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A Cinderella story . . . Claire Kendrick didn't know what to think when she was summoned to the 50th floor to meet the president of Callahan, International. As handsome, blue-eyed Nick Callahan explained her special assignment --- writing an article about him for CEO Magazine --- Claire's apprehensions grew. There was something he wasn't telling her, something odd that sh A Cinderella story . . . Claire Kendrick didn't know what to think when she was summoned to the 50th floor to meet the president of Callahan, International. As handsome, blue-eyed Nick Callahan explained her special assignment --- writing an article about him for CEO Magazine --- Claire's apprehensions grew. There was something he wasn't telling her, something odd that she couldn't put her finger on. What did he really want from her? Her green eyes, golden hair, and striking beauty were the first things that had caught Nick's attention. Then he had her background checked out, and he was doubly impressed. Claire Kendrick was a smart, hard-working, loyal employee. She was also supporting her mother, who needed expensive full-time medical care. All in all, Claire was the perfect candidate for the position Nick needed to fill. While researching the article on Nick, Claire found herself awed by the success story of the man who'd made his first million before he was thirty. His brilliant blue eyes were mesmerizing, his sexy smile distracting, his hidden, kind nature surprising and admirable. And then, out of the blue, Nick offered her a startling proposition. He would support Claire and her mother in exchange for services rendered --- as a wife and mother to his children! It would have been a fantasy, a dream come true, a Cinderella story --- except for one oversight. Could Claire exist in a marriage of convenience? What kind of marriage would it be . . . without love? * * * In the hands of Patricia Kay, USA Today bestselling author of more than 50 novels of romance and women's fiction, this classic, heartwarming, and sexy romance comes alive with an emotional connection that will leave readers sighing happily. FOR SERVICES RENDERED was first offered to readers in 1993 in a limited edition distributed to mail order subscribers. This 2012 edition is the first time this story has been available to readers everywhere.


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A Cinderella story . . . Claire Kendrick didn't know what to think when she was summoned to the 50th floor to meet the president of Callahan, International. As handsome, blue-eyed Nick Callahan explained her special assignment --- writing an article about him for CEO Magazine --- Claire's apprehensions grew. There was something he wasn't telling her, something odd that sh A Cinderella story . . . Claire Kendrick didn't know what to think when she was summoned to the 50th floor to meet the president of Callahan, International. As handsome, blue-eyed Nick Callahan explained her special assignment --- writing an article about him for CEO Magazine --- Claire's apprehensions grew. There was something he wasn't telling her, something odd that she couldn't put her finger on. What did he really want from her? Her green eyes, golden hair, and striking beauty were the first things that had caught Nick's attention. Then he had her background checked out, and he was doubly impressed. Claire Kendrick was a smart, hard-working, loyal employee. She was also supporting her mother, who needed expensive full-time medical care. All in all, Claire was the perfect candidate for the position Nick needed to fill. While researching the article on Nick, Claire found herself awed by the success story of the man who'd made his first million before he was thirty. His brilliant blue eyes were mesmerizing, his sexy smile distracting, his hidden, kind nature surprising and admirable. And then, out of the blue, Nick offered her a startling proposition. He would support Claire and her mother in exchange for services rendered --- as a wife and mother to his children! It would have been a fantasy, a dream come true, a Cinderella story --- except for one oversight. Could Claire exist in a marriage of convenience? What kind of marriage would it be . . . without love? * * * In the hands of Patricia Kay, USA Today bestselling author of more than 50 novels of romance and women's fiction, this classic, heartwarming, and sexy romance comes alive with an emotional connection that will leave readers sighing happily. FOR SERVICES RENDERED was first offered to readers in 1993 in a limited edition distributed to mail order subscribers. This 2012 edition is the first time this story has been available to readers everywhere.

