Falling for your rich, gorgeous, commitment-phobic boss … yeah, that usually goes well 🙂
Kingman Brothers #1
by Nina Crespo
In the first novel in the new Kingman Brothers series from Nina Crespo a disgruntled assistant is wrangled into staying on to help her boss when he suffers from amnesia after a plane crash…Playing this out with him was so wrong, but she didn’t want to stop.
Sophie Jordan dreams about hooking up with Nicolas “King” Kingman—the gorgeous CEO of her company—but as her boss, he’ll always remain out of reach. King knows he isn’t built for happily-ever-afters and only indulges in brief romantic encounters. But when Sophie agrees to fill in as his last-minute date to a charity gala, an unexpected discovery quickly escalates their platonic relationship to one of passion.
King is determined to ignore their attraction and, feeling betrayed, Sophie severs ties with him and the company. Everything changes, however, when he’s injured in an accident, and Sophie agrees to help until he closes a major deal. Unfortunately, he’s developed amnesia, and although he doesn’t remember their night together, desire binds them in ways they can’t resist.
Time is running out on closing the deal, as well as Sophie moving on to her new career. Will King deny love in favor of winning and lose Sophie forever?
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What he was about to do seemed crazy. He just needed to hear Sophie say nothing sexual had ever happened between them. Then he could chalk up those images as pure fantasy.
He pulled into a space, threw the gear in park, and got out. Sophie’s shocked expression alone would whip him down to size. Guilt over dreaming of her naked would replace his attraction to her. That’s exactly what he needed. A heaping pile of remorse.
Signs with numbers and arrows led him through the maze of duplexes in the courtyard. In the past, he’d followed her from work after a long night to make sure she’d made it safely home, but he’d never actually gone to her apartment before. King located the right door and rapped on it. Not that he had a good reason now.
A porch light flickered on above him. He heard movement inside. What if Sophie’s roommate answered? He’d forgotten about her. Shit. What was his excuse? A lost phone number. Problems accessing the presentation from his computer.
Sophie opened the door. Devoid of makeup, hair swept back into a ponytail, and dressed in a faded green tee and jean shorts, she radiated uncomplicated beauty. “King? What are you doing here?”
He barely squashed the need to take her in his arms and went inside. “We have to talk. Is your roommate here?”
“No. Robin’s at work.” She closed the door. “Why? What’s going on?”
“When were we together?”
“Yesterday. Don’t you remember?” The genuine concern in her expression made him feel like a cross between a jerk for thinking of her sexually and a man struggling to prove his sanity.
“No. I mean yes.” He raked his hair and pulled so hard his scalp stung. “When did we sleep together?” Shock. Laughter. An emphatic denial. He braced for them.
Sophie paled. She shrugged and brushed her bangs from her forehead. Her tell. She planned to deny what happened.
No way in hell was she getting away with that. “How long ago was it? Weeks? Days? Why didn’t you tell me?”
What’s next for Sophie and King? Pick up your copy of FORGET YOU, The Kingman Brothers and find out. Available April 16, 2018
I liked Sophie (although I do think she didn’t make King work hard enough to win her back). She’s tried really hard to resist King, knowing exactly what kind of womanizer he is. She likes her job and crushing on him from the other side of the office door is at least something … until one night things get out of hand. I have to admire her for standing up for herself and getting out of the situation when she needed to. With King’s injury, though, everything changes. She still has feelings for him and the hurt is still there but she tries her best to keep things going smoothly for now. I couldn’t help cheering for her to go after the things that would make her really happy.
The amnesia thing isn’t as bad as might sound. King only looses a little bit of time, just enough to make the deal they’d been working on difficult. (It isn’t some soap opera-y thing 🙂 ) It helps to keep them together for just a little bit longer while King gets back on his feet. It also had me feeling even more for her. To be the only one to know what really happened but to face him every day and pretend like everything is fine … just awful.
I do wish we’d gotten a bit more about King’s relationship with his father. Crespo gives us just enough to understand why he doesn’t get involved but I think a little more detail would have made him even more relatable. As it is, for some, he might come off as a big of an a$$ instead of someone with issues. He really doesn’t treat women well at all before he finally lets Sophie in.
Full of angst and drama, uncomfortable moments and difficult situations, Forget You isn’t a light and easy read. But it does bring heat, heartache, growth, and a HEA ending.
Nina Crespo lives in Florida where she indulges in her favorite passions—the beach, kickboxing, a good glass of wine, and dancing. Her lifelong addiction to romance began in her teens while on a “borrowing spree” in her older sister’s bedroom where she discovered her first romance novel. Curiosity about people and places, including what’s beyond the stars, fuels her writer’s imagination. Indulge in her sensual contemporary stories and steamy paranormal tales to feed your own addiction for love, romance, and happily ever after.
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