Bernadette Marie’s romance novel The Executive Decision is the first book in the Keller Family Series. Regan is a highly insecure woman that has been attempting to recover from an abusive relationship. Even though the physical wounds had healed over the past year, the psychological effects still linger causing her to keep men at a distance. When she started her new job at a real estate agency, her boss immediately felt an attraction to her. Zach Benson is determined to break through her defensive wall. Regan’s attempts to keep a professional work relationship falters as she realizes she has mutual feelings for Zach. Will she let the charming executive in or will she push him away and stay isolated by allowing her past to dictate her future?
Bernadette Marie made The Executive’s Decision a very intense romance story. The inner conflict that Regan battles are realistic and the determination of Zach is admirable. Zach wasn’t overly pushy and seemed in tune with how Regan felt, a rare quality. I also like that there was a family-connected support story that many romance novels tend to lack. The dialogue and personal interactions are engaging and, while there are some explicit scenes of passion, the story is classy. I confidently rate this a 5-star romance story that I recommend to anyone looking for a relatable character-centered story.