Review: Mergers & Acquisitions by Sorcha Mowbray

August 3, 2013 Review 18

Review: Mergers & Acquisitions by Sorcha Mowbray

Shannon Pearce is an acquisitions specialist who helps businesses buy other businesses. Her latest project has left her fantasizing about her provocative client. After closing the deal successfully, she is faced with another proposition of a very personal nature.

Dalton Granger can’t get his very sexy acquisition specialist out of his head. For weeks he has been tormented by the idea of not only having her in his bed but also at his mercy. What Dom doesn’t fantasize about a sensual, submissive woman? But, can she let go long enough to relax and give him the control he craves? If she does, will she dance along the edge of passion with him and push her own boundaries or cling to the power she’s worked so long to gain?

Title: Mergers & Acquisitions
Author: Sorcha Mowbray
Series: The Edge Series
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Acceptance
Published by Decadent Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: April 16, 2013
Genres: BDSM, Erotic Romance
Pages: 24
See the title at Goodreads
Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: four-half-stars
Flames: five-flames

This erotic short about a strong willed and dominate woman becoming the submissive to an incredibly sexy and strong dom is so hot that it steams right off of the pages!  Shannon is a high-powered attorney who deals with business acquisitions.  She works hard, is beautiful, intelligent and has no time for men in her life.  That is until her client, the muscular and tantalizing Dalton, propositions her for a weekend of mind-blowingly pleasurable sex as his submissive.  If it were any other man, Shannon would tell him where he could stick it.  But there’s something about Dalton that she just can’t resist.

The sex in this story is incredibly erotic and is written with such detail that you can see the scene unfolding right before you like some sort of voyeuristic fantasy.  It’s strictly business, so to speak, but has a certain air of intimacy that adds to the steaminess of their agreement.  The chemistry between the two dominant characters is volatile yet gentle – a very welcome contradiction.

This is definitely a perfect short story for a hot summer night!

Sorcha Mowbray


Sorcha Mowbray

First, thank you so much for having me over! Now, I have my vodka cranberry with lime (yes I know it’s a Cape Cod, but that just sounds pretentious) so shoot.

Vanessa: What was your favorite scene or chapter to write in Mergers & Acquisitions and why?

Sorcha: I loved the opening scene where all that sexual tension is just simmering, waiting to boil over. There’s that moment when you first meet someone and you realize you are attracted to them but maybe you don’t know if the feeling is mutual or you are just getting hints it might be. You’re on this precipice and all the possibilities stretch out before you, and if there’s chemistry it all ratchets up like ten thousand times. I love that! So, I love the opening scene.

Gaele: What is the first book that you remember reading more than once?

Sorcha: Uncle Tom’s Cabin. I read that book over and over until the cover fell off.

Gaele: Three items that you cannot function without for a week?

Sorcha: My flat iron or a curling iron—I must have one or the other, my phone—I hate feeling disconnected, and my Kindle—I’m a reader I can’t function without my fiction. LOL!

Gaele: Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Sorcha: Both. *grins* I plot but I am always ready to go where the characters lead. Sometimes you simply have to give in and follow them because it’s their story.

Lusty Penguin:  How did you come up with the title?

Sorcha: Well the story is about an acquisition specialist and I used to work in a boutique M&A firm, it always struck me as having sexy undertones.

Jacque: What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?

Sorcha: Put your butt in the seat and write. Take time to learn the craft, but writing is the secret to success. Take what you learn and put it to use until you get it right.

Jacque: How do you react to a bad review of one of your books?

Sorcha: I grumble and bitch to either an empty room or my husband, but mostly I try to ignore them. Not everyone is going to like my writing and I’m okay with that as long as they give a fair and honest review.

Jacque: Do you want to stay as an Indie writer or do you want the big publisher contract?

Sorcha: I think any writer who is going to succeed today needs to pursue all three publishing platforms. You need to be publishing with digital first publishers and big publishing, but you also should be doing some self-publishing. So, my goal is to be doing all three at once and doing it successfully so I can quit my day job!

Evelise: What do you do to get in the mood to write? Quiet space, music? Do you outline or do you let it flow?

Sorcha: It depends. Sometimes I read which can get me excited about what I’m working on, mostly I listen to music, and when required a glass of wine or a cocktail doesn’t hurt!

Evelise: How do authors benefit from reviews?

Sorcha: Nothing sells a book better than someone reading it and then talking about it. Even if they don’t like it. Because the fact is, someone else may love that book for all the reasons you hated it. So, reviews are super important in bringing attention to authors and their work. Romance writers catch on by finding readers who will talk about their books to other readers. So yeah, if you read a book and you really like it go review it somewhere, anywhere, everywhere! The author will appreciate it.

Thank you so much for having me over to visit. I had a blast! Before I go I have a couple of upcoming events to share:

Summer Seduction Blog Hop with Silken Sheets & Seduction — August 14-21

Pumping Up The Sexual Volume, a workshop sponsored by the RWA San Diego Chapter — August 12-30


Alone with the person who occupied too much of her thoughts Shannon prepared herself for the final onslaught of Dalton Granger’s potent sexuality. The man exuded confidence and lust, filling the air around him with an aphrodisiac of the finest quality.

