V I L L A I N
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The sexy and emotional companion novella to the New York Times bestselling romance HERO.
Nadia Ray is not just a broadcast meteorologist. She’s Boston’s morning television It Girl. Successful and independent, she’s put a past she’s ashamed of behind her and is forging a future she can be proud of. However, when her new boss discovers her secret he blackmails her, intent on using Nadia’s popularity to make them the number one morning show in Massachusetts. He wants her to be part of uncovering the city’s biggest scandal – a secret billionaire Caine Carraway is hiding.
Soon Nadia is thrown into the path of Caine’s best friend: sexy, wealthy bachelor Henry Lexington. But she doesn’t encounter the dashing high society gentleman Henry is purported to be. Instead she’s faced with an insulting and defensive villain who misjudges her at every turn.
When Henry finally realizes the truth, and decides to make amends, Nadia wants nothing to do with him. But she underestimates his determination and charm and soon they find themselves embroiled in an intense, passionate affair.
An affair Nadia knows must come to an end before their feelings grow any deeper and he discovers her secrets.
After all, Henry Lexington isn’t the only one who played the part of a villain once…
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“One moment of kindness can change everything.”
Nadia hasn’t experienced a lot of kindness at times, and after more negative encounters than positive ones in some aspects of her life, her self-worth has taken a few hits. The chubby girl who was bullied in school has grown into a beautifully curvy woman who is the star of the local TV station. Experience has taught her to have a healthy distrust of men, and her new boss is a prime example of the reason for it. He is the king of slimeballs who is sexually harassing her and trying to blackmail her if she doesn’t dig up dirt on Boston’s notorious Caine Carraway.
When she stumbles onto something unexpected, Caine’s best friend Henry Lexington appears to warn her off. They definitely get off on the wrong foot, and any thoughts she briefly entertained of trying to ask for his help to get out of her predicament go right out the window. His instant judgment of her hurts more than she wants to admit but it isn’t anything new to her either. When Henry is shown the error of his ways, he likes what he sees when he takes a deeper look at Nadia. Putting misunderstandings and preconceived notions aside, Nadia and Henry share a heated attraction that he is determined to act on. Unfortunately for him, Nadia is no one’s notch on a bedpost so he is facing an uphill battle to change her mind and to gain her trust.
Nadia and Henry sizzle, and he brings out a side of her with his caveman alpha moments that she never expected. But she cannot allow herself to get too attached when her past keeps knocking on her door despite her best attempts to bury it. She knows she stands to lose everything from Henry to her career if her secret gets out, and it is already glaringly obvious that many people look down on her in his blueblood society circle. She will have to take a leap of faith and actually let Henry in if she hopes to have any chance at a future with him though.
It has been a few years since I read Hero, the first book in the series featuring Caine and Alexa, but it all came rushing back to me as I read Villain. This novella is quality Samantha Young storytelling that plays on your emotions and has you fanning yourself along the way too! Villain can be read completely as a standalone, so don’t hesitate to grab a copy of it today!
About Samantha Young:
Samantha Young is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows. Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, will be published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us was published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook & hardback June 2017. Play On is an adult contemporary romance and the first in a brand new series set in Scotland. Villain is a companion novella to the New York Times bestselling romance HERO.
Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for Hero. On Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015.
Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.
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