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One Week

(HaleStorm #1)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  158 ratings  ·  60 reviews

Michael Hale's company is in jeopardy. In the wake of his father's death and transitioning to CEO, projects are circling the drain and that may cost him everything. Come to find out, the consultant hired to fix things is the "one who got away" many years ago. This time he's playing for keeps, and he intends to win.

ebook, 227 pages
Published January 13th 2014 by Self-Pub (first published January 10th 2014)
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Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-review
Elise was a former intern for HaleStorm 5 years ago, when her then boss Michael Hale denied her advances after she kissed him. After he gave her no reference for a job she was after, she felt betrayed by him in more ways than one. So when she is hired as a consultant to help the company she believes she is going in to work for Mr. Hale, senior- but is shocked to find out that Michael is no the CEO as his father passed away. Old feelings come back quickly for Elise and she finds herself fighting ...more
Virginia Hill
One Week was quite the enjoyable read! I especially appreciated the intellectual quality of the story. The dialogue was realistic and clever. The interaction between Michael and Elise was a splendid blend of personal conversation, business discussion, respect, and sizzling sexual chemistry. HAWT!
Read: 8/1/14
Re-read: 20/2/14

When Michael Hale's Father dies and appoints him as CEO of the company in his will, he will o anything to keep his company afloat. However someone is out to sabotage him and he brings in someone from his past to get to the bottom of it, someone who has been on his mind since he last saw her. Elise Jackson knew Michael once or at least she thought she did but then he betrayed her and she has never really been able to move past it, now their paths are destined to cross

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One Week was absolutely not what I expected!!! I was in for quite a shock when I started to realize that this book packed so much of a punch in such few pages.

Michael and Elise have history. Five year ago - things did not end so well.
Five years later, in walks Elise to save the day (his company) and it's sparks from the first hello.

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If you're looking for a quick read with a straight to point plot (and a little twist), then definitely dive in and enjoy. You can definitely f
Mary Benson
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a good romance, but especially if you have ever been in a workplace relationship
Recommended to Mary by: friend
A friend of mine calls Elisabeth a "rising star", and after reading One Week I can see why. I often stick with the same authors I've known and loved for years, but I decided to give this book a try after receiving a copy as an early Valentine gift. Filled with palpable sexual tension and just the right mix of suspense and humor, it kept me glued to the end. I'm thrilled that I caught what appears to be the start of a great new series.
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
What a fun, exciting contemporary romance! I really enjoyed Elise & Michael's story - Elisabeth Staab's take on corporate romances is definitely worth a read.

Full review to come.
SE Stone
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To say that Michael Hale’s company has hit a rough patch would be an understatement. His transition to CEO after his father’s death hasn’t been the smoothest, and a number of big projects teeter on the brink of catastrophe. So when the contractor hired to help his company out of the jam turns out to be the “one who got away” years ago, he’s determined to gain control in one part of his life and make her stay this time.

Elise Jackson walked into HaleStorm with the sole intention of fixing a securi
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm used to read paranormal romance stories by the talented author Elisabeth Staab so I didn't know what to expect with One Week whom is a contemporary romance book. It was interesting to read something different, but I could still see Staab's writing style in it.

Staab gives us a predictable love story with intense characters and funny/awkward situations like she can so well write. What surprised me most in this book was the main character Elise. I was impressed by her resourcefulness, dedicatio
Jackie (Jackie's Book World)
*Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World :)*

One Week was such a good story. I loved the characters and the plot. Stories like this never get old no matter how much one reads them. I have read a lot of stories with similar plot before, but One Week definitely got me hooked. Elisabeth Staab did a good job with the details in the story that made it believable and relatable to some.

After not seeing each other for many years, Michael Hale wasn't expecting to see his ex intern and the one
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, arc-arr, read-2014
***ARC courtesy of Fido Publishing via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review***

One Week is a quick and sweet read. Got hooked the moment I started reading it and I didn't stop until I reached the final page even if it's already wee hours in the morning. I was surprised I really liked this book though it was a little bit shorter than the usual. I know that this is the first book in the series and I'm curious where the author will take this series.

Corporate romance always intrigue me. Maybe
Talk Supe
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Talk Supe review

ONE WEEK. It's a story about second chances, about two people who almost had it one time but because of circumstances, the first time wasn't as fruitful. A few years down the road, things has changed a lot for both Michael Hale and Elise Jackson but the attraction between them is far from diminished. If anything, the passing of time seems to have stoked it even more and now neither of them are willing to pass up another chance at being together.

If you've read Elisabeth Staab the
Cyndy Aleo
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, romance, rt-review
Staab takes a break from paranormal romance with her first foray into contemporary romance, and while it might not break any new ground, it's a fun, fast read. The CEO romance may be overdone, but this time, it features a relationship complicated by the characters already having a history, giving the plot and the romance additional depth. While the mystery is fairly easy to solve, there are still several possibilities to keep you guessing. Best of all? The amazing chemistry between the character ...more
Melissa Portillo
Michael Hale is now the CEO of the company his father built. The company is in a downward spiral after his fathers passing. Somebody is out to sabotage him and he has to figure out a way of fixing the hole he's in before there is no company left for him to run.

Elise Jackson swore she would never go back to Halestorm, the company she once interned at, Where she fell in love with her boss and had her heart broken at. But when her company she now works for sends her to Halestorm to fix a problem th
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Michael Hale recently lost his father and is struggling to keep HaleStorm, the family business, afloat. One problem after another pops up and Michael finds himself stuck between a rock and a hard place. He has limited time to provide documents that will help to stabilize his business and he must hire a consultant to ensure his success.

Elise Jackson has a whackadoo mother, as well as emotional baggage, and knows the last thing she should do is put herself in a situation that could potentially hur
Sonia Cristina
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
This is truly, a romantic and beautiful story! It gave me great pleasure and joy reading it. The premise of an office romance has always been appealing to me, so this was perfect.

