10.4.2023 | Wednesday

Flirting with the CEO

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Flirting with the CEOtitle: Flirting with the CEO
author: Layla Hagen
series: The Whitley Brothers #4
published: 4 October 2023
publisher: self-published
genre(s): romance
pages: 263
source: client
format: manuscript
buy/shelve it: Amazon | Goodreads

rating: three-half-stars | series rating: four-stars

the blurb

I wanted to hate her. Instead, I desperately need her.

I didn't get to be CEO by playing nice. I'm driven and ruthless—and yes, occasionally rude. But it gets the job done, and that's all I care about. My business partners disagree. They insist I need to improve my communication skills. That's how I end up with Zoey Thomas shadowing me.

From the moment she steps into my office, I have one goal: ignore her until she quits. I don't need anyone telling me how to conduct my business. I call the shots.
Always.

But the more I push Zoey away, the more she persists. And she’s starting to piss me off. She's too chirpy, too sassy, and far too sexy. When we finally sit down to discuss how I could communicate better, I barely manage to pay attention. Instead, I fantasize about exploring her body all night long, and that won't do.

I manage to keep my distance, right until she shows up at the boxing ring where I blow off steam. Outside the confines of the office, instinct takes over, and I kiss her.
She wants me and I want her, and we explore each other in all the ways I imagined.

But Zoey Thomas should be completely off-limits. She's fun and walks around with her heart on her sleeve. I'm the exact opposite. Worse, I'm married to my work. Always have been and always will be. I can't offer her what she wants.

But how am I supposed to let her walk away when all I want is to keep her?


  • my review
  • a few notes

I love Zoey… she’s headstrong, independent, and smart. She’s the ray of sunshine Colton needs, who is ultra-focused on his career and passions to the detriment of his personal life. And his social skills. The story was good, but it felt a little off, compared to the others in the series. I think it was just that it all came too easily to feel realistic, or in keeping with the rest of the series. The moment Colton’s grandmother declared that Zoey was good for him, his entire attitude toward Zoey changed. That was a little weird. But other than that, the chemistry between them was good, and so was the spice.

POV: 1st person; dual
keywords/phrases: boss, family, alpha male, workplace romance
tropes: boss, grumpy/sunshine
spice: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
language: 🤬🤬


About Layla Hagen

I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.

I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.

And I drink coffee. Lots of it, in case the photo didn’t make it obvious enough ;)

Rating Report
plot
three-half-stars
characters
three-half-stars
writing
three-half-stars
pacing
three-stars
Overall: three-stars
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