cover image All In

All In

Simona Ahrnstedt, trans. from the Swedish by Tara Chace. Kensington, $25 (424p) ISBN 978-1-4967-0619-5

This passionate love story set in the cutthroat world of big business and venture capital was a bestseller in its native Sweden, and it’s easy to see why: Ahrnstedt easily draws the reader in from the beginning. Notorious Stockholm-based corporate raider David Hammar rose from humble beginnings to become the “baddest big boy of the financial world.” Now he’s prepping the final stages of a plot that will seal the downfall of one of the most powerful financial dynasties in Sweden: the De la Grip family and their megacorporation, Investum. But David doesn’t count on falling for Natalia De la Grip, the brilliant but unappreciated daughter of his enemy. Drawn together by sexual sparks and their mutual outsider status, the two become lovers, despite the secrets between them. As the final stages of David’s plot are revealed, he must decide whether revenge is worth losing the woman he loves, while Natalia chooses between pride and her heart’s desire. Ahrnstedt neatly balances lusty romance and the tensions of corporate scheming at the highest level. Fans of strong women and powerful men will gladly buy stock in this story. Agent: Anna Frankl, Nordin Agency (Sweden). (July)