The banter and sexual tension in this he falls first/one-sided enemies to lovers romance made it such an engaging read; I loved watching these two bicker, and the attraction that sparked between them was palpable. It’s also got a playful feel that makes the pages fly by, paired with an undercurrent of emotion that digs a little deeper. The hero is the kind of lovable grump who shows his marshmallow center sooner rather than later, and I absolutely adored his persistence, patience, and unwavering devotion. Our heroine might consider them to be enemies, but it was clear from the start that our hero had an entirely different opinion. Watching this love story unfold from both perspectives was so dynamic, and I had no trouble devouring every page. For a debut, this was pretty spectacular, and it’s the kind of book that has me excited to read more from the author – I loved it!
The story follows Jude, an interior designer whose career was derailed three years ago when she worked on a project for a notoriously grumpy chef. He’s now back in town and opening another restaurant, which could be just the kickstart Jude’s career needs – or so she thinks. Turns out, Theo has no interest in working with Jude, so spending time together is sure to be torture for them both… for very different reasons. The grumpy Theo may have a soft spot for Jude, but he’s focused on his restaurant, and the attraction he feels for her is nothing but a distraction. Tensions rise as they work together, and it’s not long before Theo realizes that he may have messed up. By giving Jude a very real reason to hate him, he may have missed out on his chance at something great.
I had no idea what to expect going into this, but I love an office rivals romance and the blurb intrigued me. So I was taken aback by just how much I loved the vibe – it plays up those classic tropes while also feeling fresh and different, and the writing is much stronger than I’d expect from an indie debut. Sure, there’s a typo here or there and a few subplots that could’ve been cleaned up, but the heart of the story was really fantastic. Wilde also does an excellent job of building up the sexual tension, with some truly fan-worthy scenes. It’s what I’d call a HOT slow burn, with some seriously scorching moments to ratchet up the tension. The overall vibe is lighthearted and playful though, with tons of swoony moments thrown in the mix. It was easy to see that Theo was completely GONE for his girl, and I loved the major “he falls first” vibes paired with that enemies-ish tension. The slow build in intimacy showcased the shifts in their relationship, and Wilde handled that transition deftly. It was very strong for a debut, and easily one of the best rom coms I’ve read in awhile. So you can be sure that I’ll be checking out the next installment in this series of interconnected standalones.
six-ty for-ty rule (noun): a deal you make with your pain-in-the-butt client, when hating him starts to feel a little too good.
Jude Holland has slogged it for years at a chance to land a coveted job designing the city’s most breathtaking restaurants and nightclubs. And when a spot opens up on her firm’s design team, her boss makes her a deal: design Theo Jordan—the firm’s biggest client—a new restaurant, convince him to renew his contract with the company, and the job is hers.
If only he’d play along.
Theo is infamous for three very specific things: he’s a hot-shot young chef-turned-restaurateur, a thorn-in-your-side client, and the kind of attractive that makes you wonder which kind of psychedelics the great maker was taking, when he created him. Not that Jude notices. She’s too busy sticking to the plan, and it helps that he’s a total ass, anyway.
That is, until a steamy business trip leads to a very different deal between these enemies, who suddenly can’t seem to keep their hands off each other. Sixty percent of the time, they’d indulge those funny, fluttering feelings that seem to manifest whenever they’re together. The rest of the time? They’d be nothing but professional.
It doesn’t take Theo long to realize that’s easier said than done. But with a restaurant launch and a dream promotion on the line—not to mention a workplace rival hell-bent on ruining her career—Theo only has a handful of weeks to convince Jude to make that sixty percent full-time.
The Sixty/Forty Rule is a slow-burn, enemies-to-lovers workplace romance between a sunshine commercial designer and her grumpy client. It has a healthy dose of spice and a happily ever after. It is the first book in the Sunset Landing series of standalone reads.
About the Author:
Ellie K. Wilde dreams up love stories with a lot of heart and the kind of spice that makes your knees shake. She writes male leads with big personalities and sweet, cinnamon roll insides, and women who discover they’re just as tough as they wished they were. Happily ever afters only.
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Thanks so much for the recommendation for this one! I would never have found it if it hadn’t been for your email! I’m 50% in and it’s already my top read of 2023 so far and I have a feeling it will be at the top of my list for a while. Keep up the good work 😊😊
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That’s great to hear, thank you! I randomly stumbled upon it the other night, and I’m glad that I did. Even better? The next book in the series (with the friends as leads) comes out in February.