I love a grumpy boss and I also love Bloom’s brand of comedy, so I took a chance on this one despite the fact that secret babies are my least favorite trope. While I didn’t necessarily love that element of the storyline, there’s a lot of fun humor and playfulness to this romance. It’s also the steamiest book that I’ve read from Bloom in quite a while, with a relationship that’s part bickering and part sexual tension. The office romance and comedy both work well, but I definitely had a few issues with the storyline that kept me from fully connecting to this one (more on that in a minute).
The story follows Damon, a sports agent who relies on being a jerk to manage his employees. When he meets Chelsea, it’s both loathe and lust at first sight. The two combust in one quick and kinda mean hookup before parting ways. Five years later, Chelsea shows back up for an interview at Damon’s company. Thinking that it will be fun to torture her into quitting, Damon offers Chelsea a position. But that logic quickly backfires as the two spend more time together and it becomes apparent that their combustible chemistry was not a fluke. The only problem? Actions have consequences, and Chelsea never told Damon about the adorable result of their first encounter.
My love of Bloom’s comedy made me willing to overlook the secret baby storyline, assuming it was handled correctly. However, while I can KIND OF understand Chelsea’s reason for not telling Damon, they knew each other for all of two minutes before hooking up the first time (seriously), so I don’t personally feel that his moodiness was a good enough reason to not mention the pregnancy. That encounter also seemed to be the catalyst for all of their feelings, and I just didn’t buy it. They essentially meet, bang, and move on within 15 minutes. Add in some OW drama, a playboy past, mixed messages, and a very instalove feel, and this started to lose me. I can handle all of those things in small doses but they built up until they overtook the love story. There’s a lot of good here but it wasn’t enough to make up for the issues that kept me disconnected. So while this one doesn’t top my list of favorites from the author, it’s still a fun (and very sexy) read, especially if you’re looking for steamy comedy. I received an ARC via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review of this office romance.
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You know that instinct to run when something bad is coming?
Yeah. I apparently missed out on that one.
Because Damon Rose came, and instead of running, I got pregnant.
Yes. I remember Chelsea Cross.
I remember five years ago when she thought she could handle me.
Proving her wrong was… enjoyable.
With hair I wanted to fist. A mouth that only stopped when I kissed it. A body that I needed to press against the nearest wall and claim.
And now she wants a job.
A smart man would say “no”.
Or, I could teach her the same lesson I taught her five years ago.
She can’t even begin to handle me.
Author’s Note: Buckle up for the ultimate bosshole in this steamy, workplace romantic comedy with a sassy heroine and a stubborn grump who wants to ruin her day.