Synopsis:Ryder Rodgers had a plan.
He was going to stride into the conference room, do the required song and dance over the next five days, and win the biggest contract of his career. But when he walked in and heard the voice of one of his competitors, all his plans were shot to hell.
Harper Denton. She was always on top. In college. First in their class. Always using every advantage to edge him out to win the coveted positions. The only one who could beat him. His academic rival. More like a constant thorn in his side. And his ego’s.
When he heard her voice, he was brought back to years before. To the bitter taste of being second best. But the woman who meets his gaze is nothing like the drab wallflower he used to know. Hell no. She was all woman now: curves, confidence, and staggering sex appeal. And no doubt, still brilliant.
The fact that she’s gorgeous and bright won’t distract him. This time, Ryder’s determined to be the one on top. But not if Harper can help it.
An Excerpt from Sweet Rivalry
Work first. Reward sex next.
That’ll give me something to look forward to during the next few days. The ones I can’t wait to dive headfirst into that will be an ever-changing combination of stress, exhaustion, strategy, and manipulation. An unscripted dance amongst us bidders while we size each other up, calculate our numbers, and explain to the developer why we’re the most valuable candidate for the job.
It’s the game I love. The competition I thrive on. My return to the job that I’ve been desperate to make.
And there’d be no better way to make a statement that Harper Denton is back than to leave this building with the multimillion dollar contract for Meteor Development tucked securely under my arm.
And just like that, as a reward for my positive thinking, when I look up, there he is, in full view.
I take in the expensive briefcase, the venti Starbucks, and the expensive watch peeking out from beneath the cuff of his shirt. And just my luck that while I’m afforded a full view of his body, the one thing I’m the most curious about is obscured by his hand holding his cell phone up to his ear: his face.
So instead I drink him in. He really is magnificent. I note his posture and the way he carries his body when he moves forward a few steps. There’s an air about him that says he’s no-nonsense and in control, powerful, and at the same time he doesn’t seem uptight. He has that Southern
California professional vibe. I can’t put my finger on it but he reminds me of someone I can’t quite place. Regardless, a man who can pull off being in control and playful has definite merits.
Like “spank me until my body aches in want, and then make a game of hitting each erogenous zone with his tongue before he’ll satisfy that ache he created and let me come” type of merits.
The mind-blowing-sex reward just became even more appealing.
I love me some K. Bromberg books and I was so excited to see her writing a novella for the 1001
Dark Nights series! I couldn’t wait to see what she had in store for us. This one didn’t disappoint at all! I really enjoyed this short and sweet story.
Haper and Ryder will make you laugh out loud at times. Their banter back and forth over this rivalry is just fun!
When we star this we have Ryder & Harper at the end of their college days. And we know that hands down they both have a thing for each other but they are fighting it big time. Harper is the beautiful nerdy girl that wore big baggy clothing and hid behind her shyness. Ryder was a boy that had a crush but didn’t know how to show it. Call it a missed opportunity… Until years later…
The setup, they are both working and vying for a huge contract. They are still attracted to each other. Getting together would be a disaster and a distraction that neither of them need considering Harper’s job is riding on getting this contract. She’s been burned and she’s scorned and not just by Ryder and their past but by a client. So she’s working hard to rebuild her career and her ruthless and intimidating presences in the board room.
You will really enjoy the back and forth in this one. I really loved everything about Ryder! Well all except for the beard, cause I know I’m in the minority but they are a turn off for me! Other then that he was PERFECTION in a suit and tie!
I think you will really like this short read, it’s sexy and fun, and a fabulous addition to Kristy’s collection of great books!