Trust is the most precious commodity of allIn the cutthroat world of Sweden s financial elite, no one knows that better than corporate raider David Hammar Ruthless Notorious Unstoppable He s out to hijack the ultimate prize, Investum After years of planning, all the players are in place he needs just one member of the aristocratic owning family on his side Natalia De la Grip Elegant, brilliant, driven to succeed in a man s world, Natalia is curious about David s unexpected invitation to lunch Everyone knows that he is rich, dangerous, unethical she soon discovers he is also deeply scarred The attraction between these two is impossible, but the long Swedish nights unfold an affair that will bring to light shocking secrets, forever alter a family, and force both Natalia and David to confront their innermost fears and desires Fast paced, sexy and smart New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster Given the popularity of Steig Larsson and Jo Nesbo, the idea is to introduce American audiences to another kind of Swedish commercial fiction I m grabbing this one BookRiot TOOOOOO MANY BOOKSI m so bored, you guys And I think this is like 300 400boring pages David s boring Natalia s boring They work too much They do work I don t find interesting I d call it boring Their friends are boringI am sure something interesting happens I just don t know when And I m so bored, I just don t care Got a stack staring at me next to my bed, my kobo is crawling with TBRs Digital shelves are fullstupid beautiful cover. Generally, this was a good book, with a kind of prestige ish language, that underlined the story about revenge, romance and Swedish finance and nobility, perfectly Another aspect of the book that I liked was the foreign phrases the translators chose to keep It set a certain mood for the book The one thing that irritated me a little was the ending I felt like the first half of the book built a strong story that mounted into something I was excited about, but the last 50 100 pages were a stead Generally, this was a good book, with a kind of prestige ish language, that underlined the story about revenge, romance and Swedish finance and nobility, perfectly Another aspect of the book that I liked was the foreign phrases the translators chose to keep It set a certain mood for the book The one thing that irritated me a little was the ending I felt like the first half of the book built a strong story that mounted into something I was excited about, but the last 50 100 pages were a steady storyline without any major excitement The characters were nice Sometimes it felt like the author was getting close to a cliche, but dodged the bullet at the end The author also liked to inflict the story with issue upon issue, for the characters Sometimes it went a little overboard, but personally I didn t mind it that much I can t wait for the next book, because this was a good novel 4 5 stars InkvotaryHoly Crab on a Cracker I am soooooo thrilled What an outstanding novel you have to read this This novel is one fantastic read and that without using loud tones or an aggressive language All In shows the world of the rich and goes behind the fa ade You see the glittering sparkle cruelty, tragedy, hate and lurking revenge Told in an impressive and absolutely entertaining way The author makes it quite clear to the reader, that she is about to unfold things, that you wouldn t eve InkvotaryHoly Crab on a Cracker I am soooooo thrilled What an outstanding novel you have to read this This novel is one fantastic read and that without using loud tones or an aggressive language All In shows the world of the rich and goes behind the fa ade You see the glittering sparkle cruelty, tragedy, hate and lurking revenge Told in an impressive and absolutely entertaining way The author makes it quite clear to the reader, that she is about to unfold things, that you wouldn t even dare to dream about, not to mention speaking it out loud There is a undertone, not much, but enough to make it totally clear that not everything, that people do, is ok and that revenge is one thing, but forgiveness another There wasthan one scene where I was kicking the ass of a certain person in my mind And I was asking myself if in todays Swedish society that kind of thinking still excists, or was only used by the author to get some tension into her plot Familiengeheimnisse Intrigen Sex Machtspiele Gef hle Da das mein erstes Buch von Simona Ahrnstedt war, hatte ich keinerlei Erwartungen an Die Erbin Daher bin ich jetzt umso froher, dass ich das Buch endlich gelesen habe, denn Davids und Natalias Geschichte war genau meins Teil 2 3 sind schon gekauft und ich freu mich auf sie family secrets intrigues sex power games emotions This was my first book my Simona Ahrnstedt, so I had no expectations Now I m so happy that Familiengeheimnisse Intrigen Sex Machtspiele Gef hle Da das mein erstes Buch von Simona Ahrnstedt war, hatte ich keinerlei Erwartungen an Die Erbin Daher bin ich jetzt umso froher, dass ich das Buch endlich gelesen habe, denn Davids und Natalias Geschichte war genau meins Teil 2 3 sind schon gekauft und ich freu mich auf sie family secrets intrigues sex power games emotions This was