• The CEO Buys In

  • Wager of Hearts, Book 1
  • By: Nancy Herkness
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (893 ratings)

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The CEO Buys In

By: Nancy Herkness
Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
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Publisher's Summary

Self-made billionaire Nathan Trainor feels restless and disillusioned. His company may be thriving, but he can't find a woman who sees him for more than his wealth. With his love life in the red, he meets two other billionaire bachelors at the ultra-exclusive Bellwether Club. The three of them make a wager of the heart: they must find women who love them for who they are, not their money.

Savvy office temp Chloe Russell is trying to scrape together the money she needs to support her grandmother. So when a flu epidemic strikes Trainor Electronics and she's promoted to Nathan Trainor's assistant, she jumps at the lucrative opportunity. But then Nathan himself falls ill, and he and Chloe must work from his penthouse while he recuperates. Before long, it's clear there's genuine heat between them, and it's more than just a fever spike. Will Nathan win Chloe's heart - and the bet? Or will their differences destroy any chance for love?

©2015 Nancy Herkness (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Well Written Book

An enjoyable love story by author Nancy Herkness. Combined with humor, tears, and romance, this is one book that will be impossible to put down.... (18+)......Angry that he was just lied to by another woman, billionaire and CEO of Trainor Electronics, Nathan Trainor sat by himself in the elite Bellwether Club, drinking away his scorn. Before long, he was joined by two other billionaires, and together, they made a bet. They would auction off something very important and valuable to each of them, if they could find the woman of their dreams, who loved them strictly for themselves, and not their money, but most importantly, it had to happen within a year. A wager of the heart? Why not? Only the next day, Nathan was regretting that decision, that is, until he met his new temp. While taking care of her grandmother at home, Chloe Russell was nervous and excited to be starting her new temp job at Trainor Electronics. She was only to be a receptionist at the lowest level, so, imagine her surprise, when she was asked to be the new temporary executive assistant to Nathan Trainor himself? Gads! He was gorgeous and sinfully sexy, but Chloe also knew that she needed to hold back any thoughts or attractions she was feeling towards this man. However, when an epidemic flu breaks out, causing Nathan to become deathly ill, the last thing Chloe ever expected, was to find herself at Nathan's penthouse, at his demanding request. Why her? She had responsibilities at home, but truth be told, she didn't want to be any closer to Nathan Trainor than she already was. Keeping his thoughts close to his heart, Nathan couldn't admit to anyone, that he had a strong attraction for Chloe Russell. To him, she was beautiful, sexy, smart, and caring, and not only that, he respected her to the highest level. Determined to keep her at all costs, he insisted that she still carry out her duties, by working for him out of his penthouse until he was fully recuperated. Except some things can't be extinguished, as their chemistry ignited into flames, causing them both to have a wild, heated love affair. Chloe's instincts were telling her to run, while her heart ruled against it, but when she discovers the truth about the bet, nothing could prepare her for the outcome of her heart breaking in two. Will the bet bring them closer together? Or will this wager of the heart drive them further apart than they ever thought possible?.........thank you.....♡♡

Lauren Ezzo was OK with the delivery of the story but her male voices need work.

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Can't get passed immature narration...

The narrator reads about like a high schooler.
The opening isn't particularly interesting, but I'll give the written version a try to see if it becomes better.
Uninteresting and peppered with unnecessary and unhelpful details so far.I don't care if someone adds both salt and pepper to a sandwich!

I can't review it beyond that.

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WELL I'M ONE HAPPY BUNNY

The Publisher's Summary sums up this story well.. so all I'll add is that it has a very good and very enjoyable boss/assistant storyline which included humor, lots of sexcapades and a tiny bit of angst as two likeable characters have instant chemistry and very quickly fall for each other. But Chloe the Temp has obligations and can't believe that handsome Billionaire Nathan is looking for anything long-term so she eventually sacrifices her heart for job security. There's also a bit of drama from her Grandmother and Nathan's estranged Father.

I can't believe this very entertaining story of Chloe and Nathan's took place over a course of just a few weeks because there seemed to be so many layers to this and it never dragged. Dual POV's and good narration made it a captivating listen.

Worth a credit? Yes it would've been.. but at $7.34 for a 12.18 hr listen meant I didn't need to use a credit because anything under $10 I just buy to save my credit for a more expensive book AND I bought the three book series in Audible's half price sale so right now I'm doing the happy dance.

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  • KC
  • 11-09-16

Meh

Do you like sexy stories? Do you not require much beyond that? Here's a book for you.

