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Peek Inside The Negotiator

Workaholic Sawyer Carlyle needs a “buffer” between him and his marriage-obsessed mom. But when the woman he hires turns out to negotiate like a pitbull and look like lickable sunshine, he’s soon agreeing to things straight out of his comfort zone...

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Wanted: Personal Buffer
Often snarly, workaholic executive seeks “buffer” from annoying outside distractions AKA people. Free spirits with personal boundary issues, excessive quirks, or general squeamishness need not apply. Salary negotiable. Confidentiality required.

Workaholic billionaire Sawyer Carlyle may have joked he needed a “buffer” from their marriage-obsessed mom, but he didn’t need a waiting room filled with “candidates” to further distract him. (Thanks, bro.) But when a sexy job applicant shoos his mom and the socialite in tow out of his office, Sawyer sees the genius of the plan. And the woman. In fact, Miss Clover Lee might just get the fastest promotion in history, from buffer to fake fiancé…

This “free-spirit” might look like hot sunshine and lickable rainbows, but she negotiates like a pitbull. Before Sawyer knows what hit him, he’s agreed to give up Friday nights for reality TV, his Saturdays for flea markets (why buy junk still baffles him), his Tuesdays and Thursdays for “date nights” (aka panty-losing opportunities if he plays his cards right). And now she wants lavender bath salts and tulips delivered every Monday?

Yup, she’s just screwing with him. Good thing she’s got this non-negotiable six-weeks-and-she’s-gone rule or Sawyer may have just met this match…


"THE NEGOTIATOR is a flat out sweet and endearing. Emotionally invested from the start, I couldn't help but love Clover aka Jane. What EVERY contemporary romance should be, Flynn balances the humor and conflict, the swooning and the steam to make a fantastic read.” –Beth, Tome Tender

 “I absolutely loved this book! Sawyer really met his match with Clover!” –Heather, A Crazy Vermonter’s Book Reviews

The Negotiator’s got the jaunty tone of rom-coms, that snort-laugh type of jokes (which definitely places you in entertaining fictional la-la-land), the instant attraction and lust metre amped up to max complete with some kind of comic timing that makes it a fun read.” –Piper K., NetGalley

“I think you hit a home run with this book. Clover Lee is now officially my favorite heroine.” –Susie V., Goodreads

 “An addictive book from start to finish. Fresh, witty, intoxicating and left me wanting more!” –Rae, Books I Love A Latte

 “LOVED this one!!  It's fun, witty, and sexy good.” –Bette H., Goodreads

 “If you are looking for a heated, humorous and feel good romance you cannot go wrong with THE NEGOTIATOR!” –Kimberly, Caffeinated Book Reviewer

 "This was such a FUN, ENTERTAINING, and SEXY read!” –Shayna Renee’s Spicy Reads

 “The sexy-times in the book are off the chart!” – Carrie, The Book Girl

 “I was highly entertained reading this book. It was heartwarming, hilarious and I couldn´t put it down. I loved every page of this book, every single one!” –Konny, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633759589
Series: Harbor City Romance, Book 1
Release Date: Apr 24, 2017
Page Count: 315
Imprint: amara next
Genre: contemporary, romantic comedy
Tropes: fake engagement, opposites attract

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By Beth April 07, 2017

A rich brotherly prank between the Carlyle family, leads to the free-spirited Clover Lee to apply for a position as Sawyer Carlyle buffer between himself and his mother. Sawyer’s mother has plans to get him married off and is throwing every socialite she can find at him. While Sawyer just want to fo ...more

By Claire April 25, 2017

4 - "You're you and I'm me..." Stars!

Hang on to your knickers ladies, the Carlyle brothers are in town, and boy do they know how to endear themselves to you.

Although The Negotiator gives us Sawyer’s story, I was just as intrigued by Hudson, and will say straight off the bat that I hope the author h ...more

By Kathi March 25, 2020

Inhalt: „Heartbreaker“ ist der erste Teil der „Harbour City“-Reihe von Avery Flynn.
Sawyer Carlyle hat nach dem Tod seines Vaters das Familienunternehmen übernommen. Sein Leben hat er der Arbeit gewidmet. Seine Mutter wünscht sich aber nichts lieber als eine Frau an seine Seite. Ständig versucht sie ...more

Oh boy … did the negotiator suck. NO, NOT THE BOOK, the negotiator himself. He was out-witted, out-talked and, definitely, out-maneuvered by one hell of a smart, sexy and funny woman. Sawyer Carlyle met his match when he met Clover Lee and she let him know it every chance she got.

I loved this story ...more

'The Negotiator' by Avery Flynn. This is the story of Jane "Clover" Lee and Sawyer Carlyle.
Clover has applied for the job of 'buffer' that Sawyer's brother put in the paper. Clover likes to be independent and doesn't want a permanent job. So with those two things she has ended up doing a lot of odd ...more

By ☕️Kimberly April 23, 2017

Caffeinated Dates with The Negotiator

First Date: I loved how our first date began and right away I adored, quirky, activist and adventurer Jane "Clover" Lee. Sawyers Mom has decided he needs to be wed and has been driving him crazy with a parade of potential partners. Mrs. Carlye is a force and ...more

By Alla May 22, 2019

I was pleasantly surprised by this one.
I listened to the audio version of it and the narrator did a good job, I enjoyed it.

By Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms December 18, 2017

This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookviews
The Negotiator kept me company with laughter and steam on my way to and from work. Fun, hot and feisty, it kept things light.

Review - (un)Conventional Bookviews
The Negotiator helped me laugh while commuting - which is not that frequent an occurrence really. I ...more

By MsChris1161 April 15, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed THE NEGOTIATOR by Avery Flynn and highly recommend it. The premise, is basically the fake engagement (so the busy workaholic billionaire can avoid his mother's marriage traps) where two people who seem opposite in every way are perfect for one another and eventually find their u ...more

By C June 24, 2017

Safe read
I really enjoyed this book!!

-Great build up from connection >Lust >Love
-H not a man whore
-neither are virgins
-No ow Drama
-push and pull
-h was fantastic! Super funny and kept H on his toes
-loved how the mother was so set against her then 100% on her side
-h was sassy and tough!
-HEA with e ...more

By Sabrina February 23, 2019

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Amazon US * Amazon UK


By Els January 20, 2019

Lovely feel good story. ...more

By Juanita September 26, 2017

I always enjoy a story with bantering

By Irene May 02, 2017

4.5 stars

The Negotiator was such a good read.
I loved the storyline, the characters Sawyer and Clover were fun, sweet, quirky, passionate and watching their relationship develop kept me turning the pages, loved them!


Sawyer and Clover were both such wonderful and entertaining characters.
They made me ...more

By Shayna April 16, 2017

New to me author, Avery Flynn blew me away with her latest release, THE NEGOTIATOR. This was such a FUN, ENTERTAINING, and SEXY read! I was surprised how quickly I fell for Sawyer and Clover. Two VERY different personalities coming together and developing something truly special. This was truly some ...more

By Maddy's Reading April 26, 2017

I was looking forward to reading this book coz the blurb had me hooked and I was not disappointed!!
Clover Lee is a free bird. She loves traveling around the world with no strings attached. When she's hired by Sawyer to act as a buffer between him and his marriage-focused mother, it's just a job fina ...more

By Elizabeth April 30, 2017

Sawyer, and his younger brother, Hudson, are relieved to see their Mom has begun to act like her normal self again after mourning their Dad. Unfortunately, her new focus is finding Sawyer a wife, and she has no qualms completely hijacking him whenever possible with candidates. Hudson, through his la ...more

By Elaine April 24, 2017

This is a laugh out loud, sweet romance which I thoroughly enjoyed!

Sawyer Carlyle is a workaholic billionaire whose mother is determined to have married to one of the young ladies she keeps introducing him to. He loves his Mum but struggles to get her to let him lead his life how he wants - and pre ...more

By Nicole November 02, 2017

This is my first book by Avery Flynn, and I enjoyed every minute of it. She's definitely going to become an automatic one-click author for me. Sawyer Carlyle, workaholic billionaire, is perfectly content in his I-see-the-bigger-picture life. Unfortunately his mother has gotten it into her head that ...more

By Bea May 07, 2017

This book is truth in advertising, it really is a hot romantic comedy. It's sexy, steamy, yet sweet and funny. It was my first Avery Flynn story but it won't be my last. "The Negotiator" was a fun, fast read that also had a serious side, dealing with family expectations and how adult children view a ...more

By Heather April 05, 2017

I loved the lady balls Clover had, she didn't take crap from anyone especially Sawyer, “don’t complain about what I wear,” she said, her voice tight and a little higher than normal. “It’s not like most people who specialize in temp jobs have closets full of ball gowns and formal dresses.” I liked th ...more

By Steph's Romance Book Talk March 21, 2018

A fun, quick, sexy read. Loved the banter and "negotiations" between the characters.

This specific video review will be included in the March wrap-up.

For other video book reviews check out my Youtube Channel: Steph's Rom Book Talk. ...more

By Helena#bookdreamer September 06, 2018

Super sweet story. I loved how quirky Clover was. From her love of refurbishing furniture for fun, to her no nonsense attitude that won her the job of his buffer. I could relate to her need to want to experience every bit of adventure the world had to offer. Sawyer was your typical billionaire stiff ...more

By Rachel April 23, 2017

Avery Flynn kicks of a new series with The Negotiator and if you are looking for a book with the perfect amount of fun, steam and romance then look no further because this is the book for you.

I fully admit to devouring this book twice since I got it and I’m fighting the urge to pick it and read it a ...more

By Robyn March 11, 2019

Solid contemporary romance. ...more

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Avery Flynn

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Avery Flynn

When Avery Flynn isn't writing about alpha heroes and the women who tame them, she is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. She has three slightly wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband, and has a slight shoe addiction. Find out more about Avery on her website, follow her on Twitter, like her on her Facebook page, or friend her on her Facebook profile. Also, if you figure out how to send Oreos through the internet, she’ll be your best friend for life. Contact her at [email protected] She’d love to hear from you.

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