Captured by Love Books 1-3 (The Unwilling Executive, The Unyielding Bachelor, The Undercover Playboy)
Miranda P. Charles
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An unwilling executive, an unyielding bachelor and an undercover playboy discover they cannot escape love when it finds them. With dangerous situations pulling them apart, how can they hold on to the women who have captured their hearts? This collection includes books 1 to 3 of the steamy, stirring and suspenseful Captured by Love series. Each book in this series can be enjoyed as a standalone.
Book 1: The Unwilling Executive
Lucas Renner never expected his biological father to start acknowledging him as a son and only heir. He bet the old man has ulterior motives that has nothing to do with wanting to develop a relationship with him. He refuses to make contact with the man who has rejected him all his life... until his father's message is hand-delivered by a blushing beauty who stirs him in the right places.
Jade Tully thanks her lucky stars for her new role as the personal assistant to a wealthy CEO. Heaven knows she needs it. But she doesn't anticipate getting entangled in the personal conflict between her eccentric boss and his extremely hunky son--a man who rattles her poise and melts her heart. If she continues to do her boss's bidding, would she lose Lucas's trust and her chance to capture his heart?
Book 2: The Unyielding Bachelor
Rick Donnelly is under contract to remain unattached until his fifteen-year-old half-sister turns twenty-one. If he breaks the rules, not only will he have to hand over the management of his sister's substantial inheritance to his reckless stepmother, but he'll also have to transfer twenty percent ownership of his company to the untrustworthy woman. When the tempting Lexie Mead decides to knock down his heart's defenses, he finds himself in danger of breaking the contract's strict conditions--something he simply cannot afford to do.
Lexie Mead has long had feelings for the hunky Rick Donnelly. Tired of being treated as just another one of his friends, she sets out to win his heart from prettier and more aggressive women admirers. But Rick has complications to deal with... and enemies who will do anything to see him fail. She doesn't want him to lose the things he's worked hard to keep. But how can they have a future together when she is forced to walk away and Rick can't ask her to stay?
Book 3: The Undercover Playboy
Detective Carter Garrett is required to play the role of a cash-strapped playboy to solve an important case. When Cassie Stephens starts working in the art gallery owned by a suspect, his growing feelings for her threaten to blow his cover. He mustn't let Cassie in on the secret. It could ruin his team's best chance at catching a group of criminals whose leader could very well be Cassie's new boss. But when Cassie gets embroiled in the case, his heart joins in on the action--a dangerous situation he cannot allow to persist.
Cassie Stephens is ecstatic to land a high-paying job with perks anyone would envy. To her further delight, her new boss has business dealings with the charming Carter Garrett, her friend's hunky brother. But being aware of Carter's playboy ways, she orders herself not to dream of a future with him... until her new boss shares a secret about Carter she wasn't at all expecting. With everything seeming too good to be true, how far away are heartbreak and danger?
Each book in the Captured by Love series can be read as a standalone. For better enjoyment, the author recommends reading the books in order.
Book 1: The Unwilling Executive (Lucas Renner and Jade Tully)
Book 2: The Unyielding Bachelor (Rick Donnelly and Lexie Mead)
Book 3: The Undercover Playboy (Carter Garrett and Cassie Stephens)
Book 4: The Unintended Fiancé (Bradley Mead and Erin Baker)
Book 5: The Unforgettable Ex (Gavin Redford and Natasha Garrett)
Book 6: The Unknown Billionaire (Jarryd Westbourne and Marilyn Grant)
Book 7: The Unmasked CEO (Simon Alexander and Geri Blaine)
Book 8: The Unexpected Husband - coming soon!
Wonderful, sexy collection of romances with a perfect blend of suspense/intrigue
The Unwilling Executive: Sexy and funny which is my favorite combination. I love the way Miranda Charles gives us a group of friends to enjoy over a series of books as each one finds their happiness while we get to interact with the entire cast of characters. Jade gets put into Lucas' orbit by her boss, Thomas Bilton, just to deliver a letter but she has to get him to read it. She has no idea why this is so important but Lucas leaves an impression on her and she is completely surprised to find out he's Ruby's son, her favorite florist. Lucas is shocked by his reaction to Jade but she works for the one man he can't stand, Thomas Bilton, the biological father that has never acknowledged him but now Thomas is trying to communicate with him. We get a great mystery behind the Ruby and Thomas' relationship or lack of one after Lucas was born. At the same time can Lucas open up his heart to Jade? Will he be able to trust her or is she just manipulating him for Thomas?
The Unyielding Bachelor: Lexie is frustrated. Her flirting seems to be terrible because Rick, her target, seems to be oblivious. When she pulls out all the stops and still gets the cold shoulder, well, she decides to face facts and move on. My heart bled for Lexie, she is career minded, strong, independent woman and seeing her dream fade away was crushing. What she doesn't know is that Rick is trapped. He signed a contract to protect his sister's inheritance that forbids him from being in a committed relationship. Will Rick really let Lexie just walk away from him? Or will he find a loop hole? Of course, given the secrets in Rick's life, misunderstandings abound giving us just the right amount of drama with all the sexiness I expect from a Miranda Charles romance. This is the perfect afternoon escape delivering the right blend of humor, romance, sexiness, friendship, drama and love.
