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Summary

Hating and dating: I didn’t realize they’re two sides of the same coin until I met him. Theo Morgan.

One of Wall Street’s highest-paid traders, he may be hot as sin in his 5,000-dollar custom-made suit. But Theo is the bane of my existence. He’s arrogant, rude, and as brash as they come.

As our bank’s newest star hire, he’s also after the same promotion I am. But I didn’t make it this far in a man’s world just to be passed over for an entitled egomaniac. Two can play at this game.

In a surprise to exactly no one, Theo and I butt heads from the beginning–and end up losing my biggest client with a trade gone bad. Our boss’ punishment: Fly us to California together to make nice with the client—or else.

When a snowstorm back home leaves us stranded on the West Coast, we learn our hotel is fully booked, save for one room.

And of course that room would have only one king-sized bed. After a little too much wine, our deal to stick to opposite sides of that bed goes out the window. But on the flight home, my resolve to keep things professional remains intact, until Theo offers me a new deal.

The gloves (and clothes) can come off. But the lipstick stays on....

The Dealmaker is an all-new outrageously sexy romantic comedy!

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A wonderful deal

I love all the things about this story. The way they hide their true self’s, the way they get to know one another and the perfect way they get together. They are both in for a wonderful surprise and I think I have met the best book boyfriend ever. The story came to life with the narrators and I loved every single second of it.

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Great story!

This is my first experience with this author. Theo and Nora work on Wall Street, both of them competing for the same promotion. Theo has a heap of sisters, who he is supporting. While it was a great office romance, what struck me most is how Theo was able to see how differently Nora had to work with male clients, and he changed his thinking & behaviour as a result. He was supportive & not intrusive. It made their story so much richer, and the author has gained a new fan!

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Great Enemies-to-Lovers! Outstanding Narration!

Wow! I loved this Romantic Comedy! This is the first book in the series. Theo and Nora's story is funny, and entertaining! They are both fantastic and complex characters. Nora is smart, strong, and determined. Theo is handsome, enigmatic, and very protective. I liked the banter, the humor, and the family bond in the story. I loved the beautiful ending. John Lane and Lucy Rivers did an outstanding job with the narration. This is a great enemies-to-lovers. I enjoyed it! If you like Romantic Comedy, this one is for you! #ValentinePR

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Fantastic enemies to lovers listen

What a great new series starter from Jessica Peterson! FYI - her series are all interconnected standalones, so jump on in and know there is NO CLIFFHANGER - just a great story with characters that become family along the way. The Dealmaker is romcom goodness set in the high stakes financial market, and it sizzles from start to finish with all sorts of goodness. Banter, heat, heart, humor - The Dealmaker has it all and delivers in spades.

Nora and Theo are such a great pair. Nora may seem cold and calculating, but she is just trying to do all that she needs to do to survive in a cutthroat, male-dominated industry. Enter hot shot newcomer Theo, and the GAME IS ON! Work rivals that get to fall in love as they spend more time together - because everyone knows they practically live at work. As sharp, determined and loving as Nora is, Theo is equally complex, with layers upon layers upon layers that are exposed as the book goes on. They are quite the pair.

Narration by John Lane and Lucy Rivers is fantastic. They both bring so many layers to their portrayal of our main characters, and they ooze appeal and emotion,

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Wonderfully Delightful RomCom & Listen🎧

This fabulous “enemies to lovers” romantic comedy grabbed my attention right from the start and captivated it straight to the end. Jessica Peterson is a gifted author with a wonderful writing style, the storylines she creates are interesting and entertaining and her characters are easy to relate to and connect with, they are easy to care about too. I loved how both of the characters jumped to conclusions about the other from either their first impression or their assumptions of who they think they are. Nora Frasier work’s in a man’s world and she worked hard to prove herself and is great at what she does, trading investments and making deals and money for the company she works for as well as her clients. She is up for promotion and is expecting it to happen. But then he comes in straight from Wall Street, Theo Morgan, one of the highest-paid traders in the business. And when Nora learns that only one person is getting promoted, she sees Theo as nothing but a threat and to make matters worse, he is a high-strung arrogant a-hole who is nothing but rude to her. And when his rudeness extends to one of her clients, their boss puts them on a mission to make things right with that client and the two have to travel to California to apologize in person. The banter between these two is brilliant and so was watching them fall for each other. The more time they spend together, the more their preconceived notions about each other crumbles to pieces and they soon realize how much they have in common and I enjoyed how it all played out. This wonderfully plotted story has the perfect balance of drama, humor, heartfelt emotions and steamy romance. Jessica Peterson, thank you for another amazing and enjoyable story and emotional rollercoaster ride.

🎧📚🎧 And for the fabulous narration, Jessica Peterson chose the perfect cast to bring her characters and story to life. John Lane and Lucy Rivers are superbly talented narrators and versatile voice artists. They had a complete understanding of the characters they portrayed, gave each a voice that fit for their character’s persona and were believable in every role they played. They set the perfect tone for the story, handled the banter and witty dialogue with ease, and landed the humor effortlessly. You could hear how much heart they put into their work as they captured all the character’s emotions and projected them into their performance and had you feeling every single one. These entertaining storytellers are a pleasure to listen to and their narration enhances an already wonderful story to another level. Thank you for another fantastic listen.

