This was slow burn goodness, with a focus on the emotional connection and plenty of sexual tension. I loved the light, easy banter and the opposites attract vibe, though this new-to-me author does an excellent job of showing the parallels between these two seemingly different people. Our broken, playboy of a hero is selfish and uncaring on the surface, but once you dig a little deeper he is a total sweetheart. I LOVED him once this got going – which I definitely wouldn’t have predicted at the start. One of the strongest elements of the book is the single perspective, which drove me crazy at times, but was necessary for the subtle moments to make an impact. As our upbeat and kind heroine gets to know the hero better, the tiny revelations build until he becomes a completely different man in her eyes. This had me hooked the whole way through – I loved it!
The story follows Tali, a woman who has always assumed the role of caretaker. After getting out of a 10-year relationship, Tali is struggling a little bit. She has taken on the financial burden of her family and isn’t sure where her own career is going – let alone her love life. So when a friend offers her a very lucrative, temporary assistant position, Tali doesn’t hesitate to say yes. She’ll be working for a moody plastic surgeon who spends his nights drinking and having one night stands, but the money will make a huge difference in her life. The only problem? Once Tali gets to know Hayes better, she realizes that he’s just a brokenhearted man who is afraid to trust again… not all that different than herself. As the two get closer, their jagged pieces are either going to be the thing that brings them together or tears them apart.
Let’s start with a few safety details, because that’s why I was initially hesitant to read this – yes, Tali’s job entails kicking Hayes’ one night stands out of his house. He sleeps with several women after she starts working for him (very early on), though he’s being more self-destructive than usual in an effort to get her to quit. Since that all happened at the start of the book, before an emotional connection develops, it was easy to move on from – and was not an issue later on. Once these two develop a friendship (with a side of flirtation), the story really kicks into high gear. I loved their connection and the focus on more than just sex, which made this otherwise light and sexy read feel richer and deeper. And once they cross the line? It was steamy and intimate, with so many great quiet moments. I wouldn’t have complained about a little more time with them together, but the pacing in this is great. There was never a dull moment, and it felt so very romantic by the end. I loved it the whole way through, and the story got better with every scene.
He might not be the devil, but working under him for six weeks is my idea of hell.
Hayes Flynn is an arrogant jerk known best for his scotch habit and the way he spreads his British “charm” all over Hollywood, never with the same woman twice. He’s the last person I want to work for, except he has a face I can’t look away from, and the longer we’re together, the harder he is to hate. Because under that smug exterior is a heart he doesn’t want to show—one that was badly broken a decade earlier.
A part of me wants to fix it for him before I leave…but can I do it without breaking my own in the process?
About the Author:
Elizabeth O’Roark is a former medical writer who lives in Washington, DC with her three children. She is an avid runner when able to escape the aforementioned children.
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