Can she overcome her consuming desire for him? Can he make her comfortable with the other C-word…commitment?
Marley Mason is dreading the arrival of the new business consultant. After all, this man will most likely outsource her job to China. The last thing she would expect is a case of mistaken identity, leading to false accusations of kidnapping when she attempts to pick up the wrong man at the airport, or worse…that she would have such a visceral reaction to the right man.
Rick Randy is super sexy, scandalously flirty, and perfect masturbation material, but a relationship is out of the question. Rick is contracted on a temporary basis to fix Marley’s ailing company, and then pull out, although as he expresses to Marley, pulling out is difficult for him, in more ways than one! Marley’s feelings range from utter confusion to intense contemplation as Rick charms his way into her life. All of those C-words Marley can control, but it’s the other C-word she fears—commitment.
Review- 5 stars!The Other C-Word by M.K. Schiller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Marley Mason is sent to pick up a consultant from the airport who was hired to help the company she works for become more efficient. She does not expect to have such an intense attraction to him, or to find herself working with him over the next few months. Rick Randy is charming and smart to go along with his incredible good looks. Their attraction to one another has them considering things neither would have in the past.
Truth be told, I didn't expect to love this book. Between the cover and description of the book, I was pretty sure I knew what to expect and that it would be predictable and fine, but not great. What a fantastic surprise this turned out to be. Despite the initially predictable story line, the characters in this book were unique and entertaining and there were a lot of elements of the story that I didn't expect.
Marley is someone who has had some things happen in her past that have caused her to lead an unconventional life in the present. She has some rules about relationships and a living situation that as readers, we don't quite understand fully until later in the book. Rick is pretty close to perfect. He has some alpha tendencies, but they never cross the line to controlling. He's also sexy, funny, smart, and tries hard to do the right thing nearly always.
The sexual tension and build up before their relationship turns physical was exquisite! Their attraction to one another was instant, but it took a good long angsty while before they gave in to what they both wanted. That build up provided a much more authentic feel to everything. Of course, everything was complicated just like they both knew it would be before they started, but it was still wonderful to experience them growing and changing together the more time they spent with one another. Plus the sex is super hot.
Marley's family and best friend Dillon provided a wonderful cast of supporting characters. They were unconventional,loving, supportive, and funny. They made several aspects of this story even better. I really loved seeing what becoming connected to Marley's family gave to Rick as well.
There are a lot of emotions flying around this book- both high and low. There are some tough scenes and things are are difficult to experience along with Marley. However, throughout everything there is humor, and wit at a level that is not all that common. I laughed out loud 3 times while reading this. There is a lot that I find funny, but it takes a little something extra to get me cracking up uncontrollably in front of others as I'm reading. I'm glad I read this and I would definitely recommend this to fans of Alice Clayton, Tara Sivec, or really anyone who likes books in this genre.
A million things happened to my body at once. My pulse quickened, my heart thumped wildly, the hair on the back of my neck stood up and the area between my legs felt slippery. Cunnilingus? Not the sexiest word, but when it rolled off his soft, sumptuous lips, I felt like I could orgasm right there. He helped me into the elevator—he had to. We went to the opposite ends of the elevator car. We had to.
Then the annoying thing happened where we heard multiple shouts of, “Hold the door.”
Damn! Doesn’t anyone know common elevator etiquette?
I wanted to hit the door-close button, but Rick, the consummate gentleman, held the doors open. About twenty people piled on, separating Rick and I further. How was there this many people in the elevator? Crap, I hoped they couldn’t sense what a hot, damp mess I was. It was so freaking embarrassing, and I silently cursed Rick for turning me on so much with a simple word. Not even a smutty word, but a scientifically correct word. How did he do that? If I said fellatio, would it turn him on?
Kathy was among the passengers, and it was obvious she wanted to stand as close to Rick as possible.
“Where are you off to?” Kathy asked him. It was hard to see among the pile of people, but I leaned my head back, and could just make out Kathy caressing Rick’s arm through the myriad of elbows and shoulders that separated us.
“Lunch,” he replied good-naturedly, moving his arm from her grasp. Man, he was so much better at this than I was. Of course, I wasn’t able to whisper anything scandalous in his ear.
“But it’s only ten-thirty,” Kathy said.
“Oh, I was going to run a few errands, but I could go for some brunch myself. I’d love to join you.”
“No!” I hadn’t meant to say it aloud, but I did. I didn’t quite yell it, but the pleading whimper in my voice was unmistakable. People shifted in front of me and Kathy shot me an annoyed look.
“I didn’t see you there, Marley,” she said, although I knew she had.
Rick took charge of the conversation quickly. “Kathy, Marley and I are doing a working lunch. We have some…results to go over.” It amazed me how professional he sounded.
“Oh, on the website beta testing?” Kathy asked.
“Yes, on that,” Rick replied.
The elevator let us off and I breathed a sigh of relief to be in an open space again. Kathy wasn’t done though. She stopped in front of Rick, smiling broadly, flipping her dark hair. “Well, if three’s not a crowd then like I said, I would love to join you. I have some ideas of my own.”
Oh crap! I almost laughed at the absurdity of her statement, but I restrained myself, leaning against the wall outside the elevator for support, not daring to speak again.
Rick smiled brightly and took Kathy’s hand. He took her hand! “Kathy, I would love to hear your ideas, but right now, I really need a one-on-one with Marley. I need to give her all my input, no matter how long it takes. I need her to take all the data I can possibly give her so she can…come…up with the finished reports.” His loaded pause between the word ‘come’ was not lost on me. “It will be boring for you to just watch us. I mean, there’s nothing you can do for me, right now. I’m in desperate need of Marley’s assistance with this.” His words gushed with sexual suggestion and he knew it…so did I.
Author Bio – MK Schiller
This is my debut novel, and I’m thrilled to share it with you. I describe myself as a hopeless romantic in a hopelessly pragmatic world. By day, I don a magic cape, calculator (sometimes an abacus), and an assortment of gel pens for my work in the world of finance. But by night, I sit by the warm glow of my computer monitor, and think of stories that will warm the heart, and cheer the soul.
There is nothing better than the intimate journey and ultimate satisfaction that only a swoon-worthy romance can provide, especially if there are a few laughs along the way. Although writing is my passion, I am a reader first and enjoy nothing more than curling up with a good book and some tasty Italian (the food, of course!). I hope you will enjoy my work and please drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you.
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