Ever since her divorce, Cassidy Romanelli refuses to trust another man. When she hears the new CEO of her company, a multi-millionaire bachelor named A. E. Haydon-Smith, will soon visit the New York office, she isn’t particularly interested. She’s had enough of men and their lies.
A chance meeting in the park with a bearded stranger, Alex Smith, causes her to rethink her stand against men. She’s intrigued by the contrast of Alex’s rumpled appearance with his urbane, polished manner. Against her better judgment, she agrees to see him again for lunch.
Alex Smith is really A. E. Haydon-Smith, taking a holiday before assuming the responsibilities of his new job. He longs for people to be interested in him, rather than his wealth. Cassidy’s actions reveal that money makes little difference to her. He finds her deliciously different from the other women he has known, and decides to pursue her. He doesn’t know that he is her employer.
When their paths cross at work, Cassidy is furious at the now clean-shaven Alex. She feels he intentionally misled her, and she doesn’t want anything to do with him. Alex must prove he has nothing in common with her untrustworthy ex-husband and moves slowly to win the reluctant Cassidy.
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Award-winning author Susanne Marie Knight specializes in Romance Writing with a Twist! She is multi-published with books, short stories, and articles in such diverse genres as science fiction, Regency, mystery, paranormal, suspense, time-travel, fantasy, and contemporary romance.
Originally from New York, Susanne lives in the Pacific Northwest, by way of Okinawa, Montana, Alabama, and Florida. Along with her husband, daughter, and feisty Siamese cat, she enjoys the area's beautiful ponderosa pine trees and wide, open spaces--a perfect environment for writing. For more information about Susanne, please visit her website at www.susanneknight.com.
4 1/2 STARS!
“Susanne Marie Knight has written a wonderful feel good story with LOVE AT THE TOP. Even the secondary characters are amazingly endearing. I loved the idea of a wealthy man living as a commoner. Cassidy's openness and obvious concern for others makes her a wonderful character. She was so willing to go out of her way for a complete stranger. People like that are hard to find in New York. Alex and Cassidy make the perfect couple. Alex just has to convince Cassidy of that. You could almost hear Alex's mind whirling as he tried to figure out how to get through to Cassidy. This book was a pleasure to read, and I'm sure I'll read it many times over in the near future.”Chrissy Dionne -- Romance Junkies
"LOVE AT THE TOP is a surprisingly, romantic tale of two strangers meeting in the park and a relationship developing quickly. Alex and Cassidy are both strong, in-depth characters that are a joy to get to know. I found myself cheering for them as they struggled with secrets, past hurts, and demanding jobs to discover love. Their rollercoaster relationship reminded this reader of normal everyday people, who struggle with problems. A true Cinderella fairy-tale style romance, LOVE AT THE TOP brings tears and laughter to all romance readers. Ms. Knight captures romance perfectly from first glance to the finish line so to speak. For an outstanding romance, order your copy today of LOVE AT THE TOP. I highly recommend it."Robin Peek -- The Word on Romance
"I had so much fun reading LOVE AT THE TOP. The storyline of a rich man and working girl is hard to resist. I loved Alex's character, even though he wasn't honest with Cassidy. Cassidy is stubborn because of her past experience but I fell in love with her character also. The secondary characters and the wonderful dialogue made this a book that kept you laughing until the last page."Hattie Boyd -- Scribes World Reviews
"LOVE AT THE TOP is a fairytale of a romance with an old fashioned hero. My heart fluttered when I met Alex. I melted when I met Mr. Hayden-Smith. Ms. Knight has penned a delightful romantic romp. LOVE AT THE TOP is a short, fast-paced read, and I highly recommend this charming story be read on a spring day while sipping iced tea."Diana Risso -- Romance Reviews Today
"Ms. Knight has taken a familiar premise and created an enjoyably fast read. Warm-hearted characters with legitimate concerns and carrying familiar baggage take this book out of the 'cutesy' range and into the realm of warm tenderness that leaves the reader with the warm fuzzies."Denise M. Clark -- The Road To Romance
"LOVE AT THE TOP is a...light-hearted, romantic story that you could read within one day. A nice tale of 'Millionaire Marries Working Girl' and somehow fairy tales come true."Rose -- Love Romances
"I am looking forward to reading more of Susanne Marie Knight's work."JaToya Love -- A Romance Review
"Romantic and sweet, Love at the Top is a truly heartwarming romance that plays up a romance between people who at first seem like total opposites but quickly, both the reader and the characters see that it is what is beneath the surface that truly makes them compatible. Alex is a charming rogue who aches for Cassidy. Readers will enjoy his pursuit of her because he is so tenacious about it, while at the same time being funny and sexy and very much in love. Susanne Marie Knight has written a humorous and tender love story that will please all romance fans."Sarah W. -- Fallen Angel Reviews
Returning to Alex's office at ten past six, Cassidy dragged herself through the door. She couldn't wait to slam her apartment door closed, peel off her dress, and flop onto her couch. Working this assignment, as well as trying to keep up with the demands of her regular job was slowly draining her reserves of energy.
