There are only two people in the world that I truly hate. One of them is unpacking his toothbrush in my bathroom, and the other one is texting me to find out what color my panties are.
Pathetic, I know. I’m a romance novelist caught between the man I used to love, and the one who wants to destroy my career. Well - maybe “destroy” is too strong of a word. But there’s still no excuse for why I started a secret cyber-affair with a snarky reviewer who likes to rip my books apart. Yes, he’s mysterious, and yes, he has a silver tongue, but I can’t keep doing this.
I have to focus on my fake relationship, with my *real* ex, all in the name of fooling my family. They think I’ve found the love of my life, and I’m determined not to let them find out the truth.
That I lied. That my “dream guy” is really a selfish dirtbag who broke my heart. That the closest thing I have to a soulmate is a stranger on the internet, who’s happy to sext me while believing I’m in a committed relationship.
It all started with five little words.
Based on a true story..., Maddy Wainright desistiu do casamento – e dos homens. Após namorar muitos perdedores que não eram capazes de apreciá-la por quem ela é, está prestes a resignar-se a uma vida de solteirona. Até que seu chefe absurdamente rico, Daniel Thorne, aparece com uma proposta que ela simplesmente não pode recusar.
Ele propõe um casamento de conveniência – um que permitiria a Maddy ter uma vida luxuosa durante um ano, e ao Sr. Thorne ficar no país que se tornou seu lar. Ao final do acordo, Maddy ainda sairá com dois milhões de dólares. Tudo o que ela precisa fazer é mudar-se para a cobertura de luxo dele, representar um papel convincente em público e encarar algumas entrevistas com o INS (o Serviço de Imigração e Naturalização do país), para as quais ela será muito bem preparada. É um grande risco, mas que Maddy pode estar disposta a correr, considerando a recompensa.
No início, tudo são negócios. Mas quando os toques suaves, os beijos apaixonados e os olhares demorados que eles precisam trocar em público começam a interferir em sua vida pessoal, Daniel e sua mente tortuosa levam Maddy a ápices de prazer que ela nunca havia experimentado. E quanto mais ela o conhece, mais ela sente aquele forte desejo em seu peito cada vez que ele a abraça em público. Antes que percebesse, ela se pega desejando que tudo fosse real.
Conforme o tempo passa, Maddy começa a se perguntar se dois milhões de dólares serão suficientes para cobrir os custos de remendar um coração partido. Mas o Sr. Thorne ainda pode estar guardando outro segredo..., Maddy Wainwright a abandonné l’idée de mariage – et des hommes. Après avoir fréquenté un trop grand nombre de losers, qui n’étaient pas capable de l’apprécier pour ce qu’elle était, elle est prête à se restreindre à une vie de bonne sœur. Jusqu’à ce que Daniel Thorne, son patron incroyablement riche, lui propose une offre qu’elle ne peut tout simplement pas refuser.
Il propose un mariage en blanc – un qui permettrait à Maddy de vivre dans le luxe pendant toute une année, et à Mr Thorne de rester dans le pays qui est devenu sa maison. À la fin de leur arrangement, Maddy s’en ira avec un confortable montant de deux millions de dollars. Tout ce qu’elle a à faire c’est de déménager dans l’appartement de luxe, jouer un rôle suffisamment convaincant en public, et endurer quelques entretiens du Bureau de l’Immigration, pour lesquels elle sera sérieusement préparée. C’est un gros risque, mais un que Maddy est prête à prendre compte tenu de la récompense.
Au début, ce n’est que professionnel. Mais quand les gestes tendres, les baisers passionnés et les regards qui en disent long en public commencent à se mêler à leur vie privée, Daniel et son esprit retors vont emmener Maddy sur les chemins du plaisir extrême qu’elle n’avait pas explorés jusque-là. Et plus elle apprend à le connaitre, plus elle ressent cette pointe de nostalgie dans sa poitrine à chaque fois qu’il place son bras autour d’elle en public. Peu après, elle admettra qu’elle aurait souhaité que tout ceci soit réel.
Alors que le temps passe, Maddy se demandera si deux millions de dollars seront suffisants pour couvrir les dégâts d’un cœur brisé. Mais Mr Thorne peut avoir un autre secret en magasin…, Secretary Series 1.5
Dall’autrice bestseller del New York Times, Wall Street Journal e USA Today
È il 14 febbraio. Sono bendata, su un jet privato, e il mio ex capo e attuale fidanzato mi dice cose eccitanti, ma non mi tocca neanche con un dito. Un giorno come un altro, insomma. Dove e quando finirà questo gioco? Non ne sono sicura. Quando si tratta della sottile arte dei giochini mentali, Adrian Risinger potrebbe continuare per tutta la notte. Seguire le regole non è mai stato il mio forte, quindi non sono sicura se il nostro San Valentino si concluderà con una punizione o un premio. Per fortuna sono abbastanza sicura di desiderare allo stesso modo entrambe le possibilità. Scacco matto, Mr. Risinger.
