The basis of the story, is that in the year 2112 The Madeline Project was born. It induced changes in clouds to lessen catastrophic weather events. In 2117, hackers introduced a virus called the Tommy Twister, which increased weather events to catastrophic proportions. By 2118, 85% of the Earth is uninhabitable, and by 2124 Earth's population lives underground in sprawling cities. (See beginning of book for full explanation) The series is based on a group of powerful, wealthy, ruthless group of men who take what they want, when they want it. They are funding the cities, communication, and Storm Troopers who go above ground to collect data to try to knock out the virus and return Earth to the way it was. The first man we meet is Arturo Charles Easton, or Ace. He is the CEO of Ace Communications. He rarely sees a woman for very long and his heart is never involved. Unfortunately, His last woman decides to ask computer expert Harper Matthews, one of Ace's analyst's to hack into his personal files to get dirt on him. Harper had found her sobbing in the bathroom and had gotten drunk with her, so she agreed. Ace has caught her, and decides that she's going to warm his bed. He's had his eye on her for the past year, so now is the perfect opportunity to make his move. He tells her she can move from her cushy office down to the hacker pool, with a cubicle in the basement, complete with a creepy, leering, cousin of the bosses ex. And she can grace his bed, any time he wants. Or, she can be arrested and lose her job. As Harper has had a crush on her boss this whole time, she decides to take door number one. Ace realizes that he's being a complete as*, but he wants her like no other. As they make love, things change, for them both. Ace has demons that make him the way he is. Can Harper help him face them? And as she works to uncover information with the hackers, just what will she find? And how does creepy Rob fit in to all of her troubles? You need to grab a copy and find out, because this book is riveting from word one and doesn't let go. I am completely excited about reading the rest of this series. If the rest of the Weathermen are anything like Arturo, I'm sure I'll be in for a wild ride! And so won't you!
The Weathermen, 1
When Harper Mathews gets drunk with a friend and hacks into her boss’s personal accounts, Arturo (Ace) Charles Easton gives her a choice. Work as part of his secret hacking team, searching for clues to the people who infiltrated a weather control program, or face unemployment and jail.
But working as part of this team isn’t all that Ace demands from Harper. He also expects her in his bed, when he wants her there, how he decides to make love to her, and for as long as he desires.
Ace is part of a group of friends financing the efforts to put a stop to The Madeline Project. These men have power, resources, and money, but they’re as ruthless and possessive as the storms ravaging Earth.
They call themselves the Weathermen…
Be Warned: spanking, anal sex, forced seduction
“It’s breathtaking, Ace. Truly.” The room smelled like him, and she inhaled deeply, letting the scent fill her head. There was an electric fireplace on one wall, already lit, and she caught sight of a mini bar on another wall. He’d thought of everything for this room. It was the ultimate seduction space.
She turned to face him. “Maybe we should talk about the other conditions now?”
He took her lemonade and placed the glass on a table, where Harper watched it start to leave a water ring. But he either didn’t care or didn’t notice as he put his wine glass next to it. Then he sighed once, and placed one hand on each shoulder. His touch sent tiny shivers down her spine, and she knew it would be impossible to say no to him.
No other man had ever affected her this way. She’d spent a year both despising him for that, and fantasizing about this, right here and now. Being in his bedroom, about to have sex with him. But at what price? To become another notch in his belt?
That’s not what she wanted. But Harper knew as she stared into his dark eyes, waiting for him to speak, that Ace wanted nothing more than that. Not from any woman. He’d made that perfectly clear. So if she did do this, at least she could tell herself she’d known exactly what she was getting into. If she knew his expectations, she’d have a framework for keeping her emotions in check.
“Here’s what I want from you,” he said. His voice had taken on a sultry, commanding tone that she hoped wasn’t the result of too much wine. She needed her thoughts crystal clear from this point on. “I expect you to be available to me when I ask, as often as I ask, and for as long as I want you with me. I won’t interfere with any family functions you have to attend, or with your work, but the rest of your time belongs to me.”
“I don’t have any family here.”
A quick flash of sympathy passed across his face, but it was gone so quickly she thought she’d imagined it. He didn’t know about her parents. How could he?
“Of course. All right. But if something comes up that you need to attend, let me know.”
He studied her face carefully for a few seconds. Too carefully, as if he were trying to choose his next words. Her body trembled with anticipation and need, and she wished he’d just come out and say it already.
“When we’re out, I expect you to wear what I ask you to wear, and I expect you to conduct yourself in a mature and professional manner.”
Wait a minute. “Are you saying I usually don’t?”
“No, not at all. But when we’re in public, what you do and say reflects on me. I’m asking you to remember that.”
“We’ll be out in public together? You mean on dates?”
His gaze softened. “I told you this wasn’t only about sex, Harper. Yes, we will go out together. And speaking of sex, when you’re here, I expect to make love to you.”
Her exhale came out in a shaky gasp as images flashed through her mind. He moved his hands down her arms, slowly, and at the same time stepped closer to her until she could feel the heat coming off his body. “I expect to make love to you in every way I choose. I expect you to be adventurous, and at least try all the things I want to do with you.”
Oh … what kinky, decadent things did he want to try?
He stepped closer still and planted a soft kiss on her left cheek. “You owe me now.” Harper couldn’t stop the moan this time as his hands brushed across her abdomen. “You have a debt to pay.” Ace moved his hands to her hips, and then around to her ass where they rested. She gasped as desire shot through her, hot and bright.
The intensity of her reaction surprised and unnerved her. She should protest this. She should tell him to go straight to hell. But she couldn’t move. She could barely take a full breath.
