ARC Review “The Negotiator” by Avery Flynn

The Negotiator

by Avery Flynn

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Published Apr 24, 2017
Stand-Alone |274 pages | Romantic – Comedy – Contemporary
by Avery Flynn




(adapted from goodreads)




Wanted: Personal Buffer

Often snarly, workaholic executive seeks “buffer” from annoying outside distractions AKA people. Free spirits with personal boundary issues, excessive quirks, or general squeamishness need not apply. Salary negotiable. Confidentiality required.

Workaholic billionaire Sawyer Carlyle may have joked he needed a “buffer” from their marriage-obsessed mom, but he didn’t need a waiting room filled with “candidates” to further distract him. (Thanks, bro.) But when a sexy job applicant shooes his mom and the socialite in tow out of his office, Sawyer sees the genius of the plan. And the woman. In fact, Miss Clover Lee might just get the fastest promotion in history, from buffer to fake fiancé…

This “free-spirit” might look like hot sunshine and lickable rainbows, but she negotiates like a pitbull. Before Sawyer knows what hit him, he’s agreed to give up Friday nights for reality tv, his Saturdays for flea markets (why buy junk still baffles him), his Tuesdays and Thursdays for “date nights” (aka panty-losing opportunities if he plays his cards right). And now she wants lavender bath salts and tulips delivered every Monday?

Yup, she’s just screwing with him. Good thing she’s got this non-negotiatable six-weeks-and-she’s-gone rule or Sawyer may have just met this match…

#my Review


“This story is, hand on heart, the most enjoyable, majorly sweet, breathtakingly​ beautiful love story, YOU must read!”

I was provided with an Advanced ARC copy for exchange of my honest review. Thank you so much for the chance.

Who said that the “our rest of forever” isn’t negotiable? Well, of course it is! Both sides, I mean the man and woman side, came from two different, independent individuals. Each one wants, needs, dreams a kind of life the other one might never considered into them dream life. Any change on their personal future plan, wouldn’t make their relationship last without both negotiate about all the small or big details their character were build of. But, what is going to happen, when the one is for the big picture their life would be than the other, who’s breathing more and mostly for the little details in it? Would or wouldn’t, the negotiations help them have the “rest of forever” in their mutual life. “The Negotiator” is going to put the pieces of the puzzle into their right places, so the only thing you have to do is to grab the book, read it and it would answer a lot of the unanswered questions you might had lately.

“If you spent your life just looking for the next big thing because you are so afraid of missing out, then you are bound to missing out on what you already have.”

It’s one thing to read a book and, a hell of, an other thing to read a book and feel like you are with a friend of yours and her mate, reciting together the adventure of their relationship, throughout eating maybe a couple of pizzas, accompanying with a bottle of wine or two. Isn’t something that happening often and I was fascinated that the story created that feeling from reading only the first page of it. It was a light, amusing feeling at first, followed with the best laughing moments, reading the witty dialogs and the inner thoughts which followed after, illustrating slowly the unique temperament both heroes presented. I was incapable not to admire and love them for who they were. Their personal inner battle of what they got into, their need to negotiate anything before they do it and, in the end, their stubbornness which didn’t helped them see clearly what they really going to lose, are few of what gave this story promised, to not let down your expectations.

“I can see working with you is going to be very demanding, and after meeting your mother, a serious challenge…” – Clover

Sawyer Carlyle, is the owner of Carlyle Enterprises and a tycoon on the construction industry​. Living and breathing for his work, Saywer’s big-picture of life was only to build and grown Carlyle Enterprises. For a year, his mother tried to settle him down, showing him a parade of whealthy candidates for a chance to make him see the alternative of being workaholic. However, his brother was the one who, trapped him into one, justifying his motives with the reasoning of keeping their mother at bay and let him be. They called her a buffer and she earned that tittle from the day one, making Saywer to second thought about it and in the end agreed to hire her for as long as he close the business deal he was after. Of course, not even in his wild imaginations he could expect that this woman would be a tough negotiator and a stubborn one at most. He found himself, however, imperceptibly drawn by her personality, so different yet so common to his own, that whole this fake relationship they represented had started to fogging his brain. So he thought!

“Does that mean you are going to scream out ‘paint stripper’ when I make you come so hard your toes curl?” – Sawyer

Clover Jane Lee has dreams; Dreams which involve lots of traveling and quite of the most bizarre jobs an adventure traveler would choose to be employed. This need came from a very young age, hearing her mother’s grievance about losing what was she dreamed for. After that, Clover made a promise to herself to never settle down and enjoy her freedom. The job ad as a personal buffer wasn’t what she was actually looking for, but the money were enough for her to travel to Australia and live there for as long as she wanted. However, one thing is to work as a personal buffer and an other thing to live under the same roof with her boss 24/7. Add the fact that he was an excellent negotiator over everything plus the fact he was one seductive-brutally hot-dominant man, Clover couldn’t avoid the excitement he created on her, among others. So she proposed the obvious but most unexpected. Oh well!!! What is a little fun between them after all!

A ridiculous offer, two stubborn heroes and uncountable negotiations in every step they took; Sawyer and Clover are here to teach us how wrong it’s​ to play around with the importance of having real feelings. Their vehement desire leaps off the pages and their steamy passion scenes flows like a hot lava over each word. A forbidden fantasy that became reality and got tangled in the web of sensuality and seduction, burning whatever resistance left in them. Nevertheless, both had serious personal issues, which after the first few weeks were summarized with new ones. Not an actual roller – coaster for them but definitely a tough journey to find their real selves through the other.

“You know, I think if my dad had lived to see this he would have change his favorite view..” – Sawyer

As light and enjoyable the story of The Negotiator was, it was also breathtaking, spine-tingling, gripping story to read. It developed beautifully throughout the storyline, capturing the important themes of personal feelings and insecurities among others. Writing the story on both perspectives but in third person, was easy enough to be connected and understanding the heroes character. The author narrated the story with fineness, providing the right atmosphere when the storyline needed to have, illustrating perfectly the vulnerability and seriousness of a scene each time. The love she felt for her heroes it was obvious enough through the lines, a reason that always pleases me a lot. After all, Sawyer and Clover were a one formidable match for each other, with enough heat to melt my heart and an undeniable love to consume my soul. Hope I intrigued your imagination and made you grab the book yourselves and find out what’s happening.

Until next time, enjoy your free time reading great books with unforgettable stories.




Detailed rating:

Book rates: 5+ stars
  • Plot: 5+ stars
  • Characters: 5+ stars
  • Writing: 5+ stars
  • Pacing: 5+ stars
  • Cover: 5++ stars

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