A fun, sexy new stand-alone from New York Times bestselling author Aleatha Romig.
He’s sexy and confident, the kind of man every woman notices. You know, the one with the to-die-for body and panty-melting smirk. And then there’s the way his designer suits drape over his broad shoulders and big…well, we’ve all heard the rumors, the ones that say he’s up for any challenge.
But I can’t see him that way. He’s my boss—technically one of the owners of the company where I work—and definitely not in my league. Men like him don’t notice women like me, and they don’t date them.
And I don’t date men like him.
Until that one time that I catch him in a compromising position when I’m also in need of a last-minute date for a wedding…and then it’s not real. It’s blackmail.
For one weekend, he’s my plus-one.
Beautiful and unobtainable.
From the moment she walked into my office with those stunning blue eyes and crazy sensual curves, she’s been on my mind. Three years and never once has she acted interested in me. Usually I flash a million-dollar smile and women fall to their knees, some literally.
Then on the occasion that I agree to let another woman do that—fall to her knees—guess who happens to catch us?
It may not be the most conventional way to get on her radar, but I didn’t get this far in business without knowing when to seize an opportunity. If this sexy little firecracker with perfectly kissable lips thinks she can blackmail me into attending her cousin’s wedding, I’m going to jump at the chance to be her plus-one.
You love her darker side. Now it’s time to meet Leatha, the lighter side of Aleatha, as she trades her renowned twists and turns for laughs and love with this sexy new stand-alone romance, PLUS ONE.
I push the thought of my mother’s call away and concentrate on my friend, Shana. As I do, the slippery napkin escapes my hold. Quickly, I slide from my seat to retrieve it.
“Excuse me,” a deep voice says as black leather loafers stop precariously close to where I’m now kneeling to rescue my napkin.
Seeing the shoes, I look up and suck in a deep breath.
Towering above me are long legs covered in tailored trousers. As I follow them up, they lead to a trim waist, a black belt, and a white shirt that buttons over a broad chest. I barely swallow the lump in my throat as I recognize the wide shoulders covered with the matching suit jacket. Seizing the napkin, I stand, suddenly face to face with one of the owners of the company where I work.
My face burns with embarrassment as his shimmering green eyes narrow and head tilts. Inches away from me is one of the handsomest men I’ve ever met. He should be on the cover of GQ, not gracing the halls of Buchanan and Willis.
His firm lips form a tight smirk and cheeks rise in amusement. “Miss Jones.”
Staring into the sea of emerald, I try to pretend I wasn’t just on my knees in a chic restaurant in front of Duncan Willis.
“Mr. Willis,” I respond, my voice cracking. Nervously I take a step backward. As if the moment weren’t awkward enough, I wobble, teetering precariously on my high heels.
Swiftly, he reaches out, grabs my elbow, and steadies my footing. Though he just saved me from making an even bigger fool out of myself by falling face-first into what I can only imagine is a hard, defined chest, my mind is suddenly consumed with the electricity of his touch. The energy heats my skin as his grasp lingers.
Although I am not a huge lover of dark romances I became a huge fan of this author after reading her Consequences series. I haven’t read any of her latest books due to not being a huge lover of the dark side but truly fell in love with her writing as well as Mr. Anthony Rawlings, she truly knows how to create her men so that even though you want to hate them, you will fall head over heal in love by then end. With being a lover of rom-com’s, when I saw that she was giving the lighter side I try, I knew I had to check this one out.
Kimbra Jones is from a small town in Indiana where they expect everyone to be married with 2.5 kids. So when Kimbra is heading back home for her cousins wedding, after telling her mother six months ago she would be bringing her boyfriend, who is now ex-boyfriend, she is now in a panic as to what to do. What kind of story can she make up that will be believable as to why she shows up without her plus one. That is until she catches Duncan, one of the co-owners of the company she works for, in a compromising position and she decides to make a deal with him, her silence in return for him going to Indiana with her for the weekend as her Plus One and pretend boyfriend for the past 5 months. Kimbra has pretty much given up hope on finding love. Duncan doesn’t do long term relationships, but he’s going to seize the opportunity to be her plus one
For her first rom-com I must say she did a really good job of giving us a fun and flirty engaging read. I loved the dynamic the author built between Kimbra and Duncan, you couldn’t help but love when these two were together. I really loved both Kimbra and Duncan’s characters but I must add I really loved the cast of characters that the author has created that I felt really added to the overall story.
I loved that this one was different and fresh, wasn’t the same old same old Employee/ boss story. It was a great mix of fun and flirty, hot and sexy along with some sweet romantic moments. The chemistry between Duncan and Kimbra was instant and their attraction was very sexy. Duncan was just perfect, he had that bit of Alpha side to him but the more we got to see him with her and her family, we truly got to see how very sweet he was. I really enjoyed Kimbra’s character and I instantly connected to her.
If you are a lover of fun and flirty rom-coms, this is one you definitely must check out, I am really glad I decided to. Over all it was an enjoyable read although I did find that it was a little heavy on the sex for my liking but overall still a really great rom-com from “Leatha.” Hope this won’t be the last we see of her alter ego.
Aleatha Romig is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana, USA. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!
Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These stand alone thrillers continue Aleatha’s twisted style with an increase in heat.
In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romantic suspense with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series that has taken the reading world by storm. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK were published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.
2017 brings Aleatha’s first “Leatha, the lighter side of Aleatha” with PLUS ONE, a fun, sexy romantic comedy.
Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and PEN America. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.