by K. Bromberg
Ryder Rodgers had a plan.
He was going to stride into the conference room, do the required song and dance over the next five days, and win the biggest contract of his career. But when he walked in and heard the voice of one of his competitors, all his plans were shot to hell.
Harper Denton. She was always on top. In college. First in their class. Always using every advantage to edge him out to win the coveted positions. The only one who could beat him. His academic rival. More like a constant thorn in his side. And his ego’s.
When he heard her voice, he was brought back to years before. To the bitter taste of being second best. But the woman who meets his gaze is nothing like the drab wallflower he used to know. Hell no. She was all woman now: curves, confidence, and staggering sex appeal. And no doubt, still brilliant.
The fact that she’s gorgeous and bright won’t distract him. This time, Ryder’s determined to be the one on top. But not if Harper can help it.
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This is Ryder.
I absolutely adored Ryder in Sweet Cheeks and I was ecstatic when I found out he was getting his own story. Though only a novella, this story packed a huge punch. It’s fun, flirty, sweet, and steamy, and a great take on a frenemies story.
Harper Denton and Ryder Rodgers have been rivals from the minute they met in graduate school. Both are competitive and intelligent but Harper ends up taking the first in class title. She is the only one to beat Ryder and though it drove him crazy, he respected her and still wanted her. He gave into his desire the night before graduation and made his move. One kiss was all it took to feel the chemistry between them but plans for the future got in the way and Ryder and Harper are pulled apart.
I fight the tears that threaten.
Over what I’ve always wanted and know I can never have…
Over kissing the boy I’ve wanted for years and realizing he’s just as good as I imagined.
Over knowing tomorrow I’m moving back to New York. To my incredible new job. To start my new life.
Thirteen years later, when Ryder runs into Harper again, the rivalry is still very present and now that they are once again competing against each other, Ryder is determined to win. He just wasn’t counting on the fact that the intense attraction between him and Harper would be as strong as ever.
I loved this novella. I wanted so much for Ryder to find his HEA especially since he was so likeable in Sweet Cheeks. He is smart, hardworking, and honest. The decisions he made in this story made me love him so much more. He was also confident and went after what he wanted, namely Harper. He knew just how to get a rile out of her and I loved watching her get irritated. He is also gorgeous and totally swoon worthy at moments and I loved that he was willing to go all in even though they were competing for the same job.
Harper is competitive, “a no-nonsense, ball-busting business woman not afraid to get her hands dirty to deliver a project under budget and on time.” She’s intelligent and I loved her confidence. When she puts her mind to something, she puts in 110%. Though she is serious about her work, she also has a fun side to her and some of the things that come out of her mouth are awkward and hilarious, especially when revolving around her attraction to Ryder and I loved how flustered she got.
Ryder and Harper are great together. They respect one another and challenge each other, and their banter is fantastic.
“A princess may not need to be saved, but she sure as shit needs to take a ride on that unicorn she’s found every once and a while.”
I loved watching them struggle with the obvious desire for each other because it made the pent-up sexual tension skyrocket. As they spend more time together, they find it harder to resist each other and holy hell when the tension explodes, it is HOT! I could feel the lust pulsating between them and the love that was brewing from the very beginning.
The sweet rivalry between us just became a whole lot sweeter.
Overall, I felt this story was well-paced and I enjoyed all the details that made this short story a complete story. I really enjoyed it and my only complaint is that I wish it was longer!
*ARC generously provided by the author and InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review
Work first. Reward sex next.
That’ll give me something to look forward to during the next few days. The ones I can’t wait to dive headfirst into that will be an ever-changing combination of stress, exhaustion, strategy, and manipulation. An unscripted dance amongst us bidders while we size each other up, calculate our numbers, and explain to the developer why we’re the most valuable candidate for the job.
It’s the game I love. The competition I thrive on. My return to the job that I’ve been desperate to make.
And there’d be no better way to make a statement that Harper Denton is back than to leave this building with the multimillion dollar contract for Meteor Development tucked securely under my arm.
And just like that, as a reward for my positive thinking, when I look up, there he is, in full view.
I take in the expensive briefcase, the venti Starbucks, and the expensive watch peeking out from beneath the cuff of his shirt. And just my luck that while I’m afforded a full view of his body, the one thing I’m the most curious about is obscured by his hand holding his cell phone up to his ear: his face.
So instead I drink him in. He really is magnificent. I note his posture and the way he carries his body when he moves forward a few steps. There’s an air about him that says he’s no-nonsense and in control, powerful, and at the same time he doesn’t seem uptight. He has that Southern
California professional vibe. I can’t put my finger on it but he reminds me of someone I can’t quite place. Regardless, a man who can pull off being in control and playful has definite merits.
Like “spank me until my body aches in want, and then make a game of hitting each erogenous zone with his tongue before he’ll satisfy that ache he created and let me come” type of merits.
The mind-blowing-sex reward just became even more appealing.
About the Author
New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.
She’s a mixture of most of her female characters: sassy, intelligent, stubborn, reserved, outgoing, driven, emotional, strong, and wears her heart on her sleeve. All of which she displays daily with her husband and three children where they live in Southern California.
On a whim, K. Bromberg decided to try her hand at this writing thing. Since then she has written The Driven Series (Driven, Fueled, Crashed, Raced, Aced), the standalone Driven Novels (Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, Hard Beat, and Down Shift), and a novella (UnRaveled). She is currently finishing up Sweet Cheeks a standalone novel out November 14th.
Her plans for 2017 include a sports romance duet (2 books: The Player, The Catch) and the Everyday Heroes series (3 books: Cuffed, Combust, and Cockpit). She’s also writing a novella for the 1,001 Dark Night series that will be out in February 2017.
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