He’s sexy and confident, the kind of man every woman notices. You know, the one with the to-die-for body and panty-melting smirk. And then there’s the way his designer suits drape over his broad shoulders and big…well, we’ve all heard the rumors, the ones that say he’s up for any challenge.
But I can’t see him that way. He’s my boss—technically one of the owners of the company where I work—and definitely not in my league. Men like him don’t notice women like me, and they don’t date them.
And I don’t date men like him.
Until that one time that I catch him in a compromising position when I’m also in need of a last-minute date for a wedding…and then it’s not real. It’s blackmail.
For one weekend, he’s my plus-one.
Beautiful and unobtainable.
From the moment she walked into my office with those stunning blue eyes and crazy sensual curves, she’s been on my mind. Three years and never once has she acted interested in me. Usually I flash a million-dollar smile and women fall to their knees, some literally.
Then on the occasion that I agree to let another woman do that—fall to her knees—guess who happens to catch us?
It may not be the most conventional way to get on her radar, but I didn’t get this far in business without knowing when to seize an opportunity. If this sexy little firecracker with perfectly kissable lips thinks she can blackmail me into attending her cousin’s wedding, I’m going to jump at the chance to be her plus-one.
You love her darker side. Now it’s time to meet Leatha, the lighter side of Aleatha, as she trades her renowned twists and turns for laughs and love with this sexy new stand-alone romance, PLUS ONE.
I have to say…I’m liking this lighter side Leatha! It says a lot about a writer when she can transition between romance genres successfully, and Aleatha Romig does just that as she steps out of her dark and gritty world and delivers a story that is as sexy as it is sweet.
Plus One may seem like a straightforward title, but due to Kimbra’s background, specifically how she grew up and the expectations that surrounded her, the fact that she needs a date for her cousin’s wedding is an added complication to an already stressful visit, but Kimbra also knows that not bringing a plus one will only make matters worse, so when she sees an opportunity to snag herself a companion for her weekend home, she gets more than she bargains for…maybe even more than she ever thought she’d get…from a man who she never believed would want anything from her but her professionalism.
For three years, Duncan Willis has bided his time when it comes to his company’s Human Resource Specialist, but now he has the perfect opening to pursue the one woman who challenges him both as a man and as a human being, and he doesn’t plan to squander his chance to perhaps be her plus one for more than just a “pretend weekend.”
I absolutely adored Kimbra and her crazy family. Readers will connect with each one of them because they’re realistically portrayed and even though Kimbra’s hometown doesn’t understand why she left to pursue her dreams in New York City, it’s clear that they are proud of her and all that she’s accomplished on her own, even if they have a unique way of showing it.
Aleatha Romig also does a great job of showing a different side of New York’s most eligible bachelor. I don’t think readers would have the same reaction to Duncan if they didn’t hear parts of the story through his perspective. It’s easy to stereotype a man like him due to his extracurricular dalliances, but by allowing readers inside Duncan’s head and offering much needed insight into why he chooses to interact with women the way he does and what he’s actually hoping his weekend with Kimbra turns out to be, it’s clear that there’s much more to this undeniably sexy CEO.
Romig explores who Kimbra and Duncan are at their core and takes both of their fantasies and sets them on a path from pretend to real to hopefully permanent as long as Kimbra can believe Duncan is capable of that and Duncan see through the wall he’s built due to his past and work harder than he ever has for something that he’s wanted since he first laid eyes on Kimbra three years ago.
Plus One is a feel good story about two people who have intense chemistry but have never pursued it due to their company’s fraternization policy as well as Kimbra’s need to do her job with a clear conscience. It’s also a book about not taking the easy way out and what that means for someone’s personal and professional life because sometimes the easiest solutions are the ones that don’t give a person exactly what they want and need.
4.5 Poison Apples
I’m in an alternate universe and it’s every fantasy I never knew I had.
What CEO of a billion-dollar company dreams of enjoying a farm in the middle of nowhere? Who imagines waking in a small bedroom, complete with a canopy bed and sunshine streaming through pink curtains, as birds sing? What owner of a 7,000-square-foot penthouse with a to-die-for view of the Empire State Building enjoys the hominess of a hundred-year-old, 3,000-square-foot farmhouse with a wraparound porch, creaky floors, and a view of cornfields?
Sitting with a cup of steaming black coffee, I listen as Kimbra and her brother Kevin bicker back and forth while helping their mother in the large eat-in kitchen. The warm spring air is filled with the sizzle of frying as the aroma of coffee, eggs, and bacon reminds me of some of the best diners in New York.
Although Kimbra’s dad, Oscar, is talking, I can’t concentrate on anything but Kimbra—Kimberly Ann. That’s what everyone here calls her.
“Because of you, I’m out ten bucks.” Kevin says, not doing a good job of whispering.
“Me?” Kimbra asks. “What did I do?”
Kevin tilts his head my way. “You brought a real guy here. I put money on him being made up.”
Kimbra reaches out and punches his shoulder.
He lifts his hands in surrender. “No. Listen. I was sure it was a good bet. When Mom said your boyfriend’s name wasn’t Timothy, but Duncan, and you didn’t want him in the wedding, Susan and I figured he wasn’t real. I bet Jimmy ten bucks this fake Duncan guy would be a no-show. Susan and I were sure that before last night, you’d have some reason why at the last minute he couldn’t attend. You know, like you’d make up some accident or something.”
Her brother is about as good at speaking softly as he is at being nice to his sister.
“Shut up!” Kimbra whispers back. “Obviously he’s real.”
Kevin’s head falls back in laughter. “He’s real, all right. Last night I thought your old bed was going to collapse.”
Kimbra’s eyes flash to me. And though I look down at my coffee and pray her dad isn’t listening, the gleam in her expression makes my cock twitch with the memories of the night before.
Aleatha Romig is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana, USA. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!
Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These stand alone thrillers continue Aleatha’s twisted style with an increase in heat.
In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romantic suspense with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series that has taken the reading world by storm. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK were published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.
2017 brings Aleatha’s first “Leatha, the lighter side of Aleatha” with PLUS ONE, a fun, sexy romantic comedy.
Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and PEN America. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.