The Sweetest Deal

The Sweetest Deal

by Mary Campisi

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Unlikely couples, matchmakers, and moral dilemmas are the heart of the Best Intention series, a collection of novellas set in a business environment where negotiations and deals turn personal...

The Sweetest Deal is Book One in this series. Ian Woodford is about to close the most important business transaction of his life and realize his father's dream--all he has to do is agree to one request: give the man who's controlling the deal a grandchild. The proposition is every level of wrong, but an arrangement like this would honor his father's memory, and while Ian can never replace the child he lost, it would give him an opportunity for another child, this time without the encumbrance of a wife. But the more time he spends with C.C., the more he realizes he wants her for more than a way to get a deal and a child...

C.C. aka Catherine Crowell gave up on dreams of a family after Mr. Worse-Than-Wrong broke her heart. Hiding behind spreadsheets, and oversized suits, she's determined to show her business-mogul father she's capable of taking over his company and won't be fooled by smooth talking liars again. Her work has become her life, and while she'd love a child, that's not going to happen. When Ian Woodford, the company's newest business partner, shows interest in her, C.C.'s more than a little suspicious, and determined to find out if his intentions are real, and what she plans to do about it if they are...or aren't.

It's going to get messy and once the truth come out, as it always does, it's going to take more than one matchmaker to get the sweetest deal.

The Best Intentions series:
Book 1: The Sweetest Deal
Book 2: The Perfect Deal
Book 3: TBD

Bonus: Included in this e-book is the first chapter of Strangers Like Us, Book 1 of the Reunion Gap series.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161825549
Publisher: Mary Campisi Books, LLC
Publication date: 09/26/2018
Series: Best Intentions , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 485,707
File size: 321 KB

About the Author

Mary Campisi writes emotion-packed books about second chances. Whether contemporary romances, women's fiction, or Regency historicals, her books all center on belief in the beauty of that second chance.

Mary should have known she'd become a writer when at age thirteen she began changing the ending to all the books she read. It took several years and a number of jobs, including registered nurse, receptionist in a swanky hair salon, accounts payable clerk, and practice manager in an OB/GYN office, for her to rediscover writing. Enter a mouse-less computer, a floppy disk, and a dream large enough to fill a zip drive. The rest of the story lives on in every book she writes.

When she's not working on her craft or following the lives of five adult children, Mary's digging in the dirt with her flowers and herbs, cooking, reading, walking her new rescue dog Henry, or, on the perfect day, riding off into the sunset with her very own hero/husband on his Ultra Limited aka Harley.

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The Sweetest Deal 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
First test in a prospective mate: Voluntarily eat three huge Triple Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies. Max Jernigan passes C.C. Cowell's first test, but fails her second. He works in real estate so she stands him up. In the meantime Max, desperate to land the backing of C.C.'s father Grayson, agrees to Grayson's final contract term: get his daughter Catherine pregnant. Needless to say, Max is shocked to find out C.C. is Catherine. C.C. and Max connect from the moment they meet. They have a real chemistry. Sadly C.C. has been burned in a past relationship so she's slow to trust. Max slowly breaks down C.C.'s walls, and in doing so falls in love with her. At the twist when Max decides he wants more than a fling and when C.C. finds out about Max and her father's deal she strikes back. So this leaves the supporting characters, C.C.'s best friend, Roxie and Max's analytical business partner, Rhyder as unlikely matchmakers. C.C. is a very complex character. She's smart, serious, a little zany, and afraid to trust. She's erected barriers all around her to prevent anyone getting too close to her. Her cookie test is her first barrier. Even her friend Roxie thinks the cookie test is ridiculous. As Max tells her, "You're like two different people. There's C.C. who's all soft and sexy and somebody I wanted to get to know better and then there's Catherine, who I would be happy not to run into again for another thirty years." Sometimes the two sides of Catherine didn't gel for me. And I didn't understand what she did at the twist. It just didn't seem like who she was. Max is a strong character who has a tragedy in his past. He's working toward his dream and is handed a horrible ultimatum. Although he pursues C.C., it becomes obvious it's not part of the deal. I was charmed by how he tried to protect C.C. and I truly believed he loved her. Beyond the hero and heroine, Ms. Campisi created a very rich supporting cast. There's C.C.'s best friend Roxie who is intriguingly wonderful. I really do hope for a sequel about her and whoever she winds up with. There's Max's business partner Rhyder who is analytical to the extreme. I had to grin when he sent spreadsheets to Max on how to accomplish the ultimatum. Then there's C.C.'s father. I think Ms. Campisi was going for a loving and meddling Dad, but some lines shouldn't be crossed. I was rather shocked at how easily C.C. forgave her father, but made Max suffer. It just didn't add up. The romance between C.C. and Max is beautiful and palpable. Their love scenes are tender and hot, but do cut away before consummation. The ultimatum sometimes felt like a barrier to their romance. I think it was too strong. I think if C.C.'s father maybe offered a different ultimatum involving his daughter it could have worked better. Maybe get my daughter to fall in love again, and even say it could be with a different guy. It could have been fun to watch Max fight fixing her up verses falling in love with her. If you're looking for a charming romance with rich supporting characters, The Sweetest Deal is for you. Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book with the character development. Could not put it down. Gotta love s sweet romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! A really fun book. The characters were great the storyline fun. CC
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book!
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