Author [s]: Katy Evans
Publisher: Harlequin Desire
Release Date: August 6th, 2019
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Where to buy: Universal Buy Link
*Thank you Harlequin Desire and Lady Amber’s Book Reviews for providing me with a free copy to read and review!*
This review is my honest thought and have not been influenced by anyone.
He always gets his way…until he meets his match.
“I need you back. Now.”
I can’t believe I’m letting my ex-boss talk me into working for him again. He’s arrogant. Domineering. He gets under my skin in ways I don’t want to admit. When I quit, it felt great! But now, seeing the big, bad billionaire rendered helpless by a baby, I give in to his demand. And I’m worried it won’t be the last time…
Katy Evans does it again by enticing into another one of her novels. We begin this story with billionaire William Walker of Walker industries. He’s a handsome man with a sharp tongue and a short temper. India, his assistant is the target of most of his outbursts and frustrations and she has had enough. With a new job prospect, India leaves the job in the bravest way she can, leaving William Walker stunned. Before this moment, William learns that he will have to take care of his niece while his Brother Kit and his brother’s wife set off to see Kit’s sister-in-law. Without much of a choice and with the honest feeling that he wants to spend time with his newborn niece, William reluctantly agrees. Now with a baby to watch and no assistant, William has to figure out how to run his company while also proving to people that he does have a soft side to his hard shell exterior.
The steamy romance was equal parts amazing and frustrating. I say this because it is clear that other than the tension of William treating India horribly, there was oddly some sexual tension happening between the two. Did I see a budding odd romance coming – Yes. Was I prepared for it – Oh, you know it. Rosie, William’s niece became the thread that brought them back together. Because India was so reliable in everything she did, William knew she would be the person that could be best in helping him with Rosie. But it wasn’t easy to get India back. Although their relationship wasn’t perfect, it was just enough to understand the plot. Although I did want a little more longing looks and swoony moments and a little less tension and buildup, but the enemies to lovers trope wouldn’t have been as surprisingly rewarding.
In terms of the characters, I honestly had just a bit of joy watching William crumble under the pressure of trying to be the best he can for Rosie. It brought down the hard exterior a bit and we saw a side of William that felt more realistic. Allowing that humility to show helped in William’s character development along with helping the budding relationship between him and India. India is spunky, sassy and confident in her stride to quit her job and land a writing gig. This part of her character I enjoyed the most. She wasn’t afraid to stick to her true feelings. However, she did have the room to give the benefit of the doubt and even though at times it was frustrating, I understood why she did what she did for William and Rosie. She did give William a run for his money and I can appreciate when a woman plays hard to get for a man because it only makes the man, William in this case, really discover who they are as a person and the things they need to change to be a better person in order to deserve that attention. The one character I didn’t enjoy as much was William’s brother. I know he is portrayed to be the younger, quickly successful all around family guy who is supposed to be the complete opposite of William, but I still could not wish him out of the novel quickly enough.
Overall, this was a a steamy enemies to lovers office romance that was a quick read and a page turner. Katy Evans continues to make strong female characters and arrogant male characters who ultimately see their wrong doings. What I enjoy best about Katy’s writing style is that she doesn’t make the woman play the role as the fixer upper for the man. If you want a quick, enjoy romance read, I’d suggest you pick this up today!
About the Author
Katy Evans is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over a dozen novels, starting with her blockbuster debut romance, Real. She writes sexy contemporary romances with smoldering hot alpha males.