It’s mini review week! I’m clearing out my review queue of all the books I can’t seem to convince myself to finish, for one reason or another. That doesn’t mean these are negative reviews, it simply means that something isn’t compelling me to keep reading at the moment. Maybe I’ll go back to them another day, maybe I won’t!
How far did I get? 180 pages, which is 50% of the way into this 365-page rom com.
Why did I stop? It was a decidedly 4-star read for me, and something shinier caught my eye while I was reading. Simple as that. If you’ve ever been reading a “pretty good” book when something with the potential to be awesome releases, then you probably know the feeling. I never intended to DNF, but it’s been so long now that I’d have to start over again to remember the details.
Was I enjoying it initially? Yes, very much so. We’ve got a grumpy boss who catches his mother’s assistant doing something she shouldn’t, so he blackmails her into some fake dating. All tropes I love. It’s got rom com vibes and I hear it gets pretty spicy in the back half, so all good things. Hawkins is a new-to-me author, and I liked her style. The story did get a little boring here and there, but I had no major issues with it.
Would I finish this? Yeah, I would. Actually, putting this review together reminded me of the details, and it makes me want to dive in again. At the very least, I would definitely try Hawkins’ writing again.
Who would I recommend this to? Spicy rom com lovers. Anyone who enjoys tropey, lighthearted reads. Grumpy hero fans.
I’ve rebuilt my father’s media company with hard work and determination, but my single status leaves me on the outs with the one businessman I need to get close to. A little white lie and I’m suddenly in love, head over heels. Now I need to find a fake girlfriend, someone to keep up appearances without any emotions.
When I find my mother’s fiery assistant in a compromising position, it’s the perfect opportunity to get what I want: a girlfriend for business appearances, without any feelings involved. I won’t let the fact that I’m wildly attracted to the petite redhead get in my way.
But the closer she gets, the more my heart thaws and all too soon I find myself having to choose between the business deal I’m determined to land and the woman I’ve fallen hard for.
After two years as editorial assistant to JoAnna St. Clair of the famed St. Clair Press, I’ve been given a chance to take on my dream job as an assistant editor.
When my childhood best friend asks me to host her bachelorette weekend in the city, I’m thrilled to show everyone how amazing my life is in New York. (Things not included on the tour are my shoebox of an apartment or my romance book collection that is the only thing keeping me warm at night.)
But when I fail to confirm the restaurant reservation and I’m left with no event location an hour before the party starts, I’m desperate. Desperate enough to use my boss’s penthouse for a party while she’s out of town.
No one will ever know. That is until her cold, dismissive, and annoyingly hot son walks in.
In order to keep his silence, Barrett demands a favor in return: he needs a date for a business dinner. That’s easy enough until his mother finds out and he seals my fate by telling her we are dating. It’s that or kiss my job goodbye.
While I’m reluctant at first, the more time we spend together, the harder it is to fight my attraction to him. Beneath that brooding, icy demeanor lies a heart of gold.
But when a scandalous discovery puts his deal at stake, and our relationship to the test, will Barrett prove he’s all about business?
About the Author:
Erin Hawkins is the author of steamy romantic comedy novels full of humor and spice. She lives in Colorado with her husband and three young children. She enjoys reading, running, spending time in the mountains, watching reality TV, and brunch that lasts all day.
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