She's a beauty, but he's just a geek.
The world might think billionaire Xavier Gaines has it all, but he's got a big problem. His successful software company is about to sign a government contract that'll land him smack in the glare of the public limelight, and his lifelong battle with social anxiety has marked him as a cold, uncaring bastard in the eyes of the press. To dispel the unflattering image, he needs help, and there's only one person he trusts with the job - Peyton Smoke. Gorgeous, kind, and funny, she agrees to be his media relations director and soon imbeds herself so deeply in his life, his world will crumble if anything upsets the balance. He cannot screw up their solid unit. No matter how achingly he desires her. Yet, how is he supposed to resist when she tugs emotions from him he didn't think he was capable of experiencing? Especially since it appears he's not the only one fighting their undeniable attraction.
Ever-after just might be possible...if he can convince her to believe in love again.
Peyton Smoke is looking for a change, and working at Gaines Industries has given her the boost she needs to fill the empty void in her life. Xavier is the perfect boss. Under his seemingly callous, frigid demeanor lies a compassionate man who cares about causes and those precious few he lets into his inner circle. What she wasn't prepared for is the smoldering passion suddenly flaring between them, nor the hot-as-sin alpha side beneath the layer of sexy nerd. Getting involved with him puts more than her job at risk. She's been trampled one too many times, and she vowed never to leave herself vulnerable again. But the heart wants what the heart wants. If only she can figure out whether his feelings are genuine or if this is a mistaken case of gratitude wrapped in lust, then their shot at forever may not seem like such a fruitless hope.
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The story is the most enjoyable part. I didn't enjoy the narrator as much as I'd have liked to. For some reason there were too many mouth noises. (taking a breath, hesitating at times, almost like he had something in his mouth to keep it from getting dry etc.) It also seemed like there wasn't enough emotion and he was just reading it.
This story is so good. My emotions were all over the place. Written so well, it smoothly moved me from tears one moment, laughing out loud the next, swooning , holding my breath and then tense. A beautiful, heartwarming romantic story. Secondary characters were also entertaining and enjoyable.. The charity that they form, will pull at your heartstrings.
Sorry, I really didn't care much for his reading of the characters. It was just average and not anything really exciting. :(
Yes, when I read the book I felt several emotional moments,but honestly not when I listened to the audio.
Xavier and Peyton knew each other in high school. He was the class math geek and she was the class sweetheart that was nice to him even though nobody else was. They both went their own way after school and didn’t see each other for many years .Xavier went on to run his own company and become a billionaire but had major social anxiety and needed to try to convince Peyton to work for him because he knew she was just what the company needed. People misunderstood him. With her marketing talent, she could help him and the company.Kelly Moran has always been one of my MUST READ authors and this one is another excellent story she has given us.
Terrible narration and editing