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I would have never guessed that 24 hours from now life was going to give me a HUGE “slap/gift”! So…I’m standing in a bar, sipping a drink…it’s late. The blind date my friend set me up on was supposed to be here an hour ago. I’m about to get really pissed off. Maybe I should just go (in hindsight…even based on what happened next, I’d probably do it all the same!) As is, I would have never guessed that 24 hours from now life was going to give me a HUGE “slap/gift”! So…I’m standing in a bar, sipping a drink…it’s late. The blind date my friend set me up on was supposed to be here an hour ago. I’m about to get really pissed off. Maybe I should just go (in hindsight…even based on what happened next, I’d probably do it all the same!) As is, I hate blind dates! I usually create this “picture perfect” guy in my head and then reality generally walks in! Ohhh god, and reality can be REALLLLLY cruel at times (MOST of the time!!!).Anyway…I’ve just moved back to Seattle to work with my dad at his law firm. We haven’t always had the best relationship…I’m really hoping that this is him reaching out to me. Honestly, blind-dates are the last thing I need right now in my life!I’m about to give up on this night and leave when the most delicious looking specimen of a man comes up to me. I honestly thought I was hallucinating! This guy is ravishing…the type of “stop and stare” guy. Mr. I LITERALLY felt I wanted to get pregnant just by looking at him, says...“Please, tell me I’m the one you’ve been waiting for!” with a naughty smirk on his face.“Are you David Blake?” I ask.“No, but I can be anyone you want me to be.” He smiles, and my head…ohhh god…my head is filled with strong dose of naughty thoughts (a “bit” of an understatement actually!). It’s not my blind-date…and I think to myself (well, I’M TRYING to think!!!) What the hell should I do?I don’t know what the heck happened to me but I stare right into his eyes and say “Tell you what, I’m staying upstairs.” I pause. I could feel his eyes penetrating me. And then I drop the bomb… “Let’s skip the drinks and the preamble, you follow me to my room, and let's have one hell of a one-night stand. You don’t even have to tell me your name.”I couldn’t believe I just said that!He’s shocked. I’m shocked. I don’t normally do this kind of thing. But we do it. Oh, boy…do we do it. We have the most amazing, earth shattering night that I could ever dream of. And THAT was the gift…now comes the SLAP…When the weekend is over and I go in to work on Monday morning. The secretary shows me in to my dad’s office. What the heck is he doing in here? Mr. I LITERALLY felt I wanted to get pregnant just by looking at him turns and smiles.Guess what? My one-night stand is my dad’s billionaire best friend, Jared Hawthorne. He’s my new client. Things are about to get really complicated! Business or Pleasure? is a stand alone romance book with an amazing HEA! 


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I would have never guessed that 24 hours from now life was going to give me a HUGE “slap/gift”! So…I’m standing in a bar, sipping a drink…it’s late. The blind date my friend set me up on was supposed to be here an hour ago. I’m about to get really pissed off. Maybe I should just go (in hindsight…even based on what happened next, I’d probably do it all the same!) As is, I would have never guessed that 24 hours from now life was going to give me a HUGE “slap/gift”! So…I’m standing in a bar, sipping a drink…it’s late. The blind date my friend set me up on was supposed to be here an hour ago. I’m about to get really pissed off. Maybe I should just go (in hindsight…even based on what happened next, I’d probably do it all the same!) As is, I hate blind dates! I usually create this “picture perfect” guy in my head and then reality generally walks in! Ohhh god, and reality can be REALLLLLY cruel at times (MOST of the time!!!).Anyway…I’ve just moved back to Seattle to work with my dad at his law firm. We haven’t always had the best relationship…I’m really hoping that this is him reaching out to me. Honestly, blind-dates are the last thing I need right now in my life!I’m about to give up on this night and leave when the most delicious looking specimen of a man comes up to me. I honestly thought I was hallucinating! This guy is ravishing…the type of “stop and stare” guy. Mr. I LITERALLY felt I wanted to get pregnant just by looking at him, says...“Please, tell me I’m the one you’ve been waiting for!” with a naughty smirk on his face.“Are you David Blake?” I ask.“No, but I can be anyone you want me to be.” He smiles, and my head…ohhh god…my head is filled with strong dose of naughty thoughts (a “bit” of an understatement actually!). It’s not my blind-date…and I think to myself (well, I’M TRYING to think!!!) What the hell should I do?I don’t know what the heck happened to me but I stare right into his eyes and say “Tell you what, I’m staying upstairs.” I pause. I could feel his eyes penetrating me. And then I drop the bomb… “Let’s skip the drinks and the preamble, you follow me to my room, and let's have one hell of a one-night stand. You don’t even have to tell me your name.”I couldn’t believe I just said that!He’s shocked. I’m shocked. I don’t normally do this kind of thing. But we do it. Oh, boy…do we do it. We have the most amazing, earth shattering night that I could ever dream of. And THAT was the gift…now comes the SLAP…When the weekend is over and I go in to work on Monday morning. The secretary shows me in to my dad’s office. What the heck is he doing in here? Mr. I LITERALLY felt I wanted to get pregnant just by looking at him turns and smiles.Guess what? My one-night stand is my dad’s billionaire best friend, Jared Hawthorne. He’s my new client. Things are about to get really complicated! Business or Pleasure? is a stand alone romance book with an amazing HEA! 

