Dominic was staring at me like he couldn’t decide whether to chop me into pieces or pull my hair and French kiss me.
I got her fired. Okay, so I’d had a bad day and took it out on a bystander in a pizza shop. But there’s nothing innocent about Ally Morales. She proves that her first day of her new job… in my office… after being hired by my mother.
So maybe her colorful, annoying, inexplicably alluring personality brightens up the magazine’s offices that have felt like a prison for the past year. Maybe I like that she argues with me in front of the editorial staff. And maybe my after-hours fantasies are haunted by those brown eyes and that sharp tongue.
But that doesn’t mean that I’m going to be the next Russo man to take advantage of his position. I might be a second-generation asshole, but I am not my father.
She’s working herself to death at half a dozen dead-end jobs for some secret reason she doesn’t feel like sharing with me. And I’m going to fix it all. Don’t accuse me of caring. She’s nothing more than a puzzle to be solved. If I can get her to quit, I can finally peel away all those layers. Then I can go back to salvaging the family name and forget all about the dancing, beer-slinging brunette.
Ha. Hold my beer, Grumpy Grump Face
Okay, I have to start with – wow. It’s just the only word that resonated in my head when I finished the book.
This is my author’s first book.
Although I saw that it’s a long book (in Kindle over 500 pages!) And such long books require a certain mood; I really wanted to read it.
Let’s start with the fact that this is a story about an older couple – he is 44 years old, and she is 39 years old – which is so refreshing from All the 20 something book heroes.
Let’s continue with the fact that the story was slow Born in a really good way.
But because there are over 500 pages (even close to 600) and it is not Zapata’s slow-burn, there were sexy scenes before the end of the book.
Dominic – Director of ‘Label,’ fashion magazine, belongs to his mother.
He came to run a department to cover the mess his father had left behind.
Delassandra, Dominic’s mother, hired Ally after Dominic got her fired from a pizza place.
I guess it’s spouse to be the “enemies to lovers” trope, but it was much more than that.
Dominic’s feelings just tore me. His anger at himself and his dad that kept him from getting what he wanted was very unbearable for him.
Ally’s life wasn’t easy. She works more than three jobs to cover debts and medical treatments, and she understands that this is her life in the coming years.
Despite her struggle and perhaps because of that, Ally was brave. She was fearless and motivated.
I think the connection between them was among the most beautiful I’ve read.
The desire for something is forbidden, the power to say no to what they want most, and the ways to keep themselves from wrong.
It’s a story about the power used negatively and power used for good.
It’s a story here about achieving goals, about self-war, about secrets, about pain, and great love that literally came out of the pages of the book and entered my heart.
I highly recommended it!
I know that this book is also in the audio version with narrator Erin Mellon that I love, and I believe I will listen to this book in the audio as well.