This was GREAT, the kind of easy, sexy romance that I love to binge in one sitting. I’m new to the series, and the first thing I did when I finished this was add the other interconnected standalones to my TBR – which tells you how much I enjoyed this. It was lighter and less angsty than anticipated, with likable characters and TONS of chemistry. I loved the playfulness and all of the banter, and there is certainly a bit of heat. The sexual tension and forbidden aspect kept me hooked, and there was just enough friction between these two to keep things interesting. I love a good strangers to lovers romance, and the memorable meet cute combined with the office romance vibes made this a distinct read. Sure, it plays up the tropes and doesn’t delve too deep, but it felt fresh and interesting – and you definitely don’t need to read the series in order.
The story follows Audrey, a journalist who gets nervous whenever she goes on dates. She hasn’t done a lot of dating, so it always makes her anxious. While waiting for a late blind date, Audrey meets handsome businessman in a bar. He’s SO not her type, but Carter is kind and easy to talk to. So when Audrey’s date finally arrives and things don’t go well, Carter comes to her rescue. Afterwards, the two strike up a text-based friendship, and all seems to being going well… until Audrey discovers that Carter is the heartless suit who just bought the newspaper she works for and fired a bunch of her coworkers. That’s not what she expected of her new friend, and it throws off their personal and professional dynamic. But Carter has enjoyed getting to know Audrey, and he won’t let her abandon their budding friendship so easily.
From the very first scene, these two have some serious CHEMISTRY. I loved the meet cute, and I was all smiles as they got to know each other. It was interesting that Audrey thought they had friend chemistry, and she certainly works off of that assumption throughout the first half – getting Carter’s advice as she goes on a few disappointing first dates, navigating their new working relationship, and appreciating his friendship. There’s just enough drama to spark some jealousy without being over the top, and I really liked Carter as a character. We get to know him better in the second half, and there are some great intimate moments along the way, both in and out of the bedroom. Hayle writes excellent steam, and the few scenes we got in this were certainly fan-worthy. All in all, the kind of light and sexy romance that’s perfect for bingeing.
The golden angel who swooped in to save me from a nightmare first date turns out to be a billionaire vulture circling the company I work for.
Carter Kingsley: My savior and ruthless corporate raider hell bent on destroying the newspaper I love. Oh, and my new boss.
His first order of business? Cut half the staff. I should hate him. Easy, right?
I met him two weeks ago, when he saved me from the most awkward first date of my life. I was looking for a way out when he strolled up in a ten-thousand dollar suit with a winning smile, and told a white lie that turned the date from hell into heavenly bliss.
I left with his number in my phone, and spent the next two weeks staying up late to text him. He’s charming. Funny. Sincere.
Completely unlike the ruthless villain who comes in and carves us up.
My first order of business is to interview the new boss. But who is sitting on the other side of the desk? The man who saved and charmed me, or the one who’s threatening everything I hold dear?
Carter insists that we can still be friends, but I know that the whole situation is a ticking time bomb.
About the Author:
Olivia loves billionaire heroes despite never having met one in person. Taking matters into her own hands, she creates them on the page instead. Stern, charming, cold or brooding, so far she’s never met a (fictional) billionaire she didn’t like.
A voracious reader of romance, Olivia picked up the pen a few years back and what followed was nothing short of a love affair of her own. Now she spends her days giggling at the steamy banter she’s writing or swooning at their happily-ever-afters.
Smart and sexy romance—those are her lead themes.
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