Title: The Deal (The Deal#1)
Author: Z. Elizabeth
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: December 1, 2014
What happens when you fall for the enemy?
Thanks to their fathers’ feud, Nicole and Craig have been enemies since the moment they were born. But six years ago they fell in love… They just never told each other.
Motivated by their grandparents’ money, they agree to a simple deal: Stay married for a year and unravel the secrets and lies surrounding their fathers. Bound together, they must figure out why the two former best friends have spent the last thirty years ignoring one another and prohibited any contact between Nicole and Craig.
Craig is more than happy to uncover their fathers’ past if it means he gets Nicole for real.
Nicole wants to keep the past exactly where it is and she will fight Craig every step of the way.
With only limited time together, delving into their family history could be the mistake that will break both their hearts.
What happens when secrets and lies are revealed? Can Nicole and Craig live their Happily Ever After after waiting six long years to be together? Or will one secret be enough to break them apart, just like their fathers?
‘I’m doing this for us, Nic’
*THE DEAL is suitable for 17+ due to graphic sex scenes and language*
*This is a STANDALONE novel. Book two is a companion novel.
Let me just start off by saying this is one of my favorite categories to read, what I like to call ” faking it till you make it.” I love relationships that start out fake for whatever reason, and watching them try to fight the chemistry and deny deny deny. The was kinda sorta like that. They still tried to deny their feelings at first, but came to realize soon on that they kinda liked this married business.
Both Nicole and Craig were crushing on each other for years!! And I’m so glad these two got over their issues and got down to consummating their fake marriage cause honey these two will set your sheets on fire! Seriously, keep a firefighter close cause you may need him… For more than one reason *wink wink, nudge nudge*
The big bad secret thou…. Kinda just ” eh” I mean it just seemed to build and build and build an then it just was like ” that’s it? All that time lost…for that??!?” Now Don’t get me wrong it made me so happy the way it ended, but I feel for as smart as those two men were they should of seen it coming. Anywho don’t wanna ruin the secret cause even an ” eh” secret is a juicy one!!
This book was really entertaining and what I loved about it was like it was just one story start to finish a complete book. No part two, no from his pov, no next installment. Don’t get me wrong I love reading, any way you cut it. Short ones, long ones, big ones, small ones ( yes I’m still talking about books, pervs!) but I forgot how nice it was to just read a book beginning to end and not be left wondering what’s to come. I really enjoyed this story and highly recommend it. You have got to meet Craig, he is a fine English muffin with kinds of hot nooks and crannies!!!
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*EXCLUSIVE DELETED SCENE*
I gingerly creep through the flat, hoping to god that Craig went out to clear his head too. I hear nothing. No TV, no snoring, nothing and I sigh in relief that I’m alone. That I don’t have to face up to Craig and the running away part of the afternoon. Although him not being here makes me wonder what he is up to, whether he went over to Rob’s to spill his guts too or he ignored me and is now delving into our parent’s past. I really hope its the former. I have no idea what would happen if I found out Craig went behind my back, but I know for a fact I would be out of here with my heart breaking every step of the way.
The clock breaks my thought process with its annoying chimes. I glance up to see its 7pm and wonder just where in the hell the day has gone. From amazing shower sex this morning, an afternoon of edginess with the parents, a fight with Craig, tears with Kelsie and now I am alone again. Jesus, I am exhausted. This day has really taken it out of me. Throwing my keys into the dish on the living room table, I make my way to the bedroom to change into a top and pyjama shorts but I stop dead at the end of the bed and stare down at the photograph laying in the middle. The very one I was staring at only a few hours ago.
A small smile graces my face as I remember the day so clearly; how rubbish I was at skating, yet how much fun I was having with Craig, Kelsie and Rob. How Craig would be there to pick me up every time I fell over and how I just couldn’t keep the smile off my face just watching Kelsie and Rob. It was such a fun-filled day, which ended in a sex filled evening when Craig and I returned back home – he was gleaming over how playful and amusing I was during the day, how he needed to have me that very moment. And of course, I let him. He definitely turned his cocky charm up that evening, and who was I to resist it?
It’s hard to believe that was 3 months ago; a week after our wedding. It’s hard to believe that I cried myself to sleep, that Craig and I now share a bed, that he’s tone down his cockiness a hell of a lot and we actually are acting like a married couple – minus the ‘real’ love between us. I push these thoughts away and place the photo back on my side of the bed, before changing and sliding under the sheets. I need to forget about everything today and loose myself to another book boyfriend. Grabbing my kindle from under my pillow, I turn it on and begin to sink back into the story of a lost boy and girl who meet each other on a bus and end up travelling and falling in love with each other. I have read this book over and over, yet somehow I can relate to the girl, how lost she feels, how she just wants to get away, anywhere and find herself; never thinking of falling in love, yet she found her soul mate. I laugh sadly and continue their story, the clogs in my brain churning over wanting and needing their story, minus the absolute heartache near the end.
About The Author
Z. Elizabeth is a debut author who grew up in Wales, UK and wishes she knew how to speak fluent Welsh. Bore da (Good morning), Wedi Bleno (tired) and Ydw (yes) just don’t cut it.
Reading has always been a part of her life since she was a young kid and writing came quickly after she discovered her love for studying English Language and writing fiction. Since graduating with a degree in BA Journalism, writing is embedded into her everyday working and personal life. At 15, she finished a full length novel and thought nothing of it until now. The Deal is loosely based upon that story and it’s one that she is hugely proud of writing and re-writing and re-writing…
When she isn’t slaving away at her day job, you can find her daydreaming about her book boyfriends, reading the next hot book out or binge eating with her friends, continually shocking them with the filth that flies out of her mouth.
Z. Elizabeth hopes that her characters end up on your book boyfriend/girlfriend lists and her book ends up on your favourite list, maybe even your bookshelf.