I hired her to fix my company, to bring Marks Lingerie back to life. I didn’t expect her to become my friend. I didn’t expect to fall in love with her.
The first rule of business is to never touch your employees. I think there is another rule about not falling for your best friend—a rule against imagining the curves of her body, or the way her breathing would change if I pulled down her panties and unzipped my pants.
Now, I can’t wait any longer. I’m tossing out the rules.
Damn the company.
Damn our friendship.
Damn my fears.
Review by Jen Hagen
“My boss stepped into my car in a bathrobe.”
How many of us can say that about our jobs? Kate is having a great start to her new job as a creative designer of an independent lingerie company, and add to that the bonus of her sexy-as-all-get-out boss sitting commando in her passenger seat with only a terry cloth robe separating him and the seat. Oops…too bad Kate is engaged; otherwise she could probably do a little hanky panky on the side. Oops…again too bad that her boss strictly enforces the no fraternization policy in his company. A lesson he has learned the hard way (I seriously didn’t even mean that as a pun.)
Who is this sexy boss? His name is Trey Marks. He started his own lingerie company years ago but has come across dire times. He is hoping that Kate can save his company with fresh ideas. At the beginning, he did not care for her ideas what with the firing of several of his long-time employees, but he began to see her reasoning. In fact, Trey eventually relies on Kate for more than business – she becomes his best friend.
Kate and Trey have a friendship that is truly one in a million. They have so many good times, late nights, drunk conversations, and extremely comfortable with one another. There’s also the added bonus of HOT CHEMISTRY between them. Holy smokes. They could light up wet kindle with the sexual tension flowing between them.
The man is a complete tease. He flirts like a teenage boy, then walks away and leaves me panting.
Oh, but there’s one little issue between them – keeping each other from crossing the line…Kate’s fiancée. That still doesn’t stop Trey from imagining the impossible.
“There’s not anything on Earth I want as badly as you. I’d love to know if the chemistry that we have…if it could be how I imagine it.”
And here’s the thing with Trey and Kate…They are such good friends, he could say that to her and the next day they would be back to being best friends…as if a bomb had not been dropped on them. But there’s more wreckage to salvage because believe it or not, not everything is perfect in Trey and Kate’s world. There’s that little thing about an engagement looming between them and also a secret that Trey has kept hidden from Kate.
I’ve lost her. I can see it in her eyes, in the tremble of her voice, in the questions that she asks. Maybe I should have lied. Maybe I should have muted the truth. Maybe then, she wouldn’t be looking at me as if I am a monster…
Remember those signs we used to see in stores…”If you break it, you buy it.” With all the money that Kate has made Trey, it’s possible there isn’t enough money in the world to fix the broken trust. Trey is going to have his work cut out for him.
I loved this story. I love stories involving mature adults – Trey being 38 fills this quota. I also love stories that span a good time frame; I am not a fan of insta-love. This was a fun romantic comedy with so much hotness being emitted from the pages. They weren’t even together having sex and I was fanning myself. Their sexual chemistry was sky high! So many times I feel sexual attraction is forced between characters. This was not forced. I found this to be a fun, easy read with plenty of laugh out loud moments. This was a light read still packed with plenty of drama.
Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, co-hosted Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She has also served as the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.
You can learn more about Alessandra on her website at www.alessandratorre.com, or you can find her on Twitter (@ReadAlessandra) or Facebook.