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Nalini Singh, Rock Hard (C+) – After a really promising start, this novel took somewhat of a nosedive at about 40% into it. The first part of it though is charming and fun and hard to put down. It focuses on the chemistry and work relationship between the brusque CEO and former rugby star, Gabriel Bishop, brought into save a flailing company, and Charlotte Baird, a shy and reclusive admin assistant who would rather fade into the woodwork than be recognized for her hard work.
As a general rule, I’m not comfortable with boss/secretary romances and though the hero here does at least acknowledge the ethics of pursuing his assistant, the acknowledgment is more lip service than any real examination of the inherent problems with the relationship. Still, the banter and submerged desire between Gabriel and Charlotte is entertaining and sexy in the early chapters.