When he agreed to walk away from the lifestyle for her, he never expected she'd subversively push him back into it. Until she did.
After tragedy stole the only man James Barrington looked up to, his perfect and orderly life hit a brick wall. One minute he was the right-hand man to the owner of the company, and in the next he was the boss fighting to stop a hostile takeover the only way he knew how. He needed to marry his late mentor's over-protected daughter, Michaela Donavan, and stay married to her until the threat to the company was averted.
While they were together, James had no intention of disrespecting his in-name-only wife by remaining entrenched in the lifestyle. For the time being, he was prepared to walk away from his Dom-like pursuits. He had to. Michaela was the opposite of everything he embodied. She was soft, where he was hard. Gentle, when he favored rough. She was refined and elegant. The epitome of a virtuous woman, and he wasn't going to do anything to change that.
Circumstances may have forced them to enter into a marriage of convenience in order to keep her father's legacy alive, but the moment that legacy was secured they'd both be free to go their separate ways.
Michaela knew this may be her only opportunity to finally get the one man she has always fantasized about. She's spent years studying him. Idolizing him. Wanting him in a way she wanted no other. And now? Well, her father always told her to seize whatever good came out of the bad, and Michaela was ready to do just that. Heartbroken over what happened, and faced with the task of saving the company, she sees James' sensible offer as the perfect solution. A way to achieve two things she desired most at one time. James may consider this a marriage of convenience, but she's determined to covertly change his mind on the matter.
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My favorite in the series by far!!!!
Riley Murphy writes so beautifully and always finds a way to capture my heart. I loved the element of surprise she added to the end of the book. It was something really unexpected.
I loved James and Michaela's undeniable chemistry. Kai and Wen performed them perfectly.
I felt so many emotions listening to this book. It made me smile, laugh, and cry. And sometimes all at the same time.
This was my favorite in the Stare Down series by far. I can relate to the story in so many ways. Having special needs children myself, it's hard for people to understand and to explain the many aspects of Autism. The struggle they face each day is sometimes hard to watch as a parent, but each and every milestone they overcome is a tremendous victory. I want to thank Riley for not only writing a beautiful and still completely hot story, but for also bringing humanity to it as well. This will definitely be on my re-listen list.
- Nicole Garcia
Last 3 chapters skip a lot.