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Etched in Stone

(Invested in You #1)

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Vanessa Lang lands her dream job at an investment firm, Stone Corp. When her kleptomaniac mother is caught shoplifting, Vanessa is forced to accept a deal with the detective—collect evidence of insider trading at her new job. Investigating Sebastian Stone comes with benefits. The drop-dead-gorgeous CEO introduces her to steamy encounters in public places, and in the midst ...more
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Published February 10th 2020 by The Wild Rose Press
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Secrets, Lies, Sexy Guys and Spies.



This was a good story and super sexy. It was pretty quick read at 159 pages, but not so short as to be missing any story points. I didn’t think I would like some of the intimate scenes since the blurb mentions that Sebastian Stone introduces Vanessa Lang into steamy encounters in public places. However, they are very hot and they are sort of semi-public, but I found them extremely entertaining. I suppose all steamy encounters in public places are really
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Jessica Alcazar
I’ve been reading a mile a minute this month and have totally forgotten to review as I go on a lot of books, so here goes …

The entire time I was reading this story I was happy. Happy because another new-to-me author exceeded by expectations. Happy because even though this story is short; it is not lacking. Could there be more development in areas? Sure, but the story is not lacking. Let me repeat lol not lacking. I loved Vanessa and Sebastian both from the moment they hit the page. Their story
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Lisa Wilkes
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Start to finish, this book is full of witty remarks and laugh-out-loud moments. The main character, Vanessa, is smart and sensitive, yet she doesn't take herself too seriously. She's dealing with the loss of someone important to her while supervising a mother who has a troubling compulsion. When Vanessa accepts a job at Stone Corp, San Francisco's most coveted investment company, she has no way of knowing how much romance and intrigue await her. As the story progressed, I grew more attached to ...more
Ninabookish
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I like the concept of this book, the romance wasn't forced, the chemistry was there and the writing style was great, if a had a problem with this book it would be my usual one, this book was short so I didn't get the development that a wanted but other than that it was a great and enjoyable read.
Dily - Little Love.
I really liked the concept of this book, and the characters were intriguing. I loved Vanessa and Sebastian together. However, I was hoping for more of a gradual connection between Vanessa and Sebastian, perhaps more of a personal insight to them as individuals.
I found the initial meeting, and deal between Vanessa and officer Herouvim odd. I feel as though there could’ve been more of an explanation as to how Herouvim came to find out about Vanessas new place of employment, and more insight into
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Roxy
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance-erotica
Well, I have to admit, this one had me at hello. The moment the two main characters bump into each other in the first pages I was hooked. I freely admit that men with emerald eyes and raven hair are my kryptonite. Then later finding out he had one of my favourite names too...well…clearly destined to become my latest fictional crush. And he did not disappoint!
Vanessa has landed a coveted job at one of most respected investment companies. However, her mother is in some major trouble. and a shady
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Sue's Romance Reviews
Etched in Stone is written well and flows nicely. It captured my attention and made me want to know what came next. There are also plenty of naughty moments that will definitely hold your attention.

Sebastian, himself, is one heck of a dirty talker and I could love him on this alone. I loved the corny banter between him and Vanessa. It was cute and so them.

With that being said however, I found the relationship between Vanessa and Sebastian rushed. The fall into love for them is not gradual, it’s
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Sandi
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
A debut novel, Etched in Stone, was a quick and fun read. At 159 pages long, the story moves quickly but steadily. The meet cute made me both cringe and giggle. I loved the puns and one-liners. Vanessa and Sebastian were likable and relatable, as were most of the characters. The relationship was evenly paced, sweet, and held just the right amount of steam for the length of the book. The secondary characters were fleshed out well enough to add depth to the story and allow for the “showing” of ...more
Jane Gundogan
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great hook! Wow I really need to hang out in the change rooms a little more often!!!

And a fab read. Vanessa has landed a new job with a total hottie but she has also landed into a big mess thanks to her mother.

Etched in Stone had everything that I want in a contemporary romance. Action, intrigue, racy bits, sweet romance and over the top drama!
Thoroughly enjoyed it and looking forward to the next (I see its a series).
OnceUponABookShelf
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great book!! Love the concept, could have gone more in-depth with the characters as would love to know more about them
book.addict.nb
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was funny and heartbreaking all at the same time. Vanessa is sweet and has a taste for bad puns which seems to make her a great fit for Sebastian and his bad but funny puns. This book had me laughing and wanting to finish as soon as I could to find out how it ends. Vanessa has been through so much and she gets lost along the way between what she wants and what she feels she has to do. I have received a free copy of this book for an honest review.
Zanyalis
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Thanks to the author for reaching out and sending me an ARC copy of her book in exchange of an honest review.

