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.
As far as I’m concerned, AT’s writing is always gonna be exceptional, period; which is why I keep coming back to her. Having said that, there is something happening lately where her stories and I are not jiving. As much as I love her writing and how well she develops her MC’s, I can’t seem to be fully on board with where she takes these MCs.
Take this story. Trey and Kate’s relationship started as boss-employee that moved to friends-to-lovers in looong slow burn way. And I get it. I get why. What I didn’t get, or I should say agree, is the how they got there.
If you’re not a fan of OM/OW, then this is not for you. I’m not usually either, unless the OM/OW is from the past and is just trying to insert him/herself into the budding relationship and failing at that. Here, OM/OW is very much in the present. And interestingly enough, not in a way that one would expect, at least to me. I almost want to say that the OM/OW here is necessary to show growth in the MCs. Did I agree with it? There lies my issue. I get it, yet I don’t. So I think ultimately, it’ll be a personal take.
Also, I’ve now associated AT with unexpected twists in plots but the kinds of twists here were definitely different, I’d say.
Now if you’re an AT fan, then rest assured, her writing continues to be on point. One of the reasons why I guess I can still say that I enjoyed it enough. I appreciated the sexual tension between H&h. I thought both MCs were well developed. I saw their growth. And while I didn’t agree with some of their decisions, I understood.
And if I may add, probably not best to think of this as just romance. I don’t think AT knows how to do a straightforward romance that follows your typical arc in the first place, and I meant that in the most complimentary way. So because this is AT, I told myself to think of it more as erotic/romantic fiction. And when I did, things made more sense in my head… if that made sense at all…
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.
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