Rating 3.5 stars
In One Final Step we read about Ben Tyler, the former CIA operative turned head of the Tyler Group and his struggle with cancer. We also read about his assistant Ana and were offered glimpses of her feelings and An Act of Persuasion is their story.
Ana left Ben after he made a decision about his health after sleeping with her and not considering her. She has had enough with being left behind, her mother did that and that happened in her first foster home as well, so she leaves, after having spent six years as Ben's assistant and being in love with him.
Ben is 45 years old and has never been in love. His health was something he couldn't fight and now that Ana is gone, he misses her though he won't ever admit that until Ana comes to him and tells him she is pregnant. That news both shocks and pleases him, shocks because as a man of principles he never wanted to take advantage of an employee despite the fact that he has had an awareness about the heroine and pleased because the cancer took away his fertility now he gets Ana back plus a child.
However things don't go as easily, Ana has gotten a job with the hero's rival in CIA days and says hell no to his marriage proposal but Ben is a determined man and wants Ana back though he won't admit the reasons. Ana however is hurt and wary and reflects back on her love and how she was comfortable loving him from afar and now wants to run when he is willing to try too.
The book is all about Ben opening up and Ana running scared and finding reasons to keep Ben at a distance. For me Ben was a great guy who could be pushy and a little dense. Ana on the other hand was character you felt for and wanted to push. Still I enjoyed the book and also the sub-plot with Mark and his daughter.ARC provided by Harlequin through Netgalley.