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Ronan Nakata is the gorgeous president of the company Chantal works for and has been a subject of many of Chantal's daydreams. When a blunder causes Chantal to mention a sexual comment to Ronan, she is afraid she may have risked her job, but instead Ronan somewhat propositions to her, as long as she is in control of what she wants.
As Ronan and Chantal begin a sexual relationship, will it turn into more or will both of their past relationships halt any chance of a real relationship and will Chantal truly discover what she is worth?
I really enjoyed this book as it looks at so many issues that single moms face. Chantal was trying to be there for her boys and make up for anything that her ex did that caused the boys anxiety. She was awesome at really trying to keep from saying bad about Mike with them and it was nice to see, even though Mike really deserved it. She also worked her butt to prove herself in the workplace and it showed as well, which gave her the money to support her boys.
I liked Ronan but totally understood where Chantal was coming from in calling him on his distance to her. I give her credit for knowing when to break it off when she realized he really wasn't appreciating her the way he should have!
This was the first time I have read a book by the author but it certainly won't be my last.
As she experiences a sexual reawakening, she finds herself fantasizing about her boss, Ronan Nakata. The sexy Japanese businessman is at the center of her fantasies, and one fateful morning she happens to get stuck on an elevator with her boss. Now I have to say that some of the beginnings of their relationship had my eyebrows in my hairline, as Chantal crosses some unwritten work rules regarding office behavior, but Ronan is definitely interested in Chantal as well.
There's only one caveat to their budding sexual relationship. Ronan puts Chantal in charge, and he wants her to call the shots when it comes to their relationship. While this arrangement empowers Chantal on one hand, it also keeps Ronan from investing in the relationship. It isn't long before Chantal realizes that she wants more than just sex in their relationship.
I adored Chantal's journey of reclaiming her life back after the divorce. Audra North does a lovely job of giving dimension to her character as she discovers her worth and what she wants in life. I read a lot of romance, and A Woman's Worth had a fresh take on giving your heart to a partner without losing your own sense of self worth, and I loved that about this story.
I liked this story, although it took me a little while to get used to the fact that the woman held all the sexual power. As the story went on, I felt Chantal's despair about this situation, even though she was gaining worth and confidence in the process. However, Ronan redeems himself when he finally lets her in to his life completely, realizing that Chantal wants him for him, not what he can do for her both professionally and personally, unlike his first wife.
Ms. North pens an interesting read and I was cheering for Chantal every step of the way. Power in the bedroom led to her standing up for herself for the first time in her life. Chantal evolved, using her new found worth in many circumstances. Unknowingly, Ronan helped create a truly remarkable woman, and he benefited greatly. Chantal saved the account their company was losing and he fell for her, without even trying.
Overall, a solid, well-written read.
Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Chantal Jones is a single mother of two boys and is moving forward with her life after her husband dumped her for another woman.
Ronan Nakata is Chantal's very sexy boss who has been starring in her fantasies for awhile. Ronan has definitely noticed Chantal but knows their relationship has to be strictly professional, until a chance encounter in the elevator opens up the possibility of something more.
Audra North has written a great book that shows a woman coming into her inner power. Not just building her confidence in herself but finally giving a voice to what she wants and needs sexually.
Some might think that Ronan wasn't a very dominant alpha male but I disagree. By making Chantal take control of her desires and calling the shots, he was able to keep his feelings from developing out of his comfort zone. By handing her the power in the bedroom, he could keep control of the situation.
But the best part was seeing Chantal evolve into a confident woman who could stand up for herself regarding her ex husband. She didn't need anyone to take over her life and deal with life's messes. And when push came to shove, she was able to open herself up to Ronan, letting him know she needed more from him and their relationship.
I loved the steamy scenes in this book. Chantal was so repressed from her disastrous marriage that her imagination had her primed for Ronan. Almost every little encounter she had with Ronan ended with wet panties and butterflies in your stomach! She became a woman with a mission and that was to get her boss naked!
I really wish this story had been longer, so that character development could have been more in depth, as Ronan has a big air of mystery about him still. A fast paced story line flows smoothly, and I devoured it in one sitting. Hot flash worthy sexy scenes were awesome, and the well placed humor (her boys mouths) had me laughing hard. It was super easy to get lost in the story, making it hard to put down, but the ending felt a bit rushed. I will be reading more by Audra North in the future, so I happily recommend.