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Just Business

By: Anna Zabo
Narrated by: Iggy Toma
Series: Takeover, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Erotica, Fiction
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Summary

Justin White may not look like an up-and-coming corporate superstar, but his new boss knows that he has the smarts, grit, and determination to succeed. Now he just has to convince his company's CFO, Eli Ovadia. Unfortunately, Justin can't seem to keep his cool around the domineering Eli, and soon he finds himself taking their heat from the boardroom into the bedroom.

Still haunted by a tragic accident that left him with a wounded leg and broken heart, Eli has a need to be in control. But his desire for Justin makes him want to lose that control and push them both far beyond their limits. Will his need to dominate Justin drive him away, or will Eli find a way to be the man he needs for both of them?

©2015 Anna Zabo (P)2015 Tantor

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  • layla
  • 29-12-15

Just Business Great

Just business was a funny, sexual, laugh out loud at times, page turner. I read this in one day, I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read more from this author. Definitely a good read but it is quite explicit sexually. Enjoy

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  • Cranky Reader
  • 17-03-19

Spicy & soulful

Eli & Justin both have issues. Their issues blend well, though, and they find each other after a long, mutual tease which is fun to watch. They’re a good match.

While Eli dealt with a history of trying not to think he’s a monster for enjoying bringing pain, that is thankfully not a big issue as he’s mostly dealt with self doubts before the book timeline starts. The book is very scene friendly while acknowledging how it can go awry. In this story the author has excellently modeled consent and cooperation. Interesting to me is how little Justin’s actual pain gets page time. We see more about the effect of it than the pain itself, which might be a relief to know for readers who aren’t into a pain kink yet still be relatable to those who are.

My only quibbles: Eli borders on being a jerk at work & Justin acting/being unredeemably broke even after he starts getting a comfortable salary & not spending time with or checking in with friends outside Eli’s circle much. I did like that friends kept checking in on them whether they were in a good or bad space.

The pacing of the romance worked well for me. Knowing from early on what motivated each to move forward or hold back was good for that. The resolution of the story was satisfying. Recommended.

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  • Aethena Drake
  • 18-12-18

Good story. Good narration.

Tears, smiles, bondage... Enjoyable read with a few emotional twists. Look forward to reading more in this series.

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  • KENEALY
  • 19-10-19

Surprisingly Awesome

I completed book 1 and it was mildly enjoyable. I debated listening to book 2 (this one) and am so glad I did. This book was 100% fabulous. The story was so engrossing. The characters are rich and flawed and I had a tough time putting it down. This story tells of a scene that I have a tough time understanding but this author detailed this world in a way that was so much more than I expected. 5 stars all the way. I laughed and cried and gasped and rooted for this couple till the end.

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  • Aerielle
  • 30-09-19

fantastic story!!!

Just Business is one of my all time favorite audios. The narration by Iggy Toma is perfection!! I adore the characters in this story. Justin and Eli are both so much more than whats on the surface. I love the journey these two go on.

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  • Zara
  • 23-04-19

Love this

Love this book. The story has it all fun and sadness. Sass and smirks. And lots of hot stuff.
And the narrator is amazing.

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  • Kiki68
  • 05-02-19

A must read. Excellent from beginning to end!

Loved loved loved. Started series on a whim, not can't put them down until completely finished!

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  • MossyFernForest
  • 13-09-18

not perfect but definitely enjoyable

Okay first, just a minor criticism: for me, some of Justin's reactions to things came across as slightly melodramatic and unbelievable, especially toward the darkest moment of the book when him and Eli are dealing with their major lack of communication. He strikes me as singularly lacking in self-awareness and kind of dumb during that time, but I guess we all have our blind spots, so it can be argued that it was natural to his character and past traumas to so blindly blame Eli and label him with characteristics that he so obviously had never displayed; I guess it was part of his mental self-protection mechanisms.

As to the rest of the book: Eli's character seems spot-on to me throughout, and all of his actions and thoughts extend logically from his past. Both characters are very likeable and sympathetic in my opinion, and I really enjoy the feel of the writing and world portrayed.

Iggy Toma, as usual, did an excellent job narrating. If you like his voice then you'll like the narration for this.

I got this book through the romance package, otherwise I might not have found out about this author, and I was super impressed. This book was a quite enjoyable read! I loved the hurt/comfort themes, the sexy BDSM, and that they had tender sex as well as rough. Eli is a dom I can appreciate, which is always fun.

I thought that the MC's past traumas were handled well. We didn't have to wallow in dark pits of overly detailed misery for long swaths of the book. Instead, they were described in just enough detail that we knew the facts of what happened and why the MCs have the issues they have now.

This is the first book I've listened to in the series, since I didn't realize it's a series, so I'm going to find the others to listen to now.

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  • DJR
  • 21-06-18

Love the narration

I think I'd listen to anything by Iggy Toma. Story was good for a strictly love story. would have preferred a little corporate intrigue like the first book though.

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  • B
  • 19-03-18

one of my favorites in this series.

this was a little more traditional BDSM- if you can call BDSM traditional than the first book. the narration was superb as well.