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Hard Hats and Doormats by [Chapman, Laura]
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"I can't remember the last character I read about that I loved this much. I desperately wanted to be Lexi's friend."
- Kaley, Books Etc.

"While this is Chapman's début novel, she writes like a seasoned professional delivering tight dialogue and spunky interior monologues."
- Julie, Julie Valerie's Book Blog

"If you are looking for a book that will give you the motivation to pursue your own dreams in life, and give you the kick in the pants needed to follow through on those New Year's resolutions, give "Hard Hats" a read."
- Sara, Chick Lit Central

From the Author

A 2008 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Laura studied journalism, English and history. She traveled across the United States as a writer/photographer before settling into a career in communications. Hard Hats and Doormats was inspired by her experiences traveling the country interviewing hard-working men and women in various industries.

Product Details

  • File Size: 732 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Marching Ink LLC (December 9, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 9, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H7OME88
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,910 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I could not put down this fun story of three Iowa girls who moved to Texas for jobs fresh from college. It was a great unique idea and left me wanting more from Lexi, Kara and Brenna, maybe Laura will write a sequel:).
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I don’t usually read books where the lead character is in her early twenties, given that I’m more than a few years past that and prefer stories about people closer to my age. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I think the main reason for that is that Lexi, the main character, is just so together. She has her shortcomings, one of them being that she lets people (i.e., her boss) repeatedly take advantage of her. However, she’s a good example for young women. Although she does have a delightful love interest who adds charm to the story, the plot doesn’t center on her interest in him and nothing else. Much of it involves her dissatisfaction with her career, and what she plans to do about it. She’s a kind and reasonable young woman with common sense, (for the most part), but I will say that she gets herself into a situation later in the book that seems a bit out of character. But hey, we all have our lapses in judgment. I loved her relationship with Jason, who is heavenly. On top of all that, this book is very well-written. I’ve noticed a couple of reviewers have mentioned poor editing, however, aside from the occasional typo, which occurs in practically any book, I’m not sure what they’re referring to. I was extremely impressed by this new author.
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I just loved this story. Having worked in the corporate world, it was easy to identify with Lexi and the predicament she finds herself in – the one where she wakes up one day to find out all the hard work she has done has not gotten her the promotion she deserves, and, as a matter of fact, all that hard work has done for her is it has kept her chained to her office and limited her ability to live life.

When Lexi finally realizes that all of her rule-following and hard work come with a price she is no longer willing to pay, she commits to herself to start having fun and living…starting with figuring out a way to land her the man she has been crushing on since she started working for the company…Jason Beaumont.

Jason Beaumont has worked his way up the company, and has had his eye on Lexi since the first time he met her, but has held back since her role in HR and her rule-following has made her seem off-limits. When he can no longer help himself, he starts to spend more time with Lexi…and when a night mixed with too many margaritas for Lexi has him confessing his feeling, there is no turning back!

This was a fun read and I enjoyed watching Lexi’s take charge of her professional and personal life. It was refreshing watching someone as young as Lexi understand the value of hard work, but also recognize when she was being treated like a “doormat”. It was interesting watching her struggle with trying to find the balance between being a push-over at work and going the extra mile because it truly added value. On the relationship front, it was easy to believe she would just submit to Jason since she had been crushing on him for two years, so it was also wonderful to see her take a stand with him when issues came up in their relationship.
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After reading Laura Chapman's blog, I knew that I HAD to read her debut novel. With her incredibly engaging and witty writing style, she always leaves you feeling good. And her book is no different! From the first few pages, I found myself engrossed in the world of Lexi Burke. As a former HR Manager, Lexi's work exploits made me downright cackle - and thank my lucky starts that I am not in that game anymore. Poor Lexi is bound and determined to prove her worth to her male dominated company by taking on every tough situation her boss throws at her. Enter the gorgeous and charming Southern gentleman, Jason Beaumont, and we find one giddy and slightly distracted Lexi. Her journey to finding happiness in both her career and personal life is long and bumpy, but she has a lovable and highly entertaining group of friends to help her along the way. Laura Chapman will make you laugh out loud, swoon in delight and well up with a just a few tears. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am hoping to see a sequel one day!
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I've been a fan of Laura Chapman ever since I discovered her blog... so I expected her debut novel to have tons of humor and heart. I was not disappointed. While I liked Lexi at the beginning of the novel, I absolutely loved her when she decided to break the rules and go after what she really wants... which happens to be the very swoon-worthy Jason Beaumont. In addition to the love story, I enjoyed Lexi's journey to find happiness in her professional life. She's a fun character and her interior monologue had me laughing out loud. I loved spending time with these characters and I'm definitely looking forward to more from Laura Chapman!
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When I read the description of Hard Hats and Doormats, I was intrigued – having worked in a male dominated capacity for a few years, it is an environment that I know and can appreciate (which also getting exceptional frustrated with). Although, I will admit that I know little about the oil business – so reading about that was introducing me to a whole new world. I sat down on Thursday night intending to only read a chapter or so on my kindle, but I was soon sucked in and before I knew it, I had read about 50% of the book (not complaining because it was the great way to start a holiday weekend). Ms Chapman has a very smooth writing style, that isn’t overly flowery, but just works well.

I will admit that I was kind of disappointed in the fact that while she worked in a male-dominated world, Lexi was still in what could be seen as a more female-centric position (human resources/training). I would have loved to have seen her more in the environment, or actually doing a job on one of the oil platforms. I was also kind of disappointed in how little she seemed to know about the company she worked for – yeah, she could spout all the various rules/regulations – but when it came to the actual functioning of the company – it seemed like she had never really bothered to learn (and I can kind of see where the Doormat label could be applied). I don’t know, maybe it is just me, but if I was working for a company where I was a complete newb, I’d be down on the deckplates, trying to learn as much as I could.

However, even with those issues, Hard Hats and Doormats was a solid read. It wasn’t overly romance/spicy, but rather toned down (at least to me – others may disagree). I know I’ll be looking forward to reading more by Ms Chapman in the future. Overall, I gave Hard Hats and Doormats 4 stars for a lite contemporary romance.
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