Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Executive Decision by Grace Marshall (Review, Guest Post)

Ellison Thorne's business partner, Beverly Neumann, and his brother, Garrett, jokingly scheme the Executive Sex Clause as an innovative cure for Ellis's lack of a love life. They speculate no-strings, stress-free sex in certain employee contracts would raise productivity, minimize stress, and boost creativity for a busy CEO like Ellis. 

They were joking, right? Enter Dee Henning, the queen of no-time-for-sex. Young, hungry, gifted, what Dee lacks in experience, she makes up for in ambition and hard work. When negotiations on a major project break down, driving Dee and Ellis to unexpected, scorching sex, the aftermath is a deal even sweeter than they imagined. 

Suddenly there's no denying the Executive Sex Clause could be the ultimate secret weapon for success. But secrets seldom remain secret, and Dee and Ellis soon learn there's no such thing as no-strings where the heart is concerned.

Grace Marshall

Image of Grace MarshallGrace Marshall lives in South England with her husband and the growing gang of hooligan birds who frequent their feeders. When Grace isn't busy writing something sexy and romantic, she's busy digging in her ever-expanding veg garden or walking across the British countryside. She finds inspiration outdoors in nature, and most of her best story ideas come to her while she's walking or gardening.

Grace is the author of the fast paced, quirky Executive Decisions Trilogy published by Xcite Romance. An Executive Decision, the first novel in the trilogy, will be available soon at all your favourite book sellers with lots more romance served hot to follow in the near future.

Grace Marshall's alter-ego, K D Grace, writes critically acclaimed, best-selling erotic romance. Whether it's sexy romance or romantic sex, between The Graces, there's a story for you.

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Guest Post by Grace Marshall

The View from the Inside
Grace Marshall

Thank you for having me on My Life In Stories, Donna. It’s lovely to be here to talk about my latest novel.

The thing that I’ve enjoyed most about writing An Executive Decision is working from the points of view of the two main characters, Ellison Thorne, and Dee Henning. On the surface, the two are polished, sharp executives that never give anything away and always get what they want. Ellis is the king of the win-win deal, making him something of an enigma in a world where corporate greed reigns supreme. He’s created an empire in a very short time based on environmental clean-up and affordable, sustainable green technology, and his company practices what it preaches. But in order to achieve what he has at such a young age, Ellis has no time for a life outside his business.

Dee is a head-hunter – the best in her field, only a few years out of business grad school and already turning heads with her abilities. Like Ellis, she has earned her position by hard work and by not having a private life. Ellis is her hero, the man she dreams of working for and learning from, the man she has more than a few secret fantasies about.

When a strange twist of fate catapults Dee into her dream job working for Ellis at Pneuma Inc., and Ellis finds himself working with a woman who is his equal in ways he never imagined, the chemistry is sizzling. As the two storm the business world with stunning confidence and aplomb, it’s the view from inside their heads that was the most fun to write – and to share. Confidence is a cover-up for the deliciously neurotic, achingly flawed human beings they both secretly are.

So much of the fun for me, as a writer, and I hope for the readers as well, was letting these two characters with their diamond-hard exteriors, rub up against each other and abrade away the defenses to get to the tenderness on the inside. It was so much fun to see the inner workings of both Dee and Ellis before even they did, to see their battles to keep the defenses in place even as the shields crumble and they learn how to be with each other.

I love stories in which the readers get the inside scoop long before the main characters they’ve come to care about do. The intensity of viewing the fall before it happens, seeing the flaws, knowing what disaster looms ahead is often way more exciting than a twist in the tail. Knowing is often more nail-biting than not knowing. There’s something about waiting for the other shoe to drop that makes for an exhilarating read. And when the shell-shocked Dee and Ellis end up through a mad comedy of errors, implementing what becomes known as the Executive Sex Clause and what started out as a joke, the view on the inside is an explosion waiting to happen.


Sex in the contract – it’s the only way super-focused, over-worked CEO, Ellison Thorne, is ever going to get laid. That’s what his retiring business partner and secret match-maker, Beverly Neumann, thinks. She’s convinced no-strings, stress-free sex in certain employee contracts would raise productivity and minimize stress — perfect for a busy executive like Ellis. But she’s joking, right?

Enter her hand-picked replacement, Dee Henning. Young, hungry, gifted, Dee is the queen of no time for sex. When negotiations on a major project break down, and Dee and Ellis end up in each other’s arms, the Executive Sex Clause suddenly becomes more than a joke. In fact hot executive sex just might be the ultimate secret weapon for success. But secrets seldom remain secret, and Dee and Ellis soon learn there’s no such thing as no-strings where the heart is concerned.

My Review

Sounds like a plan to me

          When I read the book blurb, my first thought (no kidding) was this sounds like a plan to me. I’m an introvert workaholic and if I weren’t married, I’d really have no social life. For those of you who follow my reviews, you already know I am not going to repeat the book blurb as you've already read it. My review is on what I thought of the book.

          I enjoyed this fast-paced, action and emotion-filled book from cover to cover. If the storyline has been done before, I’ve not heard or read of it; and to read a new storyline is always refreshing.

          It’s a love story so you know the ending is a no-brainer, it’s the journey to get there that makes all the difference. The author wrote an intriguing story with a concept I am sure more than one executive would be willing to put into action. After all, if you can feed off each other, literally and figuratively, wouldn’t you think you would get more accomplished? Just think of all that excess energy being channeled into productivity; it just spells success!

          The book has the usual conniving, clawing to get to the top characters that make the journey to success and love interesting. It has friends willing to protect each other’s hearts to the end. It has international travel and intrigue. It has suave and debonair. It has backstabbing; everything that makes a story line interesting.

          Beware! The law of attraction grabs fast and it grabs hard, so grab a glass of good wine and hang on for the ride. Better grab the bottle while you’re at it.

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  1. Thank you SO much for having me on your wonderful site, Donna! It's been so much fun to be here and share An Executive Decision with your readers. Thanks also for the wonderful review! You've made my day!

    Hugs and Kisses,

    K D

    1. Thank you for stopping by K D Grace. I found the book fascinating! Thanks for letting me early review. Donna


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