è l’autrice bestseller del New York Times della serie Secretary. Ama i miliardari sarcastici e sicuri di sé, le eroine voluttuose e insolenti e la pizza. Non necessariamente in quest’ordine., ** A standalone romance focusing on a new couple - and guest-starring all the I Married a Billionaire characters you know and love! **
Marrying a kinky billionaire wasn’t exactly in my ten-year plan.
Benjamin Chase is not my type. He’s abrasive. He’s arrogant. He doesn’t take anything seriously. I’d die before I dated him, but he has something different in mind.
He has to get married in the next five months, or he loses his company to his ex-wife. And apparently, I’m the most eligible bachelorette in town. If I accept, I’ll have a fortune, and the opportunity to prove my acting skills with the role of a lifetime. But I also have to accept Ben’s quirks - including the fact that he prefers his women bowing and scraping in a ridiculous parody of gender roles I thought we left behind, oh, several decades ago. I have absolutely no intention of submitting in private, but I’ll have to be by his side at all the right clubs and parties. Pretending to be his property. He says it’s all a game, but my head says to run away.
My heart, on the other hand…not to mention certain other parts of me…secretly craves his discipline. I have to keep reminding myself that it’s not really on offer. This is all just an act…
Isn’t it?, When Maddy Thorne agreed to marry her billionaire boss in order to keep him in the country, she never would have guessed they'd actually stay together. But a year and a half later, she's still happily married to the slightly eccentric, maddeningly attractive Daniel. As he begins to come out of his shell and turn into the figurehead that his growing technology company needs, Maddy finds herself dealing with a whole new set of problems. And despite his newfound openness, he's still keeping secrets. Even from her. But despite her misgivings and the ever-present prattle of journalists, really, Maddy can't complain.
Then, a frantic late-night phone call changes everything.
Daniel has been accused of illegal insider trading. His assets frozen, he suddenly finds himself at the center of a media circus and a trial under a merciless judge with no way out. Maddy wants to support him, but it seems all Daniel wants to do is crawl back into his shell. In the midst of the chaos, Maddy receives an offer to display her drawings at one of the most influential galleries in the city. Pulled in two directions even as her life crashes down around her, will Maddy allow Daniel to keep pushing her away, or will she find a way to pull him back?
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Before the entrees came, I actually tried to involve myself in the conversation. And they weren’t - excluding me, exactly, it was just that neither one of them looked at me very often, or responded directly to something I’d said. Mostly, it seemed like I was just talking to myself. So I finally gave up. I focused on my meal when it came, refusing to let myself get upset that the two of them seemed about ready to crawl under the table. After all, we were all responsible adults here. It wasn’t like anything was going to actually…happen.
Because if it started to, I’d stab her with my fork.
I had to snicker at the thought, covering my mouth with my napkin. As if anyone was going to notice.
"What’s so funny?" said Daniel, as if on cue, looking at me for the first time in about twenty minutes.
"Nothing," I said, because that seemed like a better answer than oh, just trying to figure out if you’d be horrified or aroused if me and Gen got into a massive, nail-breaking, hair-pulling fight over you across the table.
Gen glanced at me briefly, then went back to her salad.
I fumed. There was a tiny rational corner of my brain that told me I might just be imagining things, or at least exaggerating them. And even if I wasn’t, so what? Daniel wasn’t really the type to pursue a torrid affair as a married man. At least…I didn’t think so.
But it was that sort of deep-seated, irrational jealousy that’s not necessarily the product of anything you might call "real." I knew nothing was going to happen between them, and I knew most of Gen’s reactions to him were probably subconscious. She wanted him. Who could blame her? But she wasn’t going to get him.
He was mine.
The thought hit me like a ton of bricks, and it left me feeling lightheaded and tingly, in a way that I was pretty sure had nothing to do with the wine I’d been drinking all night. This man, as utterly infuriating and downright heartbreaking as he could be sometimes - was…all mine. Nobody else’s. Nobody else had the right to touch him like I could, or crawl into bed with him at night, or see him the way I saw him. In spite of how well he might close himself off, and in spite of how distant he could be sometimes, I was still privy to a version of Daniel Thorne that no one else got to see. , One man. One woman. One restaurant. A stormy temper, and a grudge that’s been years in the making. It’s the perfect recipe for Romance: Impossible.
