He’s not who she expected, but he’s exactly the man she needs…
When Chelsea Wayne drags Santa into a supply closet for a little office party nookie, she assumes the man in the suit is her on-again/off-again coworker boyfriend. Instead, it’s Rafe St. Sebastian, a man known for his hard-driving ways in business as well as the bedroom–and, kill her now, the brand spanking new owner of Las Ventanas–who grants her naughtiest Christmas wishes.
So much for her reputation, not to mention her career.
Rafe needs to close three acquisitions to prove to his father he’s ready to take the helm of St. Sebastian Enterprises. A hot interlude in a supply closet after deal number two seems like the perfect illicit Christmas bonus. Unfortunately, when that “bonus” becomes the key to the final deal, he finds himself back in bed–so to speak–with Chelsea, and after their steamy tryst, he’s not interested in keeping things professional…
Source: ARC from Entangled: Brazen via NetGalley
On the whole this is a cute, sexy read that’s mostly fluff and fun. Although some might have problems with the first chapter. Personally, the way I see it is that Chelsea does something out of character, wanting to spice up her lacklustre relationship, and even though she thinks her lover’s behaviour is a bit unusual, she gets swept away by it. From Rafe’s side of things, he vaguely knows who Chelsea is and is used to women coming on to him for no apparent reason (other than money and power, etc), so likewise, he goes along with it, thinking it’s all pretty hot. Both have fun, and it’s not until Chelsea’s farewell comment that Rafe realises she didn’t know who he was.
Yeah, it’s a bit of a grey area. However, Rafe didn’t know that she thought he was someone else. If he’d known from the start, then nope, I’d have been out. Since he didn’t and Chelsea’s own reaction is embarrassment rather than violation, then it was vaguely okay for me. Not great, but manageable – if it hadn’t gone so far, then I probably wouldn’t have been bothered at all. (Although am I though only one a little icked out by the fact that beard is hired and it doesn’t come off at all during the whole scene? Someone better have dry cleaned that thing.)
The rest of the story is mostly Rafe having parental control issues and Chelsea having sex with him. There is a lot of sex, and if I’m honest not a lot of plot. Sure, there’s stuff about Chelsea’s ex and his new fiancé, but it doesn’t really get explained too well or resolved that much. Rafe also has a few troubles with his hotel acquisitions, and I was a little irritated that the obvious solution takes so long to be offered.
For the most part, though, this is cute and fun (the emails from Chelsea’s assistant are great) with lots of sex. If you’re looking for deep character development and plot to balance that side of things out… well, you won’t find it here. Instead this is an easy read that did just enough to make it enjoyable, if not quite enough to make it memorable. Your own mileage may vary, though, depending on how you personally view that first chapter.
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