Article first published as Book Review: An Executive Decision by Grace Marshall on Blogcritics.
Grace Marshall is the hot romance writing alter ego of erotic romance writer K D Grace. However, this book is so hot that I’m still reviewing it here.
An Executive Decision is the first book in the Executive Decisions trilogy from Xcite Books. It introduces us to high powered, successful CEO Ellison Thorne, one of a triad that runs Pneuma, Inc. His success has a price – no sex life, and certainly no romance. It’s something his executive assistant, Beverly, mentions frequently. For this reason, she wants Ellison – more often known as Ellis – to implement the Executive Sex Clause when she retires. That is, when Beverly’s replacement is hired – and Beverly has someone very much in mind – the clause means that Ellis and the new executive should have no-strings sex whenever they like, to help them stay focussed on their jobs, keep them sharp.
Ellis laughs this off constantly, but when the time comes and Dee Henning is hired, Ellis starts to think Beverly might have been right. Dee is gorgeous, sexy and incredibly hard-working. She too has very little time for sex – so will the ESC help both of them to keep Pneuma, Inc. at the top of its game? But what would happen if the clause became public knowledge?
An Executive Decision is a brilliant first novel from Grace Marshall. As someone that’s familiar with K D Grace’s work, there’s a marked difference between the heat levels, but the writing style is still recognisable, and still excellent. This book has a pretty hefty plot, even without the Executive Sex Clause, and therefore the sex is dotted throughout the storyline, but doesn’t make up a massive part of it. The storyline has a great blend between the romance and the other plot elements, and each of the elements combines to make this a real page-turner. Despite its whopping word count, I whizzed through this in a couple of days, and am looking forward to the next book.