Hotness Level: Blaze
Kink Level: No Kink
Reviewed by Anne
Audrey and Zach are co-workers. They are both candidates for a promotion, and after a take over of their company, they're also both at risk of being laid off. Both are driven and hard workers, and both of them are attracted to each other. They're also way too smart to risk their jobs by indulging in an office romance. They've got a lot in common, though, and working together on an important project cracks the ice and starts a real friendship between the two.
Besides a great story between Audrey and Zach, there are wonderful secondary story lines. Audrey's got a tense relationship with her family, who sees her as an under achiever. Zach is dealing with a troubled mother. Audrey's got a best friend, Megan, and she's not just for sequel bait!
Here's Megan and Audrey in a bar after work discussing who might get laid off:
There's some great sexual tension between Audrey and Zach, and some great sex once they make the leap.
"I tell you who won't be going, though - Zach. Fifty bucks he gets a promotion out of all of this."
Audrey reached for the fries. "He's not that good."
"Sorry, sweetie, but he is. He's smart, he's good at what he does and he could charm a snake out of its skin."
Audrey rolled her eyes. "Your're only saying that because you have a soft spot for him."
"Yeah, it's called a vagina."
I highly recommend this book. It's a wonderful example of how good a contemporary romance can be! Sarah Mayberry is an incredible writer and I love her books!
I also love that this book is set in Australia. There's nothing special in the relationship that makes it Australian verses American, but I enjoy reading the different setting and slang. Do you have a favorite setting?