Saturday, April 7, 2018

In the Eye of the Storm & Catering to the CEO by Samantha Chase

Dealing with your boss is never easy... falling in love with him is even harder.

In the Eye of the Storm

Holly Abrams can't believe her demanding... and unbelievably sexy... boss, Stephen Ballinger, called her to pick him up at 2 A.M. in the middle of a tropical storm. To make matters worse, the storm is too dangerous for her to make the trek home. Forced to stay at his place to wait it out, their relationship quickly turns passionate... but will it last past the thunder and lightning?

Catering to the CEO

Millionaire CEO Adam Lawrence knows how to get what he wants—in business and in the bedroom. So when caterer Cassie Jacobs dares to best him on a deal, Adam vows revenge. But when they get life-changing news that could bind them together for years to come, Adam may have no choice but to change his ways... and open his heart.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
In the Eye of the Storm

Holly is tired of putting up with her boss's crap. She's a great personal assistant, working up to 12 hours a day, weekends, holidays, whatever he needs. Except on this particular night, being woken up at 2 a.m. just to pick him and drive him home has brought her feelings to the forefront. Stephen's not sure what is wrong with Holly, doesn't understand where all this animosity is coming from.

When the storm forces them to spend time together not working, they begin to realize just how attracted they are to each other. As their feelings for each other begin to grow, they resolve to keep this part of their lives separate from work.

I enjoyed this book and the way the characters were written.

Catering to the CEO

A small, close-knit family fights for each other against all odds, at least that's how it’s been with Cassie and her family. That truly comes into play when her current nemesis, Adam Lawrence, threatens to fire her for not waiting to change the parameters of their contract. It’s made even more complicated when Cassie's father announces he's dating Adam's mom.

Adam is irritated that Cassie refuses to do what he wants, when he wants. She's so stubborn and he can't help but think that she's working an angle. He also wants her, in his life and in his bed. He just doesn't know what he's going to do about that.

Adam's character is suspicious of everyone, including this own mother. He has a reason to be, after all, his father came out of the woodwork when he made his first million. Now he expects everyone to do the same.

Cassie is unlike anyone is Adam has ever met and that perplexes him as much as it intrigues him.

Samantha Chase gives us two stories about romance in the work place. The stories are what you’d expect for a contemporary romance and for me, made easy relaxing reading for my long weekend.

Eye of the Storm

At the start of the story, Stephen calls his personal assistant Holly at two in the morning to pick him up from a bar and take him home. My very favourite part of this story is Holly going off at him for his over the top demands on her time. As a PA, I’ve dreamed of doing this. But sometimes it is a case of be careful what you wish for.

The pair spend an amazing weekend together at Stephen’s place while a storm rages outside. But when they return to the workplace things don’t go so well.

Like many couples before them, Stephen and Holly could solve their problems with honest communication but taking a risk with your heart isn’t always easy. But all’s well that ends well as they say, and Eye of the Storm has a happy ending. 3 stars

Catering to the CEO

I don’t want to give the storyline away for this one because I found it had a few embarrassing and uncomfortable moments that were fun and surprising.

Adam was a hard character to get to love but by the end of the story he’d won my heart even if he did some not so smart things. Cassie is a strong and loving woman with a successful business. Reading the parts of the story where Cassie was cooking up a storm made me want to cook and I hate cooking.

Catering to the CEO is a really good, entertaining story and I read it in less than a day. 4 stars.

In the Eye of the Storm

This is a sweet and fun story – with boss Stephen pushing his PA Holly just too far and finding that he rather liked her standing up to him. And yet he hates it too, and certainly the feelings that he suddenly experiences cause him to behave badly. We get to understand both their concerns and desires, and I could not help but wish that they were a little more open with each other! I did not care for some of the overly descriptive passages, but I enjoyed the story overall.

Catering to the CEO

This story also revolves around another man who is damaged by his past and is not intending to ever get close to a woman. Adam is also rude to his employees and his caterer, Cassie. By an uncanny twist of fate, after they almost part ways professionally, they find that they will have to behave personally.

I found Adam to really be rather unbearable and found him to be beyond forgiveness for a significant amount of the book, which made it more difficult to understand what Cassie could see in him! But there were hints of how he could be, and one can only hope that the ending is the start of better things.

I am not sure that I would have chosen to read this immediately after the previous book if I hadn't been reviewing it, as it has a similar theme. It has some quite serious issues in it, but there were some light moments too.

In the Eye of the Storm

This book starts off with a bang, but unfortunately it quickly fell flat for me and I found myself skimming through the middle so that I could see the ending.

Holly’s boss knows no boundaries and is always working her to the bone. When he calls her, drunk, at 2am to pick him up, she’s had enough. Only before she can make her get-away a storm makes it so that she’s unable to leave his home. Holly has always found Stephen attractive but has never been willing to cross that line, until they’re locked up together.

I just didn’t find this story very fast-paced. It had such an intriguing start but Holly getting stuck at Stephen’s house just didn’t seem plausible. I wasn’t a huge fan of Stephen’s character, in my eyes, he’s not the lovable kind of a-hole I love to read. Holly’s character was great and the reason I’m giving three stars – I just didn’t want her to wind up with Stephen.

Catering to the CEO

I really enjoyed this book; in my opinion, it's so much better than In the Eye of the Storm. Catering to the CEO is an interesting story that had me sucked in from the first chapter.

Adam is workaholic who doesn't take no for an answer – he always gets his way. Until Cassie, the stubborn caterer, comes along. Cassie needs Adam's business as he's her biggest client but when he makes unreasonable demands she walks – less than 2 weeks before the big event. Adam winds up having to go crawling to Cassie and beg forgiveness and in the process, an unlikely romance forms.

The humor in this book is off the charts – I found myself laughing out loud throughout. Cassie is a strong lead character and the perfect match for Adam – I loved this short but humorous read!

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Teaching creative writing to students from elementary through high school motivated Samantha to take that step as well. Since then, she has become a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She lives with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of In the Eye of the Storm & Catering to the CEO by Samantha Chase to read and review.

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