Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Hero Profile ~ BLAME IT ON THE BILLIONAIRE by Naima Simone

Blame it on the Billionaire (Blackout Billionaires, #3)
by: Naima Simone
Series: Blackout Billionaires
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 4, 2020
Publisher: Harlequin Desire
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A dramatic chemistry-filled contemporary romance from USA TODAY bestselling author Naima Simone.

She fell into his arms... now she’s falling for his trap.
Will a blackout change everything for these unlikely lovers?

It was a night filled with secrets, lies…and soul-stealing passion. And now the blackout that turned lowly executive assistant Nadia Jordan and start-up billionaire Grayson Chandler into insatiable lovers leads to a proposal Nadia can’t refuse. As she steps into Grayson’s privileged Chicago world, will his matchmaking mother and vengeful ex destroy her dreams? Or will her fake fiancĂ© make those dreams a reality?

Name: Grayson Chandler

Age: 30

Date of birth: July 3rd

Physical Description: Tall, wide-shouldered and lean frame; Brown hair, strong but elegant facial features, heterochromia—has one blue eye, one green eye

Occupation: President, KayCee Corp.

3 likes in no particular order: Downtown Abby, my independence and women with enough curves to give you motion sickness

3 dislikes in no particular order: Slim fitting pants (no ball room), black coffee and bullies

Drink of choice: Glenlivet straight

Favorite food: A perfectly cooked medium-rare ribeye steak

Favorite song: Under Pressure by Queen

Choice of transportation: Black BMW i8

Most prized possession: First edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory signed by Roald Dahl

Favorite way to unwind: Going at the punching bag in my building’s gym

Favorite way to spend an evening: Binge watching Grey’s Anatomy and The Witcher over and over with a large pepperoni and sausage deep dish pizza and beer

3 things you like/love about yourself: Loyalty, the size of my…heart, the core of me that belongs to Nadia Jordan

Best friend: Gabriel Knight

Best memory to date: The night a blackout swept across Chicago and left me trapped in a dark mansion with a sexy, mysterious stranger

If you could have a do-over, what would you do differently? I would get to know my brother Jason better before he died.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Is Willy Wonka’s job open? If not, an author. So I could write a book that would make other people feel the same way I did the first time I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

What profession would you not like to do? A politician. My bulls**t meter is too low.

Most romantic gesture: My first answer was a romantic, candlelit dinner. But actually, it’s standing by the woman I love and supporting her to become the person she wants to be in every way I can.

Words to live by: “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”—Maya Angelou.

“Why didn’t you want me to know your name?” Grayson asked, casting aside the socially acceptable tact that had been drilled into him since birth. “Do we know each other?”

Nadia’s sharp but low intake of breath glanced off his ears, and he faced her again, openly scrutinizing her face for any telltale signs of deception. But she was good. Aside from that gasp, her expression remained shuddered. Either she had nothing to hide or she was damn good at lying.

He couldn’t decide which one to believe.

“No,” she whispered. “We don’t know each other.”

Truth rang in her voice, and the vise squeezing his chest loosened a fraction of an inch.

“And I guess, I didn’t see the point of exchanging names. If not for this blackout or you being in this hallway instead of the ballroom, our paths wouldn’t have crossed. And when the power is restored, we’ll become strangers again. Getting to know each other will pass the time but it’s not because we truly want to. It’s not…honest.”

Her explanation struck him like a punch. It echoed throughout his body, vibrating through skin and bone. Honest. What did he know about that?

In the world he moved in, deception was everywhere—from the social niceties of “It’s so good to see you” to the cagey plans to land a business deal. He wasn’t used to her brand of frankness, and so he didn’t give her platitudes. Her honesty deserved more than that.

“You’re right,” he said. “And you’re wrong.” Deliberately, he straightened his legs until they sprawled out in front him, using that moment to force himself to give her the truth. “If not for me needing to get out of that ballroom and bumping into you here, we wouldn’t have met. You would be outside, unprotected in the parking lot or on the road. And I would be trapped in the dark with people I wish I didn’t know, most likely going out of my mind. So for that alone, I’m glad we did connect. Because Nadia…” He surrendered to the need that had been riding him since looking down into her upturned face, and clasped a lock of her hair, twisting it around his finger. “Nadia, I would rather be out here with you, a complete stranger I’ve met by serendipity, then surrounded by the familiar strangers I’ve known for years in that ballroom.”

She stared at him, her pretty lips slightly parted, espresso eyes widened in surprise.

“Another thing you’re correct and incorrect about. True, when the lights come back on and we leave here, we probably won’t see each other again. But in this moment, there’s nothing I want more than to discover more about Nadia with the gorgeous mouth, the unholy curves and the underwhelming fairy godmother.”

Maybe he shouldn’t have pushed it with the comments about her mouth and body, but if they were being truthful, then he refused to hide how attractive he found her. Attractive, hell. Such an anemic description for his hunger to explore every inch of her and be able to write a road map later.

Her lashes fluttered before lowering, hiding her eyes. In her lap, her elegant fingers twisted. He released the strands of her hair and checked the impulse to tip her chin up and order her to look at him.

“Why did you need to escape the ballroom?” she asked softly.

He didn’t immediately reply, instead waiting until her gaze rose to meet his.

Only then did he whisper, “To find you.”

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Naima Simone’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey and Linda Howard many years ago. Though her first attempt at writing a romance novel at age 11 never saw the light of day, her love of romance and writing has endured. Now, she spends her time creating stories of unique men and women who experience the dizzying heights of passion and the tender heart of love.

She is wife to Superman—or his non-Kryptonian, less bulletproof equivalent—and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, domestically-challenged bliss in the southern United States.

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