Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The Money Man by Nancy Herkness

She’s small-town business. He’s Manhattan high finance. Together they ignite in a novel about unexpected love and danger by Nancy Herkness, award-winning author of the Wager of Hearts series.

New Jersey bookkeeper Alice Thurber has a carefully constructed risk-free life. Everything in perfect balance. Until little discrepancies show up in her clients’ accounts. Most would ignore it. Not the impeccably precise Alice. In desperation she reaches out to a high-powered consulting firm for help. New York City’s movie-star handsome financial wizard Derek Killion reaches back. All he has to do is smile and Alice’s fantasies stir. A girl can dream, can’t she?

A cofounder of KRG, Derek’s promise is to advise small-business owners in trouble. He never guessed that assisting the diffident but sexy Alice would be so captivating and make it so hard to keep his desires in check. But just as intriguing is the alarming puzzle behind the computer glitch that’s unsettled his client. As the investigation unfolds, they must also confront an attraction too palpable to ignore. Every new dark twist they follow is only bringing them closer together—in passion and in danger.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Alice owns her own small accounting business where she has several clients. When she talks them into changing over from paper files to a new software program, she thinks it will make things easier for everyone. But after a few dollars short here and there, she tries to contact the software company for answers, but she gets no help from them. She notices an offer for help from the larger than life accounting firm KRG.

Derek lands one of the biggest accounts of his career and their company’s too. But the excitement he used to feel just isn't there. But when he gets an email regarding help from a small business owner, the excitement is back. Derek goes to help Alice himself; he feels it will be something quick. But when he is stumped, he pulls in his partner to help.

There is more going on here than either of them realizes. Can Derek help Alice find the problem without stirring up trouble? Will Alice be able to spend time with Derek and not fall for him? Can they solve the missing money problem and steer clear of the danger coming their way?

This is a first for me from this author and I look forward to reading more from her. This story is filled with lust, love, and suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end because you will have to know what happens. I hope you enjoy this one too.

This is the first in a new series, and I am definitely looking forward to future installments. I enjoyed the level of world building and the introduction to the men who started and are super successful in their business. I like that they each have their own specialisms, and yet that they work closely and support each other. Here Derek, the money man, gets his chance at love... and it is brilliant how the author manages to make him sexy even if his profession would suggest otherwise. In fact, I loved how even he is surprised at Alice being a bookkeeper and yet also young and desirable. Throw in the cheeky play on words regarding statistics and this was just the story I would have loved to have written.

The plot centres around Alice using new accounting software which has caused her to find a number of small errors. She is quite certain that there are no errors in her work, indeed she repeats them manually to check... This turns into a massive, dangerous issue – and is really well constructed. It gives Derek a chance to give support to a small business, as he is somewhat jaded about his never-ending work schedule.

Together they work to solve the mystery and stop the crime... and in the process develop a strong affinity for each other and indulge in the pleasure that they offer each other. It is intelligent, romantic, and gives both of them an understanding of what they had been missing out on in their career focused lives.

A slightly slow start, but soon got really good – recommended!

Nancy Herkness is the award-winning author of the Wager of Hearts, Whisper Horse, and Second Glances series, as well as several other contemporary romance novels. With degrees in English literature and creative writing from Princeton University, she has earned the New England Readers’ Choice award, the Book Buyers Best Top Pick honor, and the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, and she is a two-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award.

Nancy is a native of West Virginia but now lives in suburban New Jersey with a goofy golden retriever.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Money Man (The Consultants #1) by Nancy Herkness to read and review.

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