Some people in her small rural community think Ellen Hamilton, the business savvy daughter of the town’s largest employer, is too big for her britches. After all it’s the 1950s and women have no place in running corporations. But when the company is threatened with takeover by John Adair, the man who broke her heart and "betrayed" her family business years ago, she’s determined to stop at nothing to win. Yet, when the cool Ellen turns molten in John’s arms, will she discover the truth about the past in time to seal The Sweetheart Deal.
“We had a deal.” Her chin lifted high and imperious, for as long as she stayed angry, she could hide how vulnerable she was to him hurting her again. “And part of that deal is I won’t back your plan for my family’s company. So don’t ask me to.”
“Damn it! This has nothing to do with the company.” John leaned in close. “Right, I forgot. I’m just the brute help.”
Ellen turned away so she didn’t have to see his face.
“Sure, good for fun but never trust them.” His fingertips rested on her chin, and he gently turned her head to face him. “Is it so hard to believe I’m capable of real feelings? That I want us together?”
Closing her eyes, she staved off her desire to surrender to him. But that was a foolish teenage dream, the consequences of which she knew from bitter experience.
He released her face, and her cheeks stung for lack of him.
“Fine. Leave.” His words chopped the air.
Nothing was stopping her from going but if she took those steps away from him, something inside her would cut so deeply she might never stop bleeding.
John tilted his head back. “Don’t go.”
The words were so soft she wasn’t sure she had heard them or just hoped for them.
The reporter scuffled up close behind them.
Ellen fled down the stairs.
Allison Morse grew up in a family of actors in Los Angeles; before the age of five, she started acting classes, which she adored. She continued in the family business until her early twenties when her curious spirit led her to consider other interests.
After receiving a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, she went on to earn a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a J.D. from U.C. Hastings College of the Law.
Although she loved learning from each of her varied careers she always knew that storytelling was as essential to her as breathing. So as she pursued her professional life, she kept to a strict writing schedule, and joined the Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.
She lives with her wonderful husband in a house in the hills that’s filled with books.
Allison can be contacted at http://www.allisonmorseauthor.com
People expect Ellen to conform to the usual standard of being a wife and a mother, but she really wants to run her father’s business. The problem is no matter how capable she actually is people will assume she’s a figurehead as opposed to having a head for business. Add to this a former beau, John, left the town under false allegations, ones Ellen chose to believe. How will she handle his return?
The Sweetheart Deal is a fun read, but it can be disheartening to realize women were considerable little more than housekeeper and broodmares. Three cheers for Ellen who refuses to accept her role. Ms. Morse does an excellent job of giving us a feel for the period by inserting cultural icons and activities. It made me feel like I was there.
This would be a great group read for grandmothers, mothers and granddaughters. There is nothing to offend anyone and there would be much to discuss.