Author: Sarah Smith
Publication Date: October 8, 2019
Debut author Sarah Smith nails this fun and sexy multicultural romance where two office foes hammer out their differences to build a love that will last…
Emmie Echavarre is a professional faker. She has to be to survive as one of the few female employees at Nuts & Bolts, a power tool company staffed predominantly by gruff, burly men. From nine to five, Monday through Friday, she’s tough as nails–the complete opposite of her easy-going real self.
One thing she doesn’t have to fake? Her disdain for coworker Tate Rasmussen. Tate has been hostile to her since the day they met. Emmie’s friendly greetings and repeated attempts to get to know him failed to garner anything more than scowls and terse one-word answers. Too bad she can’t stop staring at his Thor-like biceps…
When Emmie and Tate are forced to work together on a charity construction project, things get…heated. Emmie’s beginning to see that beneath Tate’s chiseled exterior lies a soft heart, but it will take more than a few kind words to erase the past and convince her that what they have is real. Review:
While I went in with semi-high expectations for this one, sadly it didn’t really work for me. I wasn’t really feeling the chemistry between Emmie and Tate most of the time. The whole office rivalry thing I was hoping for didn’t really pan out and it felt one-sided.
Their overall relationship was like one giant mood swing. They would have these little pocket moments of cute but then everything would just blow up in a big, confusing way. I would just sit there like “o-kay then” because it was ridiculous. Also, a lot of potential romance time was wasted because one incident took up probably 75% of the book. I love a slow burn, but things definitely fizzled for me because everything was left until the end. If the plot was a bit more balanced, I think it could have worked a bit more for me.
I also really struggled with the writing style and I think that’s why it took me forever to read. There were some definite cringe-worthy moments in there, too. I’m sad because I was excited for this one, but it just didn’t work for me.