BLURB: — •

Vanessa Lang lands her dream job at an investment firm, Stone Corp. When her kleptomaniac mother is caught shoplifting, Vanessa is forced to accept a deal with the detective—collect evidence of insider trading at her new job. Investigating Sebastian Stone comes with benefits. The drop-dead-gorgeous CEO introduces her to steamy encounters in public places, and in the midst of it
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Jacqueline Lamm
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Etched in Stone by Liv Arnold is the perfect pallet cleanser after reading a dark romance or ugly cry book. It is a short and sweet office erotic rom-com with a bit of drama to help keep you entertained. Our MC is Vanessa who just graduated and ready to enter the world of adulting. Vanessa, you should have gone to school longer! Don’t venture out into the adulting world yet! No, JK, Vanessa is a selfless character that likes to help everyone and seems to be the type that anyone can open up to. ...more
Vivi Chatzikiriakou
“Nothing was predictable when it came to him. Each new thing they shared felt like it was her first time and would never be the same with anyone else again.”

I was provided with an ARC by the author for exchange of a honest review.

Etched in Stone is a sweet, emotional and sensual love story that can take your mind of other things while reading.
The prologue provides a great help of how this story is about to flow. However, the great parts are on the details inside. An unforgettable romance is
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Abbey Beanz
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I want to thank Liv Arnold for gifting me an advanced copy of her novel, "Etched in Stone" in exchange for an honest review.

Our protagonist of the story is Vanessa Lang, and she is a new business analyst at Stone Corp. To save her kleptomaniac mother from going to jail, Vanessa is forced to work undercover at her new job and supply evidence to a detective regarding insider trading within the company. Vanessa's love interest is Sebastian Stone (dreamy name!), the CEO of Stone Corp.

One big thing
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Rosie
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Etched in Stone is a romance read full with an engaging plot. Vanessa, is smart and sweet and has just graduated. She gets a job at Stone Corp, one of San Francisco's most sort after investment companies. Her and her mother are still recovering from the loss of her father years ago, and her mother is dealing with her grief in a difficult way, so Vanessa is left to supervise her and try and keep her on the right path. But, when her mother gets caught in the act, there are no limits to the actions ...more
Niki
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, steamy
Fresh out of grad school, Vanessa Lang has been hired for her dream job as an analyst at Stone Corp. Unfortunately, her kleptomaniac mother is caught shoplifting soon after and the investigating detectives strikes a deal with Vanessa in exchange for her mother's freedom: find evidence of insider trading within the corporation. But as she grows closer to the attractive CEO, Sebastian Stone, things become more complicated and soon Vanessa has to choose between her mother and the man she's come to ...more
Fiona Marsden
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rating is probably a 3.5*

This is a cute little romance of the 50SOG ilk. Vanessa Lang is a new graduate planning to use her skills in Investment Banking. She incidentally (or not) has a mother with a penchant for shoplifting when she's stressed.
When Vanessa bumps into a hotty in the change rooms of a store near her new place of employment, she has no idea who he is. But there's an immediate buzz that is swamped by Vanessa's embarrassment. Excellent meet cute.

Her first day at work at Grey
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Katie
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

There are things that I truly enjoyed about this book and some that just didn't jive with me the way I'd hoped (though it's more personal complaints than complaints that will resonate with everyone).

What I really liked: the banter between the characters, the natural sounding dialogue, and Arnold's way of writing in general. I actually laughed at some of the witty comments that characters made to one another and I loved that the
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Rachel Reads Romance
I was generously given an arc in exchange for an honest review!

h: Vanessa
H: Sebastian
(3rd POV)

After Vanessa’s father passes, Vanessa’s mother turns to stealing as a way to deal with her stress. After being caught multiple times, Vanessa’s mother is threatened with jail time, unless Vanessa agrees to spy and gather information at her new job. After agreeing to spy and starting her new job, Vanessa realizes she has already met the CEO of the company, Sebastian, in a dressing room of all places.
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Dannielle Line
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Vanessa’s developed a habit of running into her boss in varying stages of undress; not exactly the good impression she wanted to create when she began her dream job with his company. Given she’s beginning her career on a secret mission to destroy his livelihood to save her mother, things are about to get a lot messier.

