Saturday, September 15, 2012

Corner-Office Courtship - Victoria Pade (HSE #2217 - Oct 2012)

Series: Camdens of Colorado (Book 1) 

...What's a girl like small business owner Natalie Morrison to do, especially when said CEO is Cade Camden? First, there's the fact that his family double-crossed hers a few generations back. It's even worse that this rich boy is so darn charismatic-just like the ex-husband who walked all over her. Nati won't let herself swoon anytime soon. 

Cade is on a mission for his grandmother-to make amends for the Camdens' ruthless treatment of the Morrisons in the early days of Camden Incorporated. But is matchmaking Gran's ulterior motive? Because there's something so kissable about tempting. He's here to mend fences...can he mend this woman's broken heart, too? 

Good book.  Cade had been told by his grandmother to get to know Natalie and find a way to make amends for the wrongs done by his great-grandfather.  So Cade hired her to do some decorating work in his house and thought that would be the end of it.  He didn't expect to be attracted to her, and then actually like her.  So he kept finding reasons to spend time with her, even though he didn't want it to go anywhere.  Natalie was thrilled to have the job, but worried about how her grandfather would take her working for the Camdens.  There was some bad blood there and she didn't want to cause him distress.  I really liked both Cade and Nati.  Cade really had no intention of getting that close to Nati.  He had had a couple bad experiences with women who were not wealthy and didn't want to take any chances.  But he just couldn't stay away from her.  The more time he was with her, the more he wanted, and the more he realized that she was nothing like those other women.  Nati was very cautious around Cade.  She had been married to a wealthy man who was completely immature and whose family had made her life miserable before and after their divorce.  So she wanted nothing to do with getting involved with another rich man.  But the more time she spent with him the more she came to care - and the more she was scared of what could happen.  I loved the way Cade's grandmother got them together at the end.  Even though we didn't see much of her, I loved his grandmother.  She may have been rich, but she had a very healthy outlook on life and had raised her grandchildren with wonderful values.  She was appalled at the information in the journals that her other grandson, Seth, had found in Northbridge (see The Camden Cowboy) and wanted to make things right.  I also loved seeing her with Nati's grandfather at the end, and have a feeling we'll be seeing more of the two of them together.

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