Caught in a messy merger with the mounting pressure to close a multi-million dollar deal, business mogul Ryder Granger finds things are more hostile than the average takeover, but he’s not just interested in acquiring the lucrative Lyon coffee chain. He has an entirely more personal motive hidden beneath his cool exterior and designer suit.
Trace Lyon believes the merger with B&G could be the way out of the closet his strict Southern father keeps him locked in, but there’s one big problem. Ryder Granger is everything Trace wants, and everything his father despises. Two years ago, they shared one incredible night together, but despite the connection and the intense heat, both walked away.
With the deal falling through, Ryder brings an unexpected offer to the table — a more personal type of merger between the two rival families, one Trace is dead against. After all, an arranged marriage in New York in 2016… That could never work out. Taking control in the only way he can, Trace agrees to marry Ryder, but secretly plots to double deal both his father and Ryder. He just has to get this whole absurd wedding out of the way first and ignore how happy Ryder makes him feel.
There are questions he’s hesitant to ask, however. Is Skye a man or a woman? And, what does it mean that he doesn’t really care?
Previously published under the Confidential Encounters Anthology with 30,000 new additions to read.
There were parts of this story I truly enjoyed and parts I struggled with. I kept getting distracted with the parts I struggled with since I felt like I was missing something and that’s why I didn’t like that part. The set up was good. I liked how Trace and Ryder met. I liked how Ryder worked to get Trace to be with him. My favorite line by far is when Trace says “I don’t want the entire world. I want to be someone’s world.” It perfectly sums up how love should be. I liked how Ryder showed his hand and had marriage to Trace be a part of the deal. Trace’s emotions about the whole merger and marriage were clear from the start. You could feel the with him. But from the start of the marriage to the double deal, I struggled to truly get into the story and understand why they were both resisting the relationship. The way Trace and Ryder refused to truly talk to each other or explain their feelings grated. They both mentioned more than once how they didn’t know why the other wasn’t trying hard enough or explaining enough. But they both ignored each other. Trace’s stubbornness and Ryder’s unwillingness to listen made for an atmosphere where they both spent a large portion of the story not connecting. The way they came together in the end was wonderful. Trace’s feelings felt a little forced. However by the epilogue you could tell Trace was so in Love with Ryder, and Ryder with Trace. In the end I wound up liking these two together and how they got there. I just wanted them to connect better earlier in the story.
Nicole grew bored being a supermodel genius who worked part time for NASA, and decided to take a break from helping solve the mysteries of the universe with Stephen Hawkins to write m/m romance.
She has a loving relationship with her hubby of twenty years, and has achieved a lot in her short life considering she’s only eighteen. She has fourteen dogs of all different breeds, plus twenty cats, and when she’s not tending to their every need, and solving complex math problems, she loves to sew and can be often found knitting in the garden, which she maintains all by herself with her magical green fingers.
Finding time to make all of her own clothing and master the kitchen better than Gordon Ramsey, she’s also a vegan domestic goddess and can often be found cooking up a storm bare foot in her kitchen.
Okay, so that’s not true, especially the cooking part, though I do tend to be bare foot and I swear like Gordon does while burning my latest creation — and I still think NASA will be getting in touch. Any day now!! *crosses fingers* I could sooo do that job because I’m so obviously awesome, but until they do…
I’m a full time author of M/M Romance and Erotica, and somehow I have several bestselling books under my belt. I’ve been writing for four years, and I self publish all my work under Hidden Pleasures Publishing along with my amazing team of helpers in the form my cover designer Kellie Dennis, editor Jessica McKenna, and all of my beta readers and PA’s.
I’m a wife to my beloved hubby and mother to two young girls, and I do in fact have two cats who I adore, but no dog, as the hubby put his foot down. I live in Leeds in the North of England and I love it, despite the terrible weather.
My men are all seeking what everyone is, true love mixed with passion and their own happy-ever-after full of laughter and tears.
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