Author: Michelle Pennington
Series: Shaped By Love #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Date: March 6, 2020
Our goodnight kiss should have been goodbye.
We meant it to be.
But Monday morning there was Logan Jennings, in my office, deciding the fate of the company I love… and my job.
I never should have said the things I said or let myself feel the things I felt because connections like this don’t just go away. Even when you desperately need them to.
In two weeks, he’ll be gone, and nothing will ever be the same.
There were things I liked in the story and things I didn’t like and I’m not even sure that I can list all of them. It was clean in the sense that there is no sex in the book but I’m just a little too prudish for some of the stuff that did happen. Was it important to know that these characters are virgins? And is that something you blurt out to someone you’ve just met? I don’t think it would have changed the story to leave it out.
I spent much of the book thinking that this was a sexual harassment in the workplace suit waiting to happen. Obviously the two main characters were consenting in their flirtation even if it was inappropriate timing but the women drooling outside his office? I kept wondering why someone didn’t threaten them with harassment to make them leave him alone. It never came up.
And I know it wouldn’t have been the same story but I really did want the two main characters to set aside their attraction until he had finished the consulting work and then start dating for real. Instead it was a lot of, “We need to remain professional. Come here. Let me kiss you.”
That being said, I get why people loved it. It was fresh and the writing was good. There were funny moments. I think some people might think having your guy hide from your roommate might be cliche and never really happen but I’ve been there. (I was helping my roommate’s suitor navigate trying to get her to decide to marry him when she came home with a date unexpectedly. I hid him in the closet to avoid the awkwardness of her date meeting his competition and then sneaked him out of the apartment later. And in case you care, they’ve been married for forever now and have a whole mess of kids.)
I liked that the main characters were honest with each other. I liked that body image was an issue that was treated positively even though there was some disparaging remarks. And I loved the new hire for the personal assistant. I’m glad she gets the next book.
I listened to the audio-book and thought the narrator, Erin Wollin, did a good job. She had enough variation in the voices to be able to tell characters apart easily. And did a good job with the male voice as well.
*I received a complimentary copy of this audio-book and voluntarily chose to review it.