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Bachelor Unleashed [Mass Market Paperback]

Brenda Jackson

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Kimani (Nov. 16 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373861885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373861880
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #901,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So, what are your plans for the holidays, X?"

Xavier leaned back in the leather chair and propped his legs up on his desk while glancing out the window at New York City's skyline. The Empire State Building was in his direct line of vision and looked massive against the dark blue sky overhead.

He had arrived in New York a few days ago to wrap up a business deal between the Northeast Division of Cody Enterprises and Oxley Financial Services. Cameron Cody's takeover of the investment firm was a done deal, and as the executive attorney for all Cameron's affairs, Xavier needed to be in place to make sure everything was handled as it should be. Not only was he considered Cameron's right-hand man, they were very close friends. That friendship had begun back at Harvard when the two had been struggling students, determined to become successful in life.

And now, just like then, they looked out for each other, so he wasn't surprised by Cameron's question. Cameron knew that Xavier's parents had left for their annual six-month missionary crusade—this year to Haiti—and wouldn't be returning back to the States until sometime in the spring. "I'm not sure yet, Cam. I have a number of invitations out there."

Cameron's deep chuckle sounded over the speaker-phone. "Hey, don't brag about it. Not everyone is blessed to have five sets of godparents."

A frown settled on Xavier's face that was best not seen by anyone. "That could be a blessing or a curse," he said, shaking his head pensively. "Currently it might be the latter. Now that Uriel has married, some of the godparents are eyeing the remaining five of us. I'm not sure I want to be included in any of their get-togethers for the holidays. Thanksgiving was hard enough."

"I bet."

Everyone had been invited to Uriel and Ellie's place on Cavanaugh Lake. Former neighbors on the lake, the two had remodeled both their homes once married, combining them into one with an enclosed walkway. That meant plenty of space for sleepovers.

And it was nice having all six godfathers present as they retold the story of how they'd met at Morehouse and become close friends, and how on graduation day they'd promised to stay in touch by becoming godfathers to each of their children, and that the firstborn sons' names would carry the letters of the alphabet from U to Z. And that was how Uriel Lassiter, Virgil Bougard, Winston Coltrane, Xavier Kane, York Ellis and Zion Blackstone had come into existence.

"Well, you know you can add me and Vanessa to your list," Cam was saying. "You're always welcome to our place. We're doing Christmas in Jamaica this year."

Xavier couldn't help but smile. His friend sounded happy and contented. What man wouldn't be once he'd finally gotten the woman of his dreams? The former Vanessa Steele had been determined not to become involved with Cameron after his attempt to take over her family's business. Cameron, on the other hand, had been just as determined to win her over. Not surprisingly, Cam had succeeded and was a happily married man with a baby on the way.

"Thanks, Cam, but I think I'm going to use the two weeks I'll have off during the holidays to chill and relax. I'm even thinking about going someplace quiet. I might decide to visit Zion in Rome," he said.

Moments later after hanging up the phone with Cameron, Xavier stood to stretch, ignoring the pile of work sitting on his desk. Not only was he executive attorney to Cameron Cody, he also managed the legal affairs for several well-known Hollywood celebrities, which was the reason he had an office in Los Angeles as well.

Of all his clients, Cam kept him the busiest, which accounted for Xavier's additional offices in London, Jamaica and Paris. And since Cameron's newest brother-in-law, Quade Westmoreland, had a first cousin who was married to a sheikh, Cameron and Sheikh Jamal Yasir were anticipating a business venture that could now take Xavier to parts of the Middle East.

"Mr. Kane, those reports you ordered are ready."

He glanced over at the intercom on his desk before leaning over to press a button. "Thanks, Vicki. Please bring them in."

"With pleasure, sir."

Xavier shook his head. Vicki Connell, the woman who'd replaced Christine James, his New York administrative assistant, while she was out on an extended maternity leave, was determined to get inside his pants one way or the other. He knew the signs and had read those hidden seductive looks in her pretty dark eyes plenty of times whenever he came to town. All of that would be fine and dandy if he was interested, but he wasn't. And he downright hated admitting that he hadn't been gung ho about any woman getting into his pants since splitting with Farrah almost a half a year ago.

