Make Me Beg
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"Intensely sexy and packs an emotional punch!" - #1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely
Bartender Mackenzie Ellinsworth has always gone it alone. So when she has a chance to open her own bar and restaurant, she's got a plan for how it should go. Not in that plan: a ripped and rugged playboy stepping in to take over. Mack doesn't do players, and she doesn't do one-night stands. If Connor wants to work with Mack, he's going to have to keep his strong, sexy hands to himself.
Connor Branding is determined to prove he's not the directionless playboy Mack thinks. But opening a place together causes more problems than it solves. The two of them can't agree on anything—except how scorching hot their chemistry is. Connor may be ready to indulge every desire Mack's been denying herself…but turning business into pleasure is likely to get him burned.
Each book in the Men of Gold Mountain series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Make Me Stay
Book #2 Make Me Beg
Make Me Beg
Co-workers to friends ... to lovers? Sexy chemistry turns into an unforgettable night, but ultimately Mack isn't into womanizers like him ... so where can it possibly go? Can the tough girl bartender hold her own with the player chef?
Mackenzie Ellinsworth is sassy and can work a bar like nobodies business, but she keeps even her friends at arms length. Nobody knows what she works so hard for ... or where she came from.
Connor Branding was interested in Mack from day one, but after being shot down he went on to brighter pastures and settled for being the friend she loved to hate on. Now they are being handed the opportunity to have bigger pieces of the pie and open their own bar/restaurant. Will they be able to put down their stubbornness and agree on anything?
Enemies to Lovers
This novel is the second in the Gold Mountain series. It can be read as a stand-alone without feeling as though you're missing the background story. There are glimpses from characters in Make Me Stay, but you aren't left in the dark. I've been fortunate enough to read both novels and would encourage you read them in order.
Mackenzie or "Mack" as she's better known, is a self-made bartender or mixologist. She loves Gold Mountain and never wants to leave. Her life dream is owning her own bar, but she doesn't have the funds to do that. When the opportunity arises to co-own a "new" bar, she gladly accepts.
Connor, a chef who has dreams of running his own fine dining restaurant, works as the chef in The Dipper alongside Mack. Sam approaches them with news that The Dpper is losing money, but she has a plan. Sam suggests they work together to come up with a concept that is different, but will draw vacationers in. Since they will all own the bar together, they all have to agree with everything proposed.....
The snappy, witty banter between Connor and Mack keeps you interested. They both come into the deal with LOTS of personal baggage. Connor's dad fronts his portion of the money and is putting a lot of pressure on Connor to succeed. Mack grew up in foster care, when two guys took her in and showed her the ropes of running a bar. In tribute to these men, she feels she owes it to them to succeed in building a bar like they owned--before it went out of business. They both come up with amazing ideas, but they can't seem to get their plans to "mesh". Instead of delving into the reasons behind their ideas and getting to know each other, they regard each other with preconceived notions. Mack sees Connor as a player who's on his way out of the door. Connor sees Mack as a hard-nosed, egomaniac who wants to see her name on the sign. Will they be able to see past their preconceived notions to build their dream restaurant or will they let their pride get in the way?
I really enjoyed this novel and highly recommend reading it. I read a gifted copy of this novel and all opinions expressed are my own.
This is book two in The Men of Gold Mountain series and it features Mackenzie "Mack" Ellinsworth and Connor Branding. These two have enough spark to set the sheets on fire! That is, if they'd stop fighting the pull long enough to realize they'd be better off together than apart. Mack finds it the hardest because of her past. Inside this book is some of the most scorching phone sex EVER! The partnership would have been magic but again they're fighting each other for all the wrong reasons.
Great story with loyal friends in a small mountain resort community. I can't wait to read the next book in this fantastic series.