Series: Landry Family #3
Author: Adriana Locke
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Mallory Sims is late for her first day of work.
After spilling her tea, she discovers she has no gas in her car. Add that her arm keeps sticking to her dress from syrup left on the console of her car, flustered feels like an understatement.
Then she sees her new boss.
Graham Landry is the epitome of NSFW in his custom-fit suit, black-rimmed glasses, and a look so stern her libido doesn’t stand a chance. Being flustered is just the start of her problems.
Her punctuality is only the start of his. With a pink slip in hand, he’s been waiting on his new secretary to show up only to let her go. Then she rushes in with her doe eyes and rambling excuses, smelling like bacon and lavender. The termination paper falls to the side as she falls in his arms.
This is a disaster in the making. Not because of his pinpoint exactness or her free spirit, but because when they’re together, the sparks that fly threaten to burn the whole place down.
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Boy these Landry brothers are something else, and because they complement each other so well and all understand the importance of family, it’s not easy to choose one favorite…perhaps if someone did a little “weird science,” readers could get a man who has a combination of all of the Landry sons’ finer attributes, but then what would be left for the rest of us;)
Graham Landry, at face value, seems to be quite the complex man; this is partially due to the many hats he wears as CEO of Landry Holdings as well as his varying skills when it comes to his brothers’ personal/professional lives and the advice and care he takes with all three of them. And while his employees will attest to his asshole dictator tendencies and his anal retentive, control freak persona, his new administrative assistant, Mallory Sims, does something that no one else can, which is take him off his A-game and leave him in a constant state of distraction. Graham’s attraction to her and his body’s need for her won’t allow him to focus on his work or anything else but her, which complicates not only his professional life but also his personal life because he decided a long time ago that he was never going to allow his heart to dictate his actions, and it seems that lately it’s missed that memo.
Mallory Sims is an amazing heroine who has finally taken back control of her life and now that she lives how she wants and makes all of her decisions on her own, she has no desire to return to the woman she used to be. She’s a strong woman, but she’s not strong enough to resist her boss and her unprofessional thoughts about him and what he can do to her. And regardless of the complications and messiness of anything romantic between them, Mallory’s brain, beauty, and caring nature all call to Graham and speak to him in a way that he hasn’t felt since getting his heartbroken back in college.
Mallory and Graham are opposites in a lot of ways, but Mallory sees Graham for who he is beneath his CEO exterior, and she goes as far as to allow him to be himself and do what he wants to do, not what he has to do for his family, for the company, or for the greater good. Regardless of the fact that Mallory is a hot mess most of the time when it comes to order and messiness and those two things are supremely important to Graham, they are learning to find a balance and compromise, which means that Graham may just take a risk with his heart and figure out a way to have a relationship and still remain the hard working businessman that he is.
Barrett and Lincoln learned to take a chance at love because they couldn’t imagine their lives without the women who own them, body and soul, and even though Graham has a bit more baggage when it comes to love, he’s more than capable of pursuing something beyond the physical with Mallory; he just needs to realize that pride and stubbornness may never allow him to be as happy as he can with the woman who makes him want to be a better man.
I absolutely adored Switch; it’s an emotional, steamy, and complex read that showcases the man that Graham is, and while he may be too much of a straight shooter and rule with a bit of an iron fist, he’s an exceptional man, and he’s found someone who sees all sides of him and takes him for who he is.
I cannot wait for Ford’s story!
4.5 Poison Apples
Graham’s tongue darts out, skimming his bottom lip. He’s pinning me against the loveseat with a hand on either side of my face.
“You drive me crazy,” he says, narrowing his eyes. “I try so hard to be on my best behavior around you and you just whittle me down. Every fucking time.”
“Well,” I tease, wrapping my legs around his waist. “I think your ‘best behavior’ is subjective.”
“You know what I mean.”
“And you know what I mean.”
My heels locked at his back, I squeeze my thighs around his waist and pull him closer to me. His lips hover over mine but they don’t touch.
“What exactly do you mean, Mallory?”
I wind my fingers in his hair and tug gently. “I mean this is the Graham I like best. I like seeing you like this.”
“Struggling to keep myself together?”
“Exactly.” Lifting my head, I flick my tongue against his lips. I can feel the heat of his mouth, the taste of his desire. “Don’t try so hard,” I whisper.
“It’s futile anyway,” he says. I barely hear the words as he pulls back. “Stand up.” He climbs off the loveseat, stripping off his shirt. “Now.”
My stomach clenching at the intensity in his eyes, I’m on my feet before I realize I’ve moved.
“Take your dress off. Everything. I want you completely naked.”
The air brushes against my skin as the linen covering my body pools at my feet. As I step out, I watch Graham and almost gasp.
He’s standing in front of me, his cock in his hand, watching my every move. “Bra. Off.”
With a shaky hand, I unclasp the back and throw it at him. He catches it and presses it to his face.
“Now what?” I stand before him, not a thing on my skin. My hair drapes around my shoulders, and despite the fact I’m standing completely naked outside under the watchful eye of this sexy CEO, I don’t feel a bit nervous. Just … admired. That feels better than any orgasm, any accomplishment, any nice words ever spoken to me.
Graham sits again, his legs spread. He’s in complete control, managing the situation not with words or power, but with his eyes. That’s all it takes.
USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.
She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.
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