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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Worth The Scandal Karen Erickson



Worth The Scandal Karen Erickson
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (247 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Dahlia

Strictly business? Try telling that to her heart…

Worth It, Book 1

Alexander Worth, President and CEO of Worth Luxury Goods, is a man never to be crossed. His unwavering sense of responsibility to the family business requires him to always be in complete and utter control. Until it comes to Tessa Crawford.

She’s quietly professional, shy, voluptuous…and she works for him. Which means she is the one woman he must never touch, no matter how hard his gut twists with need for her.

After rising above her disadvantaged childhood, Tessa knows the last thing she should do is risk throwing it all away by falling into bed with her sexy boss. But on an extended European business trip, all self-imposed barriers burn away in the heat of their sizzling chemistry.

Once back home, though, whispers of corporate espionage turn into full-blown scandal—and Tessa finds out the hard way where Alex’s loyalties lie. Determined to soldier on, she picks herself up and carries on with a secret, yet welcomed burden. Never guessing that Alex will make a reappearance in her life, ready to show her once and for all that family does, indeed, come first.

Is getting involved with the boss worth the scandal?

To Alexander Worth, family and his family-built company mean everything. Anything else is just a necessary evil to get him through the days during business hours or the long lonely nights. Especially the meaningless women flitting in and out of his life mostly for appearances sake. The only bright spot to his days is his efficient and sweetly innocent secretary. Tessa's demure appearance serves an aphrodisiac and her curvaceous body instantly sex-appealing. To a man used to being in control, Alex finds himself struggling to understand the power she holds over him as more and more of his thoughts and fantasies are filled with her. He knew it would never work to approach her on anything, but a professional level and so he contented himself with watching her work. That is until an opportunity presents itself and the chance to get closer to her was too hard to resist.

Despite his aloofness and intimidating, powerful presence, Tessa Crawford couldn't stop herself from falling for Alexander Worth. She knew it would never work and not just because he was her boss, but she's also not his type. Tessa kept herself content with simply being around him as his personal secretary. No demand or task too hard for her to take on and within six months she proved herself as a hard-working, competent woman. But that's not all she proved and as Alex discovers, Tessa's innate submissive behavior doesn't only extend to business.

Alex and Tessa are the "opposites attract" type couple. They are irresistibly attracted to the each others prominent character traits. The hard bodied Alex being the demanding alpha expecting nothing less than to be obeyed grows a gentle spine as the story progresses showing a vulnerable side to himself. And then there's the soft-hearted and nurturing Tessa who shows her defiance and “claws” only when necessary and most often with Alex. This all leads to frustrations born from the ever present sexual tension and some extremely spicy sex scenes.

Worth the Scandal is a compelling, dramatic story of love, betrayal, secrets, lies, and a seemingly doomed affair where societal status could be their downfall. The romantic development is tension filled and keeps pace with the story beautifully. The various emotions are fully expressed and believable for this poignant tale. Although a few of the scenes ended somewhat abruptly, the story demands the reader's attention from beginning to end. Ms. Erickson continues the storyline by keeping it in the Worth family and focusing next on one of Alex's brothers. I am extremely curious to not only get to know him better, but also the expected update of the eldest Worth brother where during the course of this story some major life-altering developments had taken place. This story is definitely worth the read!

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