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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,573 ratings  ·  183 reviews
Stella Sullivan

Bright. Dedicated. Loyal.

The day I walked into his boardroom, I had no idea my life was about to change forever. It was supposed to be a simple proposal that would catapult my career. The chance to help Hurst & McCoy save one of their flailing business lines seemed simple enough. However, I never expected that one look at Maxwell McCoy would have me grasping
Published February 5th 2015 by Ahren Sanders (first published February 4th 2015)
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Feb 04, 2015 marked it as dnf
Shelves: insta-love
DNF 53%

I'm not going to say that this book is bad. It's not. It's just clearly tailored for someone whose tastes in reading are the exact opposite to mine.

I'm giving up the struggle and moving on. Next!
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars for the sweet low angst romance but ugh, this author should seriously think about writing for soap operas, there was so much roller coaster stuff that my head is spinning!
Loved it! Perfect reading escape for me. Smokescreen had everything I love in a good book. A bossy alpha who knows what he wants and never waivers, a sweet heroine that isn't a push over and a hot instant love romance that has just the right amount of angst to keep you turning pages. Another thing I love about this story is when the couple have an issue they communicate and work it out quickly. Highly recommend!

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Moon Reviews
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved, loved this book!!! In true Ahren Sanders' style this book is impossible to put down!! Very well written with an interesting story and a good plot, this sizzling romance is a pure pleasure!!! Witty and funny thanks to the dynamics between all the great characters, this book contains some action which will also add to the addiction! Maxwell is a mogul and as alpha as can be, in a sexy, business suave kind. Stella is a beautiful, amazing, independent young woman who strives in the P ...more
Jul 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF 27%

Cant believe that I drop this book.
One of my friend recommend this to me so I go for it and I saw it here that this is have a good rating here (Im excited that time)... anyway~ when I make it to 10% im a littel annoy to the heroine... she's not spoild,a b*tch, a s*ut..its just... argh! its hard to say it here anyway straight to the point I don't like her even the hero. (i hate that when im saying it)
I tried it to continue until 20% and im snap at 27%.
but its not working to me.
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Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After reading the excellent Reed's Reckoning last year, I was impatient for another Ahren Sanders book. I had hoped she would deliver another intriguing, HOT story in Smokescreen and guess what? SHE TOTALLY DID.

When Stella Sulllivan walked into Hurst & McCoy, all she was hoping to land was the chance to work with the company to rehab its tarnished image. She certainly wasn't expecting to catch the eye of the handsome, powerful and secretive CEO, Maxwell McCoy.

Max sees the stunning PR representat
Jan 15, 2015 rated it liked it
3-3.5 Stars Good

OK, I liked this book, I just didn't love it. it was pretty fast paced but too "simple" and a bit too cheesy too. For me personally I felt it was one level. I would have like to see more depth in the characters and story as it was too one dimensional, just my own feelings.

This was my first read by this author and as much as I was disappointed in this book, I will definitely read another book by her in the future. The writing itself was very good, it was the execution that fell fl
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
41/2 stars.

Smokescreen is a smoking hot love story mixed with a lot of intrigue and suspense.
Stella Sullivan is the heroine and she is strong and independent. She runs a small PR firm and she's put in a proposal for a big company run by millionaire and drop dead gorgeous bachelor Maxwell McCoy. Maxwell is the hero of the story...a man with a reputation of being a man whore but also a man on a mission to clean up the reputation of one of the subsidiaries of the company his father built.
Stella fi
Gloria Herrera for As You Wish Reviews
Stella lost her breath and her heart when she walked into his boardroom. Never did she expect for the CEO of the company to be there during her presentation. You can almost feel both of them holding their breathes and the electricity traveling between them. This is the moment when you get hooked to this love story and decide to read it in one sitting.

