Why did I want to read this book?
The blurb had me at “Letting your boss find the extensive collection of porn on your personal laptop”. Gosh, I can already imagine the mortification and embarrassment. And I couldn’t wait to meet Ryder. Plus, I love that gorgeous cover!
What worked for me?
It wasn’t difficult at all to really like Liese and Ryder. I can totally feel the chemistry between them even in the beginning and I completely understand their misgivings about the status of their relationship given where and who they are at that point in their lives. There were some funny and the funny-awkward scenes that really brought out the laughter.
To be honest, I expected there to be more hi-jinks and shenanigans about that porn collection but then things turned serious in no time, with the dilemma of intra-office dating, especially given their authority-subordinate status at school. Add to this the stalker-ish ex-boyfriend. But I do appreciate how the author handled the intra-office dilemma. In the beginning, I shrugged it off as a minor problem but the story made me realize that the stakes are really high when these two decided to have a relationship. There’s the matter of their careers, their reputations, and their future.
Ask me which my favorite scene is and I have three phrases for you: sexy-times, hallway, and 2 people arriving at the front door. (Still cringing and yet laughing as I’m recalling this scene)
What did not work for me?
I mentioned before that I thought there would be more sexual tension and longer waiting before they get together and I had hoped for more laughter-inducing awkward moments when it came to the discovery of the porn stash, but alas these were fewer that I had expected. I also expected this book to be more of a romantic comedy but it turned serious past the first quarter of the book. Although there were still some comic relief throughout the book, the rest had been too serious than what I had expected. But this had been more of a problem of unfulfilled expectations and less about the actual merits of the books, because apart from these, the book was still a good read. I also felt like I didn’t get to know Ryder deeper than I would have liked. The story was told from Liese’s POV throughout the book and I would have appreciated delving into Ryder’s mind.
My over-all take on it?
I really liked the premise and while I had expected something else when it came to the rest of the plot, I still enjoyed reading about Liese and Ryder’s love story. They took high risks to be together and it was interesting watching them maneuver through all these challenges to get to the ending. Plus, the chemistry was so good. I just wished I had learned more about Ryder.
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. Yes, these are my honest and personal thoughts on this book.
Helena Hunting. Lover of fiction. Writer of contemporary romance, erotica and paranormal romance.
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