Writing with crisp, engaging prose, Royce wastes no time introducing the romantic conflict, and within the opening chapters sexual tension between Jane and Craig percolates from the pages. Some romance aficionados may take pause at Jane’s acts of deception as she attempts to conceal the truth about her torrid past affair and subsequent run-ins with Craig to her fiancé. However, Jane’s redeeming qualities shine through as she gets over the harsh breakup with Derek, and is thrust into a toxic new work environment rampant with misogyny, envious coworkers, and sexual harassment.
Royce excels at weaving aspects of her personal career experience as a Las Vegas-based PR and advertising exec into the story. The workplace drama she creates beautifully balances out the romance, while intensifying the stakes as Jane attempts to make partner at her new firm. Although Jane is infatuated by Craig’s good looks and sexual prowess, there are many aspects of his personality that she absolutely despises, which takes this story into enemy-to-lovers territory. The relationship between Jane and Craig is cat-and-mouse up until the last chapters, which build to an unexpected ending that will leave fans of contemporary romance satisfied and rejoicing.
Takeaway: Romance readers will appreciate the well-crafted redemption arc and surprise happily ever after.
Great for fans of: Lillie Vale’s The Shaadi Set-Up, Penelope Ward’s The Day He Came Back.
Design and typography: A
Marketing copy: A