I had a hard time getting into this book , and honestly had to force myself last night to continue reading it . I don't know why so don't ask lol ... about half way through I got more into it and did succeed in finishing it . This is what happened... I met him at the candy store.He turned and smiled at me and I was surprised enough to smile back. This was not a children's candy store, mind you--this was the kind of place you went to buy expensive imported chocolate truffles for your boss's wife because you felt guilty for having sex with him when you were both at a conference in Milwaukee.Hypothetically speaking, of course.I've been hit on plenty of times, mostly by men with little finesse who thought what was between their legs made up for what they lacked between their ears.Sometimes I went home with them anyway, just because it felt good to want and be wanted, even if it was mostly fake.The problem with wanting is that it's like pouring water into a vase full of stones. It fills you up before you know it, leaving no room for anything else. I don't apologize for who I am or what I've done in--or out--of bed.I have my job, my house and my life, and for a long time I haven't wanted anything else.Until Dan. Until nowI had a hard time connecting with Elle. but as I got further into the book I understood why . Elle Kavanagh counts. She counts to relax, she counts to focus and she counts for a living. Elle likes things to be either black or white but never red. She has no personal relationships and she purposefully avoids cultivating anything that could possibly lead to a deeper attachment than a label of "acquaintance" or "one night stand". Yet Elle's categorized world will be tossed upon a raging sea with a mere greeting by a very handsome man.He says Hi, and Elle responds to her own total shock. He woes her on that first meeting with candy and tells her to come have a drink with him that very moment because he says she wants to, and Elle obeys. They have a drink, they flirt and in the end they say good night. Elle can't stop thinking about him yet she never even asked his name and he never asked for hers.Elle's work colleague, Marcy, is an endearing yet nosey bitch and she forces her way past Elle's shields with comic finesse. You know this woman, we've all met her and some of us are her. After much convincing she gets Elle to go out with her and her new boyfriend. Elle agrees and who should she run into? The drop dead gorgeous man from the candy store whose name she doesn't know. She tells him her real name while with every other man she's told a lie. As she sways with the music and her body explodes with sweet release in his arms, Elle learns his name along with a healthy dose of mortification over having an orgasm on a dance floor. Daniel Stewart slips her his card and leaves her without a backwards glance. Elle waits a week before she calls him.Elle and Dan's first sexual encounter is in a bathroom stall in the ladies room of a restaurant. The whole experience while erotic was rather comical as well because in the midst of this very intense and sexual moment...I heard voices, two chattering women who used the stalls at the far end of the room without a break in their conversation. One of them peed forever, a waterfall of piss, and a bubble of laughter leaked out of me...I laughed, and laughing made me come...Dan works on getting her to see him more and more without having the word "Relationship" come as what they are doing . She slowly starts to open to him , Then her Dad dies and she has to go back to the house she has not been in in over 10 yrs and she sends Dan away tells him she needs to be alone ., He leaves. Dan exerted his dominance over Elle both conversationally as well as sexually. Dan had an ability to know what Elle wanted whether it be emotional or physical. This is mainly because he truly wanted the same things but understood Elle's hesitance and need to have someone lead her in even the most basic of decisions.I was glad in the end that He Broke through to her and she told him Everything that had happened and the reasons behind all of her actions where made clear from that.