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Friday, October 28, 2011

Jax and the Corporate Giant by Judi Thoman

Jax and the Corporate Giant by Judi Thoman
Publisher: Sapphire Blue Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (33 pgs)
Heat Level: sensual
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Jax knows she’s the joke of her late father’s prestigious company as she tries to bring down the CEO, Ben Stalk. She didn’t climb the corporate ladder only to be denied her birthright. So what if Ben is not only a brilliant business giant, he’s drop dead gorgeous. Jax isn’t looking for love….
Ben is about to close the biggest venture of his life, if only he can keep Jax from discovering his secret. For eight years he’s walked on eggshells around her, but this time, the stakes have never been higher. He can outmaneuver her, but can he control his heart?

This is a story with a surprise twist I never saw coming. I re-read the book and caught the hints I didn’t understand the first time around. I have to give Ms. Thoman credit for a very clever tale and a very cute romance.

Jax and the Corporate Giant is a book that vibrates with hope and the best traits a person can have. There are hurt feelings in the beginning but a reader will find out that it’s all a matter of interpretation. The author even injected a bit of adorable humor and clever quips which brought the heroine, Jax, to vivid life.

She’s a driven woman who hasn’t had much in the way of personal relationships because she was so focused on proving herself worthy to lead her father’s company. It was a drive that consumed her. So much so, she didn’t realize that there was something more out there, something that really could satisfy the deepest part of her. In this book, she finds out that success comes in many forms, one of which is falling in love. And the lesson she learns is that the things she thinks she wants the most, isn’t what she needs. It’s classic and Ms. Thoman made it work.

Ben was the surprise. He is much more than a corporate giant; he’s a man with a secret. What that turned out to be made my jaw drop. I didn’t realize what kind of paranormal this was initially -- I loved the title and I thought the blurb was well done and that was all I really paid attention to. I’m pretty glad I was clueless because I had the best time being shocked and wowed. I think Ben’s true person was fascinating and rated high on my ‘cool’ meter. The fact that he couldn’t resist the lure of true love made me sigh with gooey happiness. Love is powerful stuff and the fuel that makes dreams come true -- even ones as old as a few centuries.

The author’s description of the perfect kiss was well done and imbued the scene with a sensual and romantic mien that pleased me. In fact, this whole short story was a treat. It’s not a mind bender or a deep drama; Jax and the Corporate Giant is entertainment that satisfies the romantic inside with a sweet touch of optimism and cheek. Based on how the story ended, there are more happy ever afters to come for Ben’s buddies. I just can’t make up my mind who I’d like to read about next. All those guys sounded pretty yummy.

I enjoyed Jax and Ben’s story and I think romance readers short on time will find the book just the right size for a short shot of happy any time they need it. The book reads well and fast and it leaves a warm feeling after all is said and done. Try it and see.