But add a little heat, and anything can happen...
Jillian Brown needs a job. Chef Maxwell Dylan needs an employee who can put up with him. And for some reason, the notorious celebrity chef has his sights set on her. It’s a match made in the deepest fires of hell, but Jill’s desperate, and righteous indignation doesn’t pay the bills.
Chef Dylan doesn’t seem to remember their chance encounter years ago, when he embarrassed Jill in front of a restaurant full of customers. And Jill - well, she’s willing to put the memory behind her, in the name of a steady paycheck.
But things get complicated. Tempers flare, verbal sparring soon gives way to a grudging mutual respect - and feelings that the once-bitten, twice-shy Jill isn’t ready for. Especially not with a man like Chef Dylan. But with flames licking higher, can Jill resist the temptation? More importantly, does she really want to?, It’s February 14th. I’m blindfolded, on a private jet, while my ex-boss and current boyfriend talks dirty to me, but won’t touch me.
Just another day in the life.
Where and when does this game end? I’m not exactly sure. When it comes to the fine art of the mindf*ck, Adrian Risinger can go all night.
Following the rules was never my forte, so I’m not sure if our Valentine’s Day is going to end in a punishment or a reward. Luckily, I’m pretty sure I’m looking forward to both options equally.
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After agreeing to marry her reserved, enigmatic boss so he can stay in the country, Maddy Wainright finds herself wondering - is two million dollars enough to cover the cost of a broken heart?
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Pulled in two directions even as her life crashes down around her, will Maddy allow Daniel to keep pushing her away, or will she find a way to pull him back?
I Married a Billionaire: The Prodigal Son
When a ghost from Daniel’s past appears, Maddy must find a way to reach her husband and his father, to knit them all together into a family again.
I Married a Master
Marrying a kinky billionaire wasn’t exactly in Jenna’s ten-year plan…but at least it’s all pretend. Isn’t it?, Maddy Wainright has given up on marriage - and men. After dating way too many losers who aren't capable of appreciating her for who she is, she's about ready to resign herself to a life of spinsterhood. Until her insanely rich boss Daniel Thorne comes along with an offer she simply can't refuse.
He proposes a marriage of convenience - one that would allow Maddy to live in the lap of luxury for a year, and Mr. Thorne to stay in the country that has become his home. At the end of their arrangement, Maddy will walk away with a cool two million dollars. All she has to do is move into his penthouse, put on a convincing show in public, and endure a few INS interviews, for which she will be thoroughly prepped. It's a big risk, but one Maddy might just be willing to take, considering the payoff.
At first, it's all business. But when the gentle touches, passionate kisses, and lingering looks they have to give each other in public start spilling over into their private life, Daniel and his devious mind take Maddy to heights of pleasure she's never experienced. And the more she gets to know him, the more she feels that wistful tug in her chest every time he puts his arm around her in public. Before long, she finds herself wishing it were real.
As time goes on, Maddy finds herself wondering if two million dollars will be enough to cover the cost of repairing a broken heart. But Mr. Thorne may have yet another secret in store..., This book is a standalone followup to the Top 100 Kindle Store bestseller I Married a Billionaire and I Married a Billionaire: Lost & Found.
Writing billionaire tech mogul Daniel Thorne's official biography is no small task. His wife Maddy isn't quite sure how it fell on her shoulders - but she's not exactly complaining. It's given her a rare opportunity to learn about the details of Daniel's life that he's never shared with her before. After a rocky beginning, their relationship has finally settled into something comforting and secure. After a while, Maddy begins to reconsider her once-staunch decision not to have children.
Then, one night, a ghost from Daniel's past appears.
His father, believed to be dead, has come back in hopes of repairing their relationship. Daniel is devastated by the years-long deception, and suspicious of his father's motives in reappearing after so much time. Old Mr. Thorne has his reasons for disappearing, but how can he possibly repair a relationship that's been so badly fractured by distance and lies? Meanwhile, Maddy gets some unexpected news of her own, and she realizes she must find a way to reach her husband and his father, to knit them all together into a family again.
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I walked down the hall towards Daniel’s office. Nothing had changed; the hallway still smelled the same, the carpet still felt the same under my shoes.
And yes, his sharp-faced assistant, Alice, was still there.
She gave me a curt nod as I went to the door and pushed it open, not bothering to stop and let myself be announced.
Daniel was kneeling by the window, watering one of his plants. He’d taken his jacket off and rolled up his sleeves, and as I slowly shut the door behind me, I saw him reach out and touch the bottom of one of the leaves, laying it out over his hand and leaning down to look at it more closely.
