There’s something about this author’s light and sexy romances that just works for me, and this was another fun one. I won’t say that it was one of my favorites – it wasn’t – but the story is low angst and so easy to binge. For me, there was too much focus on the hero’s past hookups and too sudden of a shift in the relationship, so I was more disengaged than I would’ve liked. But it’s still a solid office romance with a slow burn that focuses on the emotional build, and that part of the story worked for me.
The story follows Arietta (22), the assistant to Dominick (34), a man she’s dubbed “The Dick.” He’s a serious grump whose sole focus is work, unless he’s thinking with his… well, you know. As his assistant, Arietta has taken messages for dozens of Dominick’s past hookups, so she knows exactly the type of guy he is outside of the office. And Dominick… well Dominick doesn’t think about Arietta much at all. That all changes when a sexy email from Arietta accidentally lands in Dominick’s inbox. Suddenly, Dominick can’t stop thinking about his surprisingly sexy assistant, and not all of his thoughts are lusty in nature.
I’ll openly admit that while I love the idea of an accidental email, I DON’T love that Dominick had ZERO interest in Arietta until he knew that she was hot underneath her ill-fitting clothing. That’s a problem for me, no doubt. I also don’t love that Arietta has spent so long taking messages from the women in Dominick’s life. But those are really the only things that I didn’t enjoy; the rest of the story is lighthearted, playful, and kinda cute. If there’d been a little less focus on the playboy stuff and a little more focus on building the relationship, this would’ve been a GREAT read. So, yeah, I liked it. But I did not love it. Fans of low angst office romances with a touch of steam will enjoy this one, and I am absolutely looking forward to whatever the author writes next.
This is how the worst Friday of my life started…
Subject: The Dick
Mr. Calvetti is as ornery as ever today.
He scolded me for taking a message from a woman who asked me to pass along this to him – “your lips are the purest form of pleasure this side of the Mississippi!”
She may not be a poet, but she is obviously head over heels for him, so I thought I’d play cupid and give him the message.
Dominick (The Dick) Calvetti told me once again to ignore all messages women leave for him.
He’s a cruel bastard with a gorgeous face and rock hard abs. I imagine he has those. He’s 6’3″ and works out every morning. He has to be built under those suits, right? I know that the nickname I gave him is based on his attitude, but I sometimes wonder if it “fits” in other ways if you know what I mean. Even if it does, I still loathe him. He’s the worst boss on both sides of the Mississippi.
I attached a picture of the lingerie I bought for my date tonight. I snapped a selfie in the mirror this morning since you were still asleep.
Let me know what you think, roomie.
P.S. Tomorrow we’re getting you a new phone. I miss texting. Emailing is for old people like The Dick.
Subject: Re: The Dick
Thank you for your email.
I hardly think 34 is considered old, and for the record, I’m 6’4″.
Details matter. Sending an email to the intended recipient matters more, especially when you include a sensitive image exposing so much of your body.
Also, cancel your date, as you will now be working late tonight.
And report to my office. Immediately.
Haven’t tried Deborah Bladon yet? Check out Catch!
While I liked XOXO, I loved Catch. It’s another office romance, and it just hit better for me. We are also briefly introduced to the heroine of XOXO in Catch (briefly, no worries), so it would make sense to read Catch first, if you like reading in order. If not, you won’t miss anything.
My review is one of the first to pop up on Amazon, so one click will bring you to both places: https://amzn.to/3rZ6bGe
Fun fact: the cover of XOXO probably would’ve been closer to the look of Catch’s cover, except the author had a whole lot of trouble getting that one approved by retailers. The original cover involved a champagne bottle in a saucy location, so paired with the “handful” tagline… it was too much, lol. If that sort of thing makes you giggle, check out Bladon’s Facebook page for the progression. She’s now going with the “cute” covers, but the content has the same feel.
About the Author:
Deborah Bladon is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who has sold over 3.5 million books worldwide. She has been featured on the top bestsellers lists over 70 times, including two weeks in which 3 of her books were featured. Some of her standout series that have been included on the New York Times bestsellers list are RUIN, PULSE and GONE.
Her love for romance novels began when she was old enough to board the bus, library card in hand to check out the newest Harlequin paperbacks. She’s a Canadian by heart, and by passport, but you can often spot her in New York City sipping a latte and looking for inspiration for her next story. Manhattan is definitely her second home.
She cherishes her family and believes that each day is a gift for writing, for reading, and for loving.
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