The Boss of Her: Office Romance Novellas
Going to work never felt so good. Three office romance novellas from talented writers Julie Cannon, Aurora Rey and M. Ullrich.
In For Your Eyes Only by Julie Cannon: Dress for success takes on a very different meaning. CFO Riley Stephenson finds herself in a particularly difficult position when the stripper she's fallen for shows up at her office - as her new employee.
In Lead Counsel by Aurora Rey: Attorney Elisa Gonzalez is happy working behind the scenes while still having time for a life. All that changes when her firm takes on a major case and Parker Jones, powerhouse litigator and her law school crush, is named lead counsel.
In Opportunity of a Lifetime by M. Ullrich: Luca Garner is eager and hardworking but her new boss is a total nightmare: snarky and uncooperative, not to mention an ice queen. VP Stephanie Austin doesn’t mean to be unkind but the last thing she wants is an assistant getting under her skin, especially one who is as attractive as she is kind.
This disappointing anthology collects three unremarkable workplace romance novellas. In Rey's tepid "Lead Counsel," lawyer Elisa is forced to work under Parker Jones, with whom she had a regrettable one-night stand in college. The two women don't take long to dive back into mutual attraction, but the tension mostly stems from Elisa's hot-and-cold behavior, and too much of the novella is spent on depictions of office work. Cannon's "For Your Eyes Only" is a hot mess, beginning with two long and largely identical sections from each of the heroines' points of view. CFO Riley meets a stripper named Jess and immediately becomes obsessed, hiring her for multiple private dances. Inconsistent characterization, a thin plot, and clunky descriptions make this painful to read even without the predictable plot twist. The writing is better in Ulrich's "Opportunity of a Lifetime," but the story struggles. Mean, work-obsessed boss Stephanie is cruel and abusive to her new assistant, Luca, who predictably wears her down with cheerful goodness. The concept of this collection is great, but the execution falls sadly short.