Review: An Executive Decision

A red twisting pattern on a black background.Another one of the novels sent to me for review by Xcite Books, this time the first of a trilogy.

Warning: SPOILERS ahead!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5

An Executive Decision is book one of the Executive Decisions trilogy by Grace Marshall, otherwise known as KD Grace. I’d never read anything of hers before but I had heard good things, so when I was sent this book to review I was happy to begin. It was interesting for me to read a book like this, since I generally opt to read books that feature LGBTQ or BDSM themes instead.

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PRESENTATION

The cover for this novel is one I found interesting because it seems to have no photographs on it unlike other books in the Xcite Books collection. Instead it features a red twist of what appears to be smoke, which actually gives away nothing about what the book is about or the erotic contents. The other two books in the trilogy, Identity Crisis and The Exhibition have a similar theme but in different colours. As with all other Xcite Books novels, the font is the same as usual and so is the layout.

I’m not really sure if it’s fair to mention it specifically in this review, but the team at Xcite Books seems to be a little lazy when it comes to proofreading. In every other book they have sent me I have found errors and this one is no exception:

[…] to show some of his Valderian photos on Wade’s big scream.

They they’ll escort you out.

These are just two of many mess ups in the novel and it really does detract from the experience for me. It’s very unprofessional to put out things of this standard, particularly if you have been running your company for years. I know they do actually have proofreaders, because of a tweet the author did about the sequel. Perhaps they need to make sure they have multiple proofreaders on a project in the future, because whomever is doing it keeps missing errors and it is a little embarrassing. I hope Xcite realise this, because the rest of the publishing is pretty good. The covers of their books aren’t always original, interesting or even relevant but they often look professional and are pleasant to have on my bookshelf.

Synopsis:

Overworked CEO Ellison Thorne has no time for sex, let alone romance. The only answer, at least where his retiring business partner Beverly is concerned, is a no-strings sex clause in her replacement’s contract, designed to make Ellis’ busy life easier – and hotter. But she’s joking, right?

When Dee Henning takes over Beverly’s job, sparks fly between her and Ellis, but work takes priority in driven Dee’s life too. Can one night of passion in a Paris hotel room prove Beverly’s Sex Clause is their secret to success in the boardroom and the bedroom, and what will happen if that private clause becomes public knowledge?

CONTENT:

As usual, there were a lot of things I liked and disliked about this novel. For a start, the overall concept is a bit silly. I don’t feel like I could see it happening in anywhere but a novel, however I think it was handled well. I understand that it is a work of fiction and that the point is escapism and enjoyment but I generally prefer my novels a little more realistic.

That being said, I found it very difficult to put this novel down. Every time I got to the end of a chapter I would quickly flick to see how long the next was and convince myself to read “just one more”. Whenever I sat down to read it I would plan to read maybe 2 or 3 chapters and before I knew it I’d read 100 pages in one go! To me, this is an extremely important element for a novel to have.

Another thing that was great is that I liked pretty much every character. Quite a few were fleshed out (though the main “baddie” as it were was kind of a dick for a somewhat shallow reason) which was pleasant as it made me feel like I had a good grasp of who they were. The only character I don’t feel was fully fleshed out was Beverly, but since she has comparatively little time in the book I can’t really fault it. It would have been nice to get to know her before what happened but since it might have messed up the pacing of the novel it is not such a big minus.

As for the sex, it was pretty much what I would have expected to read in this scenario, without the annoying descriptions that always put me off other sex scenes. I didn’t find myself cringing at anything and that was truly unexpected. Nothing extreme happens between the pair but since it was written well and each scene was long enough to be satisfying I was pleased with it.

I read a review on the Xcite website that said it didn’t have enough sex scenes in it but I beg to differ. I personally thought it was perfect since each tryst seemed to fit in well with the plot and there were rarely scenes that I felt were tacked on. However, if you’re the type of person that wants a sex scene or more per chapter then I would recommend reading an anthology instead.

Sadly, the ending is a bit too ideal and if I’m honest a little too abrupt. It seemed to wrap up too quickly for it to feel believable to me. A huge issue crops up in the last few chapters and it is resolved in the space of a few pages. Considering how big of a deal it is, I was surprised that it was dealt with so quickly. I do think the book ended on a high note that suited it though.

OVERALL

Despite my complaints above, I really enjoyed reading An Executive Decision. It was interesting, had great characters and was written very well. I would recommend it to people who think office romances are arousing, because it definitely lives up to the fantasy. I had high expectations for Grace Marshall and I am pleased to report that she met them. I can see why she is popular; her writing is just that good!

The second book has just come out in eBook form and I am impatiently awaiting for the print version to come out in April. Instead of focusing on the main characters of this novel, Identity Crisis tells the story of one of the side characters named Garrett. If you read An Executive Decision and your heart is swayed by him then you’re definitely going to be in luck. The third and final novel, The Exhibition is set to focus around a different set of side characters (who I won’t mention) from this book as well. I am a little disappointed that I won’t see as much of Dee and Ellis any more but I’m looking forward to learning about new characters all the same.

If you’ve been wondering whether to try something by KD Grace and prefer plot with your sex then you should definitely pick up this book. You won’t regret it!”

You can buy An Executive Decision from Xcite Books by clicking the image.

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