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.
- Paperback: 352 pages
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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.
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