I really wanted to fall in love with this story, especially given how the main character Claire Walters had spent the past three years secretly in lust/love with her boss, Jason Danvers. It should have been a story about two people beating back the ugly memories of their parents’ and finding love with someone who feels like home. Instead, I had a hard time connecting with either character and really wanting them to find their happily ever after with each other.
Claire was a woman who was determined to be independent. Growing up, she watched her mother suffer the wrath of a verbally abusive and controlling husband, feeling that wrath herself at times, and she vowed that would not be her. But in her bid to become this independent woman who doesn’t rely on anyone, she ends up with the weight of hers and her mother’s world resting solely on her shoulders. She’s immediately suspicious of any type of “charity”, thinking it’s that person’s attempt to control her. I could understand why she would want to do things on her own, but at some point you have to believe that sometimes people help others because they can, not to use it as leverage later.
As for Jason, he’s a giver by nature. He wants to help people. He has the money to do it, so he does. It doesn’t make him a bad person and I applaud his efforts. But what turned me off to Jason was how he jumped to the conclusion that Claire was a stripper when he saw her at the bachelor party. He never once waited for an explanation or really believed it when he got one. Despite everything else that Jason did for Claire, that point stuck in my mind and made it really hard for me to feel sorry for Jason, even when Claire wasn’t all that nice to him.
The bright spot for me in the book was Claire’s best friend Suzy. She had this outrageous behavior that has me wondering what she’s hiding. It’s because of Suzy that I will be reading book two in the series.
Claire Walters has worked at Danvers International for the past three years as the assistant to CEO Jason Danvers. He’s never noticed her before, other than to pass on work assignments, but all that changes when she meets him face to face while jumping out of a cake at a bachelor party. Once Jason has his sights on Claire, she starts worrying she’s going to lose her independence and become just like her mother. Can she give up the past or will she let her need for independence win?
Claire Walters has worked for Jason Danvers as his assistant for three years, but he’s never appreciated her as a woman—until the day she jumps out of a cake at his friend’s bachelor party.…
To support her ailing mother, Claire is forced to work a second job at a party-planning company. But when her handsome boss ends up with a front-row seat to the action, she’s mortified—and he’s intrigued.
With Danvers International in the middle of an important merger, Jason asks Claire to accompany him on weekend business trips—and suddenly all her fantasies are coming true. Her outspoken best friend thinks that getting a little “executive attention” will solve everything. But Claire sees more in Jason than just sex.
Jason is determined to know how the beautiful, sexy woman in the cake could also be his mousy assistant. The more time they spend together, the more he realizes how much fun it can be to mix business with pleasure. And how much he wants to offer her a happily ever after of her own….