CLOSER                                       ARIA HAWTHORNE

Contemporary Erotic Romance - Suitable for mature readers; 18+ years - Full-length, stand-alone novel with HEA. Famous Dutch architect, Sven van der Meer, has just completed the greatest achievement of his professional life—the design and construction of The Spire, Chicago’s tallest, most controversial skyscraper. But a shameful secret threatens to destroy his prestigious career—he’s losing his eyesight. Now, he’s run out of time and the only woman qualified to help maintain his charade of invincibility is also the one woman who despises him and The Spire. And he’s fairly certain she’s hiding something as well. Will the fiery, but enchanting Miss Sanchez be the right woman to play the role of his pretend girlfriend? Or will the temptation of getting too close, too fast jeopardize their business arrangement and the future of his entire career?

When twenty-eight-year-old, woefully unemployed, Inez Sanchez, arrives to her interview with hotter-than-hell billionaire architect, Sven van der Meer—mastermind behind The Spire—she quickly realizes his job proposition isn’t what she was anticipating. He’s hiding a life-changing secret, one that could ruin his career as the most influential architect in the world, and he’s willing to pay her five thousand dollars a day—just to help him keep it. Will she accept his offer to become his “pretend girlfriend” for the next four days in order to ensure the success of the most important week of his life? Or will her sassy flair for independence and smartass sarcasm keep her from submitting to his stern authoritative commands, no matter how sexy his European accent might be? And what will happen when he discovers she’s hiding a secret, too—one that could threaten the stability of their arrangement and prevent her from getting too close to the one man in the world who might be capable of gaining her trust…

Sven Van Der Meer is wanting to hire someone who will be his date for a week at each function he has that week. He does not tell these women when they come for the interview what the job entails just that he needs an assistant. Inez Sanchez is the last person to show up for the interview needing money, but you do not know the reason why at first. She ends up getting the job and with it $ 5,000 dollars a day. She takes her responsibilities towards him serious and he is totally taken in by her. But at the end of the night she leaves. She also leaves the next night, but they each find out a little more about each other and she for one does not like his brother, business partner, or former girlfriend who is now marrying his brother. He finds out her secret about being a single mother, and helping her grandmother who is going blind. While she is dealing with the father of her baby, who has been gone for a year and has made it known to her that he had been sleeping with all of his dance partners. She wants nothing to do with him and it is like talking to a brick wall even after she finds him and her best friend together in bed. Now later that day Sven finds out where she lives and meets the grandmother and Luna the daughter. He accepts them into his life and she opens herself up to him later that night. The next night at the Gala for which she was really hired for is when everything falls apart starting with Sven’s ex and then it goes downhill from there. They do not see each other for over two months. When he finally shows up. What happens get the book and find out. I like the characters especially Inez and her grandmother, but each one has a place in the story. This is a very good book. I got this book from netgalley. I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at

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