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Determined: Billionaire Romance (The Determined Trilogy Book 1) by [Brown, Elizabeth]
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Samantha Sharp always knew her direction in life. Do well in school, attend a top university, graduate with honors. Having secured a plum gallery job right after graduation, she was well on her way to accomplishing her goals. That is, until a chance meeting with a handsome stranger made her question her life’s entire course.

Billionaire David Keith was sexy, successful, and on the wish list of every woman in San Francisco. Sam knew it was dangerous to hope she was different than all the women David normally dated, but for the first time, success wasn’t the only thing on Samantha’s mind. Would this distraction be her undoing?

Book I of III, can also be read as a standalone.
Alpha-male billionaire romance; Determined is a sexy standalone erotic romance novella based in San Francisco.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa60f24f8) out of 5 stars 20 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa626e2b8) out of 5 stars Nice quick read Jan. 30 2015
By Christine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
David Keith is a young billionaire. Sam works at an art gallery. One night while she is working, a woman spills red wine on her dress. Sam first being concerned about her dress, but what catches her eye more is the man that the woman is with. That man turns out to be the billionaire, David Keith. From there their story begins.
I was excited to read this one because these types of stories are my favorite. However, I had a hard time understanding the connection between these two characters. There was very little suspense as to how the two main characters felt about each other. Things moved quickly. So quickly it did not give me any time to connect. There was no refusal of anything from the heroine. I like heroes to know what they want and take it, but there was no intensity. I felt like David was trying to be a bit of alpha, but he isn’t. There is very little angst and the angst that there was in the story was resolved very quickly.
The daily routine of the heroine could have been eliminated. I felt like I was told everything that Sam thought and did. In some ways, it showed her immaturity. That is why it hard for me to see why David would even be interested in her. Why he wanted her verses any other woman he could have. I want to see the uniqueness in the heroine. I want to adore her so that when the hero expresses his love for her, I understand.
This book did not end in a cliffy, but there is a part 2 – a continuation of Sam and David’s story. I hope book two has more.
A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa626eba0) out of 5 stars 4 hot stars Feb. 26 2015
By Debbie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Arc received in exchange for an honest review.
☆☆☆☆ for this one.

Now I love a good billionaire story, but one was a pleasant surprise in the main character Samantha Sharp.. She is smart, well educated and had a great personality that really shines throughout this book.

Sam Sharp is a gallery girl working with Curtis Kinsler. after finishing college. She has inturned for Kinsler Gallery while finishing studying and now works part time there and at a children's home. She has just finished setting up for an show for an artist Sam discovered. She is scared and exited all at once, everything is going well until some bimbo drops red wine all over her white dress, as things go from bad to worse she ends up having a panic attack in front of the most gorgeous man she had ever seen.

David Keith is owner and CEO of Keith Ventures, and is taken from the moment he sets his eyes on Sam, and right or wrong he wants her. and have her he will. He offers to take Sam home and she accepts but is slightly put off with the over excited female in the back, David's girlfriend... Or so it seems.

The chemistry is super strong between David and Samantha all the way through this story and when the 2 actually get together it skyrockets... phew it gets very hot...

As feelings become stronger and stronger, the whole meet the family passes it is clear they both love each other. I waited for the BOOM , the side story that would ruin their relationship, and I guess it came but not as I would have thought.

With David's womanizing past and the many women who either throw daggers at her, or continue to warn her to stay away, Sam chooses to ignore them, she knows the real David, that is until she really needs him and he leaves. He seriously left!!!!

So in ending can I just say no man can make a full name sound so sexy as 'Samantha', I loved when he called her that instead of the Sam she is to all of her friends This is a great story, and up there with my favs.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6061c90) out of 5 stars Good Read! April 8 2015
By Angel E. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
*Received this through the group Some Like it Hot and author Elizabeth Brown in exchange for an honest review.*

...I could feel his soul pulling me a city away.

Samantha Sharp knew it was a bad idea to wear a white dress where red wine was involved. That's exactly what she did at the show that was held at the art gallery where she works when she unexpectedly meets the man who will change her life.

David Keith is a very successful businessman, who is used to being in control. So when his sister has an accident involving a woman at the art gallery, he jumps right in to help. He even offers to take her home, which she accepts because she suddenly feels lightheaded.

The next night, she runs into him again at a party hosted by her boss. Sam has an unbelievable attraction to him. It was lust at first sight and seeing him again just kicked it up a notch. After a brief conversation, he takes her outside. He asks her to leave with him. She tells him she came to the party with her best friend Carrie and she doesn't want to leave her alone. He grabs her hand and leads into the house, into a dark room and has his way with her.

That is just the beginning of the story...it gets even better. I was heading to bed when I decided to read "just a bit" of this book to kind of get a feel for it. I ended up reading 7 chapters and I had to literally make myself put this book down and go to sleep. It had me under it's spell.

To me, it seemed like David Keith was a mixture of Christian Grey from Fifty Shades of Grey and Ethan Frost from Ruined, which was a good thing because I loved those books. I know that your thinking "oh great, another billionaire story" and you would be right. However, the way Elizabeth Brown wrote this book, and the pull the characters have toward each other, will leave you wanting more.

One thing I really enjoyed about this book was how Sam didn't really complain about David buying and doing stuff for her. I understand the whole I am woman, hear me roar, but if someone wanted to buy me shoes and clothes and take me to the symphony and let me ride in their jet, well, you wouldn't see me turning that down.

