Published by Entangled Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Romance, Workplace Romance
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idan Ross might be an engineering genius, but people skills? Not this soldier’s forte. Thankfully, a trusted friend is accompanying him to a make-or-break tradeshow…but then a bubbly redhead hops into his truck, claiming to be his new road trip buddy. She’s a gorgeous distraction he can’t afford. Or ignore.
Delaney Harper comes from a family of engineers—male engineers. With several impressive projects under her belt, she’s on a mission to prove she can hang with the big boys, too. But cracking the sexy, closed-off CEO is tougher than she expects…and hotter than she could have imagined.
With the tempting woman disrupting his carefully planned schedule, Aidan can’t focus on the road, much less their upcoming presentation. The future of his company is riding on this trip, and if they’re to land a huge account, he has to keep his head—and his heart—in the game…
I really liked the idea of a woman working in what is predominately a man’s field, so I was excited to start this book, especially since its a workplace romance, which is one of my favorite places for a romance to take place in. Unfortunately, this book didn’t work for me at all.
First of all the book was super quick, like way to quick for any real character development. While it was easy to see how the two of them fell into a night of passion, developing the kinds of feelings that they had by the end of the book was honestly just unrealistic. Also Delaney’s parents are very set in their ways and opinions and while I without a doubt was hoping Delaney would have some kind of confrontation with them, the whole thing did not play out as believable.
My second problem is with Delaney herself. She was not likable to me at all. I think maybe the author was trying to hard to make her into an independent woman, but the way that she asserted her independence just did not appeal to me at all. Right off the bat when we meet Delaney, she lies to her boss (not just her boss by the owner of the company), Aidan, in order to con her way onto this road trip. I understood that, I really did, she obviously wants to make a name for herself in the company and has put in a ton of effort for the presentation, so I was on board with that. But the second she gets in the car, she starts talking about how she wants to stop for food, or how she is going to eat in Aidan’s truck even if he doesn’t want her too. I mean I don’t know about you guys, but if the car I am getting into has rules, I abide by them, and why is that, BECAUSE ITS NOT MY CAR. It’s super disrespectful. Also it’s clear that Aidan wants to get there on schedule, and Delaney find every excuse to stop, she’s hungry, she has to go to bathroom like a million times, she wants to go help a lost dog (which was fine, cause I’m a dog lover, so she gets a pass on that). But her whole attitude was just terrible. Look I’m all for female empowerment, and I’m all for standing up for yourself, but this guy is the OWNER of the company, and I couldn’t see myself acting this way in a car with my best friend let alone the owner of the company I worked for.
Honestly, so much of the book overwhelmed me with how much I liked Delaney everything else fell by the wayside. And every time Aidan bends to her will, she always finds a way to make it a bad thing, it’s like he does what she wants and then he still gets beat up for it. I mean I just felt bad for the guy. Overall, this book was not for me at all.
Her stomach rumbled a reminder she hadn’t eaten today. Much. Fortunately, she’d packed a supply of snacks.
He loaded up the last of the easels and display charts in the bed of his truck. By the time he slammed the custom cover closed and locked it, she’d pulled a bag of corn chips from her handbag and torn it open. She shoved a couple of chips into her mouth and tossed her handbag onto the front seat as she crunched down.
Aidan’s voice cut through her thoughts. “What are you doing?”
“What? Oh. Sorry. How rude of me.” She held the opened bag toward where he sat in the driver’s seat. “I didn’t get a chance to eat anything this morning. Want some?”
“No, thanks.” His voice sounded tight as he fastened his seat belt. “I don’t eat in my truck.”
“Okay.” She took out a chip and crunched on it, corn yumminess exploding in her mouth. It might not be breakfast material, but if Harold could eat sushi, she could definitely justify corn chips.
“I don’t think you get it. No one eats in my truck.”
Great. They were still at the office and she’d already managed to piss him off. While she had to stay on his good side, it wouldn’t make sense if she keeled over from hunger before they even crossed the state line into Washington.
“I’m hungry,” she said firmly, exactly the way her favorite college professor had taught her. “And since I wasn’t able to eat because I was getting ready for this trip, I think I should be allowed to have something. Want to wait a few minutes?
Or maybe we can stop for a quick bite. There’s a Bobby Jo’s a couple of blocks away. They make great chili dogs.”
No mistaking the cringe across Aidan’s face.
“What? Do you not like chili dogs or something? I’ll buy.”
“No, you don’t like chili dogs, or no, you don’t want me to buy?” she asked before quickly shoving more chips in her mouth.
“Both.” His tone was clipped as he continued to stare at her.
“Does this mean you aren’t going to stop?” she asked a moment later.
Okay. Let’s try this again, shall we? She kept her voice calm. “Yes, you’re going to stop, or yes, you’re not going to stop? Because if you’re not going to stop, I’m telling you right now, there’s no way I’m gonna last six more hours without food.”
And a hungry Delaney wasn’t someone he’d want to deal with. She stared at him intently, tried to telegraph that fact into his ever-so-hot and ever-so-stubborn profile.
“I’m not stopping.”
“Look.” She blew out an exasperated breath. “I’ll eat over the bag so there won’t be any crumbs.”
“There are always crumbs, no matter how careful you are.”
“Okay.” Yeesh. Was he always so anal? Maybe it was a good thing he didn’t hang around the office at all. “What if I vacuum the cab out when we get back to Milestone?”
He blew out a breath even as he nodded. “I suppose that’d work.”
Thank God for small favors.
“Is it okay to drink, too?” She pulled out a bottle of Gatorade and shot him her most charming smile.
“Fine. Just get in the truck,” the man practically growled at her. “We’re behind schedule.”
And he was grumpy, too. Wasn’t this going to be a blast?