This was really cute! There was something missing for me the whole way through, but I loved the meet cute and the adorable feel of this office romance. I love a good strangers to lovers connection, and that’s what we’ve got here; these two meet in the most unexpected of ways, and it forces our workaholic hero to open up his eyes to the possibility of more. After a series of run-ins, they become friends and then lovers, falling even though they’re both commitment-phobic. I can’t quite put my finger on what I didn’t love, but it did feel a little slow to me. There were small things that bugged me along the way, but no major roadblocks to enjoying this light and sexy romance.
The story follows Andrew, the CEO of a family business and a workaholic. Andrew is not the typical alpha hero; while he could be considered something of a player, he’s really just a good guy who is married to his job. When a sexy stranger comes into his life, she makes an impression. Neither Andrew nor Juni is interested in a relationship, so they decide to become friends – despite their obvious attraction to each other. But as Juni becomes a part of Andrew’s life, the lines start to blur and their friendship becomes more. Small secrets start to feel bigger, and they threaten to derail everything.
This has some great banter and a low angst, sexy tone that really worked for me. I liked both characters and they definitely had chemistry. The initial meet cute was a lot of fun, and this had tons of potential. I just think maybe the transition from strangers to friends took too long, and I partially disconnected from the story during that time. A few things rubbed me the wrong way, and I never quite got my love of the story back. But I think that the vast majority of this was good; had the first half been stronger, I probably would’ve liked it quite a bit. It’s still a cute, swoony story, and many readers are likely to enjoy it. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this office romance.
She was everything he never knew he needed.
He was everything she avoided.
It’s not the first time I’ve been called a stalker.
I can’t blame Andrew Christiansen for thinking that since we keep crossing paths, especially when I pop up in the most unexpected of places—his office.
We’re opposites in every way. Not the kind that attract.
I’ve been called a ray of sunshine. He’s been called a grumpy workaholic that needs an attitude adjustment. By me.
Somehow, we become friends, the teasing, flirting, and kissing kind. But this thing blooming between us threatens to turn this relationship from friends-to-lovers into a full-blown office romance.
That’s the least of my worries because one or two, little, okay big, secrets I’ve been keeping may turn him from the one I want into the one I can’t have.
Author’s Note: This Opposites Attracts, Perfect for Spring Read has an Unforgettable Meet Cute and has been called Smile-inducing from beginning to end. Enjoy!
I hear a familiar bark and turn back. The woman from the park rushes toward the nearest shop as if I didn’t just bust her for following me. “What are you doing?” I ask. “Are you stalking me?” I might be jumping ahead of myself, but better to settle it now. A lot of weird stuff was happening at the park. Is she to blame?
Despite Rascal’s joy to see me, obstinance stiffens her shoulders, and she scoffs. “You wish.” Her hand flies out. “It just so happens that I’m walking in the same direction. So what?”
“Defensive,” I reply, analyzing her body language. Crossed arms. Straight line across her lips. Half-mast eyelids as she glares at me.
“I’m not defensive. I’m offended. You just called me a stalker.”
“You’re bad, all right.” She angles her chin up, and adds, “You can go about your day now.”
I’m tempted to chuckle, but I’m thinking it’s wise to restrain myself. “I will. Good day.”
“Good day, sir,” she says to my back as I walk away.
I stop again, but this time, I don’t look back. Forcing myself to walk forward, I continue through the upscale neighborhood to the next block. I busy my attention on the architecture until I hear Rascal bark again.
I knew I shouldn’t have talked to a stranger. She may be hot, but she could also be deranged, using her dog as a ploy to trick her next victim to her lair. What am I even talking about?
When I turn back this time, she sidles quickly up to a coffee shop window, pretending to know the people sitting on the other side.
By how they turn their backs to her, they don’t reciprocate. “Nice try,” I tease.
Glancing at me, she huffs. “I’m walking in the same direction. It’s no big deal, for God’s sake.” She punctuates the words with an epic eye roll as if I’m putting her out. Huffing, she grabs Rascal, clutching him to her side.
“His feet have—”
Anger fills her chest, and she shakes her head, exhaling it loudly with a foot stomp. “Ugh! I’ll go this way.”
As. If. I’m the nuisance.
Why am I even sticking around to have this conversation? Why am I bothering? Going in different directions—that’s us. She crosses the street, and I turn the corner, both of us heading back to our own lives and hopefully never seeing each other again.
I continue toward the building up ahead alone. I’m good. I’m fine. Alone is how I thrive. I’ll be here a year or two. That’s nothing. I have plenty of work to keep me busy.
I’m here for work. That’s it. I have a plan in place, and nothing and no one will keep me from achieving my goals.
About the Author:
New York Times and USA Bestselling Author, S. L. Scott, lives in the capital of Texas with her family. Besides writing, Scott loves traveling and avocados, beaches, and cooking with her kids. She’s obsessed with epic romances and loves a great plot twist, as well as dreams of seeing one of her own books on the big screen one day. Her favorite color is blue, but she likens it more toward the sky than the emotion. Her home is filled with the welcoming symbol of the pineapple and finds surfing a challenge though she likes to think she’s a pro.
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