Novella Review: Falling for the CEO by Audra North

Falling for the CEO (Entangled Flaunt)

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

Falling for the CEO is a great Christmas read!  It’s angsty and sizzles with tension – this was a finish in one sitting book.  Things got a little shaky near the end, but it has such a feel-good ending that I can’t give it more than a small downward bump for Andrew’s bizarre behavior after he and Meredith sleep together for the first time.  He practically flies out of bed and out of Meredith’s apartment with hardly a word, leaving her devastated.  Sure he had only her best interests at heart, but dude!  Make sure that the woman you care for, and that you know has serious trust issues, understands that you aren’t dropping her like a hot potato!

Meredith Klaus doesn’t like Christmas, and she hasn’t since a horrific tragedy changed her life forever when she was a child.  Shuffled from foster home to foster home, she never learned to trust, and she formed no close personal relationships.  She loves her job, though, and is still basking in the glow of being hired on as the CFO for a successful tech company.  When she discovers that a large sum of money had disappeared from one of the company accounts, she’s nervous about losing her job.  Imagine her surprise when she’s asked to be Andrew Stanton’s date at a fundraiser gala.  Andrew, the company’s sexy CEO, is as compassionate as he is successful.  Known as the Santa CEO, he believes in giving back to the community, and he’s not going to let the missing money put a damper on his Christmas spirit!

I loved this couple.  Andrew quickly learns how reserved Meredith is when it comes to herself.  She is the first one to ask for something for someone else, but she never expresses her own desires or needs.  Once he realizes that she rarely asks for anything, he slowly and gently prods her to speak up.  The thing that stuck with me most about this read is how caring and giving he was.  Andrew really acted like a Santa, so his nickname fit him to a T.  He was also nurturing and ready to listen.  He is the perfect guy.  Or he was, until he ran out of the apartment.  Yes, yes, I understand now why he did it, but at the time, it made him look more socially awkward than Meredith!

Meredith got her Christmas spirit back, and she even managed to land a new man and a new business venture in the deal.  Falling for the CEO is a satisfying read any time of year, but it was especially pleasant to enjoy during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Grade:   B/B+

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From Amazon:

Finance genius Meredith Klaus prefers numbers to people, especially around the holidays. At least the large sum of money that’s mysteriously vanished from the company accounts will distract her from the ghosts of Christmases past. Until her sexy boss asks her to be his last-minute date to a fundraiser gala, that is, and the promise of a special evening calls to something long-buried in her.

Andrew Stanton, Manhattan’s best-known philanthropist, has worked hard building his reputation in the industry. He offers to work closely with Meredith to fix his company’s financial crisis, but the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to look at her as just a colleague.

A beautiful dress. A handsome man on her arm. A challenge she can’t refuse. Can they find the missing money and fulfill their holiday wishes, or will Meredith be unable to overcome the demons of her past and lose her chance at happiness?