Author: Vanessa Booke
Release Date: 5 June 2014
Series or Standalone: Series
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 1/2
Volume 2 in this 3 part serial.
Arrogant, brooding, domineering, possessive, dangerously handsome, and a playboy. These are all of the characteristics on Rebecca Gellar’s Run-Like-Hell list for men, but she’s about to meet the man who’s the epitome of these and more…
After breaking off her engagement with Hollywood actor Miles Storm, Rebecca is ready for a change of scenery in her life and in her bed. So when the opportunity to work for StoneHaven Publishing, one of New York City’s most respectable publishing empires presents itself, Rebecca doesn’t hesitate moving to the Big Apple.
Convinced she can show the owner of StoneHaven Publishing that she has the "right stuff,” Rebecca agrees to a six month trial as the personal assistant to the owner’s playboy son, Nicholas StoneHaven. This is her big chance. If she can just get through these six months without strangling Nicholas with his Armani tie, she'll be okay – easier said than done. Nicholas is the last person Rebecca thought she’d find herself pining for, especially when he hits every category under her list.
Get ready for a battle of the sexes…
The prologue gives us a fleeting glimpse into Nicholas' private life 5 years earlier with the death of his brother Alex; he's dealing with the guilt of why his brother ultimately died, coupled with the fact that his estranged mother spun outrageous lies about his brother's death, and we get a bit more of a clear picture on what has shaped Nicholas' behavior.
The chemistry between Rebecca and Nicholas is still off the charts in this installment, even though Nicholas is attempting to convince his father that he doesn't want to marry Alison; he also learns about Rebecca's ex-boyfriend and realizes why she won't act on her attraction to Nick. Of course, that won't stop him from pursuing Rebecca. Their "relationship" takes a turn after they attend a donor appreciation event; things escalate a few days after the event when Rebecca and her friend Carol end up at a high-end lingerie boutique that has done business with Nicholas.
There are plenty of things that happen in this novella that almost always happen in romance books, but they're written in such a comical way that you still end up laughing at the sheer outrageousness of it all. And I will say that again, the ending isn't one you see coming, and for that I can't wait for the third volume to come out.