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Complex Characters

Set in the financial world, the Dealmaker is not my usual subgenre. Let’s just say I had a different type of “bonds” in mind at first. Yet the writing was incredibly accurate, thanks to the author’s background in the field. So much so, that I did tend to gloss over some of the more technical descriptions.

The relationship between our main characters, Nora & Theo was very well developed. At first, I didn’t care for either character very much. Which was likely the intention. It showed us that none of the characters are perfect. Even by the end, I still found Theo’s overprotectiveness to be annoying, rather than endearing. But imperfections make us human. And transform good characters into great ones. They both grew on me over the course of the book though. Seeing them outside of their cutthroat jobs showed their true colors, which were beautifully brilliant. And the love scenes! So freaking hot! Read this book in front of an air conditioner. You’ve been warned!

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  • Christine M
  • 16-09-22

Great series starter!

Theo and Nora's enemies to lovers story was a great way to start this series. I wasn't sure about Theo at first and the more I found out about him, the more I loved him, just like Nora. The brash trader wasn't who Theo was underneath at all. Ms. Peterson brings in southern charm to a fast paced Wall Street environment. I loved watching these two fall in love with each other and really work to make their work place a better spot for everyone. This story had charm and passion and a love story that was enchanting. Great way to start a new series!

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  • Cindy Sprinkel
  • 12-09-22

Sweet, Sexy, Swoony

This book has all the best feels in it. 2 wonderful characters and Narration was great... love John Lane ( that manly voice), Lucy Rivers is great too. They made this book come to life. Literally one book that has e erything needed. no waisted time with filler, the story keeps progressing.

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  • BradTL3
  • 08-09-22

Nora & Theo

Good gravy, y’all better buckle your seatbelts for this wild ride! Nora & Theo start slinging barbs right out of the gate!! They bicker, argue, and respect one another. I couldn't get enough of them. They have a connection that is so rough and beautiful you can feel it bleeding off the pages! Pure, unadulterated fire. This book is raw, sexy, funny and exactly what I was looking for when I started reading it…minus the Wall Street lingo! (I LOVED Algebra & Trig but bonds, stocks, trades, axes, etc., is like trying to figure out what time train A & train B will collide. My brain just can’t comprehend that) This enemies to lovers, close proximity, office romance will pull you in from page one and won’t let go long after you are finished. I wholeheartedly suggest reading to this book. You won’t be disappointed. Lucy Rivers & John Lane do an amazing job portraying the characters, bringing them to life and humanizing them with their emotions, attitude and personality. They do more than giving their characters their voices, they fall into the roles and become the character.

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  • Phara Blair
  • 06-09-22

Give me more please!

I’m not usually a fan of enemies to lovers trope, but this book made me a convert. I loved the extra emphasis on the challenges of a woman in a male dominated industry (financial markets) and thought Jessica Peterson did a fantastic job of highlighting the issues without preaching or slamming on men. I have to admit I didn’t understand everything they talked about in respect to their jobs but the steam and the attraction was on point. I also appreciated that (spoiler alert) there really wasn’t a huge break-up or misunderstanding or conflict near the end. I prefer to get to the HEA mostly unscathed so this book was perfect for me. John Lane and Lucy Rivers were outstanding and really embodied these characters for me and made them very believable and likable. Looking forward to the next one in the series.

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  • Rebecca Arvieux
  • 31-08-22

Enemies to Insta-love Perfection!!

Omw y'all, the narrator's in The Dealmaker are absolute perfection, from Nora's sweet, husky Southern voice that gets high pitched and soft when she's excited to Theo's growly, sexy dark cinnamon roll self - I was in love immediately!

I love their witty, fast-paced banter on the trading floor, trading barbs so fast you really have to be listening to keep up - plus the side characters Nicky, Brooks, and Porges, it all brought me back to my days of watching The West Wing!! I love watching them go back and forth at each other!

I love that both Nora and Theo, or Teddy, have their own support systems - Nora has the girls network, and she's working so hard to change the toxic nature of A&T, while Teddy has his family. Even though they make him crazy, they all show their love in so many ways the crazy is worth it.

And y'all the trip to California? Holy HECK!! Theo is SO YUMMY throughout I just wanted to lick him up! The way he treated Nora? Not just the sexiness, but the absolute respect he showed? That makes him hotter than almost any other man I've read this year!!

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  • Sara
  • 20-08-22

Deep connections built

The Dealmaker started off a bit slower for me. I had kind of a hard time getting into Nora and Theo romance. I think it was mostly because I was upset with how the promotion thing went down and how Nora was treated in the work force. I know it was for storyline but these types of things happen and show how women are looked over for promotions. Sometimes I have to remind myself that these are just stories and go on with it. So, once I got over myself, I felt into the story of two strong souls working hard to prove they had what it takes to get the promotion. I really like that since this was a work romance it showed some of the work situations. Even if some of those scenes went over my head.

