Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
~Synopsis~I should've never agreed to this arrangement...
Thirty days ago, my boss--Mr. Wolf of Wall Street, came to me with an offer I couldn't refuse: Sign my name on the dotted line and pretend to be his fiancée for one month. If I agreed, he would let me out of my employment contract with a "very generous" severance package.
The rules were pretty simple: No intimate kissing, no actual sex. Just pretend to love each other for the press, even though I've secretly wanted to knock that sexy smirk off his face since the first day we met.
I definitely didn't need to think twice about this. I signed my name and started counting down the seconds to when I would never have to deal with his special brand of ass-holery again.
I only made it to one minute...
We argued the entire four-hour flight to his hometown, failed to make a convincing impression with the welcoming press, and right when I was about to knock that arrogant look off his face in real life? He purposely dropped his bath towel in front of me, distracting me with his nine-inch cock to "show me who the bigger person was" in our relationship. Then he gave me his trademark smirk once again and asked if I wanted to consummate our marriage.
Tragically, this is only day one.
We still have 29 more days to go...
Cover Designer: Najla Qamber Designs
Photographer: Wander Aguiar of Wander Book Club Photography
Had fun reading this novella and their “communication” was a hoot so thought I’d have a little fun with the review and channel my inner “Wolf:”
Book-Bosomed Book Blog (The Reviewer)
Emily N. Johnson and Nicholas A. Wolf (the romantic parties)
Miss Johnson has served as executive assistant to CEO Mr. Wolf at Wolf Industries for two years. She would desperately like a new position outside of the company due to Mr. Wolf’s demanding, workaholic personality. When an escape clause presents itself, Miss Johnson indulges in Mr. Wolf’s scheme to finalize a prosperous deal.
“Try to look deep into his eyes each time, Emily. Oh, and Nicholas, try to lightly rest your hand on her ass when you’re kissing…”
Terms of Premise
“Mr. Wolf’s stunning blue eyes were still on mine and his lips slowly curved into that sexy-ass smirk that I’d grown to half love, half loathe.”
The Reviewer is of the opinion that the love-hate romance was presented well. It met the expectations of a light-hearted, low-angst, humorous romcom told via the romantic parties' dual first person POV. All of The Reviewer’s required romance safety boxes were checked. See Confidentiality addendum.
Assessment of Characterization
The Reviewer found the romantic parties to be highly entertaining and engaging. They indulged in banter that was suggestive of the chemistry between them.
Miss Johnson had brains and wit and presented herself as a strong and educated heroine who could hold her own both in the business world and with the likes of her boss. She was the perfect match for the sharp and alluring Mr. Wolf, a prince under his Wolf suit. Speaking of… It was commendable that Mr. Wolf kept his niner in his pants as he was falling in love with Miss Johnson. Sadly, the Mr. Wolfs in the romance market are too often too few these days.
The build-up to said performance was well executed and articulated. Case in point:
“‘Are you feeling tempted to kiss me?’‘I’m feeling tempted to fuck you.’”
More performance was needed though after pages of chemistry and sexual tension. (Come on, Mr. Wolf; since you are so well-endowed we need you to tell us—in detail—about how you and Miss Johnson used it a little more. In addition, we need proof that the later Proposal Clause was executed.)
The presentation of the 30 days felt a bit rushed after a certain point, and the ending was abrupt. The Reviewer would like to propose an additional HEA novella, perhaps a holiday short-story or something of that nature to substantiate an additional 30 days. The romantic parties were delightful and left The Reviewer wanting more of them.
Safety Recap: No cheating. No sex scenes w/other people. H has been celibate over 8 months, probably closer to a year and a half. h hasn’t had a boyfriend in a year and a half. No OW/OM drama. No rape or sexual abuse. HEA (implied as no epilogue).
Whitney G. is a twenty-eight-year-old optimist who is obsessed with travel, tea, and great coffee. She’s also a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of several contemporary novels, and the cofounder of The Indie Tea–an inspirational blog for indie romance authors.
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