Intimate Negotiations by Nicki Night

Posted August 16, 2021 by Marsha in 2021 New Release Challenge, Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Harlequin Desire, Owned, Series, Sexual Content / 0 Comments

 

Can she risk her dream job

for a night with the man of her dreams?

Zoe Baldwin escaped her poverty-stricken youth to become a successful investment banking dynamo at the top of her game.

But a forbidden office affair with her new boss, Ethan Blackwell, could ruin both their careers. And an unexpected pregnancy makes the stakes even higher.

Will she and her billionaire playboy come to new terms when business becomes too personal?

Titles in the Blackwells of New York series include — Intimate Negotiations – One More Second Chance –

This is an adult 18+ story that contains language, possible violence, or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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Title:  Intimate Negotiations
Series:  The Blackwells of New York #1
Author:  Nicki Night
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Publication Date:  January 1, 2021
Rating:  4.5 stars

Intimate Negotiations begins the Blackwells of New York series with a sizzling, perhaps forbidden romance between a successful woman and her new boss – there are so many reasons to say it’s not worth the consequences but the temptation is simply to hard to resist for Zoe and Ethan.

I absolutely loved this story.  I do not remember reading Nicki Night before, and while I could kick myself for missing out instead I’ll simply gloat a bit at the new to me backlist that I’ll be diving into in the coming weeks.

Zoe and Ethan’s romance sizzles with awareness, temptation, and passion right from the beginning.  Now, will they act on that becomes the burning question?  I liked this couple individually and together, they simply fit, and the reasons that they kept their distance at first is a matter of interpretation for the reader.  Ethan’s father has a hard and solid rule against inner company dating, that’s a line he never, ever wants to see crossed and there will be consequences should anyone defy him.  Since Ethan is in somewhat of a competition between siblings for the top position at the family business he’s very cautious about the attraction he has for Zoe.  Oh, it’s always there just beneath the surface but until one fateful night, he’ll do anything to follow his father’s rules… whether he agrees with them or not.

I enjoyed Ethan’s inner conversations.  It’s obvious that he’s torn.  And equally obvious that there are family tensions that we aren’t fully aware of the reasons at first.  His attraction for Zoe goes beyond a stolen date and is heading into the forever mindset – but the reasons behind his decisions make sense.

I adored Zoe.  She’s a devoted daughter, a patient, and a loving sister, who not only has proven to herself that she can handle working with the powerful clients for the new firm she’s signed on with but her bosses as well.  Her self-battle with her emotions concerning Ethan is also obvious but in this situation, she has a bit more to lose should she or they cross that line.  There were moments when my heart ached for Zoe and her family, and others when I cheered on her stubbornness and determination.

Intimate Negotiations is the type of story that will keep me returning to an author to see what they come up with next.  It’s passionate, yes, but it’s also a deep love story between two adults who really belong together – if only the other things would get out of their way.  There is a reveal toward the end that answers some questions, and now I’m curious to see if that affects the rest of Ethan’s family in the future.  Oh, there are plenty of reasons to continue this series – and if you’re in the mood for a sizzling love story you cannot go wrong with this one.

I own a Kindle edition of this title.

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