“You’ll laugh, you’ll swoon, and you’ll root for Pearl and Cord’s happy ending."—New York Times bestselling author Carley Fortune
Eight years ago, he fell in love with a stranger he couldn’t have—today, she’s back in his life and the sparks between them threaten to set her career on fire.
Pearl Harris has learned the hard way to be careful in work and in love. She has the chance to make lasting change at OurCode—a nonprofit aimed at inspiring high schoolers to code—but a recent scandal puts its reputation at risk. Further complicating things, Pearl didn't expect the one man she never stopped thinking about to join as the newest member of her board of directors.
Cord Matthews fell for Pearl when they met in an elevator eight years ago. She’s just his type: smart, capable, and makes him laugh, but when she broke his heart, he decided love wasn't for him. When they reconnect after years with no contact, Cord is tempted to consider breaking his ban on serious relationships. But going public with a romance between them might derail Pearl’s career and the progress she’s made at OurCode.
While Pearl and Cord are both hesitant to trust their feelings and take a risk, it soon becomes impossible to keep ignoring the electricity between them. Cord is a skilled programmer, but a workplace romance might spell disaster for both of them--and love isn’t easily debugged.
Former lovers are reunited in the workplace in this flawed second-chance romance from Williams (The Love Connection). Five years ago, Cord Matthews fell in love with fellow computer programmer Pearl Harris, but when Pearl was forced to choose between him and her career, she went with her head over her heart and moved away, leaving Cord heartbroken and wary of love. Now Pearl's boss at the nonprofit OurCode, which aims to teach teens computer science, has been accused of embezzling, leaving an opening on the board of directors—and who should fill it but Cord. The pair are shocked to be reunited and try to keep each other at arm's length—but their chemistry is undeniable. Unable to resist each other, they agree to keep their affair casual and on the down low so as not to jeopardize their careers. As old feelings reemerge and old wounds reopen, however, their fling enters rocky waters. Though the conflict feels thin, Cord is the kind of caring and supportive hero romance readers will adore. Pearl, for her part, is admirably strong and intelligent, but the intensity with which she pushes Cord away and, later, tries to control their relationship grows tiresome. This is best suited for Williams's diehard fans.
What is with coders and the Oregon Trail? This story is going back and forth in time following this relationship between Pearl and Cord. They have this major attraction but don’t want to date each other because they work together. But Pearl had dated every boss she had, so I’m not understanding the problem.
Then they decide to become friends with benefits and keep referencing some hook up in the past, and I’m just trying to figure out where this is going. I’m really starting to believe romance novels should always be novelletes/short stories/vignettes, because y’all need to get to the point. This will they won’t they drama doesn’t need to be 500 pages long.
I do appreciate the romance novels that have another plot, in this case Pearl’s advancement at the coding nonprofit. I hate the board president in this book, he is so discouraging of Pearl and what she has accomplished. People in positions of power can be real jerks! In the Nonprofit field you have to play the long game! There is no quick fix, chump! Overall it was a solid read.