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Michael is CEO of McKenzie Holdings and has a very bad habit of placing work before all else. His wife, Viv, had died in a car accident, with her current lover, on the way to meet with the divorce attorney’s six years ago. Michael was divorcing her because he’d discovered she’d had a stream of lovers during the course of their marriage. Since her death he’s had no wish to get involved with anyone, until Lily.
Lily, having lost her job at Oakfield Development gains employment at McKenzie Holdings thinking she’s going to work as the Assistant to Dale Roberts, but unbeknown to Lily she has been hired to work as Michael’s assistant. Lily is shocked, and disappointed to realize that the man she’s just been flirting with in the elevator is actually her boss.
Lily and Michael are instantly drawn to each other, but he’s her boss and Lily lives with her boyfriend of seven years. David, her boyfriend, has been acting strange for about five months which has caused Lily to re-evaluate her relationship with him and it comes up short, a lot. She had decided before meeting Michael that she wanted out of her relationship with David, but she has nowhere else to go, so she stays with him for now.
Michael and Lily finally start their relationship, which involves a lot of hot loving and scarves which Lily uses on Michael! Their relationship seems to be heading towards happily ever after, until Lily makes an announcement to Michael, which has him telling her to leave his home. She does, heartbroken, and runs to his brother Lucien.
I discovered this book a month ago and instantly wanted to read it because of a little something in the blurb:
"Michael and Lily finally start their relationship, which involves a lot of hot loving and scarves which Lily uses on Michael!"
I'm sure you understand my desire to read this now. So this is a story about a CEO and his new secretary.
Not knowing that she'll actually be Michael's secretary, they meet in the elevator and a connection occurs. They are instantly drawn to each other, exchanging heated looks of desire and it was kinda hot. Maybe it's a little cliche already, but I always found the boss/secretary relationship interesting because at first it feels like a forbidden fruit to be lusting after your boss/secretary.
But the little problem is, it's insta-love. Many readers came to dislike this and I myself. We, readers, do want a "perfect" romace and hot scenes and everything but it has to be realistic. Insta-love is for paranormal and their mates and stuff. Love at first sight is a sensitive, touching matter and not romantic for readers anymore. But I was prepared to look over it, because the start was more complicated and very promising. There's a problem: Lily already has a boyfriend.
But the good thing was that lately, it became a passionless relationship and we find out the guy was actually cheating on her. But Lily was still resisting Michael, being moral and honorable and not becoming a cheater too. Needless to say, I couldn't wait to see all the pent-up tension to explode when they finally have sex. And everything worked.
Then comes the good ol' office sex. Yum!:P
... Until about a half of the book when it was all reduced to sex, sex, sex, adventurous sex, spontaneous sex, crying, sex, more sex, Michale being possessive - even toward his own brothers, crying fantasy sex, and just SEX! What the hell?! I mean, it was damn hot, actually one of the hottest I've read, but you know it all started to go to hell when you become bored reading about him f*cking her on the conference table in the office.
There was little real dialogue and almost no story, not even much drama. It was sort of frustrating and it was all a little too perfect and absolutely unrealistic. Sadly, I was very disappointed that a book with such potential was so easily ruined.
About the characters - Michael was the hot CEO who loves his privacy, but meeting Lily makes him a big over-possessive, horny guy. I kinda liked him because he was a kind man and very considerate. But he says "Fuck!" a lot during the sex scenes. Man, can you be more creative with the dirty language? Lily had more naughtiness in her. I loved the scarves scene, but it only happened once :(
Lily... Well, I acutally don't remember much about her. The problem is that all the characters were just so simple, with only their passion sticking out in the book. There's nothing more interesting about them. Lily is just the typical good girl with a dirty mind.
I will read the next books with hope that it will get better, because I'm intrigued with the scared brother Lucien. All the brothers are interesting. I wonder if any of them will make an M/M book? Hmm, crossing my fingers!
5 stars for the beginning, but a low 2 stars for the second part of the book - so 3.5 stars overall.
Good luck to Lexi Buchanan because she has skills, her writing is very good, but it' nothing if you don't use it to make a great story.
Until next time lovers,