Ambitious, high-powered CEO Lauren Bradley is on her way to making her company the leader in its industry. Her team is on the verge of new cutting-edge technology that will revolutionize travel and catapult Interstellar Corp to new heights. Lauren has one problem standing in her way--the threat of a takeover by Cozza Industries, a rival company.
After hours of planning and strategizing, Lauren heads for a drink to let off some steam, only to meet a handsome stranger. Wanting to be someone different for the night, she gives him a fake name and fake profession and has a liberating one-night stand. When Lauren is ambushed the next day by executives from Cozza Industries, she meets the reclusive CEO of the company, Antonio Forte, who makes it known he'll stop at nothing to get rid of his competition. He's arrogant, controlling, and sexy as hell. She can't stand him. The only problem is...he is the man she had a toe-curling one-night stand with the night before.
Lauren wants to keep her company, Antonio wants both Lauren and her company, and neither is prepared to lose. In an effort to level the playing field, Antonio proposes a forty-eight-hour truce where they shed their CEO titles and give in to their attraction to one another. Needing more time to find a way around the takeover, Lauren agrees, but a deal to spend two days together with no rules may have ramifications that neither of them expects.
Acquisition is the first book in the Takeover Duet.
I loved this book - did I say that already? I'll say it again! I felt a connection to Lauren being a woman in a man's world of business - the double standards, the consist feeling of having to prove yourself. Lauren is intelligent and demanding, and one wrong move can make her seem weak in others eyes. Anthony doesn't see her as competitive, but sees her as his equal. She doesn't cower to him, and he loves it!
This book was smart, and engaging, and the heat between these two was off the charts smoking!! The end - I NEED MERGER PRONTO!!!