All that glitters may lead right to his heart.... The last thing Cleopatra Knight expects on her business trip to Tokyo is to fall into bed with her arrogant, irresistibly hot boss, Dante Damaso. It's a mistake - a steamy, mind-blowingly satisfying mistake. But a few nights of passion with the superwealthy bad boy prove to have long-term effects when Cleo's world is unexpectedly turned upside down. Dante has cultivated an enviable, jet-setting lifestyle: beautiful women, exotic destinations, and luxury without limits. He's not looking to be domesticated, and certainly not by his assistant - even though he can't get her out of his mind. Still, he knows he has both the responsibility and the financial means to help Cleo. Though Cleo has no interest in Dante's money, her lack of prospects gives her little choice but to accept his help. But living under the same roof, Dante discovers he wants more, and if Cleo lets down her guard, she just might find what her heart's wanted all along.
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This was one of those listens where the Hero and Heroine didn't fall in love at first, second or even third sight.... no, instead there was a lorry full of animosity between them because Dante, the gorgeous, arrogant, frustrating and heartless Spanish Billionaire relentlessly treated his poor Assistant Cleo like an unwanted incompetent nuisance. The Offices were based in Cape Town but Dante needed Cleo to assist him on a trip to Tokyo.... a trip that would bring the greatest joy, the most angst and the worst heartache imaginable - and this would change their lives forever.
Dante was a workaholic, a Playboy and a magnificent controlling bastard - he was cold, ruthless, heartless, arrogant and an emotionless empty person wrapped up in a handsome sexy shell. But whatever his failings were Cleo was somehow attracted and drawn to him.... no matter how he treated her and what impatient harsh words he said to her. So, even knowing that they were both making a mistake, they still got caught up in a sexual need for each other that should've lasted for one crazy night.... instead it lasted the whole week that they were in Tokyo (not very graphic sex). Cleo knew she was just an easy lay to him - he'd made that very clear and that she was just a way for him to relieve his sexual frustration - he'd even called her the wrong name afterwards, but she was fine with that and had no fluffy fairytale expectations when it came to her boss. However, if she thought after their brief intimate time together the animosity between them might warm a little, she was very wrong because he continued to micro-manage and anger Cleo with his actions, his words, his heartless manipulations and eventually his shocking rage filled reaction..... until then unthinkable happened and he slowly started to feel.
From completely disliking Dante right from the start, I began to understand, and eventually like him, as I got an insight into his loveless childhood and that this is what had created the aloof heartless businessman today who really didn't have a conscience and whose life motto is "play hard, work harder". I loved watching his character development as he revealed his deeply hidden passion filled feelings for Cleo and he gradually turned from beng a cold one dimensional caterpillar into an emotionally intense beautiful butterfly. Oh, it was honed out of angst, drama, tragedy, pain, devastation, loss, heartache, loneliness, forgiveness, redemption and love.... but it was still a beautiful transformation to witness. There were a few secondary characters weaving in and out of the plot but it was mainly Cleo and Dante's story - their long emotional roller-coaster of a relationship which was nicely paced.... going from rock bottom early on to sky high just in time for the touching Epilogue.
Dual POV's and Justine Eyre seamlessly, and very successfully, narrated all the characters voices.... a sexy male's Spanish accent and all the male/female South African accents - even though she's an English woman. And, because of her narration, the characters came to life so it was easy to visualize and feel all the scenes..... including the emotionally good, the emotionally bad and the emotionally ugly ones.
Worth a credit? IMO, this was a very addictive, a very enjoyable and definitely a very creditworthy listen..... but it's under $10 (and lucky me coz I got it even cheaper when it was on sale) so I just bought it and saved my credit for a costlier, but maybe not as enjoyable, listen.
Not the usual romance story. I enjoyed it but prepare for tears
I was surprised that I enjoyed this book as much as I did. The main character was hard and remote.and hard to like in the beginning. But the characters grew on you quickly and the book became difficult to put down.