30 review for Business or Pleasure?

  1. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Koch

    Business of Pleasure ? : He's too hard to rest! Awesome story between Jarad & Evie! Sexual, Drama, Hating each other, calling in love. Great read! Enjoy the plot of this authors book. Simply a exceptional book! ENJOY Business of Pleasure ? : He's too hard to rest! Awesome story between Jarad & Evie! Sexual, Drama, Hating each other, calling in love. Great read! Enjoy the plot of this authors book. Simply a exceptional book! ENJOY

  2. 4 out of 5

    DONNA T

    Great book full of surprises which is always nice.

  3. 5 out of 5

    K.C. Woods

    It was over too quickly! I really enjoyed reading this one. Funny and relatable. Good for an afternoon of guilty pleasure reading.

  4. 4 out of 5

    ToniAnn Papa

    Oh Evie and Jared are perfect for each other. Jared a confirmed bachelor and Evie ready to take on the world. Little did they know, a one night stand would be just the beginning for them!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kari Williams

    So good I really enjoyed this story. Evil broke my heart. She was the absolute definition of “a girl with daddy issues”. But, then Jared kissed it and made it all better. Lol

  6. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    I love a good one night stand, turned business awkward trope. There's something about the sexy looks across the conference table. The whole no one can know our naughty secrets. The forced proximity you know is coming that will totally change it all. Seriously, it's one of my top five tropes. This book had all that. But at the same time, it fell a little flat. It seemed to be lacking the extra spice - more dialog, more action, more heat - to make it great. It's like all the elements were there, b I love a good one night stand, turned business awkward trope. There's something about the sexy looks across the conference table. The whole no one can know our naughty secrets. The forced proximity you know is coming that will totally change it all. Seriously, it's one of my top five tropes. This book had all that. But at the same time, it fell a little flat. It seemed to be lacking the extra spice - more dialog, more action, more heat - to make it great. It's like all the elements were there, but it was a little too dry. Was it a fun read? Yes, I enjoyed reading it and I'd totally recommend it for those that like their hot romances to be more warm than hot. Could it have been a better or a great read? Absolutely. Granted, it likely would have ended up about 100 pages longer (fine by me), but it would have read a lot juicier and naughtier. I was given a free advanced reader copy of this book for my honest opinion.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Daisy Sauceda

    *** I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving a free copy.*** First off, I need to say wow. Jared and Evie's story is amazing, sizzling and intense. They have a love/hate relationship that I think everyone has been through. This book starts off with a bang and does not let up til the end. It's like a whirlwind with these two. You have Jared who is uptight and needs to be in control of things. As you learn about Jared and see that he is the typical alpha male that meets his match. He did not see *** I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving a free copy.*** First off, I need to say wow. Jared and Evie's story is amazing, sizzling and intense. They have a love/hate relationship that I think everyone has been through. This book starts off with a bang and does not let up til the end. It's like a whirlwind with these two. You have Jared who is uptight and needs to be in control of things. As you learn about Jared and see that he is the typical alpha male that meets his match. He did not see it coming. Then you read about Evie who reminds of a women who hides herself but puts on brave face. She has been through heart break and just decides to throw caution to the wind, that leads her to her new predicament. Well let's just say that both her and Jared are perfect for each other and learn many things about themselves. This is a great book to read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Donna Feibusch

    A Great Read!! I enjoyed reading Business or Pleasure?: He’s too hard to resist. All about Jared Hawthorne a billionaire who’s goal in life is to be with as many women as possible in his life time and Evie Davis a corporate lawyer who is young and gorgeous and does not want a relationship with anybody! Jared & Evie meet and are each other’s epic one night stand! The next day they meet in Garrison Davis’s office she’s his daughter, & Jared is her new client! Neither discloses they know the other. A Great Read!! I enjoyed reading Business or Pleasure?: He’s too hard to resist. All about Jared Hawthorne a billionaire who’s goal in life is to be with as many women as possible in his life time and Evie Davis a corporate lawyer who is young and gorgeous and does not want a relationship with anybody! Jared & Evie meet and are each other’s epic one night stand! The next day they meet in Garrison Davis’s office she’s his daughter, & Jared is her new client! Neither discloses they know the other. The author wrote a story about a man & women who met their soul-mate! Neither wants a relationship, one night stands are the king-pin in there existence! Read about Jared & Evie and see if the epic one night stand will define them forever, or is their a kink in their armor!! I enjoyed reading this story!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bobbi Jo Lawrence

