So bingeable – another easy, sexy read from Hayle that hits the right notes. Fake relationships/marriages of convenience between boss and assistant are classics for a reason, and I kinda liked that neither of these characters had been secretly pining for the other. While I adore that in a romance, this felt unique in that they genuinely didn’t care for each other when they got married. That made this a slower emotional burn, and the subtle shifts in their relationship were not overtly romantic, but it was fulfilling to see how much this hero evolved throughout the course of the book. It’s business first, with a distinct office romance vibe and a great roommates to lovers feel. It remained a solid 4/low 5-star read for me the entire time, and I devoured it in one sitting.
The story follows Cecilia, a woman who cannot wait to quit her job. She’s been working for a demanding boss for nearly a year, and she’s running out the clock until she crosses that milestone – just to prove a point. So when her boss catches Cecilia working on her resume, she’s sure that she’ll be fired. Instead, Victor offers her a new position… as his temporary wife. Turns out, he needs to get married in order to inherit a property, and he’s happy to treat it like a business transaction. Why wouldn’t he? The man is married to his work, and neither of them sees that changing anytime soon. But when Cecilia moves in with Victor, they discover that there are sides to each other that neither would’ve expected. Yes, Victor is business first, but he also has a softer side. And while Victor always envisioned Cecilia as a boring, buttoned-up woman, seeing her in a more casual environment makes him realize that he never knew her at all.
This was a little lighter on the swoons than I’d like, but that’s really my only complaint – this was easy to binge, and I stayed connected and engaged the entire time. It was interesting to see that neither one had considered the other a romantic option, and it wasn’t until they got to know each other better that things started changing. There are subtle shifts in the dynamic throughout, and I loved the quieter moments between them. Victor is an intimidating guy who doesn’t have much in his life other than business, so it was great to see him slowly open up to Cecilia. There’s plenty of steam and a slow emotional burn, with just enough softness. I certainly wouldn’t have complained about a few more swoony or intimate moments, but I really liked the story throughout. I’ve also been reading the series out of order, and that was not an issue at all, except for a few spoilers about the other relationships (that only made me more intrigued about the other books). It’s not a standout read for me, but I enjoyed it the whole way though, and it left me ready to read more from the author.
The audio was great! I’ve never listened to anything by either of these narrators before, but they were both solid. The voices were easy to listen to, and they enhanced the low angst vibe. Dual narration with a lighthearted feel. The book is perfect for bingeing, with a runtime of under 8 hours and a low angst vibe. I listened to it while working, and it made the day fly by. There are only a few steamy scenes, so it was good for the office environment, and I finished the book when I finished work for the day. Perfect. I would definitely listen to the rest of the series on audio, because I think the narration just made it an even stronger read.
My billionaire boss is the absolute last person I’d marry.
Until a deal with the devil forces me down the aisle… ready to say yes to the boss.
I once compared Victor St. Clair to Satan, but that’s unkind.
Even the devil treats his demons better than St. Clair treats me.
I know his schedule by heart. He can’t remember my first name.
So when he calls me into his office, I’m expecting another rant.
Instead he says he needs to get married to inherit the St. Clair fortune.
Oh, and the kicker? He wants to marry me. His assistant.
A one-year marriage of convenience to the boss I hate.
It means living with Victor’s dark stares and silences for a full year.
But it’s also a chance to quit my job and start my own business.
He’s a jerk, but he’s also a respected businessman. How hard can it be?
Answer: very. Because there’s more to Victor than I thought.
Things beyond learning his lunch orders and sending company memos.
And while the man is cold, his kisses are hot enough to consume us both.
He drove me crazy at work. Now he drives me crazy in bed.
But craziest of all is… I might get used to being Mrs. St. Clair.
Another 5-star read in the series!
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.
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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.
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