Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Review: The Plan by Qwen Salsbury

Days of Employment: 359

11:05 a.m.

Location: Cubicles outside Canon’s office.
Co-workers: Betting on how long Canon’s new PA will last.
Me: No doubts. Ms. Gum-smacker won’t last the day. I need to place my bet.
Manolo Blahnik’s New Fall Shoes: Mine. As soon as Madeline hands over my winnings.

Emma Baker has never spoken a word to Alaric Canon, nor has he to her. But she’s studied him every day across the office tundra for almost a year. Canon is hard and fierce, terrifying and beautiful. He’s also the most stern, unforgiving person Emma has ever seen. Emma’s co-workers run a betting pool for Personal Assistant terminations. There’s a separate pot for the day one leaves without crying. Not likely…Canon made a former Navy SEAL cry.

He has high standards and low tolerance. Everyone knows it. Everyone stays away. Everyone who can, that is. Except Emma. She can’t look away. Alaric Canon is the single most attractive man she’s ever seen. Bar none.

Canon has never noticed her. Not once in almost a year. She’s not even a blip on his radar. But she will be. His radar will be blipless no more.

It is a goal. Emma has a plan.

3.5 Stars
Review by Lisa Kane
Emma Baker works in her cubicle day in, day out. But she is on a mission; to make Alaric Canon notice her. So far, it hasn't worked. Alaric is the top dog, head cheese of the division Emma works in and there is an endless parade of personal assistants coming and going from his office. He can't seem to keep one; they annoy him and out the door they go. Emma enjoys betting with her co-workers Madeline and Bert on how long they will stay. She pockets her winners towards her shoe fund. 
Alaric is indifferent to her, it's not that he is rude to her (which he seems to be to everyone, it's that he just doesn't see her-¦at all.  But she has a plan to change all of that. Like Scotland Yard on a mission, she sets out to attract his eyes, even if for a fleeting second. Imagine her surprise when Rebecca, the poor individual whose responsibility it is to staff A with PA's makes a proposition to her, 
"Emma, you've been here long enough to know how this shakes out. No one expects you, or anyone, to last long. Every Canon PA is really a temp position. Help him prep for the trip and make it until he leaves and I'll give you a raise when you get back here. Make it a month and you'll come back to this department with a promotion." 
Though she doesn't want to do it, no one lasts in that position, Emma makes the best of it. She is no dummy and has been going to school to get her law degree.  How can Alaric not notice her when she is under his nose every day? Through some twists and turns and romps in the bedroom, eventually just like every good detective, she cracked the case and got her guy.  And he just may like what he sees!
"Is there even an 'us' already as far as you are concerned? Is there a 'we' or...Hell, I don't really know where I stand with you." His voice holds a nervous tinge.
This is a humorous story about a determined woman's endeavor to make the most attractive man she has ever seen, notice her. I'm not sure I would have bothered for as long as she had, he seems rather cold, although there are reasons why he keeps himself so guarded. The format of the writing..one and two worded sentences and the restating of what day of employment this was, was a little bothersome. Sometimes the words seems disconnected and the thought process disjointed. But I think that is in keeping with Emma's jumbled thoughts and feelings-there is no denying this book has multiple one liners and hilarious moments..
At this point, I'm pretty much a Slip 'N Slide. Like a Slip 'N Slide with Wesson oil and the hot on full blast. Wheeeeeeeee.  
This is an ideal read for when you need a good laugh- enjoy!

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