The CEO Buys In (Wager Of Hearts # 1)

By Nancy Herkness

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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?


A writer, a CEO and a quarterback walk into a bar…and the joke is on them because they’re all miserable and unlucky in love.  After some discussion, the three men come to the conclusion that they can’t find true love because their lives are too busy, so they make a wager – all three men must find love within one year’s time or they’ll each lose their most prized possession.  With the stakes so high, they have no choice but to put some serious effort into finding “the one”.  The next day, Chloe enters Nathan’s life as his temporary Executive Assistant.

I really liked Chloe.  She was hardworking, honest, intelligent, kind, loyal, sincere and I could go on and on.  She’s a thinker, weighing up all the pros and cons before making her decisions and she’s usually very sensible, except when she starts sleeping with her boss.  I thought Nathan was a good guy, but I’ll just put this out there: he’s a dumbass.  He wants a woman who loves him for him, not his wealth, yet when he starts trying to woo Chloe, what does he do?  He uses his wealth to try and win her affection.  Helicopter rides to and from work?  Check.  Trips on his private jet?  Check.  Expensive gifts?  Check.  Dumbass?  Check.

THE CEO BUYS IN is your classic Cinderella story and while it’s a good read, there’s nothing really special about it and sadly it didn’t entice me to keep an eye out for the next book in the series.  It’s quite a long story that is mostly made up of sex scenes and Nathan showing off his wealth to a woman who struggles to come to terms with it.  THE CEO BUYS IN is the first book in the Wager Of Hearts series, which I assume will have at least two more books; one for the quarterback and one for the writer.

The CEO Buys In (Wager Of Hearts # 1)

My Rating:  3 Hearts

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