I am not kidding. I was holding my breath as I read their first encounter. The words on the page create the atmosphere in that boardroom so accurat
Promiscuous Book Blog
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I swear I REALLY try not to be biased, but as an author Ahren kicks ASS! I have absolutely loved all her stories and this one is no different. The way the characters interact from the main characters to their friends is just a beautiful production of words that always leave you wanting more than the last page.
What I really loved about this book was that it was so much different from her other books. It’s a different setting and I appreciated how she could change the theme and still be real to he
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
This author has a great knack of grabbing your attention and not letting go until you've finished the book. This book is no different. My intentions on Sunday afternoon was to sit and read a few chapters. Next thing I know the afternoon is gone and I've finished the book.

This is a great standalone. Maxwell is a ruthless CEO. He always gets what he wants. When he meets Stella he knows his life is about to change. These two characters are fantastic. I totally love them. Max is a really hot alpha
Susan W
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: free, ku, z2016
This was just awful. 1/2 of the book was useless filler that added nothing to the story. Anti climatic plot resolution.
Sabrina Lynn
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review for Smokescreen by Ahren Sanders
5++ stars!!!

Yes I gave it 5++ stars. I honestly believe Ahren was heaven sent to all of us readers for one reason. To give us the chance to read her amazing stories. The men she writes about will bury their way deep into your gut.

Max hot man. You protective, jealous man. He not only knows how to love a woman and show her how much he does. But, He can seriously fight for her too. The best part....Max can speak Portuguese!!! Ok well there isn't a
Whitney Mcgregor (A Literary Perusal)
4.5 stars for Maxwell McCoy! I don't know where Ahren Sanders comes up with her men but Max is the best yet. Loyal, protective, smart and sexy as hell, he is the answer to every woman's fantasy including Stella's.

I wouldn't say it's instalove though there is insta-attraction from the moment Stella arrives in Max's boardroom to pitch a PR proposal that may save his company from public embarrassment.

Immediately drawn to each other, I was happy to see them take their physical relationship a bit sl
Just wow.

Smokescreen is simply one of my all-time favorites!!

I can’t tell you how many times I scrolled through the book to reread, right after I finished it..

I became utterly and irrevocably obsessed with it.

Stella and Max are simply one of the most beautifully and brilliantly created characters I have read ( and obsessed over)..

This is not just a masterpiece. In my mind, it is as high as J.Lynn, Kristen Proby and Samantha Young’s novels. And this is a HUGE thing for me, because these ladie
Jan 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
Absolutely ridiculous. No grown man speaks that way to a woman he just met. Give me a break! The way they spoke their affections to each other was so immature it was embarrassing. If I had to listen to him talk about his "blue balls" one more time I was going to lose my shit. I'm all about a guy expressing his feelings but not if it turns him into a twelve year old weenie at the same time.
Stella Bella and her sidekick laci were equally infuriating there is no way these two women could possibly
Ahren Sanders
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)

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Feb 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Dnf 12%
Nancy Metsch
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can finally say I have read all of Ahren Sanders books. Smoke Screen is my favorite
Stella Sullivan just blew me away. She is a badass tough when needed, sassy as all get out and sweet as anything. She would be someone I would want helping me when needed.
NOW let's talk about Maxwell McCoy, he's amazing with his take no bull attitude. He knows what he wants and gets it. He needs to be a hard ass being he runs a Billion dollar company. The story was a bit more mystery then I am used to from Ah
Becky Rendon
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Smokescreen is a fun and drama filled adventure. Things aren't easy for this troublesome duo. Working against a lot of different variables...

It's a hardship falling for Max...not. He's sweet, sexy, and even though he's bossy- perfect. It's a wonder that he made it so long...
Léatitia Brière
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A must read ! I really loved it and here are the reasons why :
(from my blog)
There was a lightning in the room and the story started. When Max and Stella met, I just knew I would love the story. And I did very much. I took my time to read Smokescreen and that's a good thing cause I was able to savour it until the last word. I was also busy but every night it was a real delight to open the book and read more about Max and Stella' story. I could recommand this novel just by telling you what a swe
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Smokescreen ~ a ruse designed to disguise someone's real intentions or activities

Ahren Sanders couldn’t have chosen a more fitting title for her newest release. There’s a plethora of secrets and duplicity throughout the text, and while most of it is done in the name of revenge and greed, some deceptions or hidden truths are used in order to cope with regrets and mishandled choices.

