Wealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He knows what he wants, and he’ll go after it no-holds-barred.
And what he wants is Charlotte Baird.
Charlotte knows she’s a mouse. Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, she just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible. But the new CEO—a brilliant, broad-shouldered T-Rex of a man who growls and storms through the office, leaving carnage in his wake—clearly has other plans. Plans that may be equal parts business and bedroom.
If Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T-Rex. Game on.
This book, the characters, the set up for the story in general, is one that sucks me in, every single time. The heroine, Charlotte, had a bad, traumatic experience in her past that’s left her dealing with panic attacks, anxiety and zero self-confidence. She’s scared and nervous all the time, she rarely stand up for herself, but she’s wicked smart and has a dry sense of humor that she only lets out around people that she lets get close; that basically consists of her one and only best friend. She’s in a job she’s over-qualified for, but she doesn’t have confidence to demand more for herself. The company she’s currently working for is going under and the board has hired a new CEO to right the ship. Gabriel Bishop made a name for himself playing professional rugby, but an injury ended his career and now he’s made a new name for himself as a businessman who can make miracles happen – turning failing businesses around into being profitable again. He’s now heading up the company and his first order of business is cleaning house. When he realizes that the old CEO’s personal assistant was taking credit for the work Charlotte was doing, he promotes Charlotte into the position she should have had all along. She nervous around Gabriel, a man she calls T-Rex behind his back because he chews up anyone in his path. But now that she’s forced to be around him daily, she slowly becomes more comfortable, whether it’s in her job ability, or in just being more comfortable not taking any crap from the demanding Gabriel, she goes from a meek mouse to someone Gabriel can’t stop thinking about.
I’ve read this general setup many times over the past year – rich, powerful businessman falling for his quiet, shy personal assistant. A match that doesn’t make sense at first, but once the history and real personalities of the characters come out, it makes them more believable as a couple. There was something about Charlotte that I connected with right from the start. It was her shy, nervous personality that clicked with me. That’s easier for me to find relatable in a heroine than some over the top, super confident woman. There was a fragileness about Charlotte that was endearing. I just liked her. I liked how she cared about her friends, I liked that she was a straight shooter especially once she became more comfortable around Gabriel. I really liked getting to know her history, the pain she went through and how she started to be more comfortable leaning on Gabriel for support, knowing that she couldn’t deal with her hangups on her own and needed someone to help her along the way.
Ah, Gabriel. I loved this guy. He’s definitely the T-Rex Charlotte calls him in the business world. He loves working, to the point of working too much, he’s demanding and he always goes after and gets what he wants. He knows there’s something about Charlotte that makes her panic and feel generally nervous, so he takes things slow and is determined to have her. We get to see all sides of Gabriel, from his take no prisoners businessman side, to the man who loves his family, to the guy who will do anything to keep Charlotte safe. He’s a great hero to get to know and I loved the hero he was for Charlotte.
I was instantly taken with this story, all because of Gabriel and especially because of Charlotte and it’s my favorite Rock Kiss book so far. Charlotte is so sweet, I loved getting to know her and seeing her relationship with Gabriel come to life on page.
Release Date: March 10, 2015
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