Series: On Hold #1
on October 5th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Having it all is a fantasy, right?
Chloe Browne knows all about fantasy. Fantasy is her job.
And sheÔÇÖs very, very good at what she does.
As director of design for the O Spa chain, a sophisticated womenÔÇÖs club that is trending its way into being the Next Big Thing, ChloeÔÇÖs ready to take on the world.
One baby at a time.
Her home studyÔÇÖs done, and sheÔÇÖs about to adopt, a thirty-something single mother by choice. Who needs to put her life on hold for the right guy when the right baby is waiting for her?
Besides, talk about fantasy.
The right guy?
And then in walks Nick Grafton, with those commanding sapphire eyes and wavy blonde hair and a sophisticated mouth that only smiles for her.
But the last thing Nick wants is to start fresh with a new baby as his college-age kids fly the coop. A single father for more than fifteen years after his wife walked out on her family, Nick finally tastes freedom.
But he likes the taste of Chloe more.
Our Options Have Changed is a full-length standalone contemporary romance, the first in the On Hold series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julia Kent and journalist-turned-fiction-writer Elisa Reed. It is a loose spinoff from Julia KentÔÇÖs Shopping for a Billionaire series, with cameo appearances from favorite characters.
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Through the next ten slides, Chloe shows us exactly how brilliant she is, while I struggle to grasp the landscape of the meeting. She walked in here with a fringe idea and a slim chance of convincing Andrew McCormick to invest on the scale she wants.
And now theyÔÇÖre talking New Orleans, San Francisco, andÔÇö
ÔÇ£Rio would be a great target for 2018,ÔÇØ Chloe says, sitting down across from Andrew, tapping the end of a pen against the front of her teeth. ÔÇ£What about Tokyo for 2020?ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£The Olympics!ÔÇØ Andrew and Amanda say at the same time, then laugh.
ÔÇ£WeÔÇÖre getting ahead of ourselves,ÔÇØ I declare.
ÔÇ£YouÔÇÖre not convinced IÔÇÖm worth taking a chance?ÔÇØ Chloe asks, her nose twitching with amusement, that curled lip driving me mad.
ÔÇ£YouÔÇÖve convinced me,ÔÇØ Andrew says, standing and finally looking at his phone. ÔÇ£Nick, make it happen.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Give Chloe whatever she needs.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Whatever she needs?ÔÇØ I choke out in surprise. Quickly, I recover, face showing no emotion, even if my pulse and half the blood in my body has migrated below my belt and I canÔÇÖt stop wondering whatÔÇÖs under that corset. One peek of a nipple is like being given a single sip of Hennessy cognac.
ItÔÇÖs great, but you want the whole thing in your mouth eventually.
God help me, her eyes meet mine and her smile widens.
Best. Job. Ever.
ÔÇ£Right. Chloe, why donÔÇÖt you go back to your office for an hour or so, while Nick and Amanda and I hash out some details in the conference room. WeÔÇÖll call you,ÔÇØ Andrew says, standing and reaching for her hand. The only hint of emotion in ChloeÔÇÖs face comes from the micro-movements in her eyes. She is pleased.
I want to please her. And not just with AnterdecÔÇÖs money.
In this business setting, she should be pleased. Sharp and perceptive, sheÔÇÖs turned the meeting around. A green light from Andrew McCormick isnÔÇÖt easy to obtain, and she marched right in here in secret dominatrix lingerie and she did it. I am intrigued and a little spellbound.
Maybe IÔÇÖm just lightheaded from the lack of blood flow to the brain.
She unmoors me, turning back decades, making me feel like an awkward, uncoordinated teen.
But with a manÔÇÖs appreciation for all that goes into making her her.
ÔÇ£Nick?ÔÇØ AndrewÔÇÖs clipped tone makes me realize IÔÇÖm in my own head. ChloeÔÇÖs standing before me, her nose twitching with amusement, the rest of her face revealing nothing.
ÔÇ£Great presentation,ÔÇØ I say, shaking her hand. My eyes float down to her rack.
ÔÇ£ItÔÇÖs an eyeful, isnÔÇÖt it?ÔÇØ she jokes.
ÔÇ£Certainly impressive,ÔÇØ I confirm. ÔÇ£The graphs.ÔÇØ I need to dial this down. AndrewÔÇÖs giving me looks that could peel paint. ÔÇ£You give great data.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£I aim to be Good, Giving, and Game.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£IsnÔÇÖt that what Dan Savage says about sex?ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£It applies to business, too.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£A universal set of tools.ÔÇØ She shrugs.
ÔÇ£Everyone can have the same tools, Nick. Tool acquisition? Anyone can do that. The real skill is in implementation.ÔÇØ
With that, Chloe Browne leaves me speechless, hard as a rock, and the object of my bossÔÇÖs ire.
One hell of a hat trick.
About Julia Kent
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge, and new adult books that push contemporary boundaries. From billionaires to BBWs to rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every book she writes, but unlike Trevor from Random Acts of Crazy, she has never kissed a chicken.
About Elisa Reed
New England native Elisa Reed now lives, writes, and plays in New Orleans and along the sugar sands of the Gulf Coast.