Office Grump: An Enemies to Lovers Romance Kindle Edition
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"Grumpy, grouchy, growly--however you want to define MagnusHeron--is no match for the snarky, cinnamon latte loving (andspitting) Brina Bristol. Funny, steamy, and heartwarming, OfficeGrump was a pleasure to read." -Jill, Reviewer
"'Dead. He just slayed me.' That is how I feel after reading OfficeGrump by Nicole Snow. Talk about an enemy to lovers romance!"-Celeste, Reviewer
"Nicole Snow proves once again that she can conquer even thegrumpiest and make us all fall in love!!! When you read this I highlysuggest a nice cinnamon coffee with heavy cream. Trust me, it willmake this story that much more fun." -Elysian, Reviewer
"Their banter and sass were outstanding...this was a very wellwritten story, loved every page!" -Janet, Reviewer
"What a ride. This had a bit of everything...an enemies to loversslow burn romance, a little superstition, and a whole lot of heat."-Bel, Reviewer
"I laughed until I cried throughout this rom-com...Nicole Snow mademy day with this 5+ star romance!" -Nancy, Reviewer
- Publication date : November 11, 2020
- File size : 1910 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 513 pages
- Publisher : Ice Lips Press (November 11, 2020)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B08N9TKNL7
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #16 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Magnus Heron, thirty-one, is the cranky billionaire owner, president, and CEO of Heron Communications. He is the master of his emotions and gives nothing away. Stubborn is his key characteristic, and his arrogance is earned. Known as the Magnum of Advertising, he took over the stagnant company from his father while in his twenties and turned it into a powerhouse. He had a vision, and created attention to use to his and the company’s advantage. That included hiring a model and influencer to be his fake fiancé a few years back in order to increase the company’s visibility. Mariska had trashed him after the break-up but the publicity had served its purpose. Today the driven CEO lords over his company and his employees, who rightfully fear his wrath. His four years in the Marines following high school reinforced his natural disposition towards discipline and hard work. He expects the same from his employees, whom he treats like doormats. Magnus works seventy hours each week or more – often sixteen hour days, with no days off. He is so busy that he can hardly remember the last time he was with a woman, sometime over a year ago. The closest thing he has to friends and confidants are Ruby Hunting, his HR Director, and Armstrong, his driver. Both have known him long enough to know that underneath the grumpy exterior is a kind an generous man very much shaped by the past.
Sabrina Bristol, twenty-three, is a little superstitious. The recent University of Chicago grad hadn’t much luck after graduation, losing two jobs in a row due to circumstance and bad luck. She got her BFA in Graphic Arts and loves her current design job at a cat furniture store, Purry Furniture and More’s downtown Chicago headquarters. But Friday the thirteenth gives her a bad feeling, and her fears are soon realized when she finds herself jobless once again with rent due soon. She cannot turn to her parents, who are barely scraping by on her father’s retirement and her mother’s lackluster romance book sales. In fact, her mother’s sales primarily come from Sabrina’s anonymous purchases. She thus has no savings. She had already turned to her semi-rich best friend and roommate Paige for help during a past job emergency and cannot continue on that route. Brina is too stubborn and independent to make that a habit. Taking consolation in her favorite cinnamon latte, she heads to the park to clear her head and enjoy the beautiful fall day.
When Magnus oversees the production of a new fashion ad that promises to open doors for HeronComm into the coveted fashion world, he finds himself in a crunch for time. The weather had been bad and there are minutes left to get in the shots they still need in the park. Something comes over him when the beauty on the bench refuses to leave her seat for his shot, and as much as his blood is boiling, he knows he has to have her. Her expressive face gives away every emotion – and he loves it. With her sassy mouth and bold attitude, she is the perfect candidate for his vacant executive assistant position, a job with a revolving door. He cannot seem to keep his EA’s very long and he is drowning without the help. Instinct tells him she is the one, and he always gets what he wants. He wants her in other ways, too, but this is better. His strict no fraternization rules will no doubt keep him in check.
