“Be a good little assistant and go get me some coffee.”Comments like this are why I hate my boss. Since taking over as CEO of Benson Industries, Cole Benson has been demeaning, arrogant, and infuriating.
For as much as I hate him, I can’t stop thinking about him. A captivating attraction passes between us each time his dark eyes meet mine. As the late nights and business trips add up, we are compelled to cross the line of our professional relationship.
But how can I call him my boyfriend when I already have a husband?
“I’m off to get Arlene some more wine.” He elbowed Cole in the ribs. “She gets a little randy after she’s had a few.” He laughed and scampered away to find his wife while Cole rolled his eyes in disgust.He took my small hand in his big one, and my entire body flushed with heat at his proximity. Our hands had never touched before. If anything, he did his best to avoid any sort of contact with me.
His skin against mine was electric.
Just our hands touched, but it felt as if he was touching me everywhere.
He laced one arm around my waist as the notes of another ballad filled the room. We were dancing like old people, my hand in his, his arm around my waist, and my other hand resting on his shoulder.
That big, broad shoulder hidden behind his tuxedo coat.
My fingers flexed involuntarily, and I couldn’t help but notice how hard his entire body was beneath that sexy tux. My mind wandered and my mouth watered as I thought back to that picture I’d seen of him wearing just his swim trunks. That mental image mixed with the man in the flesh sent an aching need right to my core.
He pulled me just a bit closer to him, surprising the hell out of me, and I felt something rigid pressing against my hip.
Was he as hot for me as I was for him?
No way. There was no possible way.
But his erection digging into me told a completely different story.
“What was my father telling you?” he asked in a deep rumble. I looked up into his eyes.
God, he was handsome. His milk chocolate irises had golden flecks in them that I’d never been close enough to notice before, and his breath smelled of peppermint.
I couldn’t think when I was this close to him. Words caught in my throat.
“That bad?” he asked. I sensed his nervousness.
I cleared my throat and broke our eye contact so I could think. “Just a proud father bragging about the time his son took off his clothes in a department store.”
“God. He tells everybody that stupid story. I’m surprised this is the first time you’ve heard it.”
I smiled. “It’s not so bad.”
“I was ten.”
I choked on my laugh as I tried to hold it in.
“It’s okay. You can laugh.”
I didn’t hold back, and even Cole chuckled along with me. I couldn’t help the joy that filled my heart in hearing even a small chuckle out of the man who was in a perpetual bad mood.
I made the mistake of looking up at him as we both laughed. When he smiled, adorable little crinkles outlined his eyes and he had a tiny dimple in just his left cheek. He looked carefree and young, ten times more beautiful than he had just moments earlier.
But when our eyes met, the mood instantly changed.
Neither of us was laughing anymore. Instead, an intense heat passed between us and the air around us filled with a raw and savage tension.
Conflicted may not sit well with me, story wise, but content, flow, characters and the romance between them is always SPOT ON.
There’s something about forbidden romances that just get people hooked – especially in a loveless marriage.
Lucy Cleary loves her job as an executive assistant. But when her boss retires and his son, Cole Benson takes his place, Lucy has the chills. He’s drop dead gorgeous, only problem is he’s rude, arrogant, and pretty mean. But Lucy’s not going to let him stop her from doing a job she knows she’s good at.
Although she’s attracted to her boss, she is married and unhappy. Her husband spends more time at work than with her and pays her very little attention. So she can’t help but feel conflicted about her new boss who drives her wild.
Lucy believes her feelings are just a fantasy, and then something changes in Cole. Something she didn’t expect. And Lucy is faced with a decision that will shape her future.
Let me get this out of the way and say I DON’T support cheating, on your spouse or partner or significant other. So this book didn’t sit well with me content wise, but that isn’t fair to say it isn’t a fantastic read. (Thank God for Suzanne and her one shots). I’m not saying you should stay in a loveless marriage, but cheating just…is a big no no for me.
Conflicted is exactly what it is, a confliction of feelings between being married and loyal and feeling the fire and passion for someone you shouldn’t have feelings for. It is unfortunate that the divorce rate in North America is so disgustingly high and that significant others usually change after marriage. No one said you had to be unhappy in your marriage – the opposite actually. And Lucy clearly makes an effort to make it work (you can’t say she didn’t try) and it’s not like she welcomed Cole with open arms. She knew it was wrong and fought it, but it isn’t easy when you made vows to love someone (It’s not her fault that the other person didn’t keep up their end).
Cole Benson is perfect. Too perfect like all of Suzanne’s male leads. Maybe that’s why we love her books so much.
Cole is the perfect combination of a rude and arrogant prick, with a bigger heart than you can imagine. (Not to mention sexy as all hell and passionate too). He’s the kind of guy you love to hate and hate to love. He’s just as conflicted as Lucy only because he knows better.
Conflicted was captivating, romantic, as well as an emotional struggle that Lucy handled like a champ. The kind of book you hate that you love. All of Suzanne’s books are absolute page turners, easy reads that you can’t put down. You’re never disappointed with one of her books.
4.5/5 Hearts of Love
Lisa Suzanne is a romance author who resides in Arizona with her husband and baby boy. She’s a part-time college instructor and former high school English teacher. When she’s not cuddling baby Mason, she can be found working on her latest book or watching reruns of Friends.