Who would have thought a flu epidemic could be romantic? Certainly not Chloe
Russell and Nathan Trainor in THE CEO BUYS IN.
In fact, romance is the last thing on temporary assistant Chloeâ€™s mind when she
gets moved up to the executive suite because the CEOâ€™s admin comes down with
the flu. Nathan is even less interested in a romantic relationship after
finding out that the woman he was involved with had lied to him from day one.
Not to mention that since heâ€™s the CEO, heâ€™s annoyed about being stuck with a
temp. However, the flu epidemic leaves him no choice.
Forced into an unusual intimacy by those nasty little germs, Chloe and Nathan
discover that a CEO and a temporary assistant have more to offer each other
than they ever imagined.
How do they come to that realization? Hereâ€™s the advice Chloe would offer to
anyone looking for love in a billionaireâ€™s office:
Donâ€™t hide your talents.
Due to the flu epidemic, Chloe unexpectedly gets assigned to CEO Nathan Trainor
as his executive assistant. Because sheâ€™s only a temp, he expects her to do
nothing more than answer his phone and keep his calendar straight, and heâ€™s not
even sure sheâ€™s capable of that.
But Chloe happens to be good at editing as well as handling phone calls, so
when a poorly written memo lands in Nathanâ€™s inbox she asks his permission to
fix it. When her boss sees her improvements, heâ€™s intrigued and wants to find
out more about his super-competent temp.
Since Chloe isnâ€™t expecting to be moved up to the executive suite, sheâ€™s
wearing a cotton shirt and khaki pants on her first day there. The next morning
she arrives in a silk blouse and tailored skirt. Nathan notices her upgrade and
gives her kudos for being a savvy businesswoman. Heâ€™s even more intrigued by
his temp now because he suspects that Chloe has hidden depths.
Donâ€™t be intimidated.
Chloe is always professional and courteous in her business interactions with
Nathan, but she doesnâ€™t behave like a door mat. If she has a useful suggestion
to make, she makes it. If she thinks Nathan is overlooking something important,
she points it out. At first Nathan is surprised and even irritated by what he
sees as her intrusions. However, he realizes sheâ€™s often right and comes to
trust her opinions, not only on a professional level but on a personal one.
If you have to work in the bossâ€™s penthouse, go with it.
Nathan is a workaholic, so when heâ€™s struck down by the flu and confined to his
very luxurious penthouse home, he canâ€™t leave the office behind. That lands
Chloe at a makeshift workstation by his bedside, answering emails and writing
memos. Itâ€™s amazing how seeing her very hot boss lying in bed in his pajamas
can send her thoughts in all the wrong directions.
Donâ€™t let anyone undervalue you.
When Nathan high-handedly expects Chloe to stay at the penthouse so he can keep
working late, she demands a much higher hourly rate, assuming he will refuse
and let her go home. Sheâ€™s shocked when he agrees to her exorbitant number,
while heâ€™s impressed by what he perceives as her confidence in her own worth.
He relishes her feistiness. She discovers he is willing to negotiate to get
what he wants. Itâ€™s the beginning of a spark-filled relationship.
Remember the rich are still human beings.
Flu germs donâ€™t care if youâ€™re rich or poor. Chloe discovers this when she
finds Nathan in his office, delirious with fever. Despite the number of staff
and medical professionals who race to treat him, Nathan seems isolated and
alone. No one is there to simply hold his hand and tell him heâ€™ll get better.
On some subconscious level, he seems to feel the same lack, since he latches
onto Chloe in his delirium. As she works with him in the intimate environment
of his home during his convalescence, all the barriers of wealth and influence
fall away until she sees him as a man who has the same need to be loved that we
Make a mean ice pack.
CEO BUYS IN to find out why this is a crucial talent for a billionaire
Nancy Herkness is the author of the award-winning Whisper Horse series,
published by Montlake Romance, as well as several other contemporary romance
novels. She is a two-time nominee for the Romance Writers of Americaâ€™s RITAÂ®
award. Her new series, Wager of Hearts, follows the romantic adventures of
three very wealthy men who make a life-changing bet.
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 suburban New Jersey with her
husband, two mismatched dogs, and an elderly cat.
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Self-made billionaire Nathan Trainor feels restless and disillusioned. His
company may be thriving, but he canâ€™t find a woman who sees him for more than
his wealth. With his love life in the red, he meets two other billionaire
bachelors at the ultra-exclusive Bellwether Club. The three of them make a
wager of the heart: they must find women who love them for who they are, not
Savvy office temp Chloe Russell is trying to scrape together the money she
needs to support her grandmother. So when a flu epidemic strikes Trainor
Electronics and sheâ€™s promoted to Nathan Trainorâ€™s assistant, she jumps at the
lucrative opportunity. But then Nathan himself falls ill, and he and Chloe must
work from his penthouse while he recuperates. Before long, itâ€™s clear thereâ€™s
genuine heat between them, and itâ€™s more than just a fever spike. Will Nathan
win Chloeâ€™s heartâ€”and the bet? Or will their differences destroy any chance for
2 comments posted.
I don't recall ever seeing a book with this story line before, and it sounds like a great book to round out my Summer reading with!! What perfect timing on this book!! My interest is really peaked, and I definately have it on my TBR list!! Congratulations on your latest book, and I'm sure it's going to do quite well. I'm ready for a romance that's a little out of the ordinary, and this book certainly fits the bill!!
(Peggy Roberson 2:09pm July 21, 2015)
Love your sentence:"Remember the rich are still human beings". I sometimes make the wrong assumptions about people at first glance especially when reading a newspaper article. I plan to use your words as a mantra. Can't wait to read your books!
(Joanne Hicks 10:18pm July 21, 2015)