Definitely more lust-focused than anything else, this office romance wastes no time in getting steamy and staying that way throughout. Whenever I dive into a book by Bay, I kind of already know what I’m going to get – British businessman who heats up the sheets before slowly simmering into love – and that’s the case here as well. It’s all about their office dynamic and then their bedroom (or semi-public) escapades, with very little time spent on the actual emotional connection. What I really liked about this one though was the unique concept about how their relationship develops – this hero likes to keep business and pleasure completely separate, so when he encounters his new assistant in a bar, he uses a different name and pretends that he doesn’t know her. That adds an interesting element to the story, and I loved the how that unfolded. Did I buy their ROMANTIC feelings for each other though? Not really.
The story follows Sofia, an American who moved to London to meet her deadbeat dad. She’s got a great education but has been struggling to find a well-paying job, so when her roommate decides that she can’t stand working for her jerk of a boss any longer, it gives Sofia an idea. She can handle bossy Brits, and it seems like the perfect job to fill up her bank account while she looks for something else. But Sofia gets more than she bargained for with Andrew – the sexy jerk is cold and aloof at the office, but an entirely different person out of it. He has made it clear that he doesn’t mix business with pleasure, and that becomes obvious when he doesn’t acknowledge their working relationship out of the office. As Sofia starts a sexy fling with out-of-the-office Andrew, she realizes that he might just be the kind of guy she could fall for.
The unique dynamics of their relationship saved this from being a 3-star read for me, because I really liked how we see two very different sides of Andrew. He already lost one career because he crossed lines at work, so he has no intention of doing that again. I wish we had seen more of their relationship outside of work (and outside of the bedroom), because this probably could’ve been pretty special if that had been the case. It’s a solid read if you’re looking for heat and a forbidden office romance though. The vibe is tense but not overly heavy, and grumpy bosses are a classic for a reason. We catch up with past couples from the series, but this will also read as a standalone if you’re not caught up. Overall, a stronger emotional connection would’ve made this a standout read, but it’s not bad as is. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this steamy office romance.
He’s cold, rude and undeniably arrogant.
That’s how Andrew Blake’s best friends describe him.
Bad luck for me that I’m his new assistant.
Nothing I do is good enough.
The more I try and please him, the more he ignores me.
I’m beginning to wonder if there’s a heart in that tall, hard, gorgeous body of his.
After work I’m complaining about him to my new best friend—the bartender at the pub near the office.
Guess who’s seated behind me and has heard every gripe, grumble and grievance?
By the look in Andrew’s eye, I can’t tell if I’m going to get fired or kissed.
A standalone romance.
About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author, Louise Bay writes sexy, contemporary romance novels – the kind she likes to read. Each novel is stand-alone.
Ruined by bonk-busters and sexy mini-series of the eighties Louise loves all things romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so she disappears into the fictional worlds in books and films.
Louise loves the rain, the West Wing, London, days when she doesn’t have to wear make-up, hanging out with her kid, being with friends, elephants and champagne.
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