Narrator: Ava Erickson, Alexander Cendese
on October 9th 2018 / October 29th 2018 (audio)
Format: audiobook ARC
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Dear Mister...**strike out** no, too formal.
Hey there sweet cheeks *strike out* no, too forward.
To whom it may concern,
Full disclosure; before we move forward with this email, I would like it to be known that I have consumed an adequate amount of alcoholic beverages to intoxicate myself tonight. Three margaritas, two shots, and one beer—because it was free.
I think it’s important to be open and honest with your co-workers, don’t you?
So here I am, being honest. Drunk but honest. Or just drunk with lust? You decide.
I like you so much it’s clouding my judgment and making me do things I never would sober. Like write this letter.
I have a hopeless, foolish, schoolgirl crush on you when you are the last person on earth I should be falling for. Did you know people around the office call you a sadist? An egomaniac. An insensitive, arrogant prick. Your bark is worse then your bite, and you don’t scare me. The fact is, I’d love that bite of yours to nip at my bare skin while we’re both wearing nothing but sheets.
For once I want you to look at me as more than one of your employees.
And as long as we're being honest, that navy blue suit you wear? With the crisp white shirt? It really makes me want to loosen your tie and show you who’s boss.
LOVE, SINCERELY, YOURS
by Meghan Quinn and Sara Ney
You know those books, you actually like a lot and still find some niggles that would have made it awesome? It’s the way I feel about this one. I read books by Meghan Quinn and Sara Ney individually and I really enjoy their sense of humor in their books. These two combined are lethal in the laughter department.
Rome is the stuffy, stick-up-his-ass CEO of his own company. He worked hard to get where he is today and takes it personally when people quit. His life doesn’t consist of much more than work. Rome expect his staff to abide his rules. One of them? No fraternization at work. So when he receives an anonymous email, sent from a company address, he gets his pants in a twist big time. It doesn’t take long, though, that he starts to re-consider his life and that he doesn’t really have much to look forward to when he goes home.
Peyton has had a crush on her hardass boss as long as she’s been working for Rome Inc. She’s pretty much on her way out: she just quit her job to start her own thing (much to Rome’s annoyance…because…how ungrateful!). On a girls night out, celebrating her birthday, after imbibing some liquid courage, she sends Rome an email putting it all out there. She didn’t really expect a response when – ding ding – Rome writes back. From here on we get a lot of witty banter and slow burn sexual tension that keeps you on the edge of the seat.
Now I said that I liked this story a great deal but I have to admit that the characters weren’t really developed a great deal. I didn’t know much about either Peyton or Rome to root for them until I got to the last quarter of the story. I wish there would have been more depth to the characters – I never felt that they were capable of big emotions. Especially Rome, who was, yes, entertaining in his tizzies butt other than that he was pretty one-dimensional. Peyton’s character was marginally better but the same goes for her – I never really learned what made her tick. Maybe my expectations were too high seeing as this is rom-com…but then I think about other stories by these authors and I know that they are capable of writing great stories.
However, with all that being said I enjoyed the hell out of this story and the last bit almost made up for the first 75%. I had the chance to listen to the audiobook and Ava Erickson does an amazing job bringing Peyton to life. She’s becoming a favorite narrator quickly.
Alexander Cendese’s voice took a bit to get used to, especially when he does he female voice it sounds more like him mocking a woman. Ultimately though, he did a decent job voicing Rome.
Meghan Quinn and Sara Ney make a good writing duo – their writing styles are seamless and I’m looking forward to reading more when they combine forces!