But the real reason for her total exhaustion was trying to keep her emotions on an even keel around the finger-licking good Mr. Alex Haydon-Smith.
Oblivious to her surroundings, she dropped her handbag and kicked off her wing-tipped shoes. The feel of the plush carpet against her feet soothed her, and she headed for her desk. Just a few items to wrap up then she'd head for home.
"You look weary, Cassidy."
She jumped. Alex sat at his desk, his jacket off and white shirt sleeves rolled up. His forearms had an abundance of dark hair, which probably meant his chest also had....
"Cassidy?" He waved his hand close to her face to catch her attention.
She flushed. Bedroom thoughts were dangerous thoughts. "Um, hi. I thought you'd gone for the day."
Sinking into her chair, she brushed the hair off her forehead. He'd been working, too. His tie jammed into his pants pocket, he hunched over the desktop, scribbling on his ever-present yellow pad. The loosened collar on his shirt revealed curly black hairs. He looked endearingly casual. He looked like Alex Smith.
She picked up her cup of cold coffee and gulped it down. Goodness, but it was bitter. She shivered. She felt very vulnerable right now. Too vulnerable. Her defenses were weakening.
He leveled a pencil at her. "Go home, Cassidy. Get some rest." Leaning back in his executive chair, he stretched his hands behind his head. "By the way, where do you live?"
"You know where I live. You have my personnel records, remember?"
"Right. Queens." He flipped his pencil off the desk. "Want me to drive you home?"
She had to keep him at arm's length. After their understanding in the elevator, she didn't want to take any chances. Business and pleasure didn't mix. One-night-stands had a way of breaking hearts. Her heart had just recently healed, and she wanted to keep it that way.
Rubbing her temple, she stood. Forget this paperwork. She'd better leave now while her body still obeyed her. "Well, I think I'll go now. See you tomorrow."
Before she had a chance to turn, he was by her side, gripping her shoulders. "Why are you frightened of me?"
Her heart slammed against her ribcage. "Fr--Frightened? D--Don't be ridiculous." Without her heels, she felt so tiny next to him. She had to crane her neck to look up at him.
His voice turned husky. "I'll never hurt you, Cassidy. I promise you that."
He lowered his head, capturing her lips. At first his touch was soft, then he crushed her against his chest, burying his fingers in her hair.
She moaned. She couldn't deny her feelings any longer. Lifting up on her toes, she wrapped her arms around his broad shoulders and pulled him closer still. She circled small swirls on his back with the palms of her hands and sank deeper and deeper into love's abyss. All sensations were pushed into the background, except for the frantic beatings of his heart and hers that became a wild primitive mating ritual.
Although her knees wobbled, he held her steady. He nibbled the sensitive skin of her earlobe, then trailed his lips down the curve of her neck.
A thousand electric vibrations pulsed through her. His sensuous kisses rocked her sanity. She'd never felt this way before, but, dear God, she wanted more.
"Cassidy." Alex whispered her name, sighing deliciously into her ear. Back to her parted lips, he swept his tongue inside her mouth.
Trembling, she let him take possession of her tongue, of her mouth. On its own, her head tilted back, as if seeking a soft bed to continue their lovemaking.
With a sudden movement, he lifted her up and carried her over to the black, cushioned couch. Gently placing her down, he brushed his lips against her cheek. "Cassidy, I've wanted this since the moment I met you."
His warm breath fanned her face. She gazed up at him and saw his desire-darkened eyes. Those eyes fueled an untamed longing in her. She licked her lips.
For a fleeting second, a strange expression passed over his face, and she paused to analyze it. On his face was a look of victory, or of triumph. Like she was a conquest.
Conquest? Another notch on that damned gun belt? Anger pushed passion aside. Anger or self-preservation?
Slithering out from under him, she rose unsteadily to her feet. She held up both her hands. "I'm sorry. But I just can't...."
She had to get out of there, fast. By the drop of Alex's black eyebrows, she could tell Mount Haydon-Smith would erupt momentarily.
Maybe she couldn't blame him. She hadn't meant to tease. But then she hadn't planned on being seduced, either.
And she was nobody's conquest.
He sat up, a look of bewilderment in his blue eyes. "Cassidy, why?"
No words could get past her lips. Her throat had thickened and she couldn't speak. Shaking her head, she spun around, and as fast as she could, picked up her handbag and shoes, to beat a very hasty retreat.