Maureen Child - Gilded Secrets [The Highest Bidder #1]

Title : Gilded Secrets
Series : The Highest Bidder #1
Author : Maureen Child
Publisher : Harlequin
Published Date : July 2012
Pages : 192
Genre : Contemporary Romance

Defending His Legacy...At Any Cost... 

When scandal threatens the luxury auction house that bears his family's name, Vance Waverly suspects the media feeding frenzy is an inside job. Could his gorgeous assistant, Charlotte Potter, be plotting Waverly's downfall? There's one way to find out: seduce the truth out of her! Charlie is between a rock and a hard place. She can reveal Waverly's secrets to her unidentified blackmailer or lose custody of her child. Whatever she does, she'll lose the career she loves. But losing the man she's come to love-her big, bad boss-could put her over the edge..
"So what are you doing here?"
"I work here," Vence said, one corner of his mouth lifting.
Brilliant, Charlie. Just brilliant.
"Yes, but you usually don't come to the auctions."
He shrugged. "I want to see you."
"You see me every day." Nerves plucked at her insides and Charlie fought to keep from showing them.
"Yeah, but this way's different," he said. "We're not in the office. We're more like.... friends."
She laughed and take a sip of her water. "Friends?"
"Something wrong with that?"
"I guess not."
"Good. Because I'd like to take my 'friend' out to dinner tonight."
This conversation was put on the first page, before the title, and it really captived my attention, made me eager to turn the page to know what happened between the two main characters. That's a good point to start a book.

I got this ebook from NetGalley, read it in the middle of my office hours, that's the opportunity if you've no tasks or idle. Hahahahah..

What can I say, I LIKE Maureen Child's (MC) works. This one included. Charlie and Vance were similar to MC's others characters. Vance was strong, powerful, demanding, and late to know that he fell in love with the woman. While Charlie's character was delicate, sweet, tried to solve her own problem though it made her scared to death, and definitely made the man fell into her.

But what I love the most is the way how MC built the plot, from a simple one (trying to find out who betrayed the Waverly's) to misunderstanding between the characters and my mind can't keep stop asking who's betrayed the auction house. MC got my brain occupied to find out who's the blackmailer yet still get my heart clenched and thump due to how Vance romancing Charlie...

Overall, this one is a nice story, can't wait for the rest of the series ^^

The Highest Bidder series:
#1 Gilded Secrets - Maureen Child
#2 Exquisite Acquisition - Charlene Sands
#3 A Silken Seduction - Yvonne Lindsay
#4 A Precious Inheritance - Paula Roe
#5 The Rogue's Fortune - Cat Schield
#6 Golden Betrayals - Barbara Dunlop

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