She's small-town business. He's Manhattan high finance. Together they ignite in a novel about unexpected love and danger by Nancy Herkness, award-winning author of the Wager of Hearts series.
New Jersey bookkeeper Alice Thurber has a carefully constructed risk-free life. Everything in perfect balance. Until little discrepancies show up in her clients' accounts. Most would ignore it. Not the impeccably precise Alice. In desperation she reaches out to a high-powered consulting firm for help. New York City's movie-star handsome financial wizard Derek Killion reaches back. All he has to do is smile and Alice's fantasies stir. A girl can dream, can't she?
A cofounder of KRG, Derek's promise is to advise small-business owners in trouble. He never guessed that assisting the diffident but sexy Alice would be so captivating and make it so hard to keep his desires in check. But just as intriguing is the alarming puzzle behind the computer glitch that's unsettled his client. As the investigation unfolds, they must also confront an attraction too palpable to ignore. Every new dark twist they follow is only bringing them closer together--in passion and in danger.
The Money Man by Nancy Herkness
Series: The Consultants #1
Published by Amazon Publishing
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I really enjoyed Alice and Derek’s story in The Money Man by Nancy Herkness, book one in her The Consultants series. This was a story filled with mystery, danger, interesting characters, a steamy romance, and math geeks that drew me in and didn’t let go, even as I turned the last page.
You don’t have to be a math geek, like me, to enjoy this story. Alice and Derek are both numbers people but at totally different levels. Alice is the neighborhood bookkeeper while Derek, with his MBA, is the numbers guy at an international corporation, KRG.
Derek created an initiative to help small businesses with problems, free of charge. When Alice discovers a discrepancy while using a new computer bookkeeping program she asks KRG for help figuring out what or where she went wrong. Working with Derek and his partners, Alice discovers the location or cause for the missing money; only things aren’t as simple as that.
While investigating the software company they learn that they have stirred up a hornet’s nest. I loved how protective and caring Derek is of Alice. His grand gesture at the end of book is swoon-worthy; especially for regency romance fans. Dowdy, quiet, buttoned-up Alice finally steps out of her comfort zone and turns into an amazing kick-a** woman; one to definitely admire.
The chemistry between these two is not just off the charts, it’s electrifying. The math jokes, only they understand, gives a bit of humor to this story. The secondary characters, both Alice’s friends and Derek’s KRG partners, add an additional layer to this story and I hope to see more of them in future books.
Ms. Herkness wrote a wonderful, sexy and suspenseful story that should not be missed. She provided a tale rich with sizzling chemistry, amusing banter, a touch of danger, and endearing characters giving Alice and Derek a chance for a future together. I highly recommend The Money Man to other readers and look forward to the next book in the series.