The Corner Office. Katerina Baker. Adult/Contemporary/Romance. 2017. 180 pages. 2.5 stars.
“What do you want, Richard?’
“I want to be the only man in your life who can handle you.”
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Tara Johnson’s sacrifices are about to pay off: a senior executive at thirty-five at a Fortune 500 company, she’s one of the two finalists in line for a Managing Director position. Unfortunately, her rival of fifteen years, the charming, infuriating Richard Boyd, is just as qualified, and unlike her, he’s willing to cross pretty much every line to get what he wants.
Of all the things Tara stored in the attic to make it to the top, it’s her personal life she misses the most. That is, until she starts a steamy affair with sex god Aidan, her direct report. Interoffice relationships with a subordinate can mean the end of a career, and when Richard finds out, it’s the perfect opportunity to take his high-heeled nemesis out, especially since he’s still nursing a grudge against Tara for rejecting him years ago.
But Tara’s increasingly domineering lover has his own dark secrets, endangering more than just her career. As her liaison spirals out of control, salvation will come from the man she always thought she hated, and perhaps the only one to truly understand
The writing of the author was fun, light, and descriptive of the setting! I can imagine the office where they worked. I can picture the characters with their matching personalities.
The Corner Office was said to be similar to The Hating Game. If you’ve looked at my reviews, you’ll know that I loved The Hating Game. I wish I can say the same about this one because… Yikes.
However, there were a lot of things that made me question this book. Things like a sudden turn of events with nearly no catalyst, character whiplash, Richard being a total creep, and Aidan. Holy crap. Aidan. He was the one who killed it for me. I knew he was going to be a vital part to the book but nobody told me he would be possessive, irrational, and overall annoying. I dropped this book at around 60% and felt very disappointed because there were parts that I genuinely enjoyed reading.
I’m only giving this book a 2.5.