Published by Entangled Publishing on April 24th 2017
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Wanted: Personal Buffer
Often snarly, workaholic executive seeks “buffer” from annoying outside distractions AKA people. Free spirits with personal boundary issues, excessive quirks, or general squeamishness need not apply. Salary negotiable. Confidentiality required.
Workaholic billionaire Sawyer Carlyle may have joked he needed a “buffer” from their marriage-obsessed mom, but he didn’t need a waiting room filled with “candidates” to further distract him. (Thanks, bro.) But when a sexy job applicant shooes his mom and the socialite in tow out of his office, Sawyer sees the genius of the plan. And the woman. In fact, Miss Clover Lee might just get the fastest promotion in history, from buffer to fake fiancé…
This “free-spirit” might look like hot sunshine and lickable rainbows, but she negotiates like a pitbull. Before Sawyer knows what hit him, he’s agreed to give up Friday nights for reality tv, his Saturdays for flea markets (why buy junk still baffles him), his Tuesdays and Thursdays for “date nights” (aka panty-losing opportunities if he plays his cards right). And now she wants lavender bath salts and tulips delivered every Monday?
Yup, she’s just screwing with him. Good thing she’s got this non-negotiatable six-weeks-and-she’s-gone rule or Sawyer may have just met this match…
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
Clover Lee needs to fund her trip to Australia, she’s done a little bit of everything, but is not really qualified for anything in particular, so when she sees an ad for “a buffer”, why not? Said buffer is to help Sawyer Carlyle deal with his ever-interfering mother. Especially now that the widowed Mrs. Carlyle wants her eldest son to get married, Sawyer needs help. Sawyer’s brother Hudson “helped”: Hudson put an ad for a buffer, when the brothers had imbibed a bit too much. Sawyer can’t believe his eyes, however when he sees that Clover, the lone woman applying for the unusual job, is the one to get his mother to leave his office within minutes, Sawyer knows he needs Clover. It doesn’t hurt that she’s very pretty, which prompts Sawyer to ask her to play his fake fiancée for six weeks. But the enticing bohemian drives a hard bargain!
In THE NEGOTIATOR, Avery Flynn does what she does best, and multiply that by ten: engaging and original characters, a solid plot, and laughs galore with a dash of delectable steam thrown in. Only Avery Flynn can cook up a somewhat outrageous story and give it such charm, and a real sense of fun. Ms. Flynn had me chuckling from the beginning with the unconventional Clover battling the staid Sawyer, and this is done so much better than I have seen in quite some time; I was totally on board with these two truly opposite characters. The story unfolds at breakneck speed, every detail is perfect, and I also adored Clover’s roommate Daphne, who, I hope, will get her own story. I read THE NEGOTIATOR while I was exhausted, I had a dreadful headache, I was in a grumpy mood, and yet the story held my interest and made me laugh. You can’t ask for more than that!
I want Daphne’s story, I want Hudson’s story, Tyler Jacobson? I want it all! I have been a fan of this author for a long time, and I think that THE NEGOTIATOR is Avery Flynn’s best book ever!
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.