Maxwell McCoy is one such hero who falls into the latter category, and for the last three years, he hasn’t really be
Kimberly (Kimmy Loves to Read)
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, arc
**ARC received in exchange for an honest review.**

Stella meets Max when her PR firm is in the running to work with Max's company. He has taken over the reins after his father passed away, much to the chagrin of Mr. Hurst, the other half of Hurst & McCoy. They are instantly attracted to each other and despite that fact that they end up working together, the two start a relationship.

Very early in the book Stella's best friend and coworker Laci makes a point to warn her about Max. He's so good loo
Stephanie- The Boyfriend Bookmark
Ahren Sanders–I ADORE YOU! Truly, this is a fabulously written book with great characters and a female lead who has this incredible strength and softness to her. She holds a lot of cards without even knowing how special she really is. She sees something in making a bid for a client that she knows is completely unobtainable and yet, she doesn’t back down. She knows if given the chance, she can do amazing things for this company… oh but that’s a big if. She has to get the contract first. But the f ...more
Twin Sisters Rockin' Book Reviews
Overall Rating: 4.5 Rockin’ ★★★★☆

Some people use drama as a smokescreen to protect themselves from life…and let the evil actions of broken people block their view of the world and its endless possibilities!

Stella Sullivan owns an up and coming small PR firm in Atlanta. She leads her company with a strong work ethic, determination to succeed and a reputation of integrity. The opportunity for Stella to take the lead on a project that would project her company to another level in the business worl
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars for this book that stayed true to it's title almost to the last few chapters and had you trying to figure out "who did it" in this case of corporate greed and espionage. There were probably about four different times this book could of ended and I would had been content but the plot was so elaborate and far reaching in the end I was quite surprised. Max McCoy is in the middle of a PR nightmare his global company Hurst & McCoy is in the middle of a scandal involving sweatshops and unhealt ...more
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Landing an account with Hurst & McCoy is the brass ring that Stella Sullivan has been waiting for. She knows that her small PR firm is the right fit for the job. Fortunately for her, Max McCoy is in total agreement, regardless of what others say. Little do either of them realize, though, what this partnership will mean to them.

There are a lot of things that I enjoyed about Smokescreen by Ahren Sanders. Both Stella and Max are strong engaging characters. Stella is an independent woman. She ow
Tina Lee Harris
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This was a great read by Author Ahren Sanders; the way she was able to tell this story will have you unable to put the book down until the last page and leave you wanting more of Maxwell McCoy and Stella Sullivan. They were incredible characters but together they were magnificent.

Stella Sullivan, a small local PR firm is bidding for a shot at one of the biggest companies around. Her firm may only consist of Laci and her but she knows without a doubt that they are up to the job of bring
Katie Edmonds
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I dove into the book not sure what to expect. I've read the author's previous works and other than a few common elements, they were drastically different. This one is the same in that manner. It has high stakes suspense and quite a bit of steam as well as some loyal friends and family in the intelligent heroine's pocket. But the main plot and the various twists and turns are not comparable to a single book I have read. This is a challenge for any book due to the volume out there but for an autho ...more
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Call the fire department and the EMTs! My panties are on fire and my heart is about to explode!!! Smokescreen is the very first book by author Ahren Sanders that I have ever had the privilege of reading. Upon finishing this book, I literally asked myself why the hell had I never experienced one of Ahren’s books before!! Good Grief, this book was sheer perfection. The numerous plot twists and turns paired with the fiery hot passion between Stella and Max are enough to make me melt into a pool of ...more
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USA Today Bestselling Author Ahren spent her formative years living in an active volcano. There her family made collectible lava art. She studied rock collecting at the Sorbonne in France. There she met the love of her life-her pet pig Sybil. She returned to the states and started writing. She is happily married to a guy who used to live under a bridge and she met while pole-dancing.

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