30 review for For Services Rendered

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne OK

    A short and fast to read contemporary romance. Likable characters but the storyline was a replay of so many others. Contract marriage between two people with selfish needs of their own. And yes, they finally admit their love is real. You get a rushed and abrupt ending that leaves alot of unfinished business to the imagination.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Latte

    Neither of the main characters are terribly likeable. They aren't unlikeable. They just aren't likeable. And nothing in the storyline compels the reader to feel as if they're doing anything more than just slogging through the story. Neither of the main characters are terribly likeable. They aren't unlikeable. They just aren't likeable. And nothing in the storyline compels the reader to feel as if they're doing anything more than just slogging through the story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jo Reads Romance

    A likeable Mills & Boon romance 3 stars Although not billed as such, this book reads very much like a Modern Mills and Boon romance. It follows many of the traditional formulae - down on her luck female, strong, successful man and a relationship that starts off as one thing and turns into something more. I liked the premise of the story and both Claire and Nick were characters that I could root for. Claire was strong despite her situation and I did like that Nick didn't walk all over her. Nick A likeable Mills & Boon romance 3 stars Although not billed as such, this book reads very much like a Modern Mills and Boon romance. It follows many of the traditional formulae - down on her luck female, strong, successful man and a relationship that starts off as one thing and turns into something more. I liked the premise of the story and both Claire and Nick were characters that I could root for. Claire was strong despite her situation and I did like that Nick didn't walk all over her. Nick was strong, silent and arrogant but I still liked him as he wasn't too alpha male. The pair didn't have much depth but I could still enjoy them and their interactions. Despite having a publication date of 2012, this book was clearly written many years ago (1991 as I've just found out). For the most part this doesn't matter although I was quite taken aback and amused by the reference to listening to cassette tapes in the car! As another reviewer mentioned, there are numerous mentions of fur coats in the book which I really didn't like. Even though this book is a reprint, I would have thought the author would have removed these before publishing it in this day and age. Despite that, the writing was good and, at one point in particular, quite emotional. I had no problems finishing it although I would have liked to see an epilogue to find out what happened to Nick and Claire after their happily ever after. If you like the Mills & Boon Modern line or a quick romance then I think you would like this book. It's quick, enjoyable and worth a look at such a low price. 3 stars.

  4. 4 out of 5

    alice fenstermaker

    Sweet clean story Claire is struggling to make ends meet financially since she is taking care of her ill mother. Nick wants the family links he has never had. Nick proposes to Claire a business arrangement to meet both their needs. Soon both are having feelings they are both afraid to admit

  5. 5 out of 5

    Merle

    Some anachronisms come to mind first - answering machine? A high-end automobile with a cassette player? Also, a nice romance with a very abrupt ending. I'm not familiar with the author, but did this have a word limit or was it designed to have a second story? Some anachronisms come to mind first - answering machine? A high-end automobile with a cassette player? Also, a nice romance with a very abrupt ending. I'm not familiar with the author, but did this have a word limit or was it designed to have a second story?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jeraca

    This was just okay. The characters were distant and never really talked about what they were thinking or feeling, which caused a lot of problems for them overall. And neither were fighters so they just let things progress without any encouragement to change their actions.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Linda Marie Atton

    Beautiful! Excellent book. Couldn't put it down. Highly recommend this book if you love a nice romance. Would have loved an epilogue to see if they succeeded in their wish! Beautiful! Excellent book. Couldn't put it down. Highly recommend this book if you love a nice romance. Would have loved an epilogue to see if they succeeded in their wish!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mary Stockwell