He didn't know what the hell was wrong with him since, typically, he wasn't the brooding type. He'd certainly never given a woman any lasting thoughts once things between them had ended. So why was he doing so now?

He walked over to the window and glanced out again. If the forecaster's predictions held true, a snowstorm would be hitting the city by Sunday, and Xavier wished he could return to Charlotte before that happened. He could kiss that wish goodbye since he was due to remain in New York for another week or so.

He heard the door opening behind him and then an ultra sexy feminine voice said, "Here are the reports, Mr. Kane. Will there be anything else?"

He slowly turned around at the same time Vicki was smoothing her short skirt down her thighs, at least as much of them that could be covered. He was convinced if she were to bend over he would find out what color her panties were.

He had to admit her outfit looked fine on her, but did nothing for him, other than reminding him how inappropriate it was for the workplace. But then the same thing held true for the outfit she'd worn yesterday. One of his godbrothers, York, who lived in New York, had dropped by the office to take him to lunch and had mentioned a number of times during their meal how good he thought Vicki had looked. Apparently he was impressed with her attire.

"Yes, there will be something else," Xavier replied to Vicki. As he spoke he watched lust flare in her eyes.

"Yes?" she asked, with anticipation flowing in her voice.

"Please have a seat."

She lifted a brow. "A seat?"

"Yes."

"In the chair?"

He inwardly smiled. Evidently she'd been hoping he meant spread-eagle on the desk. "Yes, Vicki, please sit in the chair."

When she did so, the hem of her skirt barely covered her thighs. "Yes, Mr. Kane?"

"How old are you, Vicki?"

After probably trying to figure out why he was asking, she said, "I'm twenty."

He nodded as he leaned against his desk. "And I understand you're attending classes at the university at night and working for a temp agency part-time."

She shifted in her seat to deliberately show more of a bare thigh. "Yes, that's right. I'm hoping to get hired here full-time during the summer so I can qualify for an internship next fall."

He wasn't surprised to hear that. Cody Enterprises had several internship programs available. Going to college had been a financial hardship for Cameron, so he was a firm believer in assisting college students whatever way he could. The internship program he had in place was just one way of doing so.

"I see no reason why that can't happen for you, other than for one."

She looked surprised. "And what reason is that?"

"You need to improve your attire in the workplace."

She actually looked offended. "I was told there wasn't a dress code here."

"There isn't one per se. However, a person trying to move up in a company needs to care about the image she projects."

She lifted her chin. "And just what kind of image am I projecting?"

"An image of someone who enjoys getting a lot of attention. You've become a distraction. Deliberately so. Every man in this building finds some excuse to come to this floor every day and your work is suffering because you're spending more time entertaining than taking care of business matters. I've yet to get that report that was due yesterday."

"It's not my fault those guys drop by and take up my time."

Xavier's gaze roamed up and down her outfit. "Isn't it?"

He didn't say anything, wanting to give her time to consider everything he'd said. "That will be all for now, Vicki," he finally said. "I hope we don't have to discuss this issue again and I hope to have that report on my desk before I leave today."

He took his seat behind his desk and watched her quickly leave the room. Moments later, while sitting staring into space, the truth hit him right between the eyes as to why he wasn't attracted to other women. He hadn't gotten Farrah out of his system.

Considering everything they'd shared for close to a year, that was understandable. Usually his affairs with women rarely lasted a couple of months. That was when the women began to get possessive, and Xavier had no interest in being tied down to one woman.

With Farrah things had been quite different. She'd never stamped a claim to any kind of ownership on him. He'd liked that. He'd liked her. And dammit, he missed her. He still wasn't sure why she had ended things between them, but he did have a hunch.

They had started getting too comfortable with each other, had fallen into one of those relationship routines where they just couldn't get enough of each other. That sort of addiction between two people was kind of scary since there was no telling where it could lead. Straight to their hearts was out of the question since falling in love was in neither of their plans. Still, the thought of doing something as drastic as ending things between them hadn't crossed his mind.

He'd been perfectly satisfied with how things had been going. She didn't ask for anything but gave everything. Hell, no woman could compare to her in the bedroom. And she had never questioned his activities whe...


