They are a good match as co-workers and they balance each other out. I loved how Sebastian takes her in high consideration at work and gives her credit where credit is due but he also sees her as an equal.
The only bad thing about this book is you’re are left on a cliff hanger…waiting for your questions to be answered, and for Sebastian & Gina Story to Continue in Book 2.
The Chief Operations Officer Tom Wagner came to London from NYC to have meetings with some of the staff. When Sebastian was called in, he thought for sure, his job was safe until, Tom say "you'll be leaving Fraser & Moore" What Tom meant was Sebastian was being offered a great package to move NYC. He was able to keep his 5 weeks of Holiday allocation, a 35% salary increase and an apartment in Manhattan rent free. Sebastian would be a fool not to take it. He was given a 1 year contract and if everything went well it would be extended indefinitely.
Sebastian is quite the playboy or Gods Gift to women as the author states. He pretty much only has to smile at a girl for her to drop her panties. There's a long line of women who he has been with and now he's moving to NYC to find many more girls to have one night stands with. Sebastian never goes for repeats.
His first day working at B&S he is introduced to some of the key brokers he will be working with. Immediately he does not like Ryan and Aaron. Always go with your first impressions.
Once Sebastian meets Gina Fontana who happens to be the junior associate he is working closely with he realizes he's going to have a hard time concentrating. Gina immediately finds him very attractive too. They end up having to work close on the Balin-Speyer takeover. Gina has her own reasons why she can't stand Theo Balin. He's a pig and thinks he's gods gift to women and treats all of them horribly. In a way, Theo and Sebastian are pretty much the same.
Sebastian ends up getting an invite to the hamptons to celebrate the 40th wedding anniversary of his client Daniel Speyer and his wife Meryl. Sebastian was told to bring his girlfriend and stay the night in a hotel close by. He ends up telling Gina she needs to go with him as his date. They start brainstorming on what to get as a gift. They want something personable. That's when Sebastian finds out Gina is an artist and she is very good at it too. Gina ends up creating a painting of the happy couple which is amazing.
That night changes everything for Gina and Sebastian. He plans to get her drunk and seduce her. He has to have her and her her out of his system. The few days after are quite awkward at work. Finally Sebastian realizes, he cannot stop thinking about Gina but he has to since he doesn't do repeats. He ends up hanging out one night with coworkers including Gina at a bar but leaves with some random girl. Once the cab pulls up at her place, he realizes he can't do it. He only wants Gina! He ends up leaving and going home alone....shocking! He sends Gina flowers at work with a note on the card that says "I want a repeat"
That's when the book really starts to get good. They end up in a serious relationship and keeping their work relationship separate from their home relationship. No one in the office even knows they are saying except Matt who is one of their good friends. A scandal breaks out at work and it's enough to send Sebastian over the edge. He feels guilty about everything that happened to cause the scandal and what happened to the person I'm involved.
Sebastian and Gina have a ridiculous amount of chemistry and it makes the book that much better. What will happen to Gina and Sebastian's relationship in the next book? Will they be able to stay together or will Sebastian lose the one thing that means the most to him?
I thought the book was ok. The first 25% of the book kind of dragged on and I didn't really see why it was needed but, once I got past that part, I began to like the book.
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