Author: Sarah Smith
Publication: October 8th 2019
Synopsis: Debut author Sarah Smith nails this fun and sexy multicultural romance where two office foes hammer out their differences to build a love that will last…
Emmie Echavarre is a professional faker. She has to be to survive as one of the few female employees at Nuts & Bolts, a power tool company staffed predominantly by gruff, burly men. From nine to five, Monday through Friday, she’s tough as nails–the complete opposite of her easy-going real self.
One thing she doesn’t have to fake? Her disdain for coworker Tate Rasmussen. Tate has been hostile to her since the day they met. Emmie’s friendly greetings and repeated attempts to get to know him failed to garner anything more than scowls and terse one-word answers. Too bad she can’t stop staring at his Thor-like biceps…
When Emmie and Tate are forced to work together on a charity construction project, things get…heated. Emmie’s beginning to see that beneath Tate’s chiseled exterior lies a soft heart, but it will take more than a few kind words to erase the past and convince her that what they have is real.
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MY RATING: 2/5 STARS
I received an ARC from Berkley Romance in exchange for a honest review.
I was really excited to read this book because of the cover like most people on the internet. I didn’t know what to expect from this one because like a lot of romance books I pick up, I don’t actually read the synopsis. From what I grasped of the story, Emmie is a strong woman who needs to put up an act in front of her colleagues because majority of them are male and they treat her like she’s clueless and useless if she doesn’t stand tall and strong. Fair enough, I agree with Emmie’s shield she puts up.
Sarah Smith didn’t make Emmie to be an overly strong woman that could grate my nerves like many other authors so I appreciated it. Emmie and her colleague, Tate, absolutely can’t stand each other. The hate is real and you can sense they have some tension between the pages. When the company goes through a construction project for publicity and Emmie gets injured on the site, Tate comes to the rescue and takes care of her. Cute but also…OK. Why? Because I felt like that was majority of the plot. It was Emmie constantly coming in and out of surgeries and I guess them learning more about each other.
WHICH IS FINE because it was cute and the intimacy levels was a MAJOR high but at the same time I’m like what’s the conflict now that they love each other? MMMMM. There are some other issues I want to point out. I’m pretty sure a bunch of reviewers have already left comments on how Sarah seems to be fascinated by white milky skin to the point that she made Emmie constantly talk about Tate’s white skin. This is something I’m believing to be an Asian thing because Asians think pale skin is beautiful and since, Emmie is Filipino then yeah????? I guess???? So there’s that.
The ending was a mess and I was shocked at how things wrapped up so quickly. Misunderstandings were so quick to be forgiven that I wished my life was as sorted as well as this book.
Maybe I’m too harsh but I don’t think this one is worth your time.