“I own you now, Harper. And I will decide when you’ve worked off your debt.” She tried to keep her mind clear, but when he bent his head to kiss her, she knew she was toast. She knew she’d let this man do anything he wanted to her.
We idiots finally did it - screwed up the planet so bad that the surviving population has to live underground. What started innocently enough was corrupted and now the surface of the planet is ravaged by out of control weather. Or rather, weather in control of the Miranda Project, which is now essentially sentient due to a virus uploaded by hackers. If only hackers would apply their impressive skills for the purpose of good. Ace is the rich owner of the corporation that Harper works for. I never did get a good bead on Ace. He seemed to volley between so many personalities I couldn't keep up. Mean and punishing one minute and sweet and accommodating the next. No wonder Harper had problems keeping up as well. Harper is considerably younger than Ace and it shows sometimes, but of the two she was the more emotionally evolved. There are reasons that are later explained for Ace's behavior, but the book seemed a little choppy sometimes to me. The blackmail-turned-romance story was as expected with the added drama of the computer virus under scrutiny and Ace's residual inability to trust. All in all, this was a quick read that left the reader hanging, but fortunately we were teased with Ace's friends so no worries there. The underground society that the human race has been reduced to was fresh and added some interesting elements. A good read.
Harper Matthews did something naughty and now her boss Ace Easton has given her a choice--work on his secret hacker team or face unemployment but that choice also comes with conditions in this tempting futuristic erotic romance. Ace wants Harper in his bad when, how and where he chooses and the reader can't help but get pulled into the story as Harper provides this ruthless businessman just the opportunity--he needs to get what he wants. The chemistry sizzles from every page with sex scenes that are hot enough to create a firestorm but the relationship will have to get past Ace's walls which causes quite a bit of friction and emotional clashes. The characters are strong, compelling and demand the reader's attention while the fast paced smooth flowing plot tempts reads with suspense, turmoil and passion. The well written scenes capture the imagination and draw the reader in with additional suspense building tension throughout as someone that may or may not have anything to do with the Tommy Twister virus causes some mayhem. I was completely caught up in this story from the very beginning and The Weathermen promises to be red hot and sexy with an unusual but fascinating concept, interesting elements and intriguing possibilities, although I wish the story had been a little longer because I wasn't quite ready for it to end. - See more at: http://erotic.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=17833#sthash.sgTbM67O.dpuf
I really enjoyed this book! When I purchased, I didn't realize that this was a futuristic series. It's not something I normally go for. I'm looking at them through completely new eyes now. The plot was exciting, the characters flawed but engaging. I would recommend this book highly.
I have to say the most enjoyable thing about this book was the futuristic setting. It wasn’t overly preachy like so many “the world came to an end because of weather disasters” can be. It had a clearly human cause (not the ones we sometimes think of potentially causing climate change these days). It was realistic in that I can see humans finding a way to control the weather and then the system being hacked by mischief (or downright evil). Ace had good reason to try to blackmail Harper into working for him (even if not necessarily into his bed) – if she could break into his system, she might be able to help find the monsters who screwed up the weather.
Oh Lord! The Weathermen yummy is all I can say. When I first started to read this book I was apprehensive thinking it was going to be your everyday cookie cutter love story. I was pleasantly surprised at the writing and how much I enjoyed the characters. It was great to read a well-developed storyline that had you wanting more after each page. Living in an underground city on planet earth in the year 2124 seems to be a miserable experience for those who remember what living above ground was like during earth’s prime years. Ace is your everyday alpha male who with great looks, charming personality and intelligence can make any girl swoon. Harper is shy and introverted but is one sassy gal once you get to know her. Under his cold and guarded persona Ace is old school still making everyone in his company dress in business attire which shows you how much he wants to be above ground. Their relationship doesn’t start off on right foot since Harper has hacked his personal files; and since he has been enamored with her for a while he uses this as an excuse to get her in bed. He tells her that in order to avoid jail she needs to agree to all his terms. Once she knows his demands Harper reminds him that it’s not an arrangement but blackmail. While they navigate their blossoming relationship Ace and Harper have to learn to trust what they feel each-other and forget who they once were. I really enjoyed this book because it wasn’t an over complicated storyline, and if we remove the love story between Ace and Harper you would still find a good plot. While the hacker storyline is edgy the sex between Ace and Harper is fun, sexy and romantic. Truly cannot wait to read the next installment in this series and learn more about these characters.
Ravenna Tate is amazing!! I love her so much, and with "Appetite for Blackmail", she gave me a little gift. Ok...a HUGE gift. I'm going to come out and say that this book is, not only one of my favorite books of 2015, it's one of my favorite books ever! I'm not going to give the whole plot away because it's there in the blurb. Plus, I don't want to give away any spoilers. I am going to say that Ace Easton is one of the hottest, most amazing, sweetest, frustrating but lovable, truly heroic (even though he is slightly damaged), men that I've had the pleasure to read in my entire life. He made me swoon. He made me laugh. He made me cry. He made my panties hit the floor and explode. Oh God...I really mean this. Sigh... There was a heroine involved as well, and her name is Harper Matthews. She got herself into a little bit trouble with Ace, and he presents her with a...ahem...proposition, thus the title :-) Anyway, I really liked her. She's smart, but vulnerable. She comes into own by the end, and it was extremely satisfying. This is the first of a series called "The Weathermen", and I'm so excited for the whole thing. I love the concept can't wait to see what else Ms. Tate has in store. You really, really, REALLY need to read this!
I was hooked from the very first page and read the whole book in one setting. I loved it. Ace was completely believable as was Harper. This concept is really unique and I can't wait for the next book in the series!!!