While sitting back, watching and betting with her co-workers about how long Alaric’s assistants will last, Emma secretly pines over him. Everything she does to try to get his attention goes unnoticed. Or does it? Then she is surprisingly thrusted into the very spot no one can manage to hold, his new assistant, and the real story of Alaric and Emma begins. Their relationship forms on a business trip neither are soon to forget.
Emma Baker is a young woman who has had the “hippity hots” (as her BFF calls it) for over a year now for a Man that doesn’t even give her the time of day. She works at her job day in and day out with no real change to her routine. This Man is a complete asshole to everyone around him, Including Emma. Alaric Canon is a big shot business man who has a revolving door of PA’s that has stirred Emma and her co-workers in to a fit of healthy gambling. Every time Mr. Canon hires a new PA, Emma and her colleagues make wagers on how long they will last. This goes on for the entire time of Emma’s employment. Then one day she gets the call that just about kills her, she is Alaric Canon’s new PA.
Mr. Canon is HOT, I’ll give him that. I tend to have a weakness for stone-cold assholes that treat everyone like they’re nothing. Like for real, I do. But in this case I felt like Mr. Canon was too cold, too distant for far too long in the book. I just wanted him to break already! Eventually Emma wears him down. She ultimately becomes his best assistant, and his walls S L O W L Y begin to crumble. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for angst and build-up but Emma and Alaric’s game went on for a little too long for my liking. But other than that I enjoyed it.
The idea of the book was good, I just had a hard time getting into the flow and I felt like some of the sexy time scenes were drawn out way too long. They were done well though! It was hot, and once these two get past their game of brooding and hiding it’s actually very sweet and has some really cute sexy dialogue between them. I’m not sure how it happened, but Mr. Canon (as Emma calls him) turns into a really sweet man. I wouldn’t go all Prince Charming with him, but he definitely redeemed himself enough to make me happy. The only problem I had is this, Emma’s been borderline obsessed with this guy for over a year now. And by the time he finally breaks down and admits his feelings towards her in sweet fashion, she goes all clammy on him and doesn’t reciprocate. I was like DUDE! You’ve been wanting this forever, and you’re gonna go on lockdown now? Emma obviously frustrated me at this point, but she eventually turns the corner too. Well sort of, I’m still thinking she could have done a little more towards the end of the book.
Ultimately I enjoyed the storyline, and the general idea behind the book. The banter and dialogue between Alaric and Emma could have been a little more prevalent or revealing to me. I really enjoy when there’s a wealth of cute sexy banter back and forth, and since I was really pulling for these two characters I’d hoped for more of that. There were some really funny scenes that had me laughing out loud , the Author obviously has a great sense of humor and I felt like she didn’t over use it at all. This book was a good read that just had me wanting a little more out of the characters.
“Assholes are not special, Emma. Assholes are, however, your specialty.”
Qwen Salsbury was born in Kansas and somehow keeps ending up back there. Raised on her grandparent’s five acre homestead within the city limits, her imagination was honed during long days of quiet play and spartan access to a TV signal. Now mother to handsome boys, she strives to ensure they appreciate potential adventures found within the pages of a book, an honest day’s work, and what ingenuity may yield from mundane objects like a string and a cup. The boys prefer a PS3.
After spending time in corporate America, she returned to school and received a BA in English, Creative Writing and Poetry from Pittsburg State University, the alma mater of Pulitzer Prize winning poet, James Tate. She worked on a Masters there until going on to receive a juris doctorate from Washburn School of Law.
A seven-time Sigma Tau Delta writing award winner, her fiction and poetry have appeared in literary magazines and have been selected by fiction communities as featured story of the month and year. Predominantly a writer of romance, her romantic fiction varies from contemporary to historical to fantasy, though often with a humorous slant and poetic undertones.
For reasons she can’t even articulate herself, she decided to start writing fiction again while solo parenting and attending law school (during Constitutional Law class, to be exact.).
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