my first book my Simona Ahrnstedt, so I had no expectations Now I m so happy that I read it, because Davids and Natalias story was just my cup of tea Already bought book 2 3 and can t wait to read them I was initially intrigued by the Swedish setting and the contextual world of the financial elite However, the characters did not live up to their setting thinly drawn, stereotypical, and immature The plot was predictable and melodramatic in a cliched way Also, I think something got lost in the translation from Swedish to English, and it made for jarring moments that pulled me away from the story Harsh I know, but I purchased this book after reading several glowing reviews Just my opinion, I was initially intrigued by the Swedish setting and the contextual world of the financial elite However, the characters did not live up to their setting thinly drawn, stereotypical, and immature The plot was predictable and melodramatic in a cliched way Also, I think something got lost in the translation from Swedish to English, and it made for jarring moments that pulled me away from the story Harsh I know, but I purchased this book after reading several glowing reviews Just my opinion, others may have apositive experience I just had to finish the last 50% of the book in one sitting, couldn t put it down I have to admit, this is one heck of a good book As highly as I put english types of books, this comes straight up there and to be honest is setting the bar way up high now for the other Swedish books I m sold.I loved the characters, the geographic I live there , the summer time, the plot, the conversations, the business talk EVERYTHING The wait was worth it, 6 months I waited for this Can t say I can wait I just had to finish the last 50% of the book in one sitting, couldn t put it down I have to admit, this is one heck of a good book As highly as I put english types of books, this comes straight up there and to be honest is setting the bar way up high now for the other Swedish books I m sold.I loved the characters, the geographic I live there , the summer time, the plot, the conversations, the business talk EVERYTHING The wait was worth it, 6 months I waited for this Can t say I can wait for another set of 6 8 months when the next installment comes I chose to read this book out of curiosity Romance fiction is a big guilty pleasure moneymaker in the U.S but in Sweden it s evenof a hidden guilty pleasure than here Harlequin books, for example, are rather popular in Sweden but are sold at supermarkets and gas stations and are tracked as magazines This information was found in the Publishers Weekly article Swedish Romance The Next Hot Trend This particular novel by licensed psychologist and cognitive therapist Simona Ahrnstedt I chose to read this book out of curiosity Romance fiction is a big guilty pleasure moneymaker in the U.S but in Sweden it s evenof a hidden guilty pleasure than here Harlequin books, for example, are rather popular in Sweden but are sold at supermarkets and gas stations and are tracked as magazines This information was found in the Publishers Weekly article Swedish Romance The Next Hot Trend This particular novel by licensed psychologist and cognitive therapist Simona Ahrnstedt is the first of a trilogy and is Kensington Publishing s first romance in translation ALL IN has received raves by U.S romance authors known to me Yes, yes, I read romance but I still have a brain, so there Eloisa James, Tessa Dare, Sandra Brown, Lori Foster and Christina Lauren, all known in the romance or romantic suspense genres, have praised this.I do see its good points as a contemporary romance novel 1 It takes place in Stockholm, aunusual location for a romance since I m inclined to associate Scandinavia with dark and gloomy mysteries and thrillers And it s educational to see what life is like, albeit only for the rich, in Sweden 2 It s interesting to see that love and romantic relationships don t differ much between U.S and Sweden and that classism, elitism, prejudice, misogyny, racism, etc exist as much there as here.To summarize the plot briefly, we have a very rich, successful, pulled himself up by the bootstraps venture capitalist corporate raider David Hammar of Hammar Capital, planning the hostile takeover of Investum, a very powerful company owned by the De la Grip family The family is very upper class and wealthy and as close to royalty as you could get without actually being royal Investum, the company, controls almost one tenth of Sweden s GNP and owns the biggest bank in the country.This takeover and planned financial ruin of the De la Grip family are motivated by revenge Although that is never a good reason, the reader can see some justification for David s actions There are dark secrets in his past tied to the family that will come out as the story progresses and, in addition, thewe learn about the family, the less we like most of its members.But remember that this is a romance We need a love interest for David That will be Natalie De la Grip, intelligent, well educated, successful businesswoman who just happens to be underappreciated in her family and the family business When David and Natalie first meet at David s lunch