I was tempted… to stop reading this a few times. I’ve read some great books by this author, but unfortunately this is not among them. It quite literally skips over all of the parts where there’s actual growth to this relationship, instead focusing on drama that’s meant to be mysterious but is really kinda predictable. This still has the intense, unique writing that I’ve come to expect from this author, paired with a storyline that did have (unfulfilled) potential. While there are parts of it that I enjoyed, this certainly isn’t my favorite from the author.
The story follows Bailey, a woman who is trying to put her life back together after becoming sober (lots of triggers in this one). She’s been clean for awhile, but is still struggling to pay her rent, so Bailey takes a job that she knows isn’t good for her. Working at a night club is not the best idea for a recovering addict, and her moody, intriguing boss is another kind of temptation altogether. As Bailey and Drew fight their attraction to each other while trying to maintain a professional relationship, it’s not long before lines get crossed.
Let’s start with the good: I really liked the idea behind the storyline. The blurb doesn’t address Bailey’s addiction, but it’s a HUGE part of the story, so that’s important to know going in. This will not be for everyone. I liked the pull between these two and their struggle to keep from going down the wrong path – and I would’ve loved the focus to be on that tension. Instead, it’s much more about the drama, and this boss/employee romance gave off creepy vibes that I’m sure the author did not fully intend (inappropriate touching, feeling cheap/used, questionable assignments, reminders that the boss has slept with employees before). It was not sexy to me. Pair that with a storyline that goes out of its way to avoid anything romantic, and I just wasn’t feeling this relationship. Bailey actually interacts more with a (very attractive) male coworker in the first half than Drew, and I’d wager that she might have more conversations with him too. All that adds up to a romance that I couldn’t get all that invested in, no matter how twisty and interesting the writing is. I wanted to like this a lot more than I actually did. I still look forward to whatever the author writes next, but this wasn’t a winner for me. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this workplace romance.
From USA Today bestseller Ava Harrison comes a billionaire boss romance full of steam, witty banter and a jaw-dropping twist!
Zero prospects? Check.
An eviction notice in hand? Check.
Life in shambles? Check. Check. Check.
Desperate to avoid living on my sister’s couch, I took a job in the one place I shouldn’t.
That’s where I first saw him.
Elusive bad boy.
Owner of the hottest club in the city.
And apparently my new boss.
Temptation comes in many forms.
For me, it’s the way he looks at me.
The way he feels.
He’s my addiction.
I know I should keep my distance.
I could lose everything—even myself.
But I can’t.
And neither can he.
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