The Buyout by Bru Baker (3 Stars)

Sometimes the path we’re headed down changes drastically for the better with the love of a good man.

Parker Anderson is working hard toward his goal of taking over Anderson Industries once his father retires. However, his father plans on selling his company to outsiders, causing Parker and many of the employees to lose their jobs. Mason Pike is a key player at the company, and he’s determined to help prevent the company from being sold off. Mason and Parker get to know each other better as they start working together and dating.

Parker is hard working, smart, and very determined to do well. Mason has a very sarcastic, almost sexy, personality with the intelligence to back it up as the Chief Enterprise Architect of the company. I really enjoyed the witty banter between Parker and his assistant, Luke Jacobs, that took place at the beginning of the story as they sent each other instant messages. I also loved the messages between Parker and Mason as they first got to know each other.

Unfortunately, the majority of the plot was focused on the buyout of the firm and the related business politics. Although it was fast paced, it missed the mark on being really interesting and enjoyable by stepping away from the relationship side. There was a huge cast of characters which also got a bit confusing. One character was introduced as a major investor with a mysterious background, but it was never resolved or explained. I would love to see a follow-up completely focused on the relationship between Parker and Mason, since I think that’s where the writing excelled.

If you enjoy corporate politics and takeovers, along with some witty banter and light romance, then this story should hit the spot.

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Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

All Parker Anderson has ever wanted is to take over as CEO of Anderson Industries when his father retires. But when his father is ready to leave the company, he doesn’t plan to pass the reins to Parker. Instead, he plans to sell the company, jeopardizing not only Parker’s job but hundreds of others.

Parker finds an unlikely ally in Mason Pike, the company’s resident IT guru. What starts as a flirtation takes them from coworkers to co-conspirators in a plan to forcibly buy Anderson Industries out from under Parker’s father. While they focus on the buyout, their budding romance has to be put on hold, but that doesn’t stop them from flirting and teasing each other to distraction—and once their master plan comes to fruition, nothing and no one can keep them apart.

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