Magnus and Brina’s enemies to lovers romance will have you in stitches! It is a somewhat long read, and the first third is hilarious. By my count there are fourteen laugh out loud moments in the book, eleven of which are in the first third. The couple’s banter is outlandish. This is a slow burn, and the relationship really builds during the heated banter phase. This part of the book is an office romance. Brina settles in to her new job and catches wind of a mysterious company scandal that nobody wants to be caught talking about. Something to do with fraternization. She is also puzzled by Magnus’s driver, Armstrong, who thinks rather highly of the unbearable man. Magnus is hot and cold with her, but she desperately needs her job and puts up with his ridiculous demands.
Midway through the story shifts, taking a sharp domestic turn. Magnus is faced with a personal challenge just as he and Sabrina begin to recognize their feelings for one another. The past that haunts him has become a crisis, and a teenage boy named Jordan enters his life rather unexpectedly. This story is not just about Magnus and Sabrina. It is also a tender story about Magnus and Jordan. Their story adds depth to Magnus’s character. Sabrina’s story is riddled with bad luck and omens as black cats, broken clocks, lucky pennies, and Friday the thirteenth make their appearances in her life. She is a stubborn soul but loyal and selfless for those she loves, as evidenced by her sacrifice for her parents. Here she must learn to balance selflessness with self-respect. The last quarter of the book has a few teary moments. The story drags a bit as it wraps up, but the happy ending is more thorough than many, ending with a touching peak at Magnus’s family four years into the future. The couple earns their happy ending.
Fans will appreciate references to other series by the author, including Heart’s Edge. In my ARC version, there is an issue with the timeline and Jordan’s age for those that pay attention to detail, but it is easily overlooked. Additionally, some of Sabrina’s behavior at the end felt a little overdramatic. Nevertheless, this is a very worthwhile story. Magnus’s character in particular is deep and layered in mystery, and the chemistry he shares with Brina sizzles off the pages.
Magnus and Sabrina’s enemies to lovers romance will have you in stitches. The slow burn turns tender when a teenage boy named Jordan enters the mix. It is a story about family and grouchy billionaires with golden hearts. It is well-written. The plot is complex, with layers of mystery. The characters are carefully crafted and three-dimensional. The story is written in first person. The POV alternates between Magnus and Sabina. I rate this book 4.5 stars.
I received an advance copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
First off, I have loved the standalone book series Knights of Dallas, Enguard Protectors and Heroes of Heart’s Edge. Ms. Snow continues to pay subtle homage to them throughout her books. In this one there are the Heart’s Edge truffles and huckleberry jam, not to mention Galentron. Tapping my chin…who is Ruby’s sister?
Twenty-three-year-old Sabrina Bristol is down on her luck. At her third job in so few months, she needs money but lately a good job is hard to come by. The day is Friday the 13th and she has just been “let go” because the company is “right sizing” her out the door. Being superstitious already, her day does not improve when an obviously wealthy, obnoxious, rude man tells her she must move from a public park bench. NOT TODAY…she’s not taking that TODAY! This scene was so funny. What she doesn’t realize is that this rude man was none other than the infamous 31yo Magnus Heron of HeronComm. From his standpoint, there is something about that young woman. He tells his HR manager to find her and offer her a job as his Executive Assistant (EA). What happens next is inevitable and soooo goooood! There’s a bit of a mystery too. Who are Marissa and Jordan Quail to Mag? Why won’t he allow himself to show Brina his attraction? How will Brina feel at the very moment they are about to consummate their relationship that Mag must…nuh uh. No more information for you. This is really too good to not read. Ms. Snow’s leading men are just so Alpha!
This was a well-written, well-edited, slow burn romance between two people who hate each other until they don’t. The dialogue whether internal or spoken aloud is so perfect for these characters. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book and it comes highly recommended. If you like Rom-Com, you will want to read this! Actually, more than 5 stars-worthy. The cover model’s not bad either. 😉