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Carnal Secrets (Seduced by the Billionaire #1)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  2,947 Ratings  ·  237 Reviews

Self-made billionaire Alex Damon wants his pound of flesh from the people who ripped his family apart. When he discovers that his enemies' daughter is working at his company -- most likely spying for them -- he decides to start by seducing her.

Natalie Hall is stunned at the personal interest from the CEO at her company. Vulnerable, with an already bruise
Published February 17th 2011
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Sep 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Nice grovel book!

This was my first read from Nadia Lee so I really had no idea what to expect. I picked it up because the book’s blurb sounded promising enough for me to give it a try, pretty much like my sort of thing, and well, it didn't disappoint me. I enjoyed reading this one for the most part. The plot moved along at a cracking pace and it was very well-written enough to hold my interest for almost the entire story.

Alex Damon found out that Natalie Hall, his employee, was adopted by
Jacob Proffitt
I'm so glad I found this one (and not just because it was free)! The biggest surprise was that, for once, the business aspects that entered the novel (and don't worry, it wasn't many) all made sense. That's vanishingly rare, and even rarer that those aspects weren't really anything more than the background plot. Yeah, some of the action was driven by the business stuff, but nothing esoteric or boring.

Alex's character was the hardest to swallow. Self-made billionaires exist, sure, but they aren't
Feb 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: revenge
This was a pretty nice read for a freebie. The hero starts up a relationship with the heroine in order to get his revenge on her god mother. The story was good and the relationship between the two of the nice but I never really understood why he needed the heroine for his revenge. There was also an element of the hero suspecting the heroine of corporate espionage. The two plot element sort of warred with each other and I thing the story would have been stronger had the author chosen one or the o ...more
made it 38% on this one and I just can't do it. I don't know and I don't care.
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
I would like to note that the title of the version I checked out was "Taken by Her Unforgiving Billionaire Boss" which is a MUCH better terrible book title. Otherwise, this has all the marks of a over-the-top melodramatic Harlequin style novel. Unjust accusations! An office romance (which, true to form, in the first part of the book is uncomfortably into the territory of inadvisable sexual harassment)! A brief period (almost laughably brief tho) of him thinking she'd moved and he'd never be able ...more
Audrey Forest
3.0 Stars

One thing that had my bitch face making an appearance was how quickly Natalie took Alex back and forgave him in the end, considering what he did to her. Girl if that was me, I would've made him work for it, and it will include some groveling. But all in all, it wasn't a bad read. It was actually quite nice. Would've wanted more damage to that certain mole though (not mentioning, so not to spoil the story). Hopefully the second book will make me want to give it more stars. Good book, al
May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally posted as a dual review with Lea at Book Lovers Inc.

Both Lea and I jumped on the opportunity to review Carnal Secrets when we first heard about it (because the blurb sounded exciting), but we sure weren't prepared to what a terrific read it was going to be!

I can only tell you my story: on my way to an exam preparatory course I started reading Carnal Secrets, thinking it would be a good way to keep busy on the bus ride, well the story (and mostly the characters) sucked
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I mean, it was free on Amazon so...

I just... no. Sorry, Nadia Lee! Not my fave!
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 4.5 out of 5 Stars.

While we’ve all heard or read the phrase that “revenge is a dish best served cold”, the reality is that revenge is seldom clean and emotionless, something the characters in Nadia Lee’s Vengeful in Love learn firsthand. Filled with well-developed characters, good dialogue and an intriguing corporate mystery, Ms. Lee grabbed my attention from the first page
Neyra ♦

Actual Rating: 3 Stars

I got this book as an Amazon freebie a few days ago (just look at that cover!), and I loved the synopsis. I'll admit I'm not really into the whole billionaire CEO love interest. I know, I know, "WHAT ABOUT GIDEON CROSS!?".. Yes, well, he's my exception. I never really found this type of male hero to be alluring because in my eyes, most billionaires pretend to be ALL alpha-male and dominating, when in reality they're nothing but a bunch of controlling, abusive and demanding
3 stars! ***

Oh god! So many names! There were like thirty different names in the first ten pages. And so many relationships and connections between those names! Ugh. But I finally started to orient hundred pages later. Yup, my memory is that good.

Alex Damos wants revenge. And he'd do anything to achieve it. All he needs to do now is to take over the company lead by a son of the woman who destroyed his father. But there's problem. Someone from his own company is leaking critical information.

Carrie Ann Lahain
Though I enjoy category romances, there is a tendency for authors of these books to fall back on tired formulas and stock characters. Read a couple of them in a row, and you start mixing up the alpha-male heroes and exotic locals. Nadia Lee's VENGEFUL IN LOVE stands out by taking some risks with plotting and offering a non-mainstream protagonist.

Natalie Hall is beautiful, bright and accomplished--standard romantic heroine--only she's also the Asian adopted daughter of a United States senator. S
Romance Novels in Color
Carnal Secrets is a contemporary romance novel written by Nadia Lee. This was the first work that I have read from this author and I loved the book. Nadia Lee captured me through her writing.

