cover image One Week to Claim It All

One Week to Claim It All

Adriana Herrera. Harlequin Desire, $5.25 mass market (224p) ISBN 978-1-335-23295-3

Herrera (Here to Stay) launches her Sambrano Studios series with this fun if rushed second-chance romance set in New York’s competitive entertainment industry. At 30, Esmeralda Sambrano-Peña inherits Sambrano Studios, her estranged father’s billion-dollar TV empire, much to the chagrin of the company’s board and her scheming stepmother and half-siblings, who view Esmeralda as illegitimate and battle her every step of the way. To make matters worse, the devilishly handsome and ruthlessly ambitious Rodrigo Almanzar, Esmeralda’s ex and her father’s protégé, is also vying for the CEO position. The company board gives Esmeralda one week to prove herself by creating a five-year strategic plan for the studio, a task that forces her to work with Rodrigo. The burning attraction the pair still feels after 10 years apart blurs the lines between business and pleasure, giving way to steamy love scenes. And when a secret from Rodrigo’s past comes to light, Esmeralda re-evaluates both their breakup and what their relationship could be. With juicy family drama and scandals straight out of a telenovela, the plot is jam-packed, over-the-top, and always entertaining. Herrera’s fans are sure to be hooked. [em]Agent: Taylor Haggerty, Root Literary. (July) [/em]