November 1, 2016 Blitz, Book Review 0 ★★★★

four-stars
Fling by Jana Aston
Series: Wrong #2.5
Also in this series: Trust
Published by Rutherford Press on November 1, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 74
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I have a crush on my boss’ best friend.
At least it’s not my brother’s best friend.
Or my best friend’s brother.
Or… never mind. It’s all pretty cliche.

And worse? My boss’ best friend is his business partner. Which sort of makes him my boss too. Okay - it’s not sort of. It’s definite. Gabe Laurent is off limits. Totally off limits.

Which is fine. I make do with my imagination. He’ll never know. Ever. Unless my work bestie passes me an eighties-style teen movie sex quiz during a meeting and I fill it out.

And it ends up in Gabe’s hands…

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

EDGy Review
Reviewed by SparklesMs. Aston’s style just does it for me. I find her books funny, witty, sexy and refreshing. The silly jokes and weird ass characters are what I love most.

Sandra has been in puppy-teen-love from afar with her boss’s best friend, who happens to be the second in command in the company and whose office is right across from her desk. She’s over a decade younger than him and not even in the same dimension with the sexy women Gabe graphic-for-excerpt-_3usually goes out with. That doesn’t mean she can’t fantasize about doing naughty things with him.

Gabe has known Sandra has a crush on him for some time, but he had never really thought about going after her. Mainly because she’s not the kind of woman he goes for (the temporary type), but when a sex survey in Sandra’s handwriting falls into his hands his interest is piqued. And when Sandra comes to the New Year’s company party looking like a bombshell he just can’t help himself.

Sandra knows the score, but it seems Gabe finds her easiness to accept their fling as just a fling difficult and sets to show her exactly why she should be pining after him.

I loved Gabe and his inability to let Sandra go, and how in spite of being a mature, successful man he could be so obtuse about his own feelings. Sandrawas graphic-for-excerpt-_4slightly OCD and this just endeared her so much more to me. She was sweet, ultra efficient and unknowingly funny.

I liked how even though this is a short story, I could connect to the characters and feel invested in the outcome of their relationship. I believe this can absolutely be read as a standalone and be just as funny, engaging and downright amazing.

I completely enjoyed Fling and I’m definitely doing a whole series reread soon!

Rating: 4+ “OMG I just had sex at work” Stars

 

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Exclusive Excerpt:

What do you think of Sandra?” I ask Sawyer as I snag a signed baseball from a display case along the far wall of his office. I settle into one of the guest chairs across his desk and toss the ball over my head before catching it again.

He’s reviewing something on his monitor and he pauses at my question and turns his attention to me. “You know she’s the best executive assistant I’ve ever had. Do you need her help with something? I thought you were happy with Preston?graphic-for-excerpt-_1

Somehow human resources only assigns me gay men or women old enough to have birthed me. I suspect that’s on direct orders from Sawyer. Dick.

I give the ball another toss and catch. “No, I meant, what do you think of Sandra as a woman?”

“I don’t,” Sawyer says, narrowing his eyes at me.

“She’s got a thing for me,” I say.

“She doesn’t,” Sawyer says dismissively and taps the mouse on his desk, intent on ignoring me.

“She do
es,” I insist. “She’s always looking at me.”

“Maybe she thinks you’re an idiot.”

That’s a distinct possibility. I’ve never been quite sure. Most of the time she ducks her head and calls me Mr. Laurent as she scurries past. It fucking turns me on, but I’m not sure if it turns her on or if she honestly just thinks I’m an asshole.

“I think she’s dating someone in marketing,” Sawyer adds while tapping on his keyboard, engrossed with whatever’s on the screen in front of him.

“They broke up over the summer,” I say confidently, leaning back in the chair and tossing the ball a little further in the air.

“How do you know that?” Sawyer stops typing and crosses his arms across his chest. He doesn’t look pleased with my knowledge of Sandra’s dating life; I think he views her like the little sister he never had. “What could you possibly want to do with Sandra anyway?”

graphic-for-excerpt-_2I catch the ball as my brows raise in disbelief. “You need me to spell it out for you, buddy?” I lean forward in the chair and adopt a serious tone. “Sometimes, when two people are attracted to each other, they enjoy taking their clothing off together so they can—”

“Shut up,” Sawyer interrupts. “She’s not really your type.”

“Beautiful?” I question.

“Sweet,” he replies.

She is sweet, he’s right about that. I think about the paper burning a hole in my pocket and wonder again if it was hers. I’d like it to be hers. I think sweet Sandra has a hidden dirty side, and I’d really like to uncover it.

 

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