invitation, Natalie is puzzled by his interest in her David s motivation, of course, is to see if Natalie is vulnerable to being used as insider information about the family business And so it goes They become involved personally Will they have any chance at love Will they ever be honest with each other Are they even interested in having a relationship beyond the physical And, BTW, just as David has secrets in his past, there are secrets surrounding Natalie and her ties to the family.As a romance this is a fairly complete book, with many characters, lots of sex, issues of revenge, love, loyalty, forgiveness, racism, prejudice, classism and elitism It is weak in that it deals only with the upper echelons of Swedish society but that is most often what the romance lover is looking for We have our dukes in historical romances and our billionaires in the contemporary ones and show little interest in buying romances about people of the lower middle class.But another weakness is the relative shallowness of the characters I did not find myself liking anyone in the book, not even the main male and female protagonists Everyone is self absorbed and self centered, superficial and lacking depth Well, you might say What else should I expect in a romance My answer would be, as a longtime romance reader, that I expectappealing characters and a bitcharacter development, especially in the case of this book which was written by a psychologist I received an invitation to read the first chapters of 2 new books being released in 2016, in exchange for a short review.The first is from author Simona Ahrnstedt, titled All In This is my first encounter with Ahrnstedt s work, and while a chapter is hardly enough time to feel connected to a story, I can say this book has started out with a bang With a lead male sharing traits reminiscent of Christian Grey and the lead female sounding like Lucky Santangelo, from the Jackie Collins series t I received an invitation to read the first chapters of 2 new books being released in 2016, in exchange for a short review.The first is from author Simona Ahrnstedt, titled All In This is my first encounter with Ahrnstedt s work, and while a chapter is hardly enough time to feel connected to a story, I can say this book has started out with a bang With a lead male sharing traits reminiscent of Christian Grey and the lead female sounding like Lucky Santangelo, from the Jackie Collins series this has all the right ingredients for a sizzling read.The second book I was able to get a sneak peek into was from author Debbie Howells, titled The Beauty of the End I had the pleasure of reviewing Howells debut novel The Bones of You which I loved.Her latest novel once again shows great promise with a storyline that already has me wanting to knowAn ex attorney with a lost love from his past has surfaced in the most intriguing wayI can see that his quiet life as he knows it now is about to take a drastic turn This is definitely going to be a must read this summer Swedish crazy sauce, fun Swedish crazy sauce In an attempt to capitalize on the popularity of Scandinavian literature, All In is a romance set in the world of Swedish aristocracy and Swedish high financed and translated into English Portions of the book are reminiscent of the Harlequin billionaire category, but the country and the social structure is grounded in real life The story revolves around David Hammar and Natalia de la Grip Natalia s a minor Swedish royal and a member of a wealthy Swedish crazy sauce, fun Swedish crazy sauce In an attempt to capitalize on the popularity of Scandinavian literature, All In is a romance set in the world of Swedish aristocracy and Swedish high financed and translated into English Portions of the book are reminiscent of the Harlequin billionaire category, but the country and the social structure is grounded in real life The story revolves around David Hammar and Natalia de la Grip Natalia s a minor Swedish royal and a member of a wealthy aristocratic family David s a corporate raider who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks He went to boarding school with Natalia s brother, Peter, and suffered extreme bullying and trauma at the hands of Peter and his school mates At some point David stopped fighting back and instead started exacting revenge by buying the companies of those who wronged him and dismantling them Going after the de la Grip family corporation is the culmination of years of everything he has built on Shortly before the raid goes public he makes an attempt at bringing a family member to his side and reaches out to Natalia She s flattered thinking its just a business meeting David does not reveal his true purpose and as one might guess, badonga donga commences And that s just the set up, the story gets crazier and crazier The author is aware of how crazy things are getting and at least one character makes a sly reference to it This isn t great literature, but it s crazy fun and a nice chance to gain a little insight into the lives of the wealthy in Sweden If I was rating this against American category novels, it would be a solid 3, but it s Swedish and unique so we ll give it a 3.75 on the 5 star romance scale