The Charmer’s Gambit
by Lexi C. Foss
Mershano Empire #2
Publication Date: December 5, 2017
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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He set his sights on the wrong girl.
Law school taught me a lot of things, but nothing prepared me to deal with this determined, hotter-than-Hell millionaire. Don’t get me wrong, I’m flattered. But resisting Will Mershano is harder than passing the bar. He’s everything: sexy, confident, intelligent. And he wants me.
When he hires my firm to represent Mershano Vineyards, I’m left with no choice but to work right alongside him—or forfeit my job. There’s only one problem. He doesn’t know about my past or how it stalks me at every turn. All he wants is a little flirtatious fun, but Will’s playing a dangerous game.
And there’s more at stake than just my heart. . .
“Enjoying the view?” he asked, drawing my attention to his full lips. They curled into one of those seductive grins that were becoming impossible to ignore. My tongue thickened in my mouth, rendering speech impossible. All I could do was nod. Let him make of that what he wanted. He clearly knew I found him attractive. No point in denying it.
When he stood and stretched his long arms over his head, my head spun. Oh yeah, definitely had the full package. Those boxer briefs left nothing to the imagination. It took more effort than I thought possible to drag my eyes up to meet his as he strolled over to me on the balcony.
“Did you sleep well?” he asked, voice low and intimate.
My lips parted, but my vocal chords weren’t ready, so I closed my mouth. I had no idea where my dignity went, but surely it would return as soon as he put on some clothes. Maybe. He dragged his fingers through his artfully messy hair and flashed one dimple at me in the process. Those muscles flexed with each move, highlighting his power and well-earned confidence.
“So this is you speechless?” he mused. “Mmm, I think I prefer the feisty Rachel more, but at least I know for future reference.” He took a step into my personal space, allowing the heat of his body to roll over my already too-hot skin. “For the record, I didn’t sleep well at all. Want to know why?”
I found myself nodding without thinking.
He lifted his hand to tuck one of my blonde strands behind my ear and lightly brushed the back of his knuckles down my neck to my collarbone, then back up. “It took considerable effort to stay in my own room last night, more so than usual.” His palm slid to the back of my neck. “And seein’ you look at me like that right now, darlin’, won’t make tonight any easier.”
I shuddered as he brushed his lips against mine in the lightest of caresses. It wasn’t nearly hard enough, or long enough, and did not at all live up to my expectations of how he would kiss me the first time.
“You let me know when you want more,” he whispered, his nose briefly touching mine as he started to pull away. I grabbed his wrist on reflex, and he cocked a brow. “Yes?”
Words were still an issue, so I responded by closing the small gap between us and looping my arms around his neck. He didn’t hesitate. His mouth claimed mine in a kiss so carnal that I felt it down to my toes. This was what I anticipated. All dominance, strength, and passion packed into a powerful meeting of tongues as he vied for control of my mouth. I moaned in response, unable to hold back the need brewing deep inside, and rubbed against him in the most inappropriate of ways.
A man who knows what he wants, and how to get it…
Though a bit longer and darker than “The Prince’s Game”, “The Charmer’s Gambit” delivers an equally entertaining package.
Will Mershano puts the charm in charming, & since their initial meeting in “The Prince’s Game”, Rachel Dawson cannot quite put him out of her mind. He has a way of totally disarming her. She fights it, as his effortless seduction reminds her of the way her ex dominated her life, and she is determined not to be in such a situation again. Will knows he has his work cut out for him, but he is unwavering in his goal of claiming Rachel as his, and having her do the same. First, though, he needs her to trust him, and he goes about it with a skill that got Rachel (& me!) hot & bothered.
Throughout this book, you can’t help but wish for Will & Rachel to have their HEA, despite all the stress that’s going down. The way Will puts Rachel’s feelings, career & well-being above his qualifies him as book boyfriend extraordinaire material.
I enjoy the way that Lexi Foss tells her stories. They are riveting. I cannot wait for book 3, or the next spin-off series, A.B.S.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.
About the Author
Lexi C. Foss is a writer lost in the IT world. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and their furry children. When not writing, she’s busy crossing items off her travel bucket list. Many of the places she’s visited can be seen in her writing, including the mythical world of Hydria which is based on Hydra in the Greek islands. She’s quirky, consumes way too much coffee, and loves to swim.
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