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  • am
  • 08-11-18

Worst narrator.

Worst narrator. She ruined it for me. I tried to hang in there but couldn't stand it anymore. Didn't finish and will return the book. Don't waste your time

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Storyline had potential, weak writing killed it.

What disappointed you about The CEO Buys In?

The story stalled with overuse of descriptives, unreal scenarios, actions and reactions from the characters, author's lack of knowledge. If writing about something you don't know, research!

What didn’t you like about Lauren Ezzo’s performance?

The narrator's voice is good, a little slow though, and for this story that was already slow, made it painful

Any additional comments?

I bought this during a sale to give the author a try... I couldn't finish it.

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dull

12 hours of dragging out story. No real story line waste of 7$ Ugh not worth it

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Only Half a Book

The CEO Buys In is only half (or a third) of a novel. It just stops after 6 hours so suddenly that I thought my MP3 player had died.

It's the start of an interesting story about 3 rich men who wonder if they would ever find real love with women NOT only interested in a sugar daddy.

I enjoy a book series if each one is a complete story; this one is like paying for a full course dinner and only getting an appetizer.

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Horrible narrator Ridiculous Storyline

Narrator is among the worst and I’ve listened to hundreds of audio books. The storyline becomes strange from the start, boss gets the flu resulting in having his temporary assistant work from his bedroom? WTH? She calls her grandmother “Grandmillie” which gets more annoying each time she says it.

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okay

Struggled to finish. It was an interesting idea but the story itself kind of felt flat to me. I also feel that perhaps a male voice actor may have helped me get into the story more for the male parts.

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  • Susan Rogerson
  • 01-23-17

Wow

A really did enjoy listening to this book, I will buy the next book in series.

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  • Izy
  • 09-05-16

surprisingly good

Would you consider the audio edition of The CEO Buys In to be better than the print version?

I personally prefer audio books

What did you like best about this story?

The concept is genius. wish i could set up the same thing to find me a man that isn't a piece of work.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and i did lol

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  • Christine H. M. Moore
  • 05-31-16

Oooh, this is very good

This is the first book I've purchased by Nancy Herkness and I wasn't disappointed.

Although I don't know what else will come I'm seriously looking forward to the next in this series...

A note about Lauren Ezzo, this narrator is also new to me and what a gem wonderful clear voice with believable accents.

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  • C M Silver
  • 07-12-21

Cutting Both Ways

Tantalizing tale of Chloe and Nathan's meeting. He owns his Marine father's sword he cannot live up to, and a patent to a product he designed that made him a billionaire. She is a temp at his office, who wipes his sweated brow when he is sick This writer has crafted a well written, and intricate tear-jerking tale, that at times is swamped in too much descriptive porn, irrelevant to this amusing and enjoyable book. Overall, worth the 12 hrs. A better title might have been: Live By the Sword. (the sword being a metaphor as well as a simile).

This narrator takes her time to add tone and tempo. There is no high pitched gabbling like so many younger American narrators'. There is very little swearing, no drugs, but a little excessive drinking. I feel this author is English from the style of writing, the terms used, and just the superior quality of narrative in a native tongue. Will check out this author again.

ENJOYABLE

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  • Pollypc
  • 01-01-21

Read and listen on KU!

A super story beautifully narrated and the start of a series. I'll be downloading the next novel ASAP!

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  • Suzyplums
  • 05-05-20

love this book

I love the hero, he's just so cantankerous. the heroine is good, I like the way she handles her boss

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  • Kindle Customer509
  • 07-28-18

Entertaining!

A nice grown-up fairy tale! Every girl's dream! Enjoyed the narrator's transition through the accents!

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  • Cas
  • 09-02-22

Wow

This was an awesome listen/read, though I got it on audible. The characters so strong in themselves. The love Chloe shows for family and those she loves. Such a strong character.
Narration was awesome too.

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  • dejoux
  • 06-22-17

Great narrator

I did like this story in ways it was entertaining enough for me to finish, however some parts of the storyline was a bit too much for me like not telling someone your involved with your grandmother lives with you it's just not that big of a thing to keep secret Chloe's a little too guarded for me it was a little annoying at times
I know I won't listen to this book again but I'm still happy with the book
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  • C Palmer
  • 09-08-16

Great story

This is my first book and I have to tell you loved it great story line which kept you guessing! And the narrator was awesome

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  • Pasqua
  • 03-21-16

The CEO buys in

Best audio story .. Loved it ... Breath taking just loved it .. Want more billionaire stories ... Give us more like that