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(Clear Security Holiday #1)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  41 reviews
How do things fall apart so easily?
As a former teacher, my mission is to keep the disadvantaged youth of our city engaged with school. My non-profit has been wildly successful with the kids, but now I'm forty mentors short for the Christmas season. It didn't look like we would be able to find enough help, until Jim Adelson got involved. He may have solved my mento
Kindle Edition, 199 pages
Published November 18th 2019 by Loisir Publishing
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Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Gifted was cute for what it was. A short, holiday romance with a good message. It demonstrates the importance of giving back to our community and all that can be done to aide those in need and how our good actions can truly have a positive impact on those around us.

I know this book was incredibly short and a holiday romance, so I walked right into this, but I wasn’t expecting the insta-love to be that quick or sweet. I blinked and suddenly Jim and Kate were head-over-heels, I’d-take-a-bullet-for
C Gray
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve liked Jim since we first met him in the Venture Capitalist Series but now that I’ve read his story I absolutely love him!!

Jim is the CEO of Clear Security which handles a bunch of high profile clients like SHN. When he gets an email from one of his clients that’s looking for some volunteers he can’t help but be interested in the cause but when things take a turn and he has to spend more time with the gorgeous Kate lines will be crossed and once they are there is no going back.

I absolutely
Deirdre Stokes
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really like Kate Monroe character the minute I started to read this story, it's amazing what one teacher could do to change a community and kids that need a better future. And then comes Jim and his perfect for her and together they really keep you entertained during this story of love and friendship, and laughter and joy. There wasn't a dull moment in this book and I really do love the way it ended for Jim and Kate and the kids as well. The author did a great job with writing this one, I will ...more
Kathleen Bradbury (Bulfon)
Absolutely Awesome Read, well written, great characters, Awesome story line, easy read to hold you on their journey, this genre might not be for everyone but its a really wonderful story cannot wait for more from this Author.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
An ok read but the characters did not have much depth.
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
St Claire’s Holiday Gift to Her Readers

Once more, Ainsley St Claire offers her readers the gift of her storytelling in her holiday novel, Gifted: A Clear Security Holiday. Katherine (Kate) Monroe, a former middle school teacher, nurtured students for five years before she left the classroom. Like many of her students, she had experienced the fact that there were many factors that stand between a student and success which as teacher, she could not control no matter how many hours she worked to me
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
ARC was given by Author through Booksprout. My review is given voluntarily.

I gave this book 5 stars.
This was a great start to a new series Jim and Kate were so cute together, and we got to revisit with some of our favorite SHN friends.
This was a touching, sexy, holiday season with a touch of mystery romance. I love Ainsley St Claire her writing always leaves me wanting more, and this book didn't not disappoint!❤️

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a revi
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved the book it was great, the story was well written and the characters are interesting. Once I started I could not put the book down, from start to finish you just could not get enough left you wanting more. Kate with a non-profit and does a lot of help to the people. Jim wants to give back to the community he was asked to help Kate with the non-profit. It was hot and steamy and a bit on the side of scrumptious.
Thank you for allowing me to review your book.

I received a free copy of this boo
Reg Hancock
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kate Monroe is sitting at her decrepit desk, that she has taken because no other staff would would work at it, in th offices of Better Futures a non-profit that she started herself a couple of years ago having decided that teaching in the San Francisco school system would not be as productive as could be potentially her own ideas. She built this charity on working with middle schools and offering 200 prizes to kids in deprived areas. If they could attend school on time each day and gain a passin ...more
Kathleen Bradbury (Bulfon)
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely Awesome Read, well written, great characters, Awesome story line, easy read to hold you on their journey, this genre might not be for everyone but its a really wonderful story cannot wait for more from this Author.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Helen Leecy
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a light and easy read. It was a fast-paced story with a gritty undertone.
When Kate arranges for underprivileged kids to win a shopping spree she doesn’t expect to find the love of her life in the process. Throughout the book, Kate has a lot of obstacles to endure, and not everything runs to plan. She does manage to squeeze in lots of steamy moments with her new beau, though.
Even though the background story is quite rough and tough, and the characters had a lot of ups and downs to overco
Alexis Volkerts
A fun story that grabs you and pulls you in. One you'll stay up late reading just I see what happens next. An extension of the Bad Boy Capital SHN venture capital series, with Mason and CeCe, Emerson putting in appearances. Jim is the head of a security firm that helped Mason out with the leaks at SHN and helped CeCe when her entire cosmetics line was stolen and marketed before hers was released. Kate is a teacher who left teaching to start a nonprofit dedicated to keeping at risk kids in middle ...more
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of Ainsley St. Claire's "Venture Capitalist" series, then you will love Gifted! (If you are new to St. Claire, then this is a great place to start!) Some of you may remember Jim Adelson, the head of the security firm that SHN used in the "Venture Capitalist" series. Well, he's back and hotter than ever. Jim gets an email from a friend asking him to help woman (a former school teacher) who has started a non-profit called Brighter Future. Its goal is to keep at risk kids in school ...more
Sharon Moritz-rosenthal
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a really fun romance that takes place during the holidays and the main character is from the last series - Venture Capitalists, Jim and puts him together with a brand new character, Kate and we also get a great cast of supporting characters from the last series the author wrote in the Venture Capitalist series.

This is a whole new series and it was pretty wonderful and perfect if you are looking for a holiday romance. There are no exes and no jealousy or cheating and its purely a story on
Jennifer Pierson
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For the first time in my life, I'm really enjoying the Christmas stories. Normally, I stay way from them like the plague, but I have had quite a few this year, and I'm feeling Christmas. Could my heart be thawing or is it the authors?! I'm going to say both with the authors taking the lead, and Ainsley St. Claire is on that list, as I LOVED Gifted! Jim is the CEO of Clear Security, which is successful with a lot of high profile clients. An email is sent to him from one of those clients looking f ...more
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5* ARC Review – Holiday Gift and Start of New Series!

I received this ARC via Booksprout as part of the author’s ARC group. I am a big fan of this author and loved her Venture Capitalist Series that is the precursor to this one. Many of the secondary characters in this book are from that series and this story takes place as the other series ended.

This is the story of Jim, who owns a security firm that was featured in the prior series due to the underlying story lines. His firm works with some
Kari Hansen
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kate has always wanted to help children who do not have the benefit of a homelife that is safe and secure. She enjoyed her job as a teacher but her desire to do more led her to starting Brighter Future, a non-profit association, to help children help themselves. She created a program where if the children completed certain tasks they would be financially compensated however her program was so much more successful than she expected which leaves her needing more donors so that no one is disappoint ...more
Anne Donaldson
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jim is not new to Ainsley St. Claire’s readers, but we see a new side to him in Gifted. The CEO of Clear Security, Jim has featured in many of the Venture Capitalist series, but this is his own story. When he gets an email asking for volunteers for a holiday project that rewards hard-working and dedicated schoolkids, his interest is piqued, and his involvement sweeps Kate Monroe, the lead on that project, off her feet. The blurb has the gist of the story, and I’m not repeating it, but rest assur ...more
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-reading
A nice feel-good novel. This is a very pleasant, escapist and engaging book. Well edited with good-looking, many, very rich characters who all have a good heart towards the less fortunate. The magnetism between Jim and Kate is intensive with steamy, sexy scenes. The book is hard to put down, there is such a moral and humanitarian message. There is a bit of suspense included in the storyline which I thought wasn't quite dramatic enough but it is a Christmas book, so I suppose it was important to ...more
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Drama and steamy romance when holiday 🎁charity gets hijacked 😯
🎀 I enjoyed this mixture of holiday drama with a new, 🔥 hot romance for altruistic former teacher Kate and ripped security CEO Jim. They meet through Kate's big charity project and 💥 sparks fly immediately. Kate's problems when thieves threaten her good works end up providing plenty of excuses for the two to spend time together. It turns out wealthy Jim can easily compete with Kate in the generous, heart of gold sweepstakes!

Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Crap on toast! Ainsley waxed the base, strung the link and lined the bow weaving a web so intricately and tight until everything else ceases to exist. She absolutely nailed all of the emotions swirling through this bad boy running rampant unchecked, blowing this gem wide open. Spinning this baby with such refreshing realism that catapults this jewel to life effortlessly. Pushing forward with such perfection escalating this baby to staggering heights with it's intensely
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Chance Meeting Turns Their Life Around:
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Reading the Venture Capitalist Series was mind blowing, but reading this book, was like eating the last spoonful of a gourmet ice cream sundae, after fasting for a week. The chemistry between Jim and Kate, has enough heat that you may need a fire extinguisher close by to douse the heat coming off the pages. I was so engrossed in the story, that I read it in four hours. In addition, the excerpt from the upcoming Tech Billionaires series at the
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Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this story! This was another novel-length insta-love that was just perfect to read.

Kate is a teacher who is amazing in what she does. She tries to make the students in the school succeed. She has started an awesome non-profit to help incentivize students to focus on school and get rewarded for it.

Jim is a closet sweetheart. He is Kate's white knight and savior simply because the mission of the non-profit speaks to him. And he's just a joy to read. I really loved reading his tho
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I volunteered to read this ARC for an honest review. I enjoyed this story about Jim and Kate. She runs a non profit for kids to encourage them to stay in school by attending everyday. When she realizes that she's short mentors and donations she reaches out to one of the board members who forwards her to Jim.. Him runs a security firm and had dinner influential clients. When someone breaks into the office and steals all the gifts Jim is determined to keep Kate safe. They also get closer. Great HE ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, kindle, for-review
Gifted is the first book in a new series involving Clear Security. I got the impression that this is a spin-off series since several characters were mentioned that seem to have already had their stories. Despite that, this worked well as a stand alone. This is Kate and Jim's story. For the most part, I thought it was cute. I did like them together, although I thought the declaration of love came a bit too fast given the time frame of the story. There is a little mystery that rounded out the stor ...more
Terry Babb
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another winner from this gifted author...So enjoyed this lovely page turner that appealed on so many levels. The heart & caring of the heroine for the kids less fortunate than most, the philanthropy of the ex marine now millionaire security mogul. Their sexual attraction was off the charts but their connection was also so much deeper, mutual respect, honour, pride in each other & a deep appreciation that they could make things better for underprivileged kids. A heartwarming story with more than ...more
Lady M.
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've read all the other books in the Venture Capitalist series and this book was just a natural extension of that series. My problem is is that I pictured Jim as much older and less, I don't know, less hot I guess. I seriously pictured some middle-aged 50s ish just an average forgettable guy for him. So through the whole book it was hard for me to reconcile the Jim in my mind with the Jim in this story. I liked seeing a bunch of the other Venture Capitalist characters as well. Overall it was a p ...more
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story. Kate runs a non-profit, whose mission is to keep kids in school. If the kids accomplish certain goals, they win a shopping spree. Unfortunately, there are those who want these kids to be in a gang, do bad versus good. After the shopping is complete, the gifts are stolen. Who does she turn to but Jim. Who single-handed, got her the volunteers to make these kids dreams come true. Jim helps Kate in more ways than one! Find out how! Sweet romance!
Sayali Nagrale
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very sweet romance novel..the book is very hard to put down and sends a message to world that kindness is required is every walk of life..the chemistry between Jim and Kate is very hot Overall the book is perfect mix of passion,suspense,kindness,love so without spoiling any further please read this sweetness

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Ana Alger
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic story!

This book was well written with a few errors. These errors did not make it unreadable like some books I have read. You could figure out that it was just a word left out of a sentence or occasionally a similar word in place of the word it should have been. Do not let any of this prevent you from reading this book. It is a very good story and I definitely recommend it.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Ainsley St Claire is a Romantic Suspense Contemporary Romance Author and Adventurer on a lifelong mission to craft sultry storylines and steamy love scenes that captivate her readers. To date, she is best known for her debut “naughty Nicholas Sparks” novel entitled “In A Perfect World.”

An avid reader since the age of four, Ainsley’s love of books knew no genre. After reading, came her love of wri

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