Mia Ryan was on the path to make all her dreams come true. Her life was everything she wanted it to be; until one fateful night changed everything – leaving her broken and without direction. Nearly a year later, she still has little faith in anyone or anything. Desperate to reclaim her life’s ambition, she takes an unexpected offer that promises to solve all her problems. But as Mia moves forward, she’s faced with obstacles she couldn’t have foreseen. The biggest of them lies within the mystery of Ethan Fitzgerald; a man who affects her like no other, but who she should avoid pursuing, at all costs.
On a mission himself, Ethan Fitzgerald didn’t care who he pissed off on his road to fulfill his mother’s dying wish. He relied on himself, and was closed off to the world around him – until Mia Ryan walked through his door. Normally one to avoid messy emotions, Ethan’s world is turned upside down by Mia, and he can’t seem to get enough of her.
There are lines you can cross that will change the course of your life forever …
Genre Romance/ New Age
Publication Date December 19th 2013
Oh, where do I even start? I had no expectations when I started this book but, I can honestly say that I was not disappointed. This story grips you right from the start and doesn’t let go. Honestly, I was a little frustrated because I don’t want to have to wait to find out what happens!! However, it gives me something to look forward to and I can’t wait to see how Mia’s story plays out.
Mia, oh poor Mia, was kicked out of school and had her dreams of being a journalist ripped away from her by the person she trusted the most…her ex-boyfriend. With no direction in life, she is just floating through the motions, sleeping with random men trying to feel anything. When her former advisor asks her to come in for a meeting, she didn’t know how much it would change her life. She is asked to be a mole in a company in exchange for her dream of being editor-in-chief for a prominent magazine. After much consideration, she decides to do it and is shocked to meet her new boss.
Ethan has taken a role in his father’s company, not out of need, but more out of obligation. However, his life is about to take a turn into the unexpected when Mia steps foot into his office. He is immediately drawn to her and knows she feels the same way. He is determined to make her his.
Once they start working together, it is hard to deny the chemistry they have together. It seems that Ethan is the only one able to make her feel at peace, truly wanted and she is not sure how to handle it. She took the job with his company to be a mole and knows she can’t start a relationship with him. But that doesn’t stop her from craving his touch. When she finally breaks down and gives in to their attraction, the fireworks start flying!! HOT, HOT, HOT!!
However, nothing can be that easy. When Mia tries to back out of her deal to be a mole, her life and the lives of her friends are threatened. When she starts getting followed, she knows she has no other choice but to stick it out. She is torn about what to do about Ethan, he is crawling further into her heart but she knows when he finds out what she has been doing everything will be over. However, the deception is eating her alive. When she finally works up the nerve to tell him the truth, she doesn’t expect his reaction.
Will Ethan forgive her? Will Mia survive the threats being hurled her way? Will she ever get her HEA? Is it going to be with Ethan or someone else? Will the secret surrounding her scar be revealed? To get the answers to these questions and so many more, you will need to read this book. I promise you will not be disappointed. Yes, the book is part of a series, but I promise it is worth the suspense of waiting for the next one!! Hopefully it will be released before too much longer and we will not be forced to wait too long.
I truly enjoyed this book. The characters are very well written and both Mia and Ethan have lots of hidden secrets you will want to unravel. Mia is a strong, courageous woman who has been through so much in her life. You can’t help but want the best for her and want her to get a HEA. The supporting characters are great as well. Her best friends and roommates are the only true family she has and they are so sweet and protective of her. I am really looking forward to the next book and seeing where Mia goes. I know if you read it you will feel the same way, but don’t just take my word for it; make sure to get your copy today!!
“What the hell are you doing here? Are you stalking me now?” I snapped.
I attempted to remove his hand, but the effort behind it was marginal. Everything within me relished his hands all over me. My knees became weak with the heavy want coursing between my legs. My upper body constricted with my wayward needs. Ethan tightened his grip as he whirled me around so that my back was on his front. The music shifted to a slow, deliberate song that was fitting for my predicament. I cursed Usher underneath my breath for coming out with this song. Ethan had buried me into his body. It was impossible not to notice his hardness. He ran his hands down the front of my thighs until he hit bare skin.
