It was alright. I’m probably going to forget that I even read this a week from now, which is why I can’t rate it any higher. While I’m typically a big fan of Bladon’s low angst, sexy romances, this one felt SUPER instalovey and also very surface level. The blurb (and great cover) gives the impression that our hero is going to be an alpha jerk, that it’ll have enemies to lovers vibes, and that the office romance will be the star. That’s… ah, not how it goes. Our hero is smitten from the start, and there are only one or two friction-filled encounters before things are mellow and easy. I don’t mind a light and drama-free read, but that’s not quite what I thought I was getting. Once I settled into the vibe, things went a little smoother, but the relationship shifted from “it’s just fun” to “she’s my forever” in the blink of an eye… without the characters actually having any meaningful conversations. So there were no major roadblocks to enjoying this story, but a lot of small things that bugged me along the way.
The story follows Callie, a woman who is house sitting at her brother’s apartment. Living in his nice apartment for a few months would be awesome if it weren’t for the annoying guy next door. Saint seems to have people over every night, whether he’s throwing parties or having rowdy guys over to watch a football game. He’s completely inconsiderate, and Callie is fed up with it. After one late night encounter goes awry, Callie is mortified to discover that Saint is one of the owners at the business where she was just hired. Spending time with Saint both in and out of work has Callie realizing that she misjudged him, and it’s not long before attraction sparks between them. But Callie recently got out of a relationship, and she’s not sure that she can open up her heart so soon.
With that sexy cover and enticing blurb, I thought that I’d be in for a sexual tension-fueled read. However, Saint is actually a sweetheart who ALMOST lives up to the nickname. His whole personality seems to change within a few chapters, and he stops being an annoying neighbor just as quickly. Which was honestly really disappointing. I wanted those enemies to lovers vibes. I was also confused about his feelings towards Callie; one minute he’s looking for some fun, the next he’s professing his love. It felt like I had whiplash. And don’t even get me started on his nickname for Callie. Champ… really? I also wasn’t sure what Callie wanted out of the relationship, considering the fact that she was keeping some major secrets. It just showcased how surface level their relationship was, and that wasn’t a good look. This is definitely focused more on lust than love. It may sound like I seriously disliked this, but that’s not the case. I was happy to settle in for a light and sexy romance, and there was a lot to like here. Saint ended up being a great character, and I loved how focused he was on Callie. Most of the things that bugged me were minor, there were just enough of them that they added up over time.
I called the police on my cocky, condescending neighbor last night.
Today I found out he’s my new billionaire boss.
My neighbor could win an award for being the rudest man in New York City.
It wouldn’t kill him to hold the elevator for me when I’m running late.
He also plays music way too loud, entertains a lot, and is constantly knocking on my door for no good reason.
Whenever I do answer, I tell him to get lost.
His response is always the same – his signature smirk and a wink.
He tosses me a goddamn wink because he knows he’s that good-looking.
Last night, he had a party.
I’m all for having fun, but when it dragged on past midnight, I went next door and asked the arrogant jerk to tone it down.
He offered me a drink and told me to lighten up.
I did what any woman who needed to sleep would do. I called the police, hoping they could get him to shut up.
It worked… until this morning.
I just arrived for my first day at my new job.
It might also be my last because I just caught sight of my ridiculously handsome boss, and this time, he’s not wearing handcuffs.
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My jerk of a boss is getting married today.
Imagine my surprise when I found out that the bride-to-be is me.
Graham Locke is cocky, condescending, and looks sinfully sexy wrapped in a thousand dollar suit.
He’s also a nightmare to work for.
When he sends me a text message asking me to meet him because he’s getting married, I laugh out loud.
Who would marry him?
It turns out I do. I literally marry my boss.
It’s not for love. I can’t say it’s entirely for money, but that does factor into my decision to become Mrs. Locke for ninety days.
Three months will fly by, right?
Within twenty four hours, I’m counting the seconds until I can go back to being Trina Shaw.
I persevere because I’m not one to give up even though I seriously consider it.
It doesn’t take long before I discover that my husband isn’t the man I thought he was.
The secrets he keeps hidden close to his heart may end up breaking mine.
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About the Author:
Deborah Bladon is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who has sold over 3.5 million books worldwide. She has been featured on the top bestsellers lists over 70 times, including two weeks in which 3 of her books were featured. Some of her standout series that have been included on the New York Times bestsellers list are RUIN, PULSE and GONE.
Her love for romance novels began when she was old enough to board the bus, library card in hand to check out the newest Harlequin paperbacks. She’s a Canadian by heart, and by passport, but you can often spot her in New York City sipping a latte and looking for inspiration for her next story. Manhattan is definitely her second home.
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It really is a great cover. The whole series looks great! I read the first one on your rec, and it didn’t grab me. I like the blurb for the second and I’ll read it pretty soon here. My TBR list is paved with good intentions.
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Yeah, I love the cover, it just implies that the story will have a completely different vibe! Bladon is great for light and easy romances that I usually binge in one sitting (especially Catch and Rush). This series has been a little uneven, but still satisfies that vibe.