The CEO Buys In (Wager of Hearts #1) by Nancy Herkness

The CEO Buys In (Wager of Hearts, #1) by Nancy Herkness
Series: Wager of Hearts #1
on July 21, 2015
Pages: 378
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Self-made billionaire Nathan Trainor feels restless and disillusioned. His company may be thriving, but he can’t find a woman who sees him for more than his wealth. With his love life in the red, he meets two other billionaire bachelors at the ultra-exclusive Bellwether Club. The three of them make a wager of the heart: they must find women who love them for who they are, not their money.
Savvy office temp Chloe Russell is trying to scrape together the money she needs to support her grandmother. So when a flu epidemic strikes Trainor Electronics and she’s promoted to Nathan Trainor’s assistant, she jumps at the lucrative opportunity. But then Nathan himself falls ill, and he and Chloe must work from his penthouse while he recuperates. Before long, it’s clear there’s genuine heat between them, and it’s more than just a fever spike. Will Nathan win Chloe’s heart—and the bet? Or will their differences destroy any chance for love?

What a nice surprise! I think the most enjoyable books are the ones you didn’t expect to like.
To tell you the truth, I wasn’t too excited about this one. I was sure I’ll roll my eyes the whole time and maybe not even finish reading the whole thing. It was free thanks to my Kindle Unlimited subscription, so I said “what the hell, let’s try it.”

I was so wrong. I’M SORRY!

It’s hard not to judge a book by its cover blurb: temp executive assistant falls in love with a super handsome super rich CEO, throw in a bet made by that CEO and his friends over a bottle of expensive scotch, add a sick grandmother the temp cares for and for whom she works her ass off, Tiffany jewelry, SAKS Fifth Avenue shopping, private jets, awesome sex and some daddy issues and there you have it.

But there’s more than that. First of all, since it’s not a short story, the author takes her time building the plot and developing complex characters.
I loved the fact that she, the heroine, Chloe, was whip smart. She’s more than a temp. She has a voice, arguments, valid points. Plus, she does this great thing, fixing Nathan’s relationship with his father.

The bet is something you’ll expect to blow in their faces at some point. That’s predictable. I’m not even hiding it under a spoiler warning, because neither of us was born yesterday. If I were Chloe, I wouldn’t be that upset about it. Once you find out the details of that bet, I think you’ll agree with me. So in the end, it’s all good.

One of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much is because it’s perfect pink fairy tale material. Prince Charming, Cinderella, a night at the ball, dancing, fancy shoes and they lived happily ever after

Overall, even if you heard this story before, I still think it deserves to be read again. I’m rating with it 4★ because it’s not too original, but it made me feel really good. 🙂