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He chooses to work with or date So when he gets on an elevator and runs into the very man he dismissed as being beneath him the instant chemistry surprises him Sean and Coleman could be happy together but first they must overcome everything that stands in their way backstabbing jealousy and their own pride and prejudic. I can usually find something positive about a book to make me at least like it I ll be reaching to come up with anything I enjoyed about this bookThe book starts out with Sean receiving the highest grades for his course and therefore promised the best placing in his internship He s embarrassed when he doesn t receive the honor of being Coleman West s assistant He s informed following the ceremony that Coleman has rejected his application for internship at Mr West s company His teacher finds a man in the company who will risk providing the internship Sean needs to complete his course Someone Mr West would never notice Coleman is very powerful and has the power to make or break careers His reputation is such that he is ruthless and cold and uses his influence to crush those who don t please him or go against his wishes For this reason Sean working in his company is a big risk for Sean and his mentorSean basically becomes obsessed with Coleman s rejection He strongly dislikes him but he needs to complete the program He avoids him and runs from him but that only seems to intrigue Coleman Coleman sets out to find out who the beautiful man is and what in the world he could have done to make the man hate him Whatever it is he isn t going to let him get awayTo be honest the only character I liked in this book was a secondary character Ed I think most the characters in this book were clueless and over the top at some point Sean didn t realize Coleman wanted him sexually even after he kissed him Really It never crossed his mind that his boss holding his hand or keeping his hand on his lower back wasn t a normal boss thing to do His boss is an openly gay man If a male boss did that to a female employee she would know his intentions or sue his ass for sexual harassment but that s never brought up He doesn t even think that s a possibility Sean thinks Coleman is buttering him up to fire him It was all so sillyThe wording and style of writing kept me totally detached from the couple Things like at the end of a date he would say you were a nice companion thank you Who says that I had a nice time Or we should do this again It was all so stiff Yes Coleman was supposed to be a hard ass but he came off as brutish and clueless Clueless because of his parent s example he has chosen to never become attached to anyone He has never had a relationship to know how he should behave in one Sean thinks he s flavor of the week after whining about not being Coleman s cream of the crop Coleman basically starts managing Sean s life and never wants to leave his side but then conveniently forgets to call him for a week It s inconsistent and not at all believable The reason for the application rejection was ridiculous I won t spoil but if I ever had to be in a room with someone that pompous my head would explode Much less ruin someone s life for it Parts of this story felt like a parody of a romance instead a romanceThe childish baddie and her school yard bully brother were beyond ridiculous The woman was about to become a lawyer but she just couldn t stand for someone else to get attention so she had her brother beat people up for her Real people do not act this way A little OTT is fine but this book was full of it and none of it workedI m just going to stop there but I could go on Safe to say I did not enjoy this book The epilogue was nice I managed to settle into the end To lay this story out you would think it sounds great but pretty much everything between didn t work for me

