Friday, December 4, 2015

The Fix Up (First Impressions #1) by Tawna Fenske: Sneak Peek Excerpt


Uncovering this sexy geek's charm is easy. Keeping her hands off of him is impossible.

While he may look like the love child of a movie starlet and an NFL linebacker, Ben Langley has the people skills of a half-drowned porcupine. Why socialize when there are chemistry labs and bad sci-fi flicks? If he has any hope of taking the helm as CEO of the family business, Ben needs an image makeover. Pronto.

Enter Holly Colvin, owner of First Impressions public relations and branding firm, and the woman who just saved Ben from the clutches of an over-attentive sales clerk. Holly's rebranded hundreds of companies in her career, but she's never rebranded a person. The guy clearly needs help, though, and she's just the woman for the job.

With the clock ticking for them both, Holly and Ben face off over wardrobe malfunctions and business jargon that sounds a lot sexier than it should. But can Holly make Ben into the man he thinks he should be without losing the man she's starting to love?

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Tawna Fenske traveled a career path that took her from newspaper reporter to English teacher in Venezuela to marketing geek to PR manager for her city’s tourism bureau. An avid globetrotter and social media fiend, Tawna is the author of the popular blog, Don’t Pet Me, I’m Writing, and a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her gentleman friend in Bend, Oregon, where she’ll invent any excuse to hike, bike, snowshoe, float the river, or sip wine on her back deck. She’s published several romantic comedies with Sourcebooks, including Making Waves and Believe it or Not, as well as the interactive fiction caper, Getting Dumped, with Coliloquy and the novella Eat, Play, Lust, with Entangled Publishing. Her quirky brand of comedy and romance has won praises from RT Book Reviews, which nominated Making Waves for Contemporary Romance of the Year, and from the Chicago Tribune, which noted, "Fenske's wildly inventive plot & wonderfully quirky characters provide the perfect literary antidote to any romance reader's summer reading doldrums.”

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“So let me get this straight,” she said. “You want to rebrand yourself?”

“In a manner of speaking, yes. We’re trying to land a new client whose business could catapult Langley Enterprises into a whole new realm of operations. I have until the end of the month to demonstrate I’m prepared to take us there.”

“The end of the month?” Holly swallowed and glanced at her calendar. Nothing like a deadline to really up the stakes. “What’s happening at the end of the month?”

“The biggest sales presentation we’ve ever done, preceded by a whole lot of wining and dining between now and then.”

“I see.”

“Look, I’m confident I have the brain to be a CEO,” Ben said. “I just lack the charisma. The ability to speak my mind and make people listen to what I say. But my father is insistent the time has come for me to take the helm of the family business now that he’s shifting to a new role.”

“Langley Enterprises is your family business?”

“My great-grandfather started it. My grandpa became president after him, and then my father, and now…”

He trailed off there, his voice sounding a bit glum, and Holly ached to ask for details, but she bit her tongue. It wasn’t any of her business.

“The men in my family are charismatic leaders,” he said. “My grandfather probably invented the word hobnob. I, on the other hand, graduated from Yale at eighteen with honors and with the dubious distinction of never having kissed a girl.”

“Ah,” Holly said, the memory of his kiss prompting her to lick her lips. “Apparently you’ve had time to hone your skills since then.”

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