#ReadingChallenge2022: “The Initiation” By Nikki Sloane
3 ⭐. I’m quite open and liberal when it comes to mature content in books. I mean, I used to read historical romance novels and trust me they were quite risqué and salacious. Note that I’m using the word mature because if I used any other words pertaining to it then Google will punish my blog and worse, I’ll start to generate uber-mature ads. We don’t want that on a Mommy blog, HAH!. But yeah, “The Initiation” by Nikki Sloane doesn’t have that much good reviews in Goodreads. I still went ahead and read it because I like the cover and I love that red gown which after reading the book makes me want to not like it that much anymore. Nikki Sloane certainly went for the jugular in telling a story about – Filthy Rich Americans – but IMO doesn’t necessarily have to be told in the way she did but it’s her book so what do I know, ☺️. Anyhoo, 3 stars because even though one particular aspect was quite disturbing the storytelling is still good. There’s just that one part that I wish was not in it. This is part of a series and I initially thought I might delve onto but after reading this first one I’m a little afraid now. So, well see in the future.
No one knows how new members are selected to the board of Hale Banking and Holding. But there are rumors of a sordid rite of initiation.
Whispers how one woman and nine men disappear into a boardroom.
This time, that woman will be me.
The Hale family owns everything—the eighth largest bank in the world, everyone in our town, even the mortgage on my parents’ mansion. And now Royce Hale wants to own me. He is charming. Seductive. Ruthless. But above all, he’s the prince of lies. My body may tighten with white-hot desire under his penetrating gaze, but I refuse to enjoy it.
I’ll make a deal with the devil to save my family and sell myself to the Hales. But Royce will never own my heart.(SOURCE)