Julie Tieu, an exciting new and diverse voice in contemporary romance, returns with a hilarious and sexy new novel about colleagues who decide to take their relationship outside the office.
Cadence Lim has transformed from behind-the-scenes number cruncher to an integral part of the sales team at Prism Realty. But despite moving up the corporate ladder, her complicated relationship with her estranged elderly father weighs heavily and she can’t seem to shake the desire for a new beginning.
At least Cadence can always lean on her favorite co-worker and co-conspirator, Matt Escanilla. A top broker with an unsuccessful love life, the forever single Matt is constantly being nagged by his loving Filipino family to settle down.
Their relationship takes a turn when a business trip lands them both in their hometown and Matt enlists Cadence as a pretend girlfriend for a family gathering. The new after-hours setting forces the two friends to see each other in a new light, and their previously buried feelings rise quickly to the surface. When competing promotions threaten to separate Cadence and Matt, these office besties must work together to round up their ambitions and families to pursue their overdue romance.
Opposites attract when two coworkers fake a relationship in this endearing, unabashedly tropey rom-com from Tieu (The Donut Trap). Mutually pining from the start, Cadence Lim, a straitlaced analyst for Prism Realty, and Matt Escanilla, the firm's cheeriest broker, end up forced to share a single hotel suite while on a business trip that could make or break Matt's upcoming promotion. Workaholic Matt is under pressure to settle down from his beloved grandmother, so when she overhears Cadence in the background of a phone call, Matt allows her to believe that Cadence is his girlfriend. Cadence agrees to play the part at an upcoming Escanilla family gathering and when their attraction gives way to a passionate night, they decide to try a real relationship. All is frothy and easy, until Cadence gets a job offer in a different city. Matt's not prepared to do long distance, and Cadence doesn't want to sacrifice her career for a man. It's a significant and grounded conflict, but Cadence and Matt's obvious chemistry and light banter make it clear these two will pull through. Cadence and Matt's very different, but equally loving, family backgrounds only enhance their romance. This breezy outing is sure to please. Agent: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary.