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Office Mate (Running Mate Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
From the first time I played army as a kid, the military has been my life. As an Airborne Major, I’d led my men through two tours in Afghanistan. But when my father was elected president, I became an even greater target for the enemy—a prize for someone to take out. To ensure not only the safety of myself, but of my men, I got stripped of my cammies, shoved into an Armani suit, and placed into a management position at my father’s company. After years of trekking through the desert with an assault rifle, I was way out of my area of expertise, which my transition coordinator was more than happy to let me know on a daily, if not hourly basis. The brunette bombshell would be the death of me in more ways than one, especially since I hadn’t been with a woman since my last deployment. She’s turning out to be one of the greatest foes I’ve ever done battle with.
In the backwoods Georgia town I was born in, you either married right out of high school or got the hell out of town. I chose the second and never looked back. After graduating top in my class, I started working for The Callahan Corporation. Fast forward five years and I was about to become the youngest female manager in the history of my department. And then all the blood, sweat, and tears I’d put into my career were for nothing when the boss’s billionaire son was handed my position on a silver platter. Not only that, I was expected to help transition him into the job that was supposed to be mine. Sure, he’s easy on the eyes with his chiseled good-looks and impossibly built physique, but I’m not going to let that distract me. I hope soldier boy is good at military strategy because sabotage is the name of the game I’ll be playing.
About the Author
Katie Ashley is a pseudonym for Krista Ashe, the New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal, The Proposition, and Nets and Lies, along with several young adult titles. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Katie taught both middle and high school English. She holds a BA in English, a BS in secondary English education, and a masters degree in adolescent English education. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07FC1BCY7
- Publication date : July 7, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 3493 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 253 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #465,737 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Told from dual first person perspectives (Thorn and Isabel) OFFICE MATE follows the building romance between thirty-one year old, US Army veteran Thorn Callahan, and twenty-nine year old, financial investor Isabel Flannery. Now that his father was elected the President of the United States, US Army veteran Thorn Callahan has been pulled from active duty in an attempt to keep any potential enemies from targeting our story line hero. What Thorn never expected was to be named Vice-President of his father’s Wall Street investment firm-Callahan Corporation-a position originally intended for someone else. Enter Isabel Flannery, scorned co-worker, and the woman with whom Thorn would fall in love. What ensues is the enemies to lovers relationship between Thorn and Isabel, and the potential fall-out as their relationship goes public, and is in direct confrontation of the corporation’s no fraternization policy among executives.
Isabel Flannery is beyond pissed that the promotion for which she had been groomed was now going to the President’s son-president of the corporation as well as President of the USA. Unable to persuade management that she was entitled to the vice-president position, Isabel begins to sabotage Thorn Callahan, hoping the repercussions would push Thorn out of his current position. Thorn Callahan never thought about leaving the military but when his last mission went all to h*ll, and his father was elected to the highest office in the USA Thorn found himself the new vice-president of Callahan Corporation. But things start to fall apart, rather quickly, including a sudden illness that pulls Thorn from the job at hand.
The relationship between Thorn and Isabel is one of immediate attraction but Thorn’s attraction is tempered by the knowledge that Callahan Corporation has a no fraternization policy. In order to remain distant and aloof, Thorn becomes a demanding a$$hole pushing Isabel to retaliate in return. The $ex scenes are limited but erotic and intense without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.
The colorful secondary and supporting characters include Thorn’s brother Barrett Callahan and his fiancé Addison (Running Mate #1), as well as their sister Caroline. We are introduced to Thorn’s bodyguard and secret service agent Ty, and Isabel’s roommate Mila. Ty and Caroline’s story line is next in Roommate.
OFFICE MATE is a slow building enemies to lovers/office romance story line. Isabel Flannery’s acts of sabotage were immature and in one instance, dangerous and bordering on assault. In all honesty, Isabel’s behaviour was unethical, and thusly proves she was ill-prepared for the position she did not receive. Insubordination and reprimands were necessary to negate her verbal outbursts but her behind the scenes sabotage were concerning and wrong. There was nothing funny about our heroine’s behaviour, and I struggled with my overall enjoyment due to the nature of the acts. The premise is engaging; the characters were charismatic; the romance is spicy and hot.
If readers were to judge Thorn and Isabel solely on their outward actions and words towards one another, neither one of them would be seen as someone with a good heart and kind soul, but because we get their internal musings, their inward struggles, and their repentant feelings when it comes to the things they’ve done to one another, it’s more than clear that these two characters are truly remarkable people – ones who deserve success but more importantly love and commitment, and because Ashley doesn’t leave Thorn and Isabel’s misdeeds from being exposed until the very end of the story, a foundation can be built – one of friendship, one of mutual respect, and one that provides an avenue for more to occur between them.
There’s great banter between Thorn and Isabel, especially when ‘Operation A-hole’ is in full effect, and it’s more than clear that Isabel can give as good as she gets. There were so many times throughout those first few weeks working together – a time in which Isabel exacted her plan of sabotage that I thought they both were going to blow their tops and expose the truth, but the push and pull between them continued, which only amped up the attraction and the desire they felt, proving that their methods of coexisting with one another were not working as well as they wish they were, making things incredibly awkward and volatile until Thorn and Isabel laid their cards on the table and raised the white flag.
Katie Ashley’s Office Mate is a highly entertaining and, at times, infuriating enemies-to-lovers romance told through both the hero and heroine’s perspective; it’s definitely a slow burn love story despite the clear attraction felt by both characters because there are a multitude of obstacles in their way to a happily ever after, partly due to their co-worker status but mostly due to the fact that Isabel feels that Thorn usurped the position of vice president of investment banking at The Callahan Corporation that by all rights should have been hers.
4.5 Poison Apples
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Isabel and Thorn's story is one fueled by lust, hate and sooo much sexual tension you can cut it with a knife.
They don't meet in the best of circumstances, so along with all the UST there is so much resentment between them that at times you couldn't be sure if the would kiss or kill each other!
Isabel gets her revenge on Thorn in laugh out loud ways, and even as you know they are wrong, you can't help but fist pump when they happen.
It is wonderful journey as hate turns to friendship and who knows, maybe much much more.
It was great to get a little glimpse of Barrett and Addison and where they are at now.
Sweet, tender, funny and drama/angst free, Ms Ashley has given us a lovely story that I read in one afternoon.
I can't wait to see what she brings us next.
Isabel has worked for The Callahan Corporation for years. She’s put everything she has into her position to become the youngest female manager in her department. Thorn is in the military and not happy about returning to civilian life or working in the family business... enter Isabel and they both have some adjusting to do...
‘Office Mate’ is told in dual point of views. Thorn and Isabel make you laugh, swoon and cheesy smile. These got their happily ever after which was expected because this book was drama free and refreshing to read. If you are a fan of Katie Ashely you don’t want to miss this book
-Nice touch with the service dog. My father had one too (hearing dog) and we weren't allowed to pet it; maybe it's different where the author lives.
-About 75% of the book is an actual picture of office work, camaraderie, fall outs, and the illogical thinking of the grey heads above.
-The balance 25% is almost sex at every page but with almost no details, if that makes sense.
-Then we have the epilogue and all's well that ends well.
-It's funny with a bit of mystery and a few twists.
-Good job on the editing.