Genres: Contemporary Romance, Friends With Benefits, Older Guy, Romance, Workplace Romance
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I first met William McAlister when I was just a teenager.
He was handsome, had a beautiful wife and was on the verge of success, having just joined my father as his business partner. Mr. McAlister was full of smooth charm, but back then he was barely a blip on my radar. Just a family friend.
Fast forward ten years: I’m 25 years old and a single mom trying to make things right for her seven-year old son. I’ve made some mistakes, grappled with my demons and now I’m back in the city of Vancouver, getting a second chance at a better life.
I’ve started by working for my father’s production company as an executive assistant. My first day on the job and I already know I could have a promising career there.
That is until I see Will McAlister for the first time in a decade.
Now recently divorced and as sophisticated as always, Will has gone from being my father’s friend and business partner to something so much more.
We’re both older, for one thing, and he just oozes this worldly confidence and stark sexuality. Combined with his tall, muscular build and sharp suits, strong jaw and bedroom eyes, Will has turned into one hell of a distraction.
A distraction I’m having a hard time staying away from, considering his office is right across from my desk and I work with him in such close proximity.
But it’s just a harmless crush, right?
It’s just an innocent fantasy of screwing him on his desk, right?
It can’t ever be more because he’s my father’s best friend, business partner, and my boss.
If there was ever an author that I would super fan girl in front of it would be Karina Halle. Seriously, her and Rachel Vincent made me love reading again, and I can literally remember the exact moment when I fell in love with romance books, I was sitting in the guest bedroom of my moms house reading Love, In English listening to Ed Sheeran and I knew then that I would always been a romance book lover, seriously every time I hear Ed Sheeran I think back to Karina Halle. I love her darker books, don’t get me wrong, but I was really looking forward to this book because it kind of reminded me a little bit of the book that held a huge space in my heart for so long. We have the older guy, a kid is involved, kind of a family who doesn’t really understand our heroine, and a hero and heroine who are suddenly spending a lot of time together.
Jackie is a single mom, and she’s a really good mom. She’s also pretty young, 25 years old with a 7 year old. I think she has been defining herself so much as a mom she hasn’t really ever gone outside of that role in a long time. She works so hard to make sure her son can everything he needs, and doesn’t think twice about going without. She left a bad situation to move back home with her parents and is trying to give Tyson (her son) the life he deserves, and that means swallowing her pride and taking a job at her dad’s work and letting her parents help out. I liked Jackie, but she is carrying her fair share of baggage. There was more than one moment when I just wanted her to pull her head out of her bum and walk towards all the good things coming her way. I didn’t love her family, well that’s not true, her mom is cool, but her dad annoyed me, especially in the way he spoke her her sometimes, and I really wanted her to stand up for herself a little bit more, but other than that I liked her.
William is much older than Jackie, at 42 I believe, and is best friends and business partners with Jackie’s dad. Talk about complicated. He’s also coming off of a divorce where his wife not only cheated but got pregnant by someone else and then he basically stuck it out in LA and stayed working with her until she asked him to leave. He’s a pretty chill guy honestly. And the minute he walks into work with two rescue dogs he had me in the palm of his hand. He’s a really sweet guy, good boss, great with Tyson, good friend, just all around good guy. If I had one complaint about this dude its how often in the beginning of the book he called Jackie kid, drove me (and her) bananas.
This was really a sweet romance, there was a little bit of drama, a lot of secret keeping, and a fair amount of angst and emotional turmoil. But at the end of the day it was sweet, and I was super rooting for these two to get beyond the physical and move towards the happy ending they both deserve. Oh and did I mention they really heated up the pages when they finally caved in to each other, cause woo hoo that was fun.