Hostile Takeover; Hostile Takeover #1
Publication Date: October 26, 2021
Genre/Tropes: Enemies to Roommates to Lovers/MM Romance
Author: Lucy Lennox
Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars
Exceptional, wonderful, and totally unexpected. I loved it!!
It was one incident that changed the trajectory of both of their lives forever. One brief moment in a literal closet that changed the outcome of their futures. Was it for the best? In that moment…neither of them would have said yes, but fifteen years later and they both have a different answer to that brief interlude.
Both Grey and Ellison noticed one another while attending Yale, but while Grey was living out of the closet, Ellison was purely a straight man, but found Grey Blackwood extremely attractive. Grey pushed every hetero boundary Ellison had about himself, but that didn’t shake him up as much as what happened after he accidentally ruined Grey’s life.
Fifteen years later and their lives finally cross paths, but Grey is a successful billionaire and Ellison is not the same party boy with a silver spoon in his mouth that he recalls, after spending time with the sassy guy he thought he knew, Grey begins to wonder if perhaps Ellison ever was.
Ellison is super likable and just down right adorbs. His puppy dog personality leaps off the page. I know I want to scratch and give him kisses everywhere, so I can see why Grey has to build super high walls to keep himself from doing so on a continual basis.
Grey has worked hard to become someone else. Someone that didn’t have to worry about paying for school, groceries, or the clothes on his back. He shot well beyond his dreams, but it didn’t mean he stopped working or taking down those who ever tried to stop him in the first place. Hostile takeovers are what he lives for and the York company, in particular, where Ellison York works is his next conquest, but Grey didn’t expect to become part of the takeover himself.
Perceptions about people and who they are, who they were, and what they will do for whom they care about makes this book gripping. These two guys, figuring out how to handle one another in their new skins, make this book extremely enjoyable. Their chemistry burns from the very beginning, but it’s how they figure out their fractured relationship, learning forgiveness, that keeps the pages turning.
I really, really enjoyed this book…WAY more than I ever anticipated. Ellison was a total joy and a complete surprise. For a kid that grew up in rich society he was totally different than I imagined and I loved his big heart and open views. While Grey was a bit more predictable, and not in a bad way, he had to become hard and closed off for his story to work. Their yin and yang was perfect and meshed well in every possible way.
These two were total fire together and the secondary characters spiced it up just enough to give everything the perfect flavor. Hostile takeover was an excellent read and I loved stepping into the intimacy of this world.
It was supposed to be a prank. A silly frat boy dare.
One hot moment in a hidden storage closet. One kiss. No consequences.
But if you get that close to a man with fire in his eyes, you’re gonna get burned, and I was no exception. One taste of Grey Blackwood ruined me for life.
The way Grey sees it, I was the one who did the ruining. I humiliated him. Wrecked his life. Destroyed his future.
Doesn’t matter that he’s clawed his way back and then some. Doesn’t matter that he’s already top of the Wall Street food chain. The man’s ruthless. Heartless. And he likes his revenge served cold.
Now he’s taking down the companies owned by every frat boy who did him wrong. And when he comes for my family’s company, the quiet life I’ve built for myself far away from Manhattan comes crumbling down, too.
But when Grey’s standing in our boardroom, threatening a hostile takeover and demanding I negotiate on behalf of my family, I don’t see an enemy. I see the chance I’ve been waiting for.
The chance for another night in his arms, and hopefully a whole lot more.
Let the negotiations begin.
Hostile Takeover is a full-length, standalone novel.
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