    Good read I liked this book even though the plot seemed familiar. It is still a pleasant sweet romance. Not too long and drawn out.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    This is a story about a marriage of convenience between Nick Callahan and Claire Kendrick. Nick is a very handsome, very successful and very rich president of a multimillion dollar company. Nick has never had a problem dating and getting any woman that he wanted and often did. He would date a woman until she started to become possessive, clingy and started to see marriage in their future and them he would dump them. Nick wasn't always this way, in fact he was in love with and married to a woman n This is a story about a marriage of convenience between Nick Callahan and Claire Kendrick. Nick is a very handsome, very successful and very rich president of a multimillion dollar company. Nick has never had a problem dating and getting any woman that he wanted and often did. He would date a woman until she started to become possessive, clingy and started to see marriage in their future and them he would dump them. Nick wasn't always this way, in fact he was in love with and married to a woman named Jill. Jill made it no secret that she wanted the life of Jet Setting, night life and spending Nick's money, Nick however was in love and thought things would chance until he found himself divorced and heartbroken. After that, Nick decided that he no longer believed in falling in love. Claire worked at Nick's company and one day found herself summoned to the 50th floor to meet with the president of the company. Claire couldn't figure out what business the president could possibly want with her until he informed her that he wanted her to write a article about him for CEO magazine. She was baffled by this because not only was she not qualified to do it but, she had only she had only written one article before and it was only as a favor. She voiced her concerns to Nick but, he was persistent and decided to do the job but, was suspicious of him because she knew that there was more to this than what he was saying. Claire had been caring for her mother who was put in a nursing home after a boating accident killed her father and seriously injured her mother. It had become a financial burden on her especially now that the home has informed her that the stay has been increased by $300 a month and Claire realizes that she has no way of paying and may have to put her mother in a State Hospital. Nick see her worry and after finding out what is wrong, makes her an offer. He offers to take care of her and her mother for the rest of their lives and all that she has to do is agree to marry him, give him children,and not nag him. He also let her know that there would be no falling in love involved because he didn't believe in love. Claire had no choice but to take Nick up on his offer and try not to fall in love with him but, for her its too late, now can se get Nick to feel the same This is a really good book and the story line was easy to follow which is always a plus.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    For Services Rendered By Patricia Kay Claire Kendrick works for Nick Callahan, he wants more with her. What he wants is a real family, a home, and children; but when he allows his feelings to get involved he always makes a mess of things and in business he can’t afford to lose focus again. Claire’s mother, Kitty, is in a nursing home, she badly wounded in a boating accident that killed her father. Now her mental abilities are no more than a two year old, and she needs the constant care. The nursing For Services Rendered By Patricia Kay Claire Kendrick works for Nick Callahan, he wants more with her. What he wants is a real family, a home, and children; but when he allows his feelings to get involved he always makes a mess of things and in business he can’t afford to lose focus again. Claire’s mother, Kitty, is in a nursing home, she badly wounded in a boating accident that killed her father. Now her mental abilities are no more than a two year old, and she needs the constant care. The nursing home is about to increase their rates, three hundred a month, Clare can barely make the payments now, what is she going to do? She doesn’t want to send her mother to the state run home; she knows Kitty won’t get the care she needs. Nick has decided that Claire has all the attributes he wants in a wife, he just needs to convince her that an arranged marriage with set rules is just thing to provide her and her mother safety. He never wants to fall in love again. He doesn’t trust the emotion, but Claire is so giving and peaceful that he finds himself fighting his own heart every step of the way. Kitty gets sick and before they know it, she is gone. Claire now has to decide how to go about her marriage; her husband doesn’t love her, after six months she still has not gotten pregnant, her mother is gone and she now feels that her reasons for marrying Nick are invalid. He needs a wife that can be the society female for him, and that can give him the children he so desperately wants. Can she find a way out of this marriage that doesn’t break her heart? Can Nick find a way to keep her that doesn’t mean he has to open his heart to the love he can no longer deny? I wasn’t sure about this book, but once I started it I could not put it down. I got so caught up in the emotions of these characters and the side characters that I had to keep reading. My heart broke with Claire a couple of times, the woman I first saw as a doormat got under my skin and I felt everything she felt, her growing love for this impossible man, her care and love for her mother, her pain at the loss of the woman Kitty used to be, and at the loss of her father. Patricia Kay is a delightful author that I will be reading more of in the future. I am very happy to rate this book four stars.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    There's a reason I haven't read a romance novel from the romance genre aisle of the bookstore (or Amazon - and I think this would have been one of the smaller 'romance line' books) in years and years and years. In all honesty, this was a Kindle freebie and it also had no cover so I didn't really know what I was getting into (I also tend to forget what the books on my Kindle are about and choose randomly what to read next - but enough about me.) The hero of this book's goal in life was to find a w There's a reason I haven't read a romance novel from the romance genre aisle of the bookstore (or Amazon - and I think this would have been one of the smaller 'romance line' books) in years and years and years. In all honesty, this was a Kindle freebie and it also had no cover so I didn't really know what I was getting into (I also tend to forget what the books on my Kindle are about and choose randomly what to read next - but enough about me.) The hero of this book's goal in life was to find a wife who would spend the rest of her life barefoot and pregnant. And when he can't find one (what a shock!) he coerces a woman from his office (he's a billionaire Texas CEO of course and she's somewhere about the level of a secretary). At their wedding he watches her come down the aisle and thinks to himself, "How beautiful and pure and malleable!" (which made the feminist in me roll-my-eyes and giggle). Admittedly this books seems to have been written in the 1980s based on the clothing choices and lack of technology, and I'm usually the first one to jump up and scream about judging historical cultures by their standards and not ours (again about me, sorry), but still! I liked the heroine at first, she is quiet and thoughtful and sees through the hero's antics - at first. I kept waiting for her to take charge and put him in his place. She never did that and after a while she stopped being endearing and became a doormat. If asked what happened in the book, I'm not sure I could answer. Nothing much actually happens. But I must say that I read the entire book (okay skimming big chunks, but I did make it to the last page) and so there must have been some sort of plot arc and tension. And in truth I rather enjoyed reading something that is so different from what I'd regularly read. And not because I'm making fun of it, but because it is honestly interesting to see (in almost a cliche form) what other female readers want from books.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melinda

