Author: Sloane Howell
My Rating: A
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Jenny and Ethan
Release Date: March 2017
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Sexual Intensity: hot
In this provocative and sexy* office romance, a cheeky new hire tempts a hotshot sports agent to mix business with pleasure.
Jenny: Job interviews are a bitch under the best of circumstances, but when your potential boss is the world’s biggest prick, that’s when you should simply walk away. It’s just that I need this job so badly—and I’m mesmerized by Ethan Mason’s piercing gaze. Men like him aren’t supposed to exist in real life. But under the tailored suits and GQ looks, Ethan simmers with barely restrained ambition. And no matter how hard I work to fight the attraction, I’m going to get burned.
Ethan: You don’t become a top agent without learning how to close a deal. I always get what—or who—I want, by staying cool and in command. Then Jenny Jackson walks into my office with her lush curves and “screw you” attitude and blows away my intentions of keeping things professional. All I can think about is exploring the perfect body hidden beneath those conservative clothes or shutting her saucy mouth with one hot kiss. Jenny’s worth breaking the rules over—if I can convince her to break the rules for me.
*By sexy, we mean sexy. Like, 18+ sexy.
OMG, this was such a fabulously fun book. I loved the way the story started and exactly the way that Jenny and Ethan maintained that contentious relationship throughout most the story. I love her and that she doesn't let Ethan cow her. She speaks her mind and many times that's to her detriment, but Ethan is so surprised by that, he's intrigued...and that means he lets her get away with more than anyone else ever would.
As well as their crossed words, their attraction is pretty much immediate. There is a lot of sexual chemistry happening in this story and I love that.
I've never read Sloane Howell. I assumed he was female until I got to the author bio at the end, but I'll admit I wasn't that surprised to find he was male. There were little tells in the story...mainly just in some of the language that the women used. Most women don't call each other pussies...at least in my experience. But beyond that, everything about this book worked for me (and it should be noted, that the language certainly didn't bother me...it just felt a tiny bit off....but again, the heroine is a tomboy, so it works for her still, too).
I ADORED the sports/baseball aspect of this story and how much Jenny knows about the sport. I loved her and listening to the explanations of working a deal and figuring worth was fabulous. I also really enjoyed Ethan, especially his relationship with Matt. Their bromance was a fabulous addition to the story. It made it especially fun that Matt just happens to be one of Jenny's favorite players.
Note: the competition between Jenny and her dad with their fantasy baseball teams...so much fun and in the end so bittersweet. Seriously, that was the best ending...LOVED it so much...even through the tears.
I loved this book so much. Gah...I wish I could get it in print. I'd love to have it on my print reread shelf. While this was my first Sloane Howell read, it won't be my last. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of reading this story and look forward to reading more from this incredible author.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.