Ali here ~
Title: Office Mate
Series: Running Mate #2
Author: Katie Ashley
Release Date: July 7, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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.
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.
*****Ali’s 4.5 Star REVIEW*****
This is the second book I’ve read in Katie Ashley’s Running Mate series, and I can once again say the book is worth the read! The funny thing is that I’ve been reading this series completely backwards. I first read book three and now book 2. I will without a doubt have to go back and pick up book 1. Obviously this series doesn’t have to be read in order. The characters are connected but the stories still stand alone just fine.
This book was the perfect rom com to lighten up my current reads. I have been cramming in a lot of classics and thick, intense fantasies lately and I just needed something different. The problem I often face with contemporary romances lately is that they often just feel like cheap porn with a few extra details added in. If I wanted that, I’d buy porn. I want a story that had some substance to it. I want to relate to the characters and feel for what they are going through. This book accomplished that. And while some of the problems weren’t minor, Ashley did a great job of constantly throwing in humor. I laughed a lot!
The chemistry between Isabel and Thorn was great. But, so was watching them try to fight their attraction because they work together. Throw in a couple side characters that egg them on, and you have yourself a story!
This is the first series I’ve tried of Katie’s, so I’m looking forward to giving some of her other books a try!
Have you read the Running Mate series? Did you enjoy it? And, if you’ve read Katie Ashley, do you suggest any of her other books in particular???