get the shaft. So, I’ve decided to become Carly 2.0 and say buh-bye
Carly 1.0, the doormat.
department at the office calls me. Whatever. She’s got spunk. And a
great rack. She tries to come off as a badass, but I see right
through the act. If she’s gonna tangle with me, she’ll be the one to
get tied up in knots. It won’t be me.
Aiden and Carly – such an intense relationship, such opposites. Faith has Carly and Aiden living together when she is offered a position at Carmichael Consulting in San Diego and thus moving away from her family, her ex (a cheater and a lying piece of a man), her drug addict sister and an ex best friend. The move to San Diego puts her in the same apartment as her boss. They feel the attraction, but they cannot stand each other. He puts her through so much and she is so out of patience towards him. This is an office romance between two very strong characters, unwilling to back of a challenge.
Now, there are so many elements I’ve enjoyed and there is so much I liked about the characters and their personalities. Carly decides a make-over is in place, after people have treated her like nothing. She has had enough with being pushed around, so meeting Aiden is just the perfect opportunity for her to bring forward these changes. I love that she challenges him both professionally and personally, always answering his demands at the office and facing all the challenges, and at home, where she is not willing to put up with his ego. Aiden is the son of a very bad mother (and you can read that wither literary, or using the corresponding attribute for a son of a person with low morale). Having witnessed his mother cheating on his father has left a deep scar on his character. His bad experience with women is not helping him either. So now he treats all women like garbage. For him, a woman is good for one thing and one thing only.
Carly is the challenge he needs and Aiden is the “glue” she needs to put herself together. They are an explosion of emotions and infuriating at the same time. Aiden’s vulnerability is only in regards to his family and only a family incident will tone down his level of rudeness (putting it lightly). I liked that.
I must mention though some of the things that were not to my liking. At some point, the action felt dragged and some complications were too inflated. Even if we have an office romance here, the professional aspect of it all was treated a little lightly. It did make the delight of the book, but still I would have liked a bit more care in this regard. Aiden’s family issues were solved easily, for the amount of torture they brought him. I would judge the attitude towards Carly’s sister, but I am not experienced in this item. I would like to read more reviews that refer to it though, because to me, abandoning a close relative like that is not the solution. Again, I am not experienced in this area, but I wished it could have been treated with more seriousness.
All in all, I am giving the story 3.5 stars and I am definitely looking forward to more books by this author. If you want to read an explosive story, with strong characters and good family drama, this is your book. I enjoyed my time with it and I hope you will too 🙂
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