Excerpt: The Forgotten Heiress by Susie Warren

The Forgotten Heiress
Susie Warren
(The Bolles Dynasty, #1)
Publication date: June 28th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

A BARGAIN IS ARRANGED…

Fionn Lynch is a self-made Irish billionaire, sought after for his striking appearance, razor sharp intellect and ability to thrive in volatile markets. When his mentor dies unexpectedly in a tragic accident, leaving his business and family in turmoil, Fionn steps in and takes charge. He seeks out estranged heiress Olivia Grey to help squash the unpleasant rumors. When the details of her secret past are leaked to the media, she must decide if she is willing to trust Fionn and allow herself to be drawn into her estranged family. Sparks fly between the two when he persuades her to accompany him to New York to salvage her family’s crumbling financial empire.
A shy clothing designer who was raised by a guardian in an attempt to save the Bolles family from shame, Olivia proves that she has the strength and determination to survive. She has to fight her way through relentless media scrutiny, memories of her father, and the expectations of the elite New York social world–all while trying to keep Fionn at arm’s length, for she refuses to settle for an emotionally distant relationship ever again.
It proves impossible to deny her attraction to Fionn. Is their growing bond enough to overcome all the obstacles thrown into their path?
***The Forgotten Heiress is the first book in a six book series. Each book is a stand-alone category romance and tells the story of one of the Bolles family members.

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Excerpt:

Watching her turn back to him, she looked as if she was in a mild shock. He admired the stark beauty of her face with the telltale Bolles pale blond hair that she’d streaked an unnatural pink. Olivia Grey was the spitting image of the Bolles family. Yet her overall presence was at odds with her rebellious hair and reminded him of someone who stood back and observed the world from a distance. She wore a grey fitted sleeveless dress that showed her beautifully sculpted arms and slim body. His body responded to her and he ruthlessly suppressed the unwelcome desire.
Anger for Oliver’s obsessive secrets and carelessness sharply pieced his gut until he used his iron control to banish the motorcycle accident from his mind. He had a mission. He needed to convince this emotionally disconnected, rebellious girl to attend the funeral. Not for the family. They would have no interest in seeing her. Her consent was needed to change the allocation of shares or Greyson Lynch would come crashing down, evaporating all of his hard won plans for acquiring the company he helped to build and leaving the heirs to Oliver’s estate——including Olivia——with little or no inheritance.
“Even though the media is reporting that Oliver was my father, it doesn’t mean that it is true. He was married at the time and my mother never acknowledged that he was my father. It wasn’t until he approached me at my mother’s funeral, that I found out he was my father.”
Her words angered Fionn. Did she really doubt that she was Oliver’s daughter? Even though her cool image was already seared into his mind, Fionn found it hard to look away. He was both fascinated and put off by her. She looked nothing like her mother but had undoubtedly inherited the woman’s attention-seeking and opportunistic nature. Why else would she be drawing this out?
Fionn stepped closer to her and noticed that she retreated slightly. “Oliver’s attorney has a copy of your birth certificate along with photographs of your father with you shortly after your birth and correspondence from your mother clearly indicating that you are his daughter. If that is not enough, there are also copies of DNA testing from when you were a baby, proving paternity.”
Fionn saw her waver slightly on her feet. Was it in reaction to what he just said? He reached out to steady her and was surprised by the electric current of attraction that sparked between them. He preferred tall, dark-haired career women who challenged him intellectually yet expected nothing beyond a temporary relationship. Oliver’s daughter was not his type at all. She was detached and probably believed she was royalty.
Olivia looked down. “Even if he was my father, he never made any attempt to reach out to me or play even a minor role in my life. My mother provided for me.”
Did she not understand who her father was? She had been raised in a strange, sheltered existence, but she must understand how wealthy she was about to become.
“Your mother was penniless. The money you thought came from your mother’s estate has been coming from Oliver all of these years. The flow of money is well documented.”
Her complete lack of knowledge about her father disturbed him. He needed her to be aware of all of the complexities of wealth and loyalty or the press would manipulate her and his adversaries would seek the upper hand. If that weren’t enough, given the opportunity, her stepmother would demolish her.
Olivia shook her head. “My mother was a famous opera singer and worked all of the time.”
“Even at the height of her career, your mother lived beyond her means.” Why did she need to question everything? Wasn’t it enough to find out she was now an heiress?

Author Bio:

Amazon bestselling author Susie Warren writes contemporary romance with larger than life heroes and smart heroines. The stories are set in elite and glamorous worlds and appeal to readers looking for an escape from everyday life by offering jet-set lifestyles and sophisticated plots. Her category length series. Susie lives in New York with her inventor husband and their three lively teenagers.

Connect with her online at susiewarren.com and sign-up for her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/bGYl_5.

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