(#1 of Trust Fund Duet)
Author: Skye Warren
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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An heiress without a cause.
Two billionaires determined to claim her.
And a war fought on the most dangerous battlefield--the heart.
"What an incredible book! Survival of the Richest has everything -- Skye Warren's beautiful writing, a sexy, compelling story; intricate characters, and a provocative love triangle that will captivate you until the very end." ~ New York Times bestselling author Nina Lane
My story starts with a plunge into the cold water of Manhattan's harbor.
A strong hand hauls me back onto the deck of the luxury yacht. Christopher was supposed to be my enemy. Instead he protects me with fierce determination.
That should have been my happily ever after, but then Sutton appeared--ruthless and seductive. He doesn't care that my heart belongs to someone else, because he's determined to win. No matter the cost.
It's an impossible choice, but I can't have them both.
Excerpt . . .
“You deserve better than that,” Christopher says, but there’s no way to pretend he’s talking about Sutton. He’s talking about himself and we both know it.
“He gives me what I want, which is something you might try next time you like a girl.”
“It wasn’t that,” he says, harsh again.
“No?” I step forward and place a hand on his chest, feeling the way his heart beats strong and fast. He may want to be unaffected by me, but he isn’t. I tilt my face up toward him. “You didn’t imagine me naked in the cabin later?”
He sucks in a breath. “You were too young then.”
My words come out as a whisper. “What about now? Will you do what Sutton said—imagine me in this dress when you go home after this?”
“It’s not fucking decent,” he says, even though the silk covers every part of me. It’s a perfectly respectable dress, when it’s not hitched up around my waist.
“You can thank Sutton for this,” I say, because it’s true. He’s the only reason I lean forward and place my lips against Christopher’s, touching them in some terrible attempt to show him what he gave up, to prove to myself that I don’t care about either of them.
Christopher sucks in a breath. For a second I think he’s going to pull away. He stiffens and grasps my hair with his fist. Easy enough for him to stop the kiss. Instead he dips my head back and deepens it, exploring my mouth with his teeth, his tongue. Opening me wider until I whimper. Pulling me close until I can feel how hard he is beneath his slacks.
His other hand fists in the gauze of my dress, and I realize he’s holding me with both hands clenched—one in my hair and one in my clothes. I don’t know whether he’s doing it so he doesn’t have to touch me or because it’s a way to control me without bruising me. He uses both hands to tug me closer; I’m pressed so tightly I can’t imagine getting away.
Where Sutton had been raw sensuality and playfulness, Christopher is pure determination. He kisses me like he’s a conquering army, like I’m made of gold he has to grasp—or lose forever.
Harper is torn. She is torn between men and money all her life. Her story is in part about craving freedom. Fighting and wanting that freedom from the restrictions placed upon her by her father and, then later, her stepbrother. She wants to gain independence and control over her life and destiny. And in that pursuit, we encounter two men who become prominent individuals in her life. One man is cold and determined. He has a sense of honour and a code which he follows. The other is dangerous and seductive. Nothing will stand in his way when he sets his sights on what he wants. Two men... a hard decision. But early on, I had picked one which I felt was my favourite. And I thought I knew how the story would end. So when I reached the final pages, I stopped and found myself speechless.
What is fantastic about the story is the return to Tanglewood which brings back characters we've met in other books. The interconnection of stories is enjoyable because the reader gets to see where the characters have gone and what has happened to them. Additionally, the references to Greek legends is an interesting component to the story which shows the depth and detail put into this story. This tale was more than I could have hoped for and I look forward to returning to this world to discover what fate has in store for Harper.
Playlist . . .
- Seven Devils by Florence + the Machine
- Million Dollar Man by Lana Del Rey
- Back to You by Selena Gomez
- High by Zella Day
- Endgame by Taylor Swift
- Renée Elise Goldsberry, Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton
- Love is Madness by Thirty Seconds to Mars (feat Halsey)
- Hard Love by NEEDTOBREATHE
- Can’t Help Falling in Love by Andrea Bocelli and Katherine McPhee
- Let Me Fall by Josh Groban
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