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bachelor Unleashed Aug. 9 2011
By Ms. H - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am a Brenda Jackson fan, but this book did not hold my interest. There was no substance to it. The book was just too repititious mainly about Farrah's hangups and X getting dumped by some girl in law school. I got sick of Farrah's character. The mediation part with the friends seemed to be a filler. I skipped paragraphs because it was the same thing over an over. It should have been a novella instead.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ;0) Jan. 1 2011
By Lady Raven RAVE! - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was ok for me I love Brenda Jackson but I think this book could have been more in regards to the story line. I might sound confusing by saying it could be more but all in all it's still not bad love Xavier and Farrah even though it took Farrah a while to trust again.. Can't wait to read more in the series I hope York's story is next and the Zion he is so mysterious and seems sexy I know the book isn't about York and Zion but couldn't help it. I also miss from Ms. Jackson that I didnt see In the book the last couple of pages she always gives a clue and a tease whose story would be next but I didn't get that.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Again . . . . . . . March 14 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book. Farrah and Xavier went well together. I can understand breaking off a relationship because of fear but the best part was seeing them hook up again months later and come to terms with how they felt about each other. Love is a scary thing but when placed in the hands of the right person it is awesome!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New York is sizzling March 3 2013
By T. Brame - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the second book in the Bachelors in Demand series and it was as equally hot as the first one. Man these men are smokin'. No wonder they can't seem to settle down. Women just throw themselves at them. However in this story the woman got what she wanted and ran! Run don't walk to the exit that was the way Farrah operated. She had no time for sentiment and no time for long term. It seemed that playboy Xavier found the perfect woman for him. The one that won't ask any questions and shoo you out the door right after. But the playboy sees nothing wrong with keeping Farrah around for a little while longer. And is in shock when she pulls one of his moves and states she needs to break it off...the relationship had run it's course. Now being the suave bachelor that he is he plays it off and tries his best to get back in the game but finds that Farrah is the only woman he wants.

A chance meeting in New York has them bumping into each other months later and testing the waters of a New York only fling. The only problem is Xavier changes his mind and decides the only woman he wants forever is Farrah. This book was soooo good. I love the way Xavier tried to hide the fact that he was turning in his player card until he absolutely had to confess. Another one bites the dust....only four bachelors left.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Okay June 10 2011
By MommysJoy20 - Published on Amazon.com
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I absolutely LOVE Brenda Jackson. I've been reading her novels for quite sometime. I'm always on the lookout for her most recent work. I thought I would love Bachelor Unleashed. I think I should have given the amount of sex, explicit sex!, in the book; however, this one just didn't do it for me. I've skipped around a bit with Mrs. Jackson's book series so forgive me for not keeping up. This one was quite a departure from her usual chaste writing (which I don't mind). The sex scenes in Bachelor Unleashed were scorching; however, the storyline was a bit aggravating and seemingly disjointed with the scenes from Farrah's job as a mediator. It seems that Mrs. Jackson was trying to insert a moral about friendship with the scenes from Farrah's job, but I found that whole storyline to be filler and just really uninteresting. I would've loved to read more about the interactions between Farrah and Xavier; maybe more scenes with them going out on dates etc. The part that was aggravating was Farrah herself. She was stubborn to the point of it being exasperating. So much so that she came off as a bit conceited. I couldn't quite connect with her character because it seemed she had impenetrable armor from her broken marriage. I've been devastated from a love relationship myself and am now much wiser and less likely to fall for the okey-doke, but I'm still willing to give a man a chance. He has to work for me, of course. I just felt Farrah was too cut off from her vulnerability where a relationship was concerned yet she was so wild sexually. I'd like to think it'd be the other way around; that she would be super-closed off sexually while treading carefully into a new yet promising relationship. I know that writing her character this way may have been thought of by Mrs. Jackson as a unique approach, but it really didn't endear me to Farrah's character. I found myself more and more thinking Xavier needed to kick her to the curb so she could realize what she was losing out on. I mean there's only so much trying that one should do to win someone's heart. After a while, you begin to think, hey, maybe I'm barking up the wrong tree. Maybe this woman really isn't interested in me. So maybe the 'playing hard to get' theme was a bit too exaggerated for my taste. Otherwise, this book is readable, if anything, for the explosive sex.

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