Wednesday 20 December 2017

Review: Not Safe for Work - Charlotte Stein

“Employees must maintain clear boundaries between personal and professional relationships and conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the office…”

When Hartford brings in Abel Hernandez as the new CEO for his company Hartford Industries, he's prepared for Abel to shake things up…but not quite like this and certainly not with his personal assistant Amy, the one woman he's always wanted but never taken. He sees them breaking all of his precious rules, and he intends to reprimand them for it. The only problem is, it isn't anger he feels towards his two most trusted employees…it's possession. It's desire.

Originally published in the Filthy & Rich box set, get ready for some #NSFW action in Charlotte Stein's sizzling standalone novella featuring two billionaires and the woman caught between them. Not Safe for Work is your dirtiest boss-secretary fantasies come to life.

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Amy's boss Thomas Hartford is as uptight as they come, he's a stickler for rules and runs his company with an iron fist. When he brings in his best friend Abel as the new CEO Amy's shocked by how different the two men are, where Thomas is stuffy and abhors anything personal getting in the way of business Abel is down to earth, fun and makes his attraction for Amy very clear from the beginning. It's not long before Abel and Amy are a couple but what shocks Amy is that Thomas seems jealous of their relationship and when Abel starts putting ideas in her head about the three of them together she finds it impossible to resist acting out her wildest fantasies.

This is the first longer story I've read by Charlotte Stein and there's no denying she can write incredibly hot books, the chemistry between Abel and Amy was fantastic and the spark was there between them from the moment Abel walked into the office. I enjoyed their relationship and the fantasies they shared with each other but I have to admit I struggled a bit when Thomas joined in. I found him a really hard character to connect with because he came across as so cold and because this is a novella there didn't seem to be much of a build up to let me believe he was really attracted to either of them. With Abel and Amy you could feel the passion they felt for each other and for Thomas but with Thomas it was more like he was scratching a biological itch. That would have been fine if the story hadn't been trying to convince me that they were going to end up in a permanent three way relationship. It would have been easier to have accepted Abel and Amy as a couple who just liked to add an extra partner for the occasional bit of fun.

As far as short and spicy stories go I did enjoy this, the heat levels were certainly there, but I did end up more than a little disappointed with the romance side. I think if it had been just a few pages longer with a little more time spent getting to know Thomas it could have been so much better.

Source: Received from publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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