Reluctant Consent

Reluctant ConsentGiving Way Book One

Denise Marrow flunked out of school, lost a job, wrecked her car and her license to drive has been suspended. None of that fazes her much. Young, immature and impetuous she has just begun to realize her life might need a little structure when her parents die. Three younger brothers are left in her care, along with her parents’ estate. One hitch: To assume control of her brothers, Denise must marry her ex-fiancé. And Andrew Cross was an ex because he believed marriage worked best with a boss. Him.

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“Denise Marrow calling.”


Andrew Cross grinned. He’d been hoping for this phone call. “I recognize the number , Denise. What can I do for you?”

“I have to ask you a personal question.”

“Have to, Denise? If there’s someone holding a gun to your head give me a cue and I’ll send a SWAT team around.” Here was one complaint about Denise . Everything was overly dramatized. He was a man. No drama. His motto.

Denise sighed. “I should have known you’d be a dick.”

Andrew quirked a brow at his phone, grinned, shrugged, and pressed the end button. He laid the phone on his desk and kept his eyes on the second hand sweeping its way around the face of the clock. He made himself let the phone sound three times.

“We were cut off, Andrew. I’ve a question to ask.”

“We weren’t cut off, Denise. I hung up. Your first words need to be an apology or I hang up again and I don’t answer when you call back.”

He imagined Denise having a near aneurism of fury. “I’m sorry about your parents, Denise. They were lovely people. You received the flowers?” “Yes. Thanks.” Again silence. “Denise.”

She snapped the words. “I’m sorry.”

“You’re sorry for-? Speaking disrespectfully, maybe? Rudely?”

“Oh my god.” She sighed.

Andrew waited. He was a patient man.

“I’m sorry if I offended you.”

“Denise. An apology should address the speaker’s actions, or words. If? If you offend? How can ‘dick ‘ fail to offend, Denise ? Surely you didn’t mean it as a sign of respect?” His voice remained calm.

Denise sighed. “I’m sorry I spoke in a manner which offended you.”

“You’re still managing to suggest I’m at fault.” He sounded like a pompous dick — to use her word — but he held his ground. If the future he dreamed of was to happen with this woman he would have to remain calm, stoic , unmoving. Mind you a little levity might make the medicine go down. “But you’re getting closer, sugar. Give it another shot.” He heard her blow air out her nose.

“I am very, very, very sorry I was rude.” Her voice was laden with sarcasm but it showed compliance even if she wasn’t ready to give up on the pride yet.

“Forgiven. What’s up? How can I help?”


“I absolutely loved this book! The story line moved along so well and captured my attention that I didn’t even notice that it had finished until the page in my Nook wouldn’t turn! I’m not a huge fan of contemporary domestic discipline books, but this one was amazing!” 5 out of 5, Rachel

“Oh. My. Goodness. SO good!! I didn’t have high hopes, I mean I hoped it would be good because it was reccomended by my favorite blogger, but I often don’t enjoy books by authors I don’t know. THIS WAS SO GOOD!! 😀 I read both books in less than 24 hours, but not because they were short *they were decently long*, but because I couldn’t put them down!!” 5 out of 5, Young Lady

“I was very drawn in by this book. I really could not stop reading it. I felt so much concern for Denise (the female lead), as she felt forced into DD. I became very caught up in the characters and their plights. I gave this book 5 stars because it had the ability to really draw me in.” 5 out of 5, Laney

“These are lovely stories that have a note of truth and vulnerability. Well done!” 5 out of 5, Donna

“I really enjoyed this story. I found the characters interesting and more than a little captivating. I have hope there will be more about this roller coaster family.” 5 out of 5, angelmischief

“I absolutely loved this book! The story line was great and you are really able to feel for this family. You are able to connect with both of the main characters and the comedy is great! Can’t wait for the sequel!” 5 out of 5, Christi

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