(Except Alex. He's a womanizing manwhore. And maybe Stratton because he's wicked hot but super awkward around girls.)
Barrett English, aka "the Shark", is the fair-haired firstborn of the English brothers and the CEO of the oldest, most prestigious investment banking firm in Philadelphia. He rules the boardroom with an iron fist, refusing to take no for an answer and always getting his way.
Emily Edwards, a first-year doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania, grew up in the gatehouse on the outskirts of Barrett's childhood estate. The daughter of his family's gardener and housekeeper, she was always looking through the window of privilege but forced to remember her place at the very periphery of the kingdom.
When business partners suggest that a fiancée might soften Barrett's image over business dinners, he approaches Emily for the job of fiancée. And while love isn't necessarily on Barrett's radar, he begins to realize that Emily always has been. But will his take-no-prisoners boardroom tactics work on the heart of the woman he loves?
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By Zena on 15-05-2016
A great start to this series
A great start to this series and an awesome 'rags to riches' story.
I loved the cat and mouse games that are so cleverly played out between Emily and Barrett. This is a love story that goes back to their childhood and endures until they are old enough and mature enough to recognize it and do something about it.
Beautifully narrated and a very entertaining listen and page turner
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By DK on 03-06-2015
Audible Please Get More Kate Regnergy She's Great!
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
After I listened to the audiobook The Vixen and the Vet: A Modern Fairytale, Book 1 by Katy Regnery, I immediately went on a hunt for anything written by her. Unfortunately, there is only one other audiobook available at this time – Breaking Up with Barrett.
This is a sweet romance about two kids who grew up together, Barrett English considerably older than Emily lives grew up in the big fancy house. Emily is the daughter of the English families gardener and his wife, the English families maid. So it sounds like, but isn't, a Cinderella story, nor the run-of-the-mill billionaire Alpha and his submissive young sub.
Emily is in doctoral school and the bills are piling up. Things are looking up when Barrett makes her an offer she can't refuse. Pretend to be his fiancé, on occasion, so that he makes a better impression in social settings. He pays her well.
Everything seems well and good until Emily starts recognizing that she has feelings for him. She does not want to be paid while becoming physical with him – if that is possible. The story progresses from there, with a few twists and turns.
This is a nice book with tension building up. It is not complex or an exceptionally deep plot. It is very nice, something to listen to on vacation or on a rainy weekend.
The performance was excellent and without fault. Lauren sweet sounds very professional and made it a great listening experience.
I do not remember if I used a credit or purchase this out right – – I recommended either way.
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