Nadia Lee did a great job with the storyline. She weaved a wonderful story with Carnal Secrets involving a passionate romance, betrayal, lies, corporate espionage, and carnal secrets. I loved everything about this book; the pacing, the characters, the plot, the angst, the sexual tension, the drama, and the c
It was another freebie whose cover was winking at me every time I looked through my reader. Yeah, I know, that's a very shallow to fill like reading a book. And that's why it also came with my usual rather low expectations, that still managed to be often disappointed.
This book did not!
I deeply enjoyed the way it was written, a very contemporary tone that manages never to be too informal, too coarse, too spoken. It's obvious the author has a real experience from the corporate environment, most li
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Self-made billionaire Alex Damon wants his pound of flesh from the people who ripped his family apart. When he discovers his enemies' daughter is working at his company -- and most likely spying for them -- he decides to start his revenge by seducing her. Natalie Hall is stunned at the personal interest from the CEO of her company. Vulnerable, with an already bruised heart, she wants to avoid any involvement -- but she can't deny the desire he arouses in her.

...BUT L
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, blog-tours
Given by the author for an honest review for her Blog Tour

Vengeful in Love is one of the best fast-paced books I’ve ever read!

It’s highly entertaining and does not have a single dull moment in it!
The plot is vaguely familiar, but it is so well written that anything even remotely similar to it simply pales in comparison.

It’s a book that you don’t want to finish, simply because you cannot stand the idea of the ending. You just want it to go on and on…It’s incredible! Its pace is fast, but the cha
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
Why I Read this Book: I liked the setup of espionage mixed into a love story. I like a light dose of mystery with a romance.

What I Liked: Vengeful in Love was different and unique. There is a lot of backstory, but it didn't bog down the romance. It made for an interesting read. This was more than just a romance story.

Natalie was a good person with morals. Because of who her family is, particularly her father, she’s used to people throwing money and gifts at her. But she’s not materialistic in th
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Carnal Secrets is a brilliant contemporary romance written by Nadia Lee. This was the first work that I've read from this author and it did not disappoint! Ms. Lee captured me through her writing & I devoured this within hours because I couldn't put my Kindle down once I started. Ms. Lee did a great job with this wonderful romance. She weaved a wonderful story with Carnal Secrets involving a passionate romance, betrayal, lies, corporate espionage, and carnal secrets.

I loved everything about
Heather andrews
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alex he hates being interrupted when it's about to be naughty time, "since we can't seem to do anything without your family interrupting us, I want to take you somewhere private. A small cabin by the place we went yesterday. And no cell phones." Alex the man has some damn stamina, "they lay there for a few moments, his hands skimming her curves. Then he murmured, "you mentioned something about doing it from the side...?" There was a slight but slowly increasing pressure along a cucumber-sized le ...more
Kira's NetGalley Book Blog
LURV! Not only are Alex and Natalie both super sexy, their personalities are so strong! I love that Natalie is unwavering in her resolve, ethics, and moral values. Thank goodness for that! And I wanted to see Alex grovel at the end...and he did! Yay!

I totally didn't see Natalie's background unfolding quite like it did but I'm so glad to be surprised! It's awesome to not be able to guess exactly what's going to happen. What a crazy life she lives!
Aug 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
3.5/5 stars

This was so well-written I didn't mind the third person so much. I came across some beautiful sentences that made me stop and go "oh, wow". I like the diversity aspect (Asian MC), the romance was good (could've been steamier), but for some reason I didn't looveeee it.

It was a good read, though.
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 250-pgs
He's powerful, she's got spunk. Sparks fly at the office & in the bedroom. They're both a little 'broken' in the love department. In the end, they both 'grow up' a little and figure it out. 4 STARS for me, think I'll check out a few more titles by this author.
Lorien Lyn
A fantastic read with intriguing characters and heartfelt emotions. The flow of the story was well-written. This is a must-read book if you're a fan of steamy contemporary romance and exciting plot. I absolutely enjoyed it and looked forward to reading more of Nadia Lee’s works. :)
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Great story. However, I would have loved an ending that wasn't so abrupt.
Rhodz Sky
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 actually. :-)
Mary Dulaney
Alex is determined to take the Rodale family down because of what family matriarch did to his father. When he finds out that someone is feeding Emily Rodale confidential information from his company, his suspicions immediately fall on Natalie, his employee. Despite that, they fall into a relationship that could destroy both of them.

On my Kindle as "Taken By Her Unforgiving Billionaire Boss"
Kathleen Downey
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very well written. I really enjoyed the storyline and kept reading page after page as the writer did a great job keeping me guess as to the out come. The characters were fantastic. Great job.
Marie Rich
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book

Straight up romance. Sexy, little bit bossy lead male with issues chases the little bit insecure girl. No cliffhanger and hea.
Anita Hargreaves

What a tangled web. Why people just stop keeping secrets and the world would be a happier place Well written sexy book
Jul 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF @ around 25%. Once you get to that part, youll understand why.
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