With: Stefanie London
It might be because I worked in an office for a number of years, and so the environment feels real to me. I’ve experienced how people can fall in love from being side by side every day, how the gossip mill works for and against people, and how people’s career goals and relationships can clash!
There’s something about the forced proximity of people who work together that intrigues me because you can’t run away from that pesky attraction when you have to see each other every day. This situation increases the push and pull, forcing the attraction to be addressed. (Side note: this always makes me think of Jim and Pam from The Office, which might just be my favourite office romance of all time.)
That’s the reason I decided to write an office romance to kick off my Scandalous Wentworth series with Entangled Indulgence. But, an office romance alone wasn’t enough. So I added to the boss/employee dynamic. The CEO and a HR Officer who hates office gossip.
And, since I love putting my characters in the most awkward spots possible, I threw in a little mistaken identity. The hero and heroine sleep together and have no idea they work for the same company. Oops! (This is another favourite trope of mine – so much opportunity for an awkward and hilarious ‘second meeting’ scene.)
Add to all that an evil Chihuahua, a rogue olive, a pair of impossibly sexy blue heels and a healthy dose of family drama, and you’ve got Taken By The CEO in a nutshell. I truly hope you enjoy the start of this new series! I’ve had a blast writing it.
Here’s a scene from before Emmaline and Parker have discovered one another’s true identities:
Excerpt from Taken by the CEO
“What did you order?” Sarah tried to lift the lid of the white cake box in his hands. “They do the best cannoli here.” He’d ordered the dessert to go while Sarah had gone to
“freshen up,” as she’d put it. “You’ll have to wait and see.” “Do you have a sweet tooth?” she asked, her heels
clicking against the pavement. “Depends on my mood.” It also depended on what else
he’d eaten that day. Parker wasn’t the type of guy to indulge without rst knowing how it would affect him on a macro nutrient level—but that sounded a little too Type-A to say aloud.“I’m partial to the occasional piece of chocolate cake.”
“I make this chocolate cake with caramel buttercream frosting between the layers. My sister calls it the Better Than Sex cake.” She snapped her mouth shut for a moment, and
a delicate pink ush fanned out across her cheeks. “Well, it’s pretty good, anyway...if you like that kind of thing.”
“Better than sex?” He chuckled. “That’d have to be some damn good cake.”
“I guess it depends on the kind of sex you compare it to,” she said, the ush deepening to an attractive shade of bright pink. “What I mean is, not all sex is like chocolate cake. Sometimes it’s more like...”
“Pizza?” he offered.
“I was going to say kale.” She wrinkled her nose. “I know it’s good for me on some level, but it’s just kind of unappealing. And weird.”
“Right.” He held back a laugh.
“I’m not saying you’ll be the kale kind of sex. I know you de nitely won’t be. I can tell that already...” She sucked on her lower lip and sighed. “Can we just forget I said anything?”
“Oh no, you don’t get out of it that easily.” He shook his head. “What type of sex do you think I’ll be?”
“Better than cake.” Her lower lip glistened, tempting as ripe fruit. “Better than champagne and macarons and let mignon.”
“That’s some pedestal you’ve put me on.”
It was only supposed to be a little white lie. When Emmaline Greene pretends to be Sarah, the confident, sexy woman she wishes she could be, she figures no harm, no foul. Her one-night stand will never find out. Wrong. The gorgeous guy she slept with isn’t just amazing in bed…he’s also her new boss.
Parker Wentworth has a lot to prove. He’s just been appointed CEO of his family’s company and is tasked with repairing its scandalous reputation. He can’t afford any distractions or complications. Too bad the attractive blonde he takes to bed turns out to be both. So why can’t he forget the incredible night they spent together and move on?
And why does he have this need to know the real Emmaline?
About the author:
Stefanie London is the USA Today bestselling author of over ten contemporary romances with humour, heat and heart.
Growing up, Stefanie came from a family of women who loved to read. Thus, it was no surprise Stefanie was the sort of student who would read her English books before the semester started. After sneaking several literature subjects into her ‘very practical’ Business degree, she got a job in Communications. When writing emails and newsletters didn’t fulfil her creative urges, she turned to fiction and was finally able to write the stories that kept her mind busy at night.
Originally from Australia, she now lives in Toronto with her very own hero and is currently in the process of doing her best to travel the world. She frequently indulges in her passions for good coffee, lipstick, romance novels and zombie movies.
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