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“Do they usually call you after hours?”
“More often than I’d like, unfortunately.”
Olivia nodded and frowned at the sad tone in Savannah’s response. She lifted her head and looked at her while she gestured playfully between them. “You know, taking a little work home with you sometimes isn’t so bad.”
Savannah smiled and pressed her lips to Olivia’s. “This kinda work after hours is never a bother, trust me.”
I’m not sure if it’s just a super popular category in f/f romance, or if I just tend to gravitate toward it, but I’ve been reading a ton of lesbian workplace romances lately. Olivia and her team are renowned for their eco-focused workplace designs – think zen areas with waterfalls and special lighting that bring nature into your average cookie cutter cubicle farm. They’re already on the rise, but a trial contract with a big firm to remodel three sites could really increase their profile. It’s already looking to be a bit of a challenge, with lots of travel, tight deadlines, and unexpected site issues, but the last thing Olivia is expecting is the deep attraction she feels for Savannah, the client liaison. But they’ve got to spend the next few months working closely with each other, and both realize that a fling-gone-bad could cause all sorts of issues. As their relationship deepens, will they give love a chance, or does their relationship have an expiration date at the end of the project?
What really stood out to me in the book was the chemistry and heat level. Oh my goodness, do these two have some serious chemistry, and there were some super steamy scenes, including the aforementioned carousel sex. There were a few that didn’t work so much – that piano scene, among other seriously public displays of affection that seemed out of character for both women – but for the most part, woohoo, I was fanning myself. Leading up to all this sex, though, was a delicious slow burn, full of lots of absolutely adorable flirting. The steaminess isn’t at the expense of their relationship, either, and the end of the book left me with the happy feeling that they were a couple whose HEA I believed in.
“Olivia pressed her index finger to her lip in thought, then replied, “Um, there may be a daydream about the drafting table that seems to continually occur…”
Savannah quirked an eyebrow at her. That was it. She would never look at a drafting table the same way again. And considering they would be around a lot of drafting tables the next few months, that would make things very difficult. Savannah frowned as that thought went from a very naughty place to one of a painful realization: they were going to have to continue to work together, for months.”
But before they get to that ending, of course, there’s all the obstacles they have to overcome. Number one, of course, is their professionalism. Neither want to either show favoritism or impede the progress of the project, so they initially try to ignore the heat between them. I thought the major conflict at the end of the book was realistic, if predictable, and I enjoyed Savannah’s solution to it. The secondary characters were excellent. I loved Olivia’s team, and Olivia’s and Savannah’s interactions with their families (Olivia’s sister and niece, and Savannah’s brother and his girlfriend) were highlights of the book for me. Though Reagan’s fratgirl attitude annoyed the heck of me, I still appreciated what she added to the story, along with Olivia’s boss.
Overall, this was a steamy, fun read, and very much recommended. I’ll definitely be looking up more of Ms. Riley’s books!
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Olivia and Savannah are thrown together when Savannah’s firm contracts out a series of projects to the design company that Olivia works for. They dance around their attraction for each other until they simply can’t deny that attraction or the friendship that is developing along the way. This book is a traditional romance in that it follows the formula: two main characters fall in love; an outside force causes a misunderstanding which breaks them up; and then everything is resolved for a happy ending. What sets this apart from most romances is the chemistry between Olivia and Savannah. It is blistering to say the least.
Riley creates two main characters that are ideal for each other and she doesn’t just tell us they are. She shows us their unique personalities, their vulnerabilities and their quirks. They each have subtle idiosyncrasies that make them completely relatable. The slow burn that builds between them is hotter than anything else I have read by this author, which kept me glued to the book.
The story is told in the third person and it moves between Olivia and Savannah’s points’ of view. I never felt like there was head hopping going on because Riley deftly moves between the two so seamlessly. The dialogue is witty while still remaining natural.
My only criticism of the book was that the final resolution felt a little rushed to me, but this is something that I realize might just be my reaction to the book and not something other readers might have a problem with.
I would definitely recommend this book. If you are new to this author it’s a great place to start or if you are familiar with her books, you won’t be disappointed.
I was given an ARC of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review.
4.5 stars. I really enjoyed this book. This story was about Olivia, a manager at an architecture company and Savannah, who is the manager at the company Olivia is working with. As the heads of their company for this project, they start working together and spend a lot of time together. They start to become friends and then they both realize they start to have feelings for each other, and it goes from there.
I love tension and this book has a lot of tension. They work together, so they think a relationship is not the best thing to have so they try to just be friends and nothing more. Their chemistry works really well as they both enjoy each other and have good banter. They both develop throughout the book as their relationship changes, although the relationship still seems very quick moving.
It is a book I enjoyed and would read again and would recommend to my friends. It is a solid story with solid characters.