A smart, sexy, and witty romantic comedy—perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Sally Thorne—about a twentysomething who lives out every woman’s fantasy: getting paid to give men who do us wrong a taste of their own medicine. But when a previous target unexpectedly shows up at her office, she’s forced to rethink her life as a professional heartbreaker.
Brinkley Saunders has a secret.
To everyone in the academic world she left behind, she lost it all when she dropped out of grad school. Once a rising star following in her mother’s footsteps, she’s now an administrative assistant at an insurance agency—or so they think.
In reality, Brinkley works at Heartbreak for Hire, a secret service that specializes in revenge for jilted lovers, frenemies, and long-suffering coworkers with a little cash to spare and a man who needs to be taken down a notch. It might not be as prestigious as academia, but it helps Brinkley save for her dream of opening an art gallery and lets her exorcise a few demons, all while helping to empower women.
But when her boss announces she’s hiring male heartbreakers for the first time, Brinkley’s no longer so sure she’s doing the right thing—especially when her new coworker turns out to be a target she was paid to take down. Though Mark spends his days struggling up the academic ladder, he seems to be the opposite of a backstabbing adjunct: a nerd at heart in criminally sexy sweater vests who’s attentive both in and out of the bedroom. But as Brinkley finds it increasingly more difficult to focus on anything but Mark, she soon realizes that like herself, people aren’t always who they appear to be.
With Sonia Hartl’s “bitingly funny” (Publishers Weekly) prose, Heartbreak for Hire is a clever romcom you and your girlfriends won’t be able to stop talking about.
YA author Hartl (Not Your #Lovestory) makes her adult debut with a fun and flirty but uneven rom-com. Brinkley Saunders is slowly recovering from her disastrous graduate school experience and the devastating breakup that shattered her self-confidence. Though her mother believes she works in insurance, she's really a skilled operator at Heartbreak for Hire, a business that helps avenge women who've been mistreated by men for a hefty price. Brinkley hopes to use the fantastic pay to one day afford her dream of opening an art gallery. But her plans could be derailed by her current target, Mark Cavanaugh, a man so attractive that Brinkley temporarily forgets about sabotage and the pair of them wind up back at his place. Things get stickier still when Mark shows up at Brinkley's work shortly thereafter as one of the first ever male Heartbreakers. Brinkley's determined not to let him distract her from her goals but their chemistry proves hard to resist. Hartl's premise is appealing, but the story sometimes misses the mark: Brinkley's admittedly bad experiences make her mean-spirited and endlessly insecure, and the revenge schemes are sometimes too dark to be amusing. Still, fans of Lyssa Kay Adams and Christina Lauren are likely to enjoy the sexy hero and nonstop banter. \n
A Unique and steamy romcom
Heartbreak for Hire, by Sonia Hartl, is a very unique, steamy, rom-com that I thoroughly enjoyed. The premise is completely unique and the story was fun and thought-provoking too.
Brinkley by day is a mild-mannered administrative assistant for an insurance firm. At least that’s what her family thinks. Her real job is a Heartbreaker for the Heartbreak for Hire, a firm that specializes in revenge for jilted lovers, frenemies, and long-suffering co-workers. Brinkley is very good at her job, and the money she makes will help her open up an art gallery, her real passion. But, what is keeping her from moving forward with the gallery?
When she meets Mark, who is one of her marks, for the first time, she throws her rules out the window and is actually attracted to this man. Then, when her employer decides to add men to her group, Brinkley and the three other Heartbreakers rebel.
This book was very entertaining. I like that the author highlighted many of the issues that women face in the workplace. I thought the characters, especially Brinkley were very well developed. Brinkley has her reasons for wanting to do these revenge tasks but does eventually realize that revenge is not a quick fix like it seems at first, and revenge can only make you feel better for a small amount of time, and it takes work to actually make yourself a better person.
This is a fast-paced book that had me turning the pages to find out what happens next. It is quite a steamy book also, with lots of passion between Brinkley and Mark as their story progresses.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.