Jessica Peterson really knows how to build up a relationship. I really found myself invested with the work relationship building to light flirting. It was a nice, slow burn romance. They didn’t just fall into bed but gradually build a friendship. I really enjoy when a story builds upon that into a solid romance. The narrators in the audiobook, John Lane and Lucy Rivers, enhanced the story. I really felt like the narrators fit into the character’s personalities. They both had some emotional scenes and really played it well.

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  • Franci Neill
  • 15-08-22

5 When Deep Sadness Turns to the Deepest Joy Stars

I absolutely loved Lucy Rivers and John Lane as Nora and Theo. I could truly feel the tension between Theo and Nora as well as the sizzling chemistry that was brought up another notch while listening to this audiobook. Picking the right narrator for a book is so key to the success of an audiobook and Ms. Peterson did a phenomenal job with the selection of Lucy and John!

Theo and Nora are two characters that are intelligent, driven, sexy and with senses of humor that are sarcastically fabulous. What they don’t know about each other is that they have more in common underneath what the world sees which is what will bring them together in the end.

I love the setting for this book; a trading floor for a major company set in Charlotte, NC. It’s fast paced and extremely stressful. You know to need your sh*t to be on the trading floor and when Theo shows up on the day Nora is supposed to get her biggest promotion, everything she’s been working for seems to be slipping away from her… or is it?

This book moves at a lightening pace which fits exactly with where it’s set. The immediate draw between Theo and Nora is clear but their relationship also is full of ambition because they’re both fighting for the same thing and when Theo’s superior attitude results in what could be a cataclysmic destruction of a very important relationship for Nora and her career at A&T. Because of his inability to hold his tongue is when their relationship takes a 180!

When they travel to Southern California to try to salavage a very important client, Nora sees a different side of Theo that she had a hint of when she saw him out with his Mom and sisters recently and it’s a complete dichotomy of who she thinks he is inside and out. Theo for his part thinks he knows everything he needs to about Nora given her pedigree, but like him, she’s not exactly who she seems away from the office.

The change in their feelings was so sexy and hot and deliciously intense. They can each bring something to each other’s lives and as they both open up about what are preconceived notions not only do they become lovers, but friends as well. Not only that, they change their minds about what their future looks like at A&T. I loved this so much… Nora wants to see major changes at their company and this endears her to Theo even more because his family is all women. And speaking of Theo’s family, I fell in love with them. Their sweet and sassy and full of love which is something that Nora really needs and thankfully Theo is willing to share.

I read this book in one sitting. I could not put it down because I loved the characters, main and secondary, the tug and draw of Theo and Nora and how incredibly matched they are. The love scenes were insanely hot and their love was lightening fast and strong and it’s everything I love about Ms. Peterson’s writing!

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  • Terri D
  • 12-08-22

Enemies to lovers

This is the beginning of the Sex & Bonds series and we have Theo and Nora who are both powerhouses on the job and competing for the same position. The chemistry is there from the beginning but they both have a misconception of each other. As time goes by they finally see the real person behind the working person and find they are not only attracted to each other but really like each other as well. There is a gossip piece to this story that is Wall Street Bathroom gossip which is exactly how it is in the real world. Loved that piece of the story. I enjoyed how Theo loves his family even though they drive him crazy at times. I loved Nora's character and how she is trying to make life easier for women in the workplace. Good story and I enjoyed it.

John Lane and Lucy Rivers did a good job narrating this book. Their voices matched the characters and they were enjoyable to listen to.

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  • Melena
  • 31-07-22

The Dealmaker

The Dealmaker kicks off Jessica Peterson's newest series, and I really enjoyed the story and characters. It has some of my favorite tropes including enemies to lovers.

Theo and Nora are coworkers in finance who are vying for the same promotion. When their boss makes them travel to try to save a client relationship, things start to heat up between them. I liked Nora and Theo a lot. She was a strong, smart heroine and he was definitely more than his reputation and what she believes he is.

They had tons of chemistry even at the beginning. It was fun watching these two fall for one another as their relationship developed. This was one of my favorite Jessica Peterson books and I can't wait for more from the series.

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  • Jodi
  • 29-07-22

Hot Enemies to Lovers Workplace Romance!

The Dealmaker in audio was one hot spicy enemies to lovers treat! John Lane and Lucy Rivers narrate this audio, and they were southern perfection bringing Theo and Nora to life! In their performances you could feel all the sexual tension, passion, trust, and love! Their chemistry was was off the charts hot!

Overall, I loved this book! If you are a fan of an enemies to lovers romance with a hot hunky businessman with a secret passionate side, a determined heroine on a mission to reach her work goals, the high-stakes world of Wall Street in Charlotte, steamy work trips to Santa Barbara, hot shower steam, line dancing at Coyote Joes, workplace competition, promotions, Wall Street Bathroom gossip, meddling sisters, loyal besties, and a HEA that will make the perfect deal with your heart in all the best ways, then you will love Theo and Nora's story! I'm looking forward to more from Jessica Peterson!