Thursday, February 13, 2014

One Week (HaleStorm Book #1) by Elisabeth Staab with Giveaway, Excerpt & Review

One Week
(HaleStorm Series, bk #1)

By Elisabeth Staab


Michael Hale's company is in jeopardy. In the wake of his father's death and transitioning to CEO, projects are circling the drain and that may cost him everything. Come to find out, the consultant hired to fix things is the "one who got away" many years ago. This time he's playing for keeps, and he intends to win.


Elise Jackson swore she wouldn't come near Michael Hale again. He sucker punched her professionally, and he broke her heart. Still, a job’s a job, and they can both be adults. But high emotion and late nights working lead to passion neither of them can deny.

They have one week. Can the two of them pull Michael's company out of the fire and heal their old wounds?

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“I should have looked for you.” He wrapped his arms around her and groaned aloud at the warmth and softness of her skin against his. The rough texture of her nipples against his chest, the dampness of her hair on his shoulder. “Just touching you makes me crazy. My God, Elise. I should have known. Fuck, I did know, and I ignored it. I’m so goddamned stupid.”

“You’re not stupid.”

“I am stupid.” Michael gripped her hips—fucking luscious, curvy hips—and ran his hands up that amazing hourglass arc in her waist and over her shoulders, reveling in the magic of Elise’s hands giving him the same treatment. “I’m stupid because I thought I could push you away all those years ago and I’d forget and find someone else who turned me on as much as your hand bumping my knee under a cubicle desk. Christ, I tried to tell myself it was all innocent, but I lived for every second.”

“Oh my God.” Elise’s eyes flew wide, her cheeks flushed in the low light of her bedroom. “I had no idea.”

“You must have, if you gathered up the nerve to kiss me.” He bent her back, one hand braced between her shoulders, the other gripping her ass, trailing kisses along her jaw. Their only-for-tonight agreement be damned, already he didn’t want to let her go.

“I hoped.” She gripped his shoulders, smiling. “If I’m being honest, all that accidentally bumping your knee wasn't so much an accident.”

My Review: 4 1/2 stars
I thought this was a really good book. Both Elise and Michael have done some growing and changing since they last saw each other five years ago. Elise is not the naive intern that Michael believed her to be, she is a confident, mature woman who knows what she's doing, and she does it very well. Michael is not the sweet, kind mentor that Elise remembered him as, he is in charge of the family business and needs her help to save it. He isn't afraid to roll up his sleeves and get the work done that needs to get done. I liked that both Michael and Elise assumed wrong things about each other in the past, but that in the here and now, they cleared up those assumptions and any lingering doubts as to what the other wanted. It is amazing how things can change in a week. But what a tumultuous week it was. There were a great many things going on for both Michael and Elise in both of their personal lives, as well as the business that they both had to save. I loved that Michael went after Elise when she left and apologized for things that he had said to her that were wrong. I also loved that they could work together so well, and figure out what and who was behind the problems with the business. I thought that they were very good together, and loved the ending. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next books in this series. Elizabeth brought everything together to make this a fantastic read in all ways.

About the Author

Elisabeth Staab still lives with her nose in a book and at least one foot in an imaginary world. She believes that all kinds of safe and sane love should be celebrated but she adores the fantasy-filled realm of paranormal romance the best. She lives in the Washington DC area with her family and one big scaredy cat, where she loves to spend time with good friends, go dancing, collect wacky coffee mugs from which to drink her favorite beverage, and sing off-key in her kitchen (when she isn’t making characters fall in love, that is).

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