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The Art of the Deal

Sean Robbins’s life rarely goes according to plan which leaves him suspicious and determined to make it on his own But when he learns why he failed to win a coveted internship with Chicago’s leading lawyer Coleman West he soldiers on and takes a lesser position in West’s firm instead It won’t stop him from snub. 325Sean is pretty much alone on the world his beloved mother died of cancer and he took a year off from school to take care of her but exactly that time off and his part time job cause Coleman West to consider him a drop out and socially inadeuateSo despite being the best ualified he doesn t get the coveted internship instead he gets one with a very nice and honorable man on the 3rd floor the understanding being do not let Coleman West know that someone went behind his back and gave Sean a position in his firmIt is repeated often in the book how tough and unforgiving how cruel and cutting Coleman can be Coleman himself especially in the beginning of the book comes across as an arrogant rude superior asshat and I really didn t like himHe was so offended by a young man s application a young man getting a degree in legal studies that he actually thinks about ruining him I kept thinking he needs important things to worry aboutColeman is a poor little rich kid his parents had spouses than sense and he spent most of his childhood in boarding schools and has long decided that love and relationships are not for himColeman keeps seeing a young man in his building but can t seem to hold him still long enough to find out who he is not only that but the way the young man looks at him full of dread and also disgust has him intriguedWhen Coleman finds out that the man is none other than Sean Robbins the intern he wanted nowhere near his firm he acts totally out of character instead of firing all involved he starts to show a great interest in Sean and his well beingSean of course is very distrustful he keeps being told repeatedly in no uncertain terms over and over again by everyone including Coleman that he cuts people loose uickly and painfully and he doesn t get attached Of course Coleman is acting out of character and also slightly overbearing moving Sean into another apartment furnishing it taking him on dates ordering his dinner for him taking a great interest in his futureI felt for Sean he seems like a great kid and still a little naive I mean his boss is kissing him and dating him and he isn t sure where he stands of course that Coleman is in a position of power over Sean s future isn t lost on him add to that Sean s professor and his fellow intern Brittany are all creepy and awful it s no wonder Sean doesn t know if he can trust Coleman or almost anyone at this pointI did want groveling from Coleman I wanted to see him really fight for Sean and be taken down a peg alas Sean is a better person than I am I had a few issues with this story like the repeated references to Coleman s character and cruel behavior it got to the point that he wasn t going to be able to redeem himself in my eyes His well meaning but overbearing behavior towards Sean didn t sit well with me either and although both POVs were shown I was never really able to warm up to Coleman There was also some head hoping which made following a little difficult at times I also really would like to know where Brittany ended up my need for revenge wasn t uite satisfied She played a pretty big role in what happened to Sean and then we never hear about repercussions for herI did have a bit of a harleuin flashback while reading this story the older wealthy arrogant and jaded Hero and his younger sweet and hopeful Cinderfella fighting against the odds to make it and I was reminded why I loved those stories It was a fun read I couldn t put it down and was actually sad when it was over

B.A. Stretke ↠ 8 review

Bing Mr West whenever he runs into him Never mind that Mr West is not only brilliant but gorgeous Sean has his pride People assume Coleman West was handed everything he has on a silver platter Not so he fought and scraped his way to the top of Chicago’s elite That hard work taught him to set high standards for those. This author is an acuired taste If poor editing and at times discordant sentence structure offend you look elsewhere What you will always get with this author is a good story which is why I ve continued to be a fan through Crimson Coven Pittsburgh Vampires and now the inexplicably named Art of the Deal seriously why on earth would you choose that title3 Stars for Story and 1 Star for Consistent Gayness which is a big reason why I continue to be a fan


10 thoughts on “The Art of the Deal

  1. says:

    2 StarsI can usually find something positive about a book to make me at least like it I’ll be reaching to come up with an

  2. says:

    I wanted to like this so much than I did and I can't tell you how disappointed I am that I have to say that especially since I was convinced it was going to be my new favorite novel Written in a way that's the perfect example of tell not show I couldn't help but feel from the start that the author had a good idea but just didn’t know how

  3. says:

    325Sean is pretty much alone on the world his beloved mother died of cancer and he took a year off from school to take care of her but exactly that time off and his part time job cause Coleman West to consider him a drop out and socially inadeuateSo despite being the best ualified he doesn't get the coveted inte

  4. says:

    I was not impressed with this book at all The premise had a lot of promise and when I first read the summary I w

  5. says:

    265 starsMy second BA Stretke's read and I survived this one Amid the exasperated sigh and grumbles admittedly But I guess this worked in a Harleuin ish Cinderfella sort of things one very powerful rich catch of the book u

  6. says:

    This author is an acuired taste If poor editing and at times discordant sentence structure offend you look elsewhere What you will always get wi

  7. says:

    This review can be found at The Armchair ReaderWhen Sean Ribbons finds out why Coleman West rejected him for the leading internship

  8. says:

    I can usually find something positive about a book to make me at least like it I’ll be reaching to come up with anything I enjoyed about this bookThe book starts out with Sean receiving the highest grades for his course and therefore promised the best placing in his internship He’s embarrassed when he doesn’t receive the honor of being

  9. says:

    3 12 HeartsReview written for MM Good Book ReviewshttpmmgoodbookreviewswordpresscomSean has fought hard for everything he has so when he disco

  10. says:

    2 stars This started out good for me but lost me along the way I just couldn't understand the actions of the chara