- File Size: 3493 KB
- Print Length: 296 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 7, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07FC1BCY7
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,301 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Isabel Flannery is a successful driven women making her way up the corporate ladder but when she literally hits a bump along the way she can’t help wonder what she can do to change that until she meets Thorn Callahan and everything changes.
Thorn Callahan is a decorated military man but when your father becomes President Of the United States your life takes a turn you never expected but when he meets is Office Mate Isabel His life really changes course.
Thorn & Isabel’s chemistry is everything you need to see in a couple there is a lot of fun banter between the two and there is understanding that is absolutely heartwarming. But what you see is the slow burn of their relationship that will have you turning the pages quickly to see what happens next.
If you are looking for that one couple that will you leave you with a smile then you will want to read Thorn & Isabel’s story.
And then he arrived...Thorn Callahan. The Callahan son forced to give up his career in the military for security reasons. What's a little nepotism? He is angry and resentful about his situation. And he was not expecting to get flack from the woman who is supposed to train him in his new job. An unexpected and awkward first impression does not help matters.
He turns off the charm and dons his jerky armor to deflect his attraction and to avoid any workplace repercussions from that. And she is mad enough to want to play a bit dirty and maybe make him look bad in the process. Anything between them would be forbidden and fodder for gossip no matter how much sexual tension sparks between their angry tirades. And he has to watch out for his own reputation and he is used to following a code of honor. So things are about to get messy, complicated, ugly...maybe a bit out of control.
There's antagonism, attraction, hidden agendas, sabotage, and scheming. They do not want to want or need the other. They push, challenge, fuss, and fight. But as they start to let down their guards, a truce begins to form. And eventually even a friendship. And that sexual tension and attraction that just seems to keep growing. But he's still her boss and it's his family's company. Getting too friendly with the boss is not a good plan for a woman who thrives on succeeding in her career. Anything between them is still off limits and could have repercussions. And his family situation just puts them even more in the spotlight.
But when the lines keep getting blurred, where will that leave them? Is a chance at love worth the risks?
It brings back the characters from Running Mate : his brother Barrett and Addison, his parents, and his bodyguard, Ty. This is a slow-burn, enemies-to-friends-to-lovers forbidden romance with humor and feels. I really liked their banter whether they were fighting or having fun as friends or being romantic. They had great chemistry and rapport. I adored Thorn even when he was trying to be a jerk, but loved his vulnerability too. They were both strong, stubborn personalities, but also had good hearts and really needed someone to understand and see them. But there were also complications and challenges that made it a delicate situation. This one ran through many changes in their interpersonal dynamics so it kept me entertained and interested throughout.
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