I recommend this book if you are a fan of Fifty Shades of Grey, Ruined, or If I Were You.
HASH(0xa610a6fc) out of 5 stars 5 stars! Determined, book 1 (3). Gallery assistant meets the quiet force that is David Keith! March 26 2015
By Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
“I turned to him. “How do I look?”
“Like you just had sex in a pantry.” His eyes gleamed, and the corners of his mouth turned up. He was obviously very pleased with himself.”

I recommend these novellas be read in order:
Part 1: Determined
Part 2: Determined: To Love
Part 3: Determined: To Win

Determined (part 1) opens up to recent college graduate and gallery assistant Samantha Sharp, Sam or Sammie doing the final touches on the evening’s art showing. Things are running smoothly until a mishap that puts her in front of the head of Keith Ventures, venture capitalist and playboy David Keith aka DK aka Chief.

She sparks his interest and the rest of story goes on to follow David Keith’s relentless seduction and pursuit of Samantha allowing for some off-the-charts sexual tension and more as these two almost set my Kindle on fire.
“Samantha, you interest me. I’d like to take you out. Why are you fighting me?

DAVID KEITH aka DK aka Chief: 29 years/Venture Capitalist/CEO Keith Ventures/$$$$/Brown hair/Brown eyes/Orphan/Glasses.
David Keith aka DK aka Chief blew me away with his quite yet powerful presence. He’s relentless and suave in his seduction yet there is something understated about him. If he continues on same path he is likely to end up on my coveted top-10-hero shelf.

Eight words to describe David: Enigmatic, charming, determined, pragmatic, suave, possessive, controlled and reserved.

SAMANTHA SHARP, Sam, Sammie: 23 years/College graduate/Gallery assistant/Non-profit/Brown hair/Brown eyes.
Samantha Sharp, Sam or Sammie held her own against the larger-than-life David Keith Seven words to describe Samantha: Spunky, candid, endearing, easy-going, honest, detailed and reflective.

Determined (part 1) is an addictive page-turner that gave me butterflies. Though part 1 in a serial I feel this 153-page story deserves nothing less than 5 stars. The story ends with a HFN, but clearly there is more to come. I cannot wait to read part 2, Determined: To Love for the continuation of their story.

Entertaining and addictive plot! Captivating and melt-my-panties hero! Scorching sex scenes! Excellent debut by Elizabeth Brown!
“This,” he gestured to the space between us, “in case you haven’t noticed, Samantha, is electric.”

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Hero rating: 5+ stars
Heroine rating: 4 stars
Sexual tension rating: 5+ stars
Sex scenes rating: 4.5 stars
Sex scenes frequency: 5 stars
Plot rating: 5 stars
Dialogue rating: 5 stars
Storytelling rating: 4.5 stars
Story ending rating: N/A
Book editing rating (5 = no edits spotted): N/A, ARC
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Overall rating: 5 stars

Would I recommend this series: Yes.
Would I re-read this series: Yes.
Would I read future books by this author: Yes.

A gifted copy provided to me by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
HASH(0xa627cae0) out of 5 stars High voltage attraction! Feb. 22 2015
By Linda Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
" Determined", that is Samantha Sharp, college graduate , working part time at Curtis Galleries which still allows her time to volunteer at a children's center. Samantha is determined to grow in the gallery business and is excited to to be presenting the first artist she has discovered for the gallery ths evening .
Samantha's. Find s doing well and she is in the recess of Networking with another a gallery owner Evan Carmichael when she is bumped into and red wine is spilt all over her white dress, the young lady Jenna who has spilled s mortified and asks her date David, if they can do anything for her, but a the first connection of their eyes the the attraction between the two is high voltage and Samantha is tongue tied and flustered, before she knows it she is being driven home by this incredibly hot looking man and his date ; David being the consummate gentlemen even walks her to her door and Samantha's body wants to invite him in , to not let go , but her brain kicks in and reminds her he has a date waiting in his car for him.
The very next day Samantha receives a special delivery of two boxes to her door , one containing a brand new dress from Bannana Republic in her size exactly matching the one ruined last night, the second bx contains beautiful roses Ina gorgeous cut crystal vase , both from David, of course the day just gets stranger because when she gets to work Curtis is all over her wanting to know what happened with the David Keith and surprised that Samantha did not know he was Billionare and playboy.
Samantha , is just moving along with her day and plans to attend Curtis party that night with her BFF Clarissa , but once their is suprised to see Jenna and David walks in the door, unaware they we invited , but David makes a be line for her and to out it simply Samatha's life and life plan are about to take a sudden hot change! Yes. Said hot because before you know it these two are in a pantry closet at her bosses house having some down and dirty sex ! Waking in David's bed the next morning , and this man wants to see more of her!
This s a world wind romance and David does not take no for an answer , and before you know it these two are meeting each others families , but David has his insecurities , he is an orphan and carries some baggage , which as you read will see the effect in the relationship . His insecurities come center stage near the end while Samantha s in Miami. Attending an art exhibition trying to network, build contacts and artist connections .

Samantha and David suck you in and you have a hard time putting down the book and though by the end of this book you think "wow" we are getting an HEA already , given the few incidents that occur in ths book you just know the road ahead is going to be rocky and Samantha and David are going to have to do some climbing ! Though the urge is strong to compare the book to " Fifty Shades" , I can not , their may be similarities but these two have their own story to tell I just know it, and believe you will too!

Arc graciously revised by author for an honest review!