“Congratulations, Mr. Granger. You made an excellent buy.” She focused on collecting the documents to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to record the purchase of Virtual Designs, a publicly traded company. Stock prices would go through the roof once the market opened on Monday morning.

“I did indeed. I know a good thing when I see it.” The deep resonance of his voice worked its way past her protective layers of clothing to twist and pull at her, as though his fingers danced across her skin. How the hell did he do that?

Clutching her paperwork to her chest as a shield, she looked at him. Really looked at him. His dark brown hair and black walnut eyes made for an intimidating pairing, heightened by his physical mass. At six-foot-one or maybe two, Dalton existed as a superior specimen of the male form. Under the finely tailored suits he favored, he hid a body in excellent shape. The one time she’d gotten a hint of his masculine perfection had come the day before when her stiletto snagged in a grate on the street as they walked to lunch. She tottered, sure to collide with the unforgiving pavement. Instead the iron bands of his arms snaked out to catch her, pulling her hard against his muscled chest. She’d gasped in shock, from both the near miss and the current of desire winging through her from the close contact.

Before, she’d relied on her imagination in her fantasies of the compelling man. Now, she had a wealth of sensory data to put to erotic use. Last night her dreams had included powerful biceps, a well-muscled chest, and the man’s scent. Whatever cologne he wore should be traded as liquid gold on the market. The fresh, clean smell devastated a girl’s senses and played hell on her concentration.

Hence the long, drawn out silence while he ate her up with his eyes. Without a doubt, he made her feel like a good thing. “It would seem that way. Well, I’m sure you are eager to go celebrate your purchase.”

She edged around the formidable threat to her good intentions. Two steps from escape, he reached out and grabbed her upper arm. Her body ignited. Her breasts poked against the delicate blouse as though they could escape their confinement. Her toes curled in her high heels. All that, and he hadn’t even kissed her.

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Sorcha Mowbray is a mild mannered office worker by day…okay, so she is actually a mouthy, opinionated, take charge kind of gal who bosses everyone around; but she definitely works in an office. At night she writes romance so hot she sets the sheets on fire! Just ask her slightly singed husband.

She is a longtime lover of historical romance, having grown up reading Johanna Lindsey and Judith McNaught. Then she discovered Thea Devine and Susan Johnson. Holy cow! Heroes and heroines could do THAT? From there, things devolved into trying her hand at writing a little smexy. Needless to say, she liked it and she hopes you do too!

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18 Responses to “Review: Mergers & Acquisitions by Sorcha Mowbray”

  1. Little Hawk

    There are some publishers Ill recognize and maybe try books Id otherwise overlook because of the publisher. But most of the time I clueless on them, I read to read. Going for a publisher Im familiar with but not a book Id usually read is because I trust that the book will be as good as other ones Ive read.

    Kitsune_no_sora @ yahoo

  2. Lori Meehan

    There are publishers that I recognize but I’ve never bought a book because of the publisher. I go by the author, the book blurb and I do have to say that I’m a cover whore so that is how I pick out the books I read.

  3. Barrie

    I don’t really pay that much attention to publishers but I do seek out Entangled Publishing’s Brazen books…they are awesome and I’ve read them all!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  4. Eva Millien

    While I do recognize publisher names, I don’t really look for them, I look for authors I recognize or the types of books that I like, or covers or titles that catch my interest. Thanks for the great interview and giveaway. I am looking forward to reading this book. evamillien at gmail dot com

  5. Sorcha Mowbray

    Thanks for sharing ladies. Before becoming an author and before digital books, i always looked at spine thickness and page count, then cover and blurb. LOL!

    And thank you Marie for the fabulous review!

  6. sherry gladden

    I do recognize publishers’ names & keep track of what they have coming out if I have read some of their books. Ultimately it is an author that determines if I read a book.

  7. erinf1

    Honestly, no… I don’t look for publishers. I look for authors I know and blurbs that sound interesting. Thanks for the great post!


  8. Anne

    I think I recognize many publisher names and while I don’t book shop by publishers, there’s one or two that I find dependably good in some genres like Kensington’s cozy mysteries

  9. BookLady

    I recognize a number of publishers, but I don’t buy books based on the publisher. Author and genre are more important to me for purchasing.

  10. vampedchik

    I do reconize publishers but I dont buy books based upon them. But I do know that like Brava will be the more steamier books. So I can look for little things like that. I have learned about many of them since working at a bookstore.

  11. bn100

    Sometimes recognize publishes, but don’t read books based on them; look at the blurbs instead

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  12. Mary Preston

    I don’t really take much notice of the publishers. I may recognize some, but it does not influence my purchases.


  13. Emily B

    Publishers dont really affect my purchases. I do not pay any attention to them when purchasing a new book. I get most of my recommendations from the blogs I follow. 🙂 Thank you for the chance to win. emilyb0924 at gmail dot com.

  14. Sherry J

    Publishers don’t really matter to me.I really don’t pay attention to them when I’m purchasing a new book.Thanks for the chance to win.


  15. Arely Z.

    I do recognize publishers names. If I’m iffy about the book and it’s a good publisher (in my opinion) that can tip the book into the “buy” pile, but same if it’s a bad (or if I’d had a bad experience with them) publisher, it can tip it into they “hmmm maybe not” pile.