Michael and Elise met 5 years ago and they developed feelings for each other, when she was an intern at his father's company and very young and something made they go their separate ways. Now, his father is dead, Michael is the CEO and the company is having big troubles, one of them needs to be resolved in a week; no on
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't really read much contemporary, and I know pretty much nothing about the corporate office world, so I was a little nervous about reading One Week. However, I love Elisabeth Staab's paranormal books, so I figured I would give it a go. I really enjoyed the story! I didn't get lost in the corporate talk, and the plot was very interesting with plenty of twists and surprises. The characters were great! My very first impression of Michael was that he seemed like a corporate douche bag, so it wa ...more
Chris Bails
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by Elisabeth Staab and definitely won't be my last.

This is the story of Elise, who works for a company that helps other companies with computer security. The company she is helping is one she used to intern for and had a serious crush on the Boss' son Michael. Michael is now the Head CEO of the company after his fathers death. Elise just needs to go in and help them and do her job and move on to the next company to help. She at least hopes it will be that simple. She was cr
Tina Larsen
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book from NetGalley for an honest review ...
I absolutlely loved this book! Elise Jackson is a workaholic. She is good at her job and knows it. She has been contracted to fix a company and wouldn't you know it .. it belongs to a firm she interned for five years ago ... the one where she fell for the bosses son and he turned his back on her. She had hoped she wouldn't fun into MIcheal Hale - for it was his fathers company. What she didn't know was he recently passed away and Miche
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars!
This is an enjoyable corporate romance! Elise and Michael have history and when she returns to help him bale his recently passed fathers company out of trouble the sparks start flying. There was plenty of romance and laughs as well as some corporate and family drama. We are introduced to 1 of Michael's estranged brothers and I am curious if we will see David in the next Halestorm book, or perhaps Tom. Jeff, Elise's friend was a good comedic relief in some parts and I overall enjoyed th
I seriously enjoyed this story. I read it in one sitting and there was an actual story to it not just some fluff how the girl got hurt and everything is perfect now.

Elise and Michael worked together five years ago. He as her boss, she as the college intern. Their relationship was strictly professional, but somehow they fell in love but didnt' realize it. One kiss destroyed everything or so was thought but now five years later. Elise is called in to help fix Michael's legacy. His company is fall
Clever Girl
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A smart, enjoyable story with great dialog, a bit of corporate intrigue and a steamy romance. The relationship between Michael and Elise was interesting and exciting with some tender moments. To Michael Elise is the one that got away and Elise has been angry at Michael for years. They've got a lot against them, their past, emotional baggage, exes, family pressures, but they also have a deep connection.

I really liked Elise. She's smart and confident and excellent at her job. I also liked seeing M
Ndulgent Bloggers

Here's something you may already know: Elisabeth Staab knows how to write seriously good paranormal romance. Now here's something you may not know: She writes seriously good contemporary romance as well! One Week brings the best of office romance, swirls in some bad boy gone good, some good girl gone bad and a time crunch to save the day. It also contains some very amusing office product obsessions, witty dialogue and enough charm to have readers cheering on the hopes of ha
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was very nicely written with great characters, including Jeff, her roommate. The very professional and capable work had to be appreciated once Michael got on board with his feelings for her which had to be so difficult as his dad's death, the problems with the company, and with his brothers..oh, the soon to be divorced spouse was no picnic either. Michael derives a lot of comfort with regards to his growing awareness of our girl. The story was mine at that point! I loved Michael. Great ending ...more
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this second chance at love story from Elizabeth Staab. It was a quick read, fast paced with a well plotted story. Ms. Staab has a knack for writing really likeable characters. Her hero is strong, but not arrogant. Her heroine is soft but not a pushover. The happily ever after was quite satisfying and the love scenes were as well. The love scenes actually fir in the story and helped move it along. Well Done,Ms. Staab. I will definitely read more from this talented author.
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Daisy&Gracie's Mom
Loved this book! Though I started reading this author because of her fabulous PNR series, (Chronicles of Yavn) this book has the same careful attention to character detail that draws the reader in, and not just to the two leads, but to other characters as well. This detail orientation makes the story more believable, right down to the complaints about the really cold weather descriptions that seem to plague the DC metro area. Bring on the next one, and hurry, please. I’ll read whatever she write ...more
Lauren Anne
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite enjoyable very sweet love story. Five years ago, after a mistaken kiss, Michael and Elise are back together again where they first met. No longer his intern, Elise is praying to avoid Michael for the week that she was contracted to fix a major security issue.

The chemistry is still there, the feelings are still there, but can they move forward and finally have their happily-ever-after.

Quick, sweet read.
Kylie C
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. Fell in love with Michaels Character.

Billionaire boss. Michael had fallen in love with Elise years ago, but had kept his distance because he was her boss. But Elise has grown up since then.

Well written. Read this book in one sitting !
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome Book

This is an excellent romance story with some twists and turns and mystery. It's the type of book you can't put down until you've read it all. It's well written and I loved it. Can't wait to read more.
Nyrae Dawn
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. A fun, sexy contemporary romance with an unexpected twist! Special sale price of 99 cents for the first week of release too!
Janette Lopez
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First let me say OMG!! This is well written and has amazing characters! I simply love it and cannot wait for more!! A total MUST READ!!
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Elisabeth Staab loves passionate stories and happy endings. Her books have been called “emotionally delicious,” “action-packed,” and “gloriously snarky.” When not writing romance about vampires and werewolves and emotionally wounded boxers (oh, my!), she enjoys date night with her husband, reading with her kids, and marathoning her favorite books or TV series. Keep up with all the latest shenaniga ...more

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