Imperfect Love: Battle of the Sexes (Kindle Worlds Novella) Kindle Edition
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What he wasn't expecting was for Dennis' daughter Amity to be nominated as a contender for the role or to have to actually have her give him a run for his money.
After all, he'd been working his way up the corporate ladder at Jones + Gallum his entire working life while she was off ... elsewhere.
True, the two of them had been good friends as children, but things changed one night when, at fifteen, Carver kissed Amity on a dare, and their relationship soured and they've barely seen each other since.
Working in close proximity as they both strive to put together proposals for the board of directors, only serves to highlight how each has changed over the last decade and a half, and to bring back memories of how things used to be, and in Amity's case, dredge back up the grudge she's held ever since.
Witty and clever, Adriana Locke has crafted a novella that is surprisingly rich in detail as the two main characters each strive to out do each other, only to be faced with the reality that there is a life outside of work and that sometimes it's more important.
While framed by the title as a battle of the sexes, and that angle is certainly played upon in the differing approaches each takes, in the end it winds up being about the right person for the job, and as their friendship has been rekindled, developing into something more, the specter of what happens whoever misses out hangs heavily in the air.
I loved the intensity that permeates this book. Both main characters come across as intensely passionate. In their business lives, but also increasingly in their personal lives, an aspect both have neglected, and the life lessons each faces over the course of this short journey seem almost befitting a full sized novel rather than a novella.
With it's rich and powerful storytelling, I couldn't put it down.
The chemistry between these two was instant and intense. Amity has been holding a grudge against Carver for years because of a "7 minutes in heaven" moment gone wrong, in her eyes. I wanted to see if Carver would be able to atone for that blunder, and Amity did her best to make him feel bad about it. I'm glad Carver redeemed himself in that respect, and Amity got to see the real him, not just the self-assured hottie that could have any woman he wanted.
The premise of them both fighting for the same position in their father's company was fun. It 's too bad this was just a short novella, because I felt like there could have been a really meaty story here, but alas it all got resolved really quickly and that's good, but I was left wanting more.
Overall, I really liked the story, Adriana introduced us to two great characters. There could have been a little more editing or proofreading done on the book before release, I stumbled over quite a few errors. It would be cool if Adriana turns this couple into a series or get a full length novel at some point in the future.
With that in mind, Adriana Locke is one of my favorite authors, and she did not disappoint with Battle of the Sexes.
Caver is has that self-assured, cocky demeanor on the exterior, but he is one of the most thoughtful/considerate H's that Locke has written. He's fun, sexy, charming, intelligent. Locke doesn't lack for character development, even in a novella.
Amity is one of the most b.a. h's to hit a Locke novel. Where Carver is self-assured, Amity has it in spades. There is no doubt in her mind that she worked hard to get where she is, and she is deserving of anything she puts her mind and effort in to.
The sparks fly between the two unlikely matches. I had a lot of fun reading this novella, and watching the development of their story throughout. As a non-novella reader, I highly enjoyed these characters and would recommend BotS to anyone looking for a quick, fun read.
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