    First. I'm glad I got this book free through book lending dot com. The book is lacking - seriously lacking. First I find it kind of laughable that the author bio says that she teaches writing classes because this book breaks every cardinal rule of writing - too many adverbs, too much telling instead of showing. And way too many glaringly out of place words ( and misused at that). Anathema and incongruous and other words that were clearly looked up in a thesaurus and inserted to sound more litera First. I'm glad I got this book free through book lending dot com. The book is lacking - seriously lacking. First I find it kind of laughable that the author bio says that she teaches writing classes because this book breaks every cardinal rule of writing - too many adverbs, too much telling instead of showing. And way too many glaringly out of place words ( and misused at that). Anathema and incongruous and other words that were clearly looked up in a thesaurus and inserted to sound more literary stick out when the rest of the book doesn't utilize the same vernacular. The story overall is Luke warm. I as a reader had a hard time emotionally connecting to either character because there was not enough concrete details or back story that would make me care about either character ( that's where showing and not telling would help immensely). It was a nice ending that tied up with a pretty now but at that point it was merely just a relief to have soldiered through it. Perhaps the authors later books are better than this one a this is clearly older since fur coats have long been passé and I don't know anyone anymore that owns a VCR.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    For Services Rendered is an excellent title for this story but at the same time it not what I expected ~ oh, so much better! Clair is an intelligent, beautiful and reasonable woman; Nick, the CEO of the firm where she worked found her attractive and proposed an agreement to marry and have children. He would take care of the increasing financial burden of her mother in a nursing home and she would agree to be his 'perfect' wife. Clair's character was sweet and she fell in love with Nick from the For Services Rendered is an excellent title for this story but at the same time it not what I expected ~ oh, so much better! Clair is an intelligent, beautiful and reasonable woman; Nick, the CEO of the firm where she worked found her attractive and proposed an agreement to marry and have children. He would take care of the increasing financial burden of her mother in a nursing home and she would agree to be his 'perfect' wife. Clair's character was sweet and she fell in love with Nick from the first of their marriage. Nick treated her like a queen although he always held part of himself under control and she did not think he loved her. This is the major problem that the two characters find they cannot communicate with each other about to solve. I do love a happy ending and a good romance with two attractive characters that are both nice people; so this was a good story that I recommend to other romance readers.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I gave it a rating of 3 not because I didn't like the book, but because the whole story made me so angry. I couldn't even get into the romantic parts being so mad. I hated Nick from the start to finish. He was an arrogant,rich, controling creep who took advantage of a naive woman. The way he treated her was nothing less than forms of abuse. I kept telling myself "It's just a story", but I can really see how a woman can get into an abusive relationship when she is so vulnerable in reality. I didn I gave it a rating of 3 not because I didn't like the book, but because the whole story made me so angry. I couldn't even get into the romantic parts being so mad. I hated Nick from the start to finish. He was an arrogant,rich, controling creep who took advantage of a naive woman. The way he treated her was nothing less than forms of abuse. I kept telling myself "It's just a story", but I can really see how a woman can get into an abusive relationship when she is so vulnerable in reality. I didn't like the ending and I won't go into it because I don't want to give away the ending, but I was just ANGRY! Right now, I don't know if I am ready for another of her books.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    Clair and Nick are the two main characters in this typical romantic novel. Clair is hired by Nick to write an article for publication in a leading business magazine. What she doesn't anticipate when she accepts the assignment is that she will become romantically involved with Nick. Nick, on the other hand, is a very successful business man, but has one failure to take credit for in his life--his first marriage was a sham. Easy read and plenty of romance thrown into the plot. Clair and Nick are the two main characters in this typical romantic novel. Clair is hired by Nick to write an article for publication in a leading business magazine. What she doesn't anticipate when she accepts the assignment is that she will become romantically involved with Nick. Nick, on the other hand, is a very successful business man, but has one failure to take credit for in his life--his first marriage was a sham. Easy read and plenty of romance thrown into the plot.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Maxwell