The Undercover Playboy: Cassie is a strong, confident woman working to further her career at an organization that appreciates her. The one things she struggles with is love. Her roommates brother, Carter, has captured her heart but he is a playboy. When Cassie gets a new job and Carter is contracted to work at her new firm, they suddenly find themselves crossing paths more often but can Carter commit to one woman? Carter is a complex man since his job as an undercover agent puts him in unique situation of lying to most everyone about what he does. Most everyone believes he’s an electrician that plays the field but they don’t realize many of these "dates" are related to cases he is working on, not actual dates. He really likes his sister's new roommate Cassie but will his job get in the way of any romance they might have? When his job puts him directly in Cassie's path, he might find that protecting her becomes his biggest challenge. A wonderfully sexy, fun and sweet romance with a great level of suspense as we unravel Carter's case.
Review: Captured by Love books 1-3
The Unwilling Executive by Miranda P. Charles is the first book in her new series Captured by love.
A witty romance where a man who does not commit begins to fall for the woman that is trying to pull him back towards his estranged father for the sake of her job.
If he could've chosen anyone to fall for I'm sure it wouldn't have been Jade Tully, but Lucas is drawn to her despite her reason for being anywhere near his life.
After a serious of run-ins between the initial meeting and his mom's flower shop things begin to go a little smoother for them, but will each of their own end goals destroy the delicate connection they have?
The Unyielding Bachelor by Miranda P. Charles is the second book in her Captured by Love series. It CAN be read as a stand-alone.
This amazingly intricate plot focuses on two friends who have feelings for each other but who have some very large obstacles in the way of them forming a relationship bond.
Lexie has been in a constant flirt mode with Rick for over a year now. It is time for her gloves to come off. When she is done, there is no way he can ignore her intentions, whether he accepts what she is offering is another matter entirely.
Rick has made an arrangement that prevents him from being in a serious relationship. It was a stupid arrangement, done years ago when he embraced the idea of being a perpetual bachelor playboy. with Lexie's advances becoming more obvious and steadfast he isn't sure he can stick to his end of the arrangement, but the price for breaking the arrangement is higher than he is willing to pay.
Plot twists galore and intrigue abounds. A beautiful, steamy romance that will have you on tenterhooks wondering what on earth is going to happen next.
The Undercover Playboy by Miranda P. Charles is the third book in her Captured by Love series. A steady-paced romance filled with twists and secrets that will have you flipping the pages as fast as you can.
Cassie has a crush on Carter but they're just friends. He is her roommate's brother and nothing will ever happen between them. Besides, he is a playboy. When she starts a new job at an art gallery the unlikely happens...
Carter is not a playboy, he is an undercover officer who often uses his skills as an electrician as a cover for his detecting job. No one but his family knows what he does, it's safer for his cover and his friends if he keeps it that way. That is part of what makes him and Cassie an issue, especially now that she is working at the art gallery that's part of his current investigation.
This is the third book by this author that I have read and the third book that I have loved. Miranda P. Charles is fast becoming a go-to author for me - if she writes it I will read it.
Hot, steamy, twisty and awesome.
Captured by Love Books 1-3
I purchased these books individually and what awesome reads they are. The Captured by Love series just gets better with each book and you get a glimpse of past characters too! !
The Unwilling Executive (Book 1) is about Lucas Renner the "confirmed bachelor" also know as Mr. FK....you just don't know what will be around the next corner....look out Mr. FK.....
The Unyielding Bachelor (Book 2) is about Rick Donnelly and the "contract" and his relationship with Lexi, he needs to hide....from Betty. Wow ! ! This was better than the first book. Wasn't expecting the twist with Betty regarding the "contract" and her trying to find a solution on her own. Glad they got the unsavory people but wasn't expecting Carter to be undercover cop!!
The Undercover Playboy (Book 3) is about Carter Garrett who considers himself as a playboy, and who says “No” to falling in love, little does he know it’s around the corner…Cassie who is Tash’s roommate and Carter’s sister, offers Carter a one night stand which he declines, not knowing he has feeling for her but can’t show them because he is an undercover cop (which only his family knows) and is looking for the person who shot his friend Gavin. Cassie is working on her MBA, findsa job at the same gallery that Carter is working undercover. Carter has to keep up the persona of a playboy and she doesn’t understand why. Suspense, danger and intrigue all rolled into one man who is fighting to save his growing relationship and find out who did it! ! !
You can not go wrong with this set and once you read it you will purchase the rest of the books in this series! ! ! Miranda Charles spins so much into her books that they remain with you long after you are finished! ! !