Title: The Deal (The Deal#1)
Author: Z. Elizabeth
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: December 1, 2014
What happens when you fall for the enemy?
Thanks to their fathers’ feud, Nicole and Craig have been enemies since the moment they were born. But six years ago they fell in love… They just never told each other.
Motivated by their grandparents’ money, they agree to a simple deal: Stay married for a year and unravel the secrets and lies surrounding their fathers. Bound together, they must figure out why the two former best friends have spent the last thirty years ignoring one another and prohibited any contact between Nicole and Craig.
Craig is more than happy to uncover their fathers’ past if it means he gets Nicole for real.
Nicole wants to keep the past exactly where it is and she will fight Craig every step of the way.
With only limited time together, delving into their family history could be the mistake that will break both their hearts.
What happens when secrets and lies are revealed? Can Nicole and Craig live their Happily Ever After after waiting six long years to be together? Or will one secret be enough to break them apart, just like their fathers?
‘I’m doing this for us, Nic’
*THE DEAL is suitable for 17+ due to graphic sex scenes and language*
*This is a STANDALONE novel. Book two is a companion novel.
This book started off really good with a love-hate relationship between the two main characters. The story is told in Nic and Craig’s POV and I really loved being in Craig’s head. He was cocky and sexy as hell and I loved all his dirty talking. Nic was a strong main character but towards the end of the book I found her to being a little over dramatic and whiny.
“If he wants to play this game, he can bring it the fuck on. I am not in the mood right now.”
Nic and Craig’s parents have been in a feud since before they were born. Neither knew why there didn’t talk but they were told that they were never to talk to each other. When Nic and Craig’s grandparents died their world was turned upside down with one phone call. They were to be married to each other for 12 months and at the end they could divorce and would inherit a huge sum of money. The problem with this deal is that they both had strong feelings for each other. They decided that not only was the money a good selling point they would actually be able to spend time with each other even if it is only for 12 months. Neither of them knew that the other one had true feelings and wanted to be together for real.
“Craig and I have gone from enemies to lovers, or should I say pretend lovers.”
The tension and banter between these two in the beginning of the book was great. I loved how they pushed each other’s buttons and let me say that the sex parts between them were fan-freaking-tastic. The problem I had was this book and why I can’t rate it higher was that this big secret didn’t really seem like such a big secret when it was revealed. I felt that Nic clearly over reacted when she learned about it and it seemed to me that the story moved away from their unique relationship and focused around the secret too much.
“I’m going to fuck you so hard, that every time you move, you’ll think I’m inside you. Every time you read your smut, you’ll think its me and you fucking.”
If you are looking for a cute and steamy book that will have you smiling and giggling while reading it than this is a book you want to check out.
“Who’d have thought a few years ago that Craig and I would get married for a deal? For money no less? And who would have thought we had loved each other since we were sixteen? Love has a weird way of showing itself and deep down, I know our grandparents pre-determined this, even if they didn’t know it would end this way. Two families. One secret.”
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I turn back to the waves, pick up my bag and grab my phone. John looks over my shoulder, wondering just what I am doing but I sit closer to him and lean in so my cheek is next to his. This feels totally weird but I am going to document this moment and remind him that I gained his trust, albeit, a little too fast, but we are now Father and Daughter-in-law and we haven’t had a picture together yet.
“Um, Nic, just what the hell are you doing?” John asks but I reply with my arm around his shoulder and my arm stretched upwards with my phone. I smile into it, catching John’s expression. A mix of confusion, amusement and disbelief at what I am doing.
“Taking our first Father-in-law/Daughter-in-law photo, now smile, John!” I demand, smiling into the camera. John follows suit and I snap the image. I bring the phone so both of us can see the picture and I laugh. He certainly looks like an older version of Craig and he really is a DILF. I know for a fact when Craig and I have kids he is going to be the yummiest DILF imaginable and I cannot wait!
“Well, Papa Thomas, that is your birthday present sorted.” I giggle, locking the phone and throwing it to the bottom of my bag. John shakes his head and stares back out to the ocean.
“You know, Nic, I had you down all wrong. I thought you were a spoilt little girl who was exactly like her mother, but you are nothing like her. You’re like your father; strong, determined, and loyal. I’m so lucky that in some backarse way you and Craig found each other and I’m proud to call you my Daughter-in-law.” John admits and I look to him, tears filling my eyes. It’s hard to swallow but I push the lump down. I lean forward and wrap my arms around his neck, wanting a hug. John’s arms wrap around my back and he laughs at my emotions, rubbing my back as I sniff the tears back.
“You have no idea how much that means, DILF.” I murmur, drawing back from him. I smile widely at him and gather up my belongings, ready to leave and dart to Kelsie’s to pick up my suitcase. “I’ll see you around, Papa Thomas. Don’t be a stranger now we are BFF’s” And with a wink I begin to walk away from him.
“What’s a DILF?” He shouts after me and I let out a hearty laugh. I turn around and begin to walk backwards.
About The Author
Z. Elizabeth is a debut author who grew up in Wales, UK and wishes she knew how to speak fluent Welsh. Bore da (Good morning), Wedi Bleno (tired) and Ydw (yes) just don’t cut it.
Reading has always been a part of her life since she was a young kid and writing came quickly after she discovered her love for studying English Language and writing fiction. Since graduating with a degree in BA Journalism, writing is embedded into her everyday working and personal life. At 15, she finished a full length novel and thought nothing of it until now. The Deal is loosely based upon that story and it’s one that she is hugely proud of writing and re-writing and re-writing…
When she isn’t slaving away at her day job, you can find her daydreaming about her book boyfriends, reading the next hot book out or binge eating with her friends, continually shocking them with the filth that flies out of her mouth.
Z. Elizabeth hopes that her characters end up on your book boyfriend/girlfriend lists and her book ends up on your favourite list, maybe even your bookshelf.