Review: THE CEO BUYS IN by Nancy Herkness

The CEO Buys In

I ask you, would you dare even think about a relationship with a billionaire?  Would he think you after his money?  And would he think you so beneath him, he’d only toy with you, have his fun, then drop you?  Read Nancy Herkness’s newest series, book 1 to find out how Chloe Russell, an office temp, deals with it.

Title: The CEO Buys In Wager of Hearts, book 1
Author: Nancy Herkness
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 386
Published by: Montlake Romance
Published Date: July 21, 2015

About the Story: Self-made billionaire Nathan Trainor feels restless and disillusioned. His company may be thriving, but he can’t find a woman who sees him for more than his wealth. With his love life in the red, he meets two other billionaire bachelors at the ultra-exclusive Bellwether Club. The three of them make a wager of the heart: they must find women who love them for who they are, not their money.

Savvy office temp Chloe Russell is trying to scrape together the money she needs to support her grandmother. So when a flu epidemic strikes Trainor Electronics and she’s promoted to Nathan Trainor’s assistant, she jumps at the lucrative opportunity. But then Nathan himself falls ill, and he and Chloe must work from his penthouse while he recuperates. Before long, it’s clear there’s genuine heat between them, and it’s more than just a fever spike. Will Nathan win Chloe’s heart—and the bet? Or will their differences destroy any chance for love?

My Thoughts: Drunk and sick at heart, Nathan Trainor makes an asinine wager with two other disillusioned billionaires, Gavin Miller, author, and Luke Archer, famous football player. Each would focus on finding a woman who would love them, not because of their money and status, rather for whom they are.  Time limit?  One year to find their lady love or forfeit something very precious to each of them.  Envelopes with their forfeit choice were sealed and in good keeping in the safe of the Bellwether Club.

Chloe found the air around her new boss and CEO of Trainor Enterprises, Nathan Trainor, rarified.  He lived in a world at his command simply because of the power and money he held.  Her life was simple.  To make enough money to keep her and granny comfortable. But Chloe was exactly what Nathan needed (not that he knew it).  He saw she had a keen mind, solid judgement, grounded with sound morals and honorable heart.  Nathan knew she didn’t belong is his world, but he enjoyed her company so much, he contrived to have her join him in outings.

I enjoyed the coming together of two strata of society. Nathan remembered living more simply; perhaps this is one reason he was drawn to Chloe. Chloe is conflicted about the money Nathan offers her, to work for him at his home after being very ill.  She needs the money, but she’s uncomfortable with the situation. Nathan is conflicted because he sees Chloe seems to be swayed by money.  Yet, she confuses him because she shows her displeasure when he flaunts his wealth.  Attraction there was no doubt.  Was it right to let it take its course?

The plot intrigued, giving me the opportunity to step into the working world and experience the jungle a young woman can face in her career. Seriously, who wouldn’t love to meet a  CEO like Nathan who apparently has smarts, wit and a heart?

Ms. Herkness writes happily ever after with warmth and deep feeling. Her stories deal with believable situations, quite exciting and always with lots of heartfelt moments.  Her superb internal dialogue and inner-conflict pull you into the crux of the story. This particular story has its humorous side. It will also have you on edge not knowing if Chloe and Nathan will let opportunity for happiness pass them by, restrained by what is expected of them.

Two wealthy bachelors need also find their true love before a year.  What difficulty will they face?  The series continues with The All-Star Anties Up, to be released end of May, 2016.

About the Author: Nancy Herkness was born and raised in the mountains of West594870 Virginia, where she rode a pony much like other children ride bicycles. Herkness discovered her love of reading and soon after a passion for writing romance when her grandmother gifted her a Georgette Heyer novel.

After graduating from Princeton University with honors in English literature and creative writing, she had successful careers in retail, computer programming, and marketing before finally returning to her first love– writing.

She’s the author of the Whisper Horse series as well as several other contemporary romances. Herkness is one of 2003’s Best Up and Coming Authors in the Affaire de Coeur’s readers’ poll. She is also the winner of several writing awards, including the Golden Leaf Award, the Aspen Gold Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.

About eileendandashi

I am a lover of books, both reading and writing. 2018 marks the beginning of my own journey from writer to published author. This blog will showcase various authors' thoughts on the elements of novel crafting, and my attempts to find my voice in writing. While journaling this journey, I hope to encourage others to follow their dreams. Book reviews continue as I have the last four years, only making time for my new pursuits.
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5 Responses to Review: THE CEO BUYS IN by Nancy Herkness

  1. carolcork says:

    Eileen, I don’t read many contemporary romances (usually favourite historical authors who have turned their hand to contemporaries,such as Victoria Vane) but this does sound a really good book.


  2. vvaught512 says:

    Reblogged this on Vikki Vaught Romance Author and Book Reviewer and commented:
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait for the next one in this series!!

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  3. Thank you for the reblog. It was a fun read. Did you read Where I Belong from the same author? It was just…sublime.


  4. Martha Martin says:

    You think you enjoyed this book? You don’t know anything. It was published July 21, 2015, I purchased it on my Kindle July 22, 2015. I was so enamored with it I read and re-read it. By the end of the year, I had read it no less than two dozen times. I have read it once this year and will read it at least one more time before The All-Star Antes Up (which I have already pre-ordered) hits my Kindle. Nowadays it seems that all romance books are comparing themselves to Fifty Shades of Grey, which is the first romance I read (more than once). I didn’t read another until I received a teaser to order The CEO Buys In. I have since read quite a number, The CEO is without a doubt the best romance I have read, and sorry Nancy, I have read all of your other books, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and still like this one best – even though I would like to have my own personal whisper horse
    . As a matter of fact, The CEO Buys In started me reading others in the genre.

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  5. Your first few sentences made me think, OMG, someone hates what I said! My frown changed to a smile only widening with your remarks. I’ve been reading more contemporary romance where once I wouldn’t pick them up. Obviously, you’ve read Where I Belong which I adored. I know this is about Nancy Herkness, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Ava Miles’ style and her books have you crying buckets. Thanks for dropping by and making my day! We concur. Nancy is a gem!


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