Worth the Scandal by Karen Erickson is the 1st novel in her Worth It series of f/m contemporary office workplace romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Samhain.
This series is set at a family-run corporation, and this installment features the CEO oldest son and a secretary having an unexpectedly passionate fling during a business trip, which leads to unintended relationship consequences when accusations of corporate espionage come up, among other things.
Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers (some DRM-free).
NB: If you’re curious as to a certain relationship secret mentioned in the blurb, I suggest checking out the slightly spoilery tags on the Samhain publisher website listing for the story, in case that happens to be the type of plot twist that you don’t want to read.
Strictly business? Try telling that to her heart…
Alexander Worth, President and CEO of Worth Luxury Goods, is a man never to be crossed. His unwavering sense of responsibility to the family business requires him to always be in complete and utter control. Until it comes to Tessa Crawford.
She’s quietly professional, shy, voluptuous…and she works for him. Which means she is the one woman he must never touch, no matter how hard his gut twists with need for her.
After rising above her disadvantaged childhood, Tessa knows the last thing she should do is risk throwing it all away by falling into bed with her sexy boss. But on an extended European business trip, all self-imposed barriers burn away in the heat of their sizzling chemistry.
Once back home, though, whispers of corporate espionage turn into full-blown scandal—and Tessa finds out the hard way where Alex’s loyalties lie. Determined to soldier on, she picks herself up and carries on with a secret, yet welcomed burden. Never guessing that Alex will make a reappearance in her life, ready to show her once and for all that family does, indeed, come first.
Warning: Contains a sweet-yet-strong woman, and a bossy alpha male brought to his knees by the woman he desperately loves. Involves enough begging and groveling that the reader may be tempted to “accidentally” leave it for her significant other to “find”. For instructional purposes only, of course!