She’s already forming meaningful friendships with two of her fellow workers, her mother’s driving her crazy, and before she knows what’s hit her, Sebastian is driving her wild with
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Skye Yanovsky
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Etched In Stone is an story that delves into the question of what lengths would you go to protect someone you love. Vanessa has her dream job but on the eve of starting she has to make the decision to put her dreams on the line in order to protect her mother. Of course she chooses to protect her mother but when she meets CEO Sebastian Stone there is an immediate connection with him. Should she get closer to catch him in a crime or because she is so drawn to him? Vanessa is at a crossroads on ...more
patrick
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
***I RECEIVED AN ARC FROM THE AUTHOR FOR SN HONEST REVIEW***
LIKE THE AUTHOR’S OTHER BOOK, THE TWO LED CHARACTERS MEET AT THE BEGINNING, THOUGH IN THIS ONE IT IS AT A DRESSING ROOM WHICH ADDS TO THE FUNNY PART AT THE START OF THE STORY.
VANESA LANG IS PREPARING TO GRADUATE WITH HER DEGREE AND IS ALSO WONDERING ABOUT AN APPLICATION SHE PUT IN FOR AT STONE CORP. WHEN HEARING LATER THAT NIGHT ABOUT RECEIVING THE POSITION SHE IS STOPED BEFORE ARRIVING FOR THE FIRST DAY ON THE JOB. HER MOTHER WHO IS A
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Emily Maree
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

'Vanessa Lang lands her dream job at an investment firm, Stone Corp. When her kleptomaniac mother is caught shoplifting, Vanessa is forced to accept a deal with a detective—collect evidence of insider trading at her new job. Investigating Sebastian Stone comes with benefits. The drop-dead-gorgeous CEO introduces her to steamy encounters in public places, and in the midst of it all, she gathers information about his business. She soon has a difficult choice to make…save her mother or
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Hannah Nappi
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Etched in Stone by Liv Arnold
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Overall: 4/5
Steam: 3/5
Feels:
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Character age range: 20s-30s
Leads: Vanessa Lang and Sebastian Stone
HEA:
Release Date: February 10th, 2020
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Kindle Unlimited: unsure
Audible:
Series: unsure
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WOW!! I really enjoyed reading this book and it will definitely be on the list of books that I reread. When I first started this book I knew right
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Natalie Painter Freese
When I read novels such as Etched in Stone, the 50 Shades of Gray trilogy, or even the sweet, not steamy hallmark movies, I need to immediately suspend some belief. Indulgent erotica romances have to have everything work in their favor, that is just how it is. Put away the fact that our adorable main character has a klepto mother who is a handful, JUST graduating college, has already interviewed for her dream job that has a too young too perfect boss at its helm, and said business, Stone Corp, ...more
~Misty~
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Vanessa Lang
Sebastian Stone

Sebastian and Vanessa accidentally meet when they bup into one another in the dressing room while she was graduation dress shopping. From that moment she has a hard time forgetting him.

Sebastian is the CEO of Stone Corp and ever since bumping into the most gorgeous woman in the dressing room, she has been an all consuming thought.

The days after the bumping into Sebastian end up being the one she has been waiting weeks for, she was offered the position she has been
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Valenti(n)a
Feb 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Etched in Stone is Liv Arnold's debut novel. It follows Vanessa, a girl who just graduated and got into her dream job, what she hadn't planned was going there undercover. She really didn't want to do it, specially when she found out her boss was the guy she had bumped into in a store's change room. But she had no choice, either she investigates him or her mother could go to jail for a recurring minor crime. She just might get closer to Sebastian that she should, but he doesn't make it any ...more
An
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: modern, arc, boss-employee
Vanessa is a newly graduate who has been given her dream job. But while she is waiting to start her new job her mother is caught shoplifting, the only way to keep her mother out of prison is to make a deal with a detective to help them investigate the company.

Vanessa has to follow her coworkers and spy in them trying to see if they are involved to inside training while also being very casual and discreet.

She also has to look into the CEO of the company, Sebastian, who has captivated her from
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Monica Reviews Books
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
It’s been just her and her mom since Vanessa’s dad died and unfortunately, her mom’s become a kleptomaniac since then. She rarely got caught, but when she did for the fourth time, Vanessa’s mom was going to be charged. To save her from jail, Vanessa makes a deal with Officer Herouvim: collect evidence of insider trading at her new job. Things get complicated when she meets and falls for the CEO, Sebastian Stone and soon she has to choose between protecting him and saving her mom…

The plot is a
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Liv Arnold has worked as a copywriter for several global companies and now runs her own freelance business. She grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and lives with her husband and their spoiled dog, who only eats freshly cooked meals. When she’s not writing, Liv’s avoiding the gym, devouring a cheese platter, or marathoning way too much TV. And of course, she’s a massive book addict and often reads ...more