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Publisher's Summary

No one knows how new members are selected to the board of Hale Banking and Holding. But there are rumors of a sordid rite of initiation.

Whispers how one woman and nine men disappear into a boardroom.

This time, that woman will be me.

The Hale family owns everything - the eighth largest bank in the world, everyone in our town, even the mortgage on my parents’ mansion. And now Royce Hale wants to own me.

He is charming. Seductive. Ruthless. But above all, he’s the prince of lies. My body may tighten with white-hot desire under his penetrating gaze, but I refuse to enjoy it.

I’ll make a deal with the devil to save my family and sell myself to the Hales. But Royce will never own my heart.

©2019 Nikki Sloane (P)2020 The Audio Flow

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Captivating from beginning to end

What seems like a story that I have read 1 million times in various books this story has a better edge to it. It doesn’t have the frustration of people not telling each other things, it has an honesty in there which helps the story flow nicely.

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Amazing!!!

Love Nikki Sloane! Her books always offer a slightly different take to a romance. Couldn't put this one down. Ends on a cliff hanger, so please bring out next in audio soon! So many twists and turns. Strong female lead, taboo, money. A must listen!

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  • being_ericamarie
  • 18-05-2020

My first Nikki Sloan

I think I started out with a good one for my first Nikki Sloan book. Savannah Peachwood is an awesome narrator and had me captivated throughout the entire book. Downside is that there is a cliffhanger and I hope it is not a long wait until the next book comes out. I don't usually go into a series without being able to go straight into the next if it is a good book, which this was so there's that slight disappointment that I have to wait. But other than that this had everything I like in a romance book. I will be looking for more of her books.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-12-2020

if your over 16 dont bother

unsure what the actual story was if there was supposed to be one? this was one of the most unrealistic books i have ever tried to complete. i could not i last for a bit of book 2 just in case i was missing something but no nothing. if you are over 16 dont bother there are much better books.

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  • Lisa M Skwarlo
  • 09-02-2021

Sexy and Thoughtul. Get over the cliffhanger.

Oh. My. God!! I'm not sure why I waited to read/listen to this but it was so decadent.

The Initiation by Nikki Sloane is book one of the Filthy Rich Americans. This is a series that has to be read in order.

At first I was wondering how in the heck Marist was going to get swept up in this filthy rich world. But I was completely sucked in from the first moments. Royce seems to be the son trying to please everyone but stay true to himself.

This book is so sensual and hot. I'd expect nothing less from Nikki Sloane. She sets a scene and makes the reader feel as if they are immersed in that scene.

Saavannah Peachwood is the narrator and she embodies all of the characters brilliantly. Her voice is smooth like nectar.

I've seen reviews negative about the cliffhanger. Get over it. The cliffhanger is necessary for the flow of the series.

Nikki Sloane has once again written a sexy and thoughtful book. What would you do if you needed to help save your family?? How far would you go??

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  • Kelly - KCBookLover
  • 03-09-2020

Dark, Sexy and Mysterious - an addicting audiobook!

This audiobook CONSUMED me, I have been wanting to dive into this trilogy since it released and am so happy I did the audio! Savannah‘s voice made for the perfect for Marist Northcott, fierce yet vulnerable, she nailed the power that was required of her to be part of the insane and decadent world of wealthiest men in the country.⁣

“I was the queen, and their desire made them my subjects.”⁣

This book is dark, sexy, sinful and mysterious, a twisted tale of the wealthy elite and the scandalous traditions they force upon those who they deem worthy. This book definitely took me out of my comfort zone, several scenes had me clutching my pearls and blushing. I love a hot romance book and this story takes it up a notch! There’s this anticipation that builds of what actually happens during initiation, my mind creating and imagining a lot of crazy situations and the story did not disappoint. I am utterly addicted to this world now and am patiently waiting for the next two books to be released on audio! ⁣

“Royce was Hades, the king of the underworld. He’d come to carry me down into his dark world, make me his unwilling bride and his queen.”⁣

Marist is the Northcott sister that everyone ignores, while beautiful in her own right, her quirky and non conventional style has left her out of the limelight. Yet when family secrets are revealed, she is the only one who can save their name and status, even if the cost is her freedom. I loved her resilience, she commanded the men around her even if she had no true power over her fate. Thrust into an arranged relationship with Royce Hale, an arrogant man with a chip on his shoulder, she fights hard to remain true to herself. Royce is a man who takes what he wants, yet in private he is warmhearted and his true feelings for Marist had me fighting for their love. The passion and heat created by their love/hate relationship is so dang sexy and leads to some intense sex scenes, oh boy is Royce an unforgettable man! Book one ends with a doozy of a cliffhanger, so consider me addicted!

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  • Ty
  • 02-11-2021

Not my cup of tea

I really didn’t like the story line. It’s just not my cup of tea. Eh.

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  • Shon
  • 02-06-2021

Nikki Sloane

It's been a minute since I've read a Nikki Sloane books. I enjoyed listening to this book. The characters are great.. some you will hate but overall the storyline is intriguing. Thanks

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  • Tracy
  • 06-05-2021

Wow! Wow! Whoa?!

Love it! This book had my attention from the very start. So worth the spend...you will not be disappointed. Bravo Nikki Sloane!...and Yes Savannah Peachwood you nailed it all around.

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  • haydee Diaz
  • 28-10-2020

OMG

Why do these books end this way and there still is no new book out I want the new book now this was a good book! why is the second book not out yet come on!!!!!!!!Savannah another great job with narrator Performance 🎭 was great story fantastic!!!!

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  • Hilda
  • 28-07-2020

addicted stoey

Savannah Peachwood did a good job as the narrator of this book. I can feel the emotions of all characters going through. I couldn't wait for the next series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-08-2021

Don’t waste your time

It was bad. Firstly, what kind of a name is Marist?? So unsexy.
Secondly, there is no explanation as to why her family is so shallow, there is no backstory explaining the extremely unrealistic Northcott family dynamic.
Third, Marist is DUMB. It’s so sad that a female author would write about a dumb woman. Royce literally explains to her that he’s a different person when people are around and she keeps being surprised by it and thinks he doesn’t love her. Does Nikki Sloane think we’re gonna be as dumb as her character? I hate it when authors think readers are stupid.
Lastly, Mcallister? What kind of a bad guy first name is that?? Made me picture him like Kevin from Home Alone. Mcallister also has no depth as a character btw, he’s just the classic bad guy who’s bad for no reason.

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