The click of the door made him look up.
“Is something wrong?” was, of course, the first thing that came out of his mouth. In retrospect, I probably did nothing to assuage this fear when I rushed to him silently and threw my arms around him, holding him tightly, resting my head on his chest. He was frozen for a moment, but then he wrapped his arms around me. By now, I was used to the idea that returning an embrace would never be a reflex for him.
“No,” I said, finally. “I just love you, that’s all.”
“I love you too,” he said, with a mild surprise still registering in his voice.
I pulled back, looking at his face. The sort of taken-aback expression, and his overall rumpled and thrown-off appearance, was almost painfully adorable.
“I just wanted to see you,” I said. “I’m sorry if this is a bad time.”
“Yes,” he said, his face finally relaxing into a smile. “I’m very busy with my plants, as you can see.”
“Well, I’m sorry. They’re just going to have to wait.” It was a strange feeling, being in this room again - he hadn’t even rearranged the furniture since the first day I’d walked in here and he’d handed me a contract proposing a fake marriage, with his disgraced lawyer sitting uncomfortably in the corner.
“It’s nice to know some things never change,” I said.
“Are you referring to me, or the room?”
“Both. Maybe. I’m not sure.” My head was buzzing, and I could feel my throat beginning to grow dry. But this time, it wasn’t a sign of an impending panic attack. That, I was sure of. “Did you used to be different, or did I just get to know you better?”
“Both,” he said, with his arms still around my waist, holding me close. The heat of his body was making my knees feel weak. “I’m an acquired taste.”
“I don’t know,” I said, softly. “Personally, I always liked it.”, I’m about to throw an ashtray at my boss’s head.
Turns out, the mind behind my favorite, steamy romance novels...the ones I only read in private...the ones that are my only escape after a long day of dealing with The Boss From Hell? It’s not Natalie McBride, the sweet, rural housewife.
That’s right: my boss, Adrian Risinger, the thirty-three-year-old, maddeningly sexy, pissant billionaire “bad boy" who thinks he runs my life. He is also the author of all my deepest, most secret fantasies. And to make matters worse, he needs me to impersonate “Natalie” at a series of book signings and conventions. But, of course, that’s only if I want to keep my job.
On second thought, I’m going to need something heavier than an ashtray. , Secretary Series
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Sto per lanciare un posacenere in testa al mio capo. Sì, perché ho appena scoperto chi c’è dietro i miei bollenti romanzi d’amore preferiti, quelli che leggo solo quando sono da sola, l’unica via di fuga dopo una lunga giornata alle prese con il Capo Infernale. A scriverli non è la dolce Natalie McBride, casalinga di campagna con un talento particolare per le storie piccanti. È lui. Esatto: il mio capo, Adrian Risinger, trentatré anni, sexy da impazzire, irritante miliardario e ragazzaccio che pensa di controllare la mia vita, è anche l’autore di tutte le mie fantasie più profonde e segrete. E, come se questa rivelazione non fosse già abbastanza scioccante, ora il bastardo vuole che impersoni “Natalie” in occasione di una serie di firma copie e incontri. Solo se tengo al mio posto di lavoro, ovviamente.
Ora che ci penso, mi servirà qualcosa di più pesante di un posacenere.
è l’autrice bestseller del New York Times della serie Secretary. Ama i miliardari sarcastici e sicuri di sé, le eroine voluttuose e insolenti e la pizza. Non necessariamente in quest’ordine.
«Se vi piacciono le scene divertenti, geniali, sexy e hot, amerete questo romanzo.»
è l’autrice bestseller del New York Times della serie Secretary. Ama i miliardari sarcastici e sicuri di sé, le eroine voluttuose e insolenti e la pizza. Non necessariamente in quest’ordine., For the first time ever, get all three books in the bestselling I Married a Billionaire series for one low price!
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From their rocky beginnings with a marriage of convenience that turns all too real, to the accusations that nearly cost them everything, to the ghost from his past that changes their lives forever - follow Daniel and Maddy on their journey of love, longing and desire. , There’s a sexy, sarcastic billionaire in my bed, and he’s wearing a wedding ring.
How did this happen? Oh, right. Last year, I found out my insufferable boss was secretly a steamy romance author, and me? I was his unwitting muse. That kind of thing can really charm the pants off a girl - if she’s a little bit nuts. Thankfully, I’ve never had more than a passing interest in normalcy.
Next stop, marital bliss! I mean, what could go wrong? It’s not like I have any ambivalent feelings about hooking up with the guy who made my life hell for five years. And it’s not as if Adrian accumulated a long list of enemies in his rise to the top. And we’re *definitely* not so stubborn that it’ll be a struggle to put away our pride and make things work.
