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June 28, 2016

Romance in translation

By Simona Ahrnstedt
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Swedish author Simona Ahrnstedt makes her English debut with All In, the first foreign-language romance novel to be translated and published in the U.S.
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Swedish author Simona Ahrnstedt makes her English debut with All In, the first Swedish-language romance novel to be translated and published in the U.S. Featuring a billionaire venture capitalist and a businesswoman making a name for herself in the boy’s club of corporate banking, All In will have readers talking with its sizzling chemistry and cat-and-mouse intrigue. 

Set in the world of Sweden’s elite, CEO David Hammar is looking to acquire a private financial firm, Investum, owned by the aristocratic De la Grip family. It’s a bold move, but David is known for his aggressive and, at times, conniving tactics. But to David, this acquisition is more than just a business deal—it’s a chance for revenge. And nothing will stop him from destroying the De la Grips once he owns Investum.

Natalia De la Grip is making a name for herself as a corporate banker. She’s dogged and headstrong, working long hours in hopes for some recognition from her father, whose ego and pompousness only drive Natalia to achieve even greater success. Her goal: to earn a spot on the board of Investum. 

David’s plan for power and revenge relies on getting a member of the De la Grip family on his side, and Natalia is the perfect target. She wants an active part in the company, and he needs someone on the inside to aid in his corporate takeover. David just has to convince Natalia that he’s only looking out for the best interests of Investum. 

Can David give up his lifelong, cold-hearted motivations for a woman from the family he hates?

Cutthroat and manipulative, David is used to remaining steadfast in the face of temptation, but Natalia’s loyalty—and especially her naïveté—might prove too much to resist. As business lunches turn into late-night dinners, his plans for revenge begin to falter as his attraction to Natalia increases. Can David give up his lifelong, cold-hearted motivations for a woman from the family he hates?

With glamorous details of the lifestyles of Sweden’s rich and famous, All In is a high-stakes romance entrenched in corporate corruption and overflowing bank accounts, and it feels not unlike a Shakespearean drama with schemes, power struggles and family betrayals. 

Ahrnstedt has given American readers a romance they won’t soon forget. With a smart heroine striving for her father’s acceptance, a jaded hero out to bring down his enemies, and the beautiful setting of Sweden, All In grabs you from the first page and doesn’t let go until the very last word.

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All In

All In

By Simona Ahrnstedt
Kensington
ISBN 9781496706195

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