“It's hard to stalk someone when they're in the club that you own,” he shot back.
“You own this place?” I stammered.
“I have a vested interest, so I come in on occasion. You can imagine my surprise when I discovered you were here,” he remarked.
My concentration was dwindling with every stroke he made upon my body. Ethan continued running his hands up and down my thighs, causing my heart to beat out of my chest. I bit my lip to keep from moaning from the pleasure when his fingers lingered towards the inside. My hands took on a mind of their own as they slid down his waist and thighs. His breaths trickled across my neck. It heightened the erotic dance south of me. I was in the danger zone with him. I fought to find my rational side to avoid undressing for him right then and there. My mind grasped at the few functioning brain cells to keep him talking. It was my last line of defense to keep him from kissing me.
“Why are you so upset?”
“I'm angry because you keep denying me when it's clear you want me. To top it off, you come to my club and dance with countless men right in front of me,” Ethan growled.
He ran his nose down my neck before licking away a bead of sweat. I gasped. The hand that he had moved to my waist slipped underneath my top. He caressed my belly before running his fingers further down, making every ounce of me come to a dull ache. Against my will, my body moved in ways to encourage him to travel further south to take full advantage of me. Ethan's hands settled along my waistline, lazily trailing his fingers along it. My mind screamed one last time that this was not an option for me. In a last-ditch attempt, I paused his hands so he wouldn't go any further. Ethan whipped me around to face him. The passion in his eyes was unmistakable.
“I'm trying to do the right thing,” I moaned.
His hands drifted underneath my shirt and up my sides on their way north this time. As he progressed along my rib cage to the lower line of my bra, he moved us off the dance floor. Ethan pushed me up against a pillar at the far end of it. He brought his body right into mine. He tossed in an occasional thrust of the hips as he pinned me, just to remind me how very well he knew my body. Ethan cupped my breast with tender strokes of his hand before pressing his lips on a spot underneath my ear lobe. It was enough to melt every part of me. I was throbbing all over for him.
“You want me. I want you. I don't care what's right or wrong,” Ethan hissed.
I tilted my neck as he trailed deep kisses down my collarbone and exposed shoulder. I wanted him so much that it was close to making me burst. I moaned even louder when his teeth grazed the crook of my shoulder. He sucked along my neck with eagerness, making no effort to hold back his want for me. I slanted my head to bring my lips vigorously down on his. My tongue drifted across the top of his mouth before his tongue met mine where they danced to the beat with the music around us. My hands moved down to his hips as he pumped against me. I slid them even further down to his ass. Ethan responded by grinding harder and grabbing one of my legs to raise it around his hip.
Our bodies melded together in an erotic dance as our mouths devoured each other. I lost myself in the music, in his lips, in his body, in his hands, and in the desires he brought out in me. His hands ran up and down my body while his lips and hips brought me to the point of no return.
About the Author
M. M. Koenig was born and raised in Minnesota. She now lives in the Twin Cities area with her loving dog Marley. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors of Science in Sociology.
She pays the bills as a customer service representative at a major title insurance company, but writing is her true calling. She is still searching for that special someone, but isn’t worried about finding him. He’s out there somewhere. In the meantime, she finds Mr. Right in her own writing along with a variety of other authors that have inspired her.
She has written in one form or another throughout the course of her life. She began the Secrets and Lies Series in January of 2013. The first book of the series, Conflicted, is now available for purchase at Amazon and Smashwords. She is currently working on the second book of the series, Complicated, which will be available for purchase by the spring of 2014.
M. M. Koenig enjoys being active and has a variety of interests that coincide with her passion for life. Always one to try new things, she has acquired a variety of skills. Her sarcastic nature and multitude of experiences tend to find their way into her novels.
When she has free time and isn’t writing, she spends as much time as she can with friends and family. To fuel her soul, she is constantly looking for new music, movies, and books to keep the writer’s block at bay.
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