Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: HEA Press
Former overachiever Lucy WillIams sucks at adulting:
✔✔✔A move back to Boston to live with her mother
It can't get much worse, right?
When she starts her new marketing job at EXtreme Effects, she's positive shit’s stopped hitting the fan. Sure, what she's advertising is a little ... unorthodox, but it pays the bills. And since she's seconds away from becoming Lucy Williams: Wednesday Night Bingo Enthusiast, she needs money to get the hell out of her mother’s house.
The only problem is her boss, Mr. Extreme himself: Jace Exley. He’s everything any sane woman dreams of—alpha, successful, ridiculously gorgeous. He's also Lucy’s worst nightmare. Because like every overachiever, she has that underachiever she brushed off. The slacker who, once upon a time ago, was the object of her dirtiest schoolgirl fantasies.
Jace Exley—with his sarcastic smirk and delicious accent—just happens to be that guy.
And the friction between them?
Well, that's the only adulting Lucy seems to be winning at.
Lucinda (Lucy) Williams-Duncan, 27, is a conscientious, hard-working, good girl, go-getter who’s had her life turned upside down. She might just have reached her lowest point yet when her best job prospect comes from the former high school underachiever bad boy who she both loathed and desired as an adolescent. Upon first meeting with Jace Callum Exley, 29, it isn’t hard to see why Lucy is bulldozed over by him. He’s mesmerizing, colorful, and a distinct personality.
“‘When you stare at my hand like I’ve cocks for fingers, I automatically assume you’re afraid of what filthy things they’ve touched.’”Jace is your rough around the edges, dirty talking (though he sweetens it with the endearment ‘love,’) bad boy. He shines as the star of the story, which pulled me in right from the beginning. Both Lucy and Jace are well developed, but Jace totally made the book for me. He’s the kind of guy that has a distinct edge, puts off a cool, doesn’t give a shit vibe, but he’s loyal and cares about those close to him, and while women might be a dime a dozen, once he’s found the one, he’s in. He’s certainly alpha and he likes to push Lucy’s buttons, but he’s never over the top ridiculous or chauvinist. I liked the “real” feel to him. And I felt his responses and actions always rang true to his character.
While Lucy has a total facepalm moment, I still found her a likable character, that incident aside. Her ‘fish out of water’ situations with Jace and EXtreme Effects were comical and kept the story lighthearted.
I adored their jobs and their work place; the supporting characters complimented the story well; the premise is sexy and fun, and the story well executed. Lucy assumes Jace’s company makes unique clocks. I think you can guess from the blurb he doesn’t. And thus Lucy’s out of her comfort zone moments begin.
“My new boss, on the other hand, strikes up a conversation with every naked person who wonders by. Like he doesn’t have a care in the world.”Told via Lucy and Jace’s first person POV, Friction is a slightly slow burn (more like heated build), opposites attract romance. It's a standalone, but I hope Jamie and Bailon get a story too.