Okay, so maybe all those things are true. But at the end of the day, all you need is love…and spankings.
At least, I sure hope so., Secretary Series
Dall’autrice bestseller del New York Times, Wall Street Journal e USA Today
Nel mio letto c'è un miliardario sexy e sarcastico, e ha un anello al dito.
Com'è successo? Ah già. L'anno scorso ho scoperto che il mio insopportabile capo era segretamente un autore di bollenti romanzi rosa, e io la sua ignara musa. Questo genere di cose incanta facilmente una ragazza, soprattutto se è un po' svitata. Per fortuna io sono un'amante della normalità.
Prossima fermata, un felice matrimonio! Cosa potrebbe mai andare storto? Non ho affatto sentimenti ambivalenti sull'uomo che per cinque anni mi ha reso la vita un inferno. E Adrian non ha mica accumulato una lunga lista di nemici nella sua scalata al potere. E decisamente non siamo affatto troppo testardi per mettere da parte l'orgoglio per far funzionare le cose.
Okay, forse invece è proprio così che stanno le cose. Ma alla fine, l'amore vincerà su tutto. Almeno spero.
è l’autrice bestseller del New York Times della serie Secretary. Ama i miliardari sarcastici e sicuri di sé, le eroine voluttuose e insolenti e la pizza. Non necessariamente in quest’ordine., Maddy Wainright ha rinunciato al matrimonio – e agli uomini. Dopo troppi appuntamenti con perdenti incapaci di apprezzarla per le sue qualità, è quasi pronta a rassegnarsi ad un futuro da zitella. Questo finché Daniel Thorne, il suo capo ultra ricco, non arriva con un’offerta che lei, semplicemente, non può rifiutare.
Le propone un matrimonio di convenienza – che permetterebbe a Maddy di vivere avvolta nel lusso per un anno e al signor Thorne di restare nel paese che è ormai diventato la sua casa. E, al termine del loro accordo, Maddy se ne andrebbe con ben due milioni di dollari. Tutto ciò che deve fare è trasferirsi nel suo attico, recitare in modo convincente quando sono in pubblico, e sopportare qualche colloquio con l’Ufficio Immigrazione, per il quale sarà opportunamente preparata. È un grosso rischio, ma Maddy potrebbe essere disposta a correrlo, considerando il guadagno che ne trarrebbe.
Inizialmente, si tratta solo di affari. Ma quando le carezze attente, i baci appassionati e gli sguardi infuocati che si scambiano in pubblico si trasferiscono anche della vita privata, Daniel e la sua mente perversa innalzano Maddy a vette di piacere che non ha mai sperimentato prima. E man mano che impara a conoscerlo, la stretta dolorosa che avverte al cuore ogni volta che lui la abbraccia in pubblico, si acuisce. Non ci vuole molto tempo prima che cominci a desiderare che sia tutto vero.
Con il passare del tempo, Maddy comincia a chiedersi se due milioni di dollari saranno sufficienti a coprire i costi necessari a riparare il suo cuore spezzato. Ma il Signor Thorne potrebbe avere in serbo un altro segreto…, Qui se cache vraiment derrière ce boss odieux et terriblement sexy ? Un adepte de new romance ?
Meghan, jeune femme raisonnable et un peu complexée par ses formes pulpeuses, est affublée d'un boss impossible : critique et adepte de l'humour cinglant, Adrian Risinger ne rate pas une occasion de lui rendre la vie infernale. Sa seule raison de ne pas démissionner est que son poste de secrétaire est bien payé et que dans le fond, elle sait que personne d'autre ne le supporterait. Et puis il est tellement sexy !
Tandis qu'elle surfe un soir sur Amazon, déprimée, Meghan tombe sur un roman érotique intitulé My boss qu'elle commande pour se distraire... et dévore en une nuit. La prose coquine de l'auteur, une certaine Natalie, est addictive et, sur un coup de tête, Meghan lui envoie un mail pour lui dire combien elle s'est identifiée au personnage et combien ce livre lui a fait du bien.
Le lendemain, elle croit mourir de honte quand Adrian, son patron, lui apprend qu'il est l'auteur caché de My boss! Il lui impose alors un deal clair : soit elle joue le rôle de Natalie dans les librairies et les salons du livre, soit elle est virée. Et Adrian entame avec elle un jeu de séduction dangereux. Que va-t-elle faire ?
D'une plume enlevée, l'auteur brosse avec humour les relations taquines et torrides de ces deux personnages hauts en couleur.