BLOG TOUR REVIEW: OFFICE MATE by Katie Ashley

Today we are celebrating the release of OFFICE MATE by Katie Ashley.

This is a standalone, contemporary romance title.

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Blurb

Thorn

From the first time I played army as a kid, the military has been my life. As an Airborne Major, I’d led my men through two tours in Afghanistan. But when my father was elected president, I became an even greater target for the enemy—a prize for someone to take out. To ensure not only the safety of myself, but of my men, I got stripped of my cammies, shoved into an Armani suit, and placed into a management position at my father’s company. After years of trekking through the desert with an assault rifle, I was way out of my area of expertise, which my transition coordinator was more than happy to let me know on a daily, if not hourly basis. The brunette bombshell would be the death of me in more ways than one, especially since I hadn’t been with a woman since my last deployment. She’s turning out to be one of the greatest foes I’ve ever done battle with.

Isabel

In the backwoods Georgia town I was born in, you either married right out of high school or got the hell out of town. I chose the second and never looked back. After graduating top in my class, I started working for The Callahan Corporation. Fast forward five years and I was about to become the youngest female manager in the history of my department. And then all the blood, sweat, and tears I’d put into my career were for nothing when the boss’s billionaire son was handed my position on a silver platter. Not only that, I was expected to help transition him into the job that was supposed to be mine. Sure, he’s easy on the eyes with his chiseled good-looks and impossibly built physique, but I’m not going to let that distract me. I hope soldier boy is good at military strategy because sabotage is the name of the game I’ll be playing.


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My Review

I’m so glad that Ashley provides readers with chapters from both Thorn and Isabel’s point of view because if the story was told completely from Isabel’s perspective, readers’ attitude towards Thorn and the way he treats her would have been seen as reprehensible and it would have been difficult to sway readers’ feelings about him once it’s revealed that it’s all been an act on Thorn’s part to keep Isabel at a safe distance from him.

If readers were to judge Thorn and Isabel solely on their outward actions and words towards one another, neither one of them would be seen as someone with a good heart and kind soul, but because we get their internal musings, their inward struggles, and their repentant feelings when it comes to the things they’ve done to one another, it’s more than clear that these two characters are truly remarkable people – ones who deserve success but more importantly love and commitment, and because Ashley doesn’t leave Thorn and Isabel’s misdeeds from being exposed until the very end of the story, a foundation can be built – one of friendship, one of mutual respect, and one that provides an avenue for more to occur between them.

There’s great banter between Thorn and Isabel, especially when ‘Operation Asshole’ is in full effect, and it’s more than clear that Isabel can give as good as she gets. There were so many times throughout those first few weeks working together – a time in which Isabel exacted her plan of sabotage that I thought they both were going to blow their tops and expose the truth, but the push and pull between them continued, which only amped up the attraction and the desire they felt, proving that their methods of coexisting with one another were not working as well as they wish they were, making things incredibly awkward and volatile until Thorn and Isabel laid their cards on the table and raised the white flag.

Katie Ashley’s Office Mate is a highly entertaining and, at times, infuriating enemies-to-lovers romance told through both the hero and heroine’s perspective; it’s definitely a slow burn love story despite the clear attraction felt by both characters because there are a multitude of obstacles in their way to a happily ever after, partly due to their co-worker status but mostly due to the fact that Isabel feels that Thorn usurped the position of vice president of investment banking at The Callahan Corporation that by all rights should have been hers.

4.5 Poison Apples

Previous title in the Series

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About the Author

Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author of both Indie and Traditionally published books. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia, and her spoiled mutt, Duke. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Shakespeare, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Scooby-Doo.

With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent eleven years teaching both middle and high school English, as well as a few adjunct college English classes. As of January 2013, she hung up her red pen and expo markers to become a full-time writer. Each and every day she counts her blessings to be able to do her dream job.

Although her roots are firmly planted in the red Georgia clay, she loves traveling the country and world to meet readers and hang out with fellow authors. When she’s not writing or chasing down her toddler, you might find her watching reruns of The Golden Girls, reading historical biographies, along with romance novels, or spending way too much time on Facebook.

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