A steamy and hilarious standalone romance from New York Times best-selling author Samantha Towle…
I’m used to being in charge. In and out of the office.
So, when my parents go behind my back and hire a co-CEO to help me manage my family’s business, let’s just say, I don’t take it too well.
Especially not when the woman they’ve hired is the one girl who hated my guts in college. She thinks I’m an overprivileged, womanizing man-whore. I think she’s an uptight, stuck-up bitch.
And, now, she’s here, in my office, telling me how to run my company.
I don’t think so.
It doesn’t matter that she has legs that go on for days or that I keep imagining bending her over my desk and showing her just how bossy I can be.
I’ve worked my ass off and paid my dues to get to where I am, and she’s not taking it from me.
No freaking way.
Morgan Stickford is about to learn the hard way that Wilder Cross is the only boss around here.
Samantha Towle’s newest release, Under Her, proves the idea that there’s a thin line between love and hate and that when people get hurt by someone else’s words and actions, the best defense is to go on the offensive, protecting one’s heart from any further heartbreak by being standoffish and bitchy. And let me tell you, the years that Morgan Stickford had to endure Wilder Cross’ hurtful words and manwhorish antics made Morgan construct an impenetrable wall around her heart, but she could have never imagined that 13 years later, she’d be business partners with the one man who always made her feel invisible.
Under Her is mostly told through Wilder’s perspective, which actually works well for the story because if I would have seen/heard about his actions and attitude, both in college and as a businessman, through only Morgan’s viewpoint, I’m not sure I would have given him the chance I did…but by Samantha Towle putting me and other readers inside Wilder’s head, a place that is most definitely full of crude words and a cocky attitude, it allows us to see when/how his frame of mind changes and the moments he realizes that his actions, when they come to the opposite sex, are completely selfish and, at times, reprehensible…but that enlightenment only comes when he finally sees the stuck-up girl from Northwestern as the woman she truly is, both inside and out.
I have to admit…for most of the story, Wilder Cross is every bit the jackhole Morgan Stickford believes he is, but it’s not because he hasn’t earned his spot as CEO of his parents’ lingerie company ‘Under Her’ because he’s earned that name and more due to his hard work and dedication; it’s because he doesn’t think about anybody else’s feelings but his own and what he feels has everything to do with getting off and then taking off, never looking back on the women he’s bedded, never thinking about the repercussions of his actions, not only when it comes to no-strings sex but also when it comes to speaking before thinking and not truly grasping how his words and deeds affect other people regardless of his intentions.
The flashbacks to Wilder and Morgan’s college days come solely from Morgan’s point of view, which means that readers completely understand why she detests the man she also has a crush on. So while Wilder seems completely oblivious to what he’s done to receive Morgan’s wrath both 13 years ago and in present time, readers can’t help but side with her when it comes to ill feelings for Wilder, even though she also needs to take some of the responsibility for their icy relationship because she never spoke up or defended herself when Wilder made her feel inferior and unworthy and someone as oblivious as Wilder was/is, especially during his college days, probably can’t remember half the things in said in the moment as well as half the girls he slept with during his weekend benders.
Wilder and Morgan’s story is definitely an angsty read filled with a large amount of sexual tension. Wilder’s musings about how things might have gone between him and Morgan if he would have taken a minute to truly see her seems appropriate due to their circumstances and it also illustrates Wilder’s tunnel vision when it comes to women and what he’s used them for up until this point in his life. I will say that there were plenty of times in the story that I wanted to slap Wilder or kick him in the nuts for how he treated his bedmates but I do understand that those women knew the score before jumping into his bed, so, in a way, I can’t fault him for taking what they’re freely offering him…I just wish he used that intelligent brain of his during his weekend play days not just during business hours.
One thing I would have liked a bit more insight into is how Morgan went from being the insecure wall flower that she was in college to the confident intelligent businesswoman she becomes…I needed that further character development so that the woman readers and Wilder meet in his office aligns with the girl we met 13 years ago.
Overall, I enjoyed Under Her; Wilder and Morgan’s sexual chemistry was off the charts…they definitely took advantage of every possible surface and location in Wilder’s home and the fact that Morgan brought Wilder to his knees is exactly what the egomaniac needed and what made me accept his transformation despite how very out of character it was.
4 Poison Apples
SAMANTHA TOWLE is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She began her first novel in 2008 while on maternity leave. She completed the manuscript five months later and hasn’t stopped writing since.
She is the author of contemporary romances, The Storm Series and The Revved Series, and stand-alones, Trouble, When I Was Yours, The Ending I Want, Unsuitable, Wardrobe Malfunction and Sacking the Quarterback, which was written with James Patterson. She has also written paranormal romances, The Bringer and The Alexandra Jones Series. All of her books are penned to the tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, Lana Del Rey, and more of her favorite musicians.
A native of Hull and a graduate of Salford University, she lives with her husband, Craig, in East Yorkshire with their son and daughter.