    I really liked the book a lot but felt the ending was a bit of a cop out that is why their was a lost star. The story was good and Nick and Claire had passion for one another. There was a little depth to the book but not enough to completely engulf my thoughts. I believe an epilogue would have given the book the extra star. I wanted a more happily ever after with a baby not just a maybe.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    This book was okay - not horrible but rather predictable. A non-committal arranges for a marriage of convenience and the wife is in love with him. Eventually he admits he loves her too. It was light and fluffy but an easy, quick read on my Kindle that I read quickly on my first week home with a newborn.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cornelia

    for a free kindle book this one was good. The writing style was nice. some poeple have reservation about N motives and feel sorry for the poor C I didn't see it like that. I liked that I could understand both side. Tough N sad background story was so close, almost the same as an other from a book I read like a month ago or so that I got bored with him. anyway ok book. for a free kindle book this one was good. The writing style was nice. some poeple have reservation about N motives and feel sorry for the poor C I didn't see it like that. I liked that I could understand both side. Tough N sad background story was so close, almost the same as an other from a book I read like a month ago or so that I got bored with him. anyway ok book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I thought the emotions and overall plot of the book were great. What I didn't care for was how the female character's personality seemed to change drastically and then go back towards her original description. Not the best, not the worst but definitely a sweet story. I thought the emotions and overall plot of the book were great. What I didn't care for was how the female character's personality seemed to change drastically and then go back towards her original description. Not the best, not the worst but definitely a sweet story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Clarke

    2.5 stars. Business tycoon picks a wife out of his employees. Desperate women agrees to marriage to help keep her life afloat. Love, anger and sadness follow. If you like bossy/stubborn and clueless men with a strong naïve woman this book is for you.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Nicely written story that I enjoyed reading. A bit predictable with the HEA ending. Would love to see a sequel with the story and characters expanded instead of a stand alone read. All in all, it was a fast and smooth read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Moon Love

    This is my first book by Patricia Kay and it was really enjoyable. I felt that the only thing left hanging was having children part which leaves room for a sequel.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shonnie

    I enjoyed this read. Sorta like a Harlequin novel but not as sappy.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    Enjoyable and predictable read. Not a lot of depth. Claire and Nick were fun characters.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Silvia

    Damn that was a waste of time :/

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    You know how it is going to end but it is a fun and quick read for something light!!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Good fast romantic read!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kimi

    Cute love story. I really enjoyed this one.

  29. 4 out of 5

    SandraE

    This book is your standard married for other reasons that turns into love.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Desertgirl

    I just don't like romance that's all about drama and doesn't have even a little humor or suspense or preferably both in it. I just don't like romance that's all about drama and doesn't have even a little humor or suspense or preferably both in it.

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