    Has the bones but too much filler not enough dialogue and action This book has the ‘bones’ and characters to be something good. I just found myself skimming sections and getting bored. I think that this is the first book that I read from this author. I liked the hero character alot. He was kind hearted and straightforward, she has so many odd hangups and vaguely or not strongly flushed out issues. I loved her best friend. She was a great addition. I don’t think that I would read it again like I d Has the bones but too much filler not enough dialogue and action This book has the ‘bones’ and characters to be something good. I just found myself skimming sections and getting bored. I think that this is the first book that I read from this author. I liked the hero character alot. He was kind hearted and straightforward, she has so many odd hangups and vaguely or not strongly flushed out issues. I loved her best friend. She was a great addition. I don’t think that I would read it again like I do of many books. Maybe it just wasn’t for me? I am reviewing this from an ARC

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Good story but need proofreading I enjoyed the sparring of the couple. Their ethics are suspect, but this is fiction. This book needs to be proofread due to several misused words and missing words.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cherye Elliott

    Excellent read There are romance books and THEN there are romance books. This is the second category. Not only is it well written ( found only four grammatical errors) but the storyline was unique and the characters are great! I hope you enjoy this book as much as I. Definitely a five plus star.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chiquita Bee

    3.5 Stars Enjoyable enough romance. Started off with a bang, that seemed to run out of steam. Jared and Evie have a one night stand and have a surprise meet and great at her new job. The story immediately begins he angsty, dragged out part. Entertaining enough, but does have editing errors. The extended story dragged this romance down.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Avitia

    Definitely enjoyed every word This book was so funny, I could not stop laughing. They way these characters fall for eachother is amazing. At times I thought it wouldn't work out. Two people who are both dominant with hurt past. But anything can happen. Loved this book. Thank you Raquel Belle.❤ Definitely enjoyed every word This book was so funny, I could not stop laughing. They way these characters fall for eachother is amazing. At times I thought it wouldn't work out. Two people who are both dominant with hurt past. But anything can happen. Loved this book. Thank you Raquel Belle.❤

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tonia

    Excellent read, loved the humor Evie, had toward Jared Jared and Evie we two of a kind. Jared struggled with his feelings at first. When he realized his brother was right about being whipped, he came to terms about his feelings Evie. It took Evie a little longer to give into her feelings... excellent read

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Laugh it up Witty banter, awesome sarcasm, and a feisty heroine, what’s not to love? Business or pleasure was nothing short of pleasurable to read. Jared and Evie’s constant back and forth will have you reading until the very end.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    I received an ARC of this book. I enjoyed it. Definitely kept me interested and wanting to see what happens. Wasn't the best book I've ever read, that being said I would for sure read another by this author in the future. I received an ARC of this book. I enjoyed it. Definitely kept me interested and wanting to see what happens. Wasn't the best book I've ever read, that being said I would for sure read another by this author in the future.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Beth buswell

    The story idea was great I loved the storyline. I loved the character backgrounds. I loved Evie and Jared together. She was his match in every way. The push and pull of the slow burn lust/love was just about perfect.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    This is my first Raquel Belle book but it will not be my last! What a terribly addicting book! It was the story of a cynical pair who really were waiting for the right person to see inside their hearts. I truly enjoyed this book!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Halloway ong

    Loved it !! Billionaire Jared finally met his match when he meets the smart sassy Lawyer Evie . She definitely doesn’t make it easy for him when he tries to sweep her off her feet !! Very romantic and lots of humor with a happy ending, this deserves more than five stars !!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mary Funk

    Great read ,New author to me ,I loved the book , Evie and Jared was wonderful Together . Was it all Business or was it Pleasure? This book is ARC ! Will be reading this Author again .

  21. 5 out of 5

    Margarette Dibble

    5+ Star's Great story line, I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys stories that are funny, steamy, and oh so romantic, with characters that are strong both male and female. Well done. 5+ Star's Great story line, I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys stories that are funny, steamy, and oh so romantic, with characters that are strong both male and female. Well done.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina Malloy

    Funniest One Night Stand This book had a decent flow. I did wish Evelyn wasn’t so indecisive. It was great that he kept wanting to prove her wrong but goodness. Overall it was worth me seeing where things were going after the book only to see more insecurities come about.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michelle E.

    Fun quick read It was a fun quick read. Funny and A bit emotional, I laughed and cried. A couple of editing errors but overall enjoyable.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jonna

    I enjoyed this story of Evie and Jared. It was a quick read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    Good read I was able to really get into this book. It had a great plot and fast read. I couldn’t put it down

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lena

    bored, skimmed

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Bowling

  28. 4 out of 5

    Pam Porteous

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cheri

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

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