Author: Elizabeth Brown
Genre/Age: Contemporary Romance/Adult
Series: Off-Limits Series (Book Three)
Format: ebook via NetGalley
Synopsis: It started as a promise.
A momentary lapse in sanity had me agreeing to two months of celibacy.
Then Mark Bishop showed up. My new boss was cocky, possessive, and unfortunately, sexy as hell.
My first mistake?
Thinking I would last two months.
The Mistakes - A Sexy Office Romance
Book III in the Off-Limits Series - Winnie and Mark's story.
Dual POV. A standalone.
Warning: This story contains mature humor, a lot of cursing, and of course, sexual situations. It’s intended for adult readers who enjoy that kind of thing.
Remember that one time, in the men's room, when you accidentally dropped your vibrator?
HA! Yeah. No joke. By the way, our leading guy reminded me of Armie Hammer so this review shall be littered with handsome Hammer gifs! Fair warning!
Winnie has a problem. Well, more like two problems. One, she's promised her friend that she will abstain from the opposite sex for a while but she's not the nunnery type. And two, a handsome stranger just picked up her vibrator and won't give it back. But she'd rather have the real thing, anyway.
One steamy night and a runaway later, Winnie must seek new employment. When her aunt suggest she come and work for the family law firm, Winnie unexpectedly finds herself under her one night stand. No, I mean *working* under him. Get your mind out of the gutter you bunch of perverts.
Mark takes his job very seriously, so when he realizes his hot one-time lover is his new assistant, he does his best to ignore his bodily reaction to her. For a while, at least. The close proximity and having an office with a door that locks makes it hard to remember that fraternizing with his assistant is against the rules. Especially, since Winnie is just so deliciously distracting.
Soon, our couple decide to test the waters of this attraction and the office romance begins. To say that this is a spicy love affair would be an understatement. Yet, it doesn't take long before the couple's fling turns into something more. Feelings get involved and even Winnie is having a hard time remembering that this thing with Mark isn't supposed to mean forever.
Toss in a few meddling family members, an employee handbook, and a trip to a goat farm and you've got... well, it sure isn't soup. It's a whirlwind romance in which two people realize that it's time to play by their own rules. A surprise twist takes the story even further into permanent territory, but finding their happy ending isn't as easy as ordering a basket full of sex toys. Read the book and you'll get that joke.
I really enjoyed this book. We were introduced to Winnie earlier in the series and I had a feeling her story would be a doozy. And it was. I was surprised by how intense the book became, however. The first half was light and full of fun encounters of the scandalous type. Then something happens to change the mood of the story and it left me turning the digital pages to see how this would end.
Our characters are a great pair and each has their own issues to overcome throughout the story. Mark is a workaholic and Winnie is allergic to relationships. But despite the fact that they can barely stand each other, their chemistry is undeniable. The love scenes were steamy and often.
My reason for deducting a half-point is the predictability of the plot. No, the big twist wasn't what I thought it would be. The "surprise" did actually surprise me. However, since our couple was coming along pretty well by the half-way point of the book, I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. Stuff to hit the fan, if you know what I mean? And when it did, the required "separation" occurred and then the inevitable reconciliation. I was hoping for a variation but the formula was the same.
Yet, this book was nearly perfect otherwise. I would have liked to understand better what happened when Mark went to speak to Winnie's grandfather, though. Unless I missed it, that plot thread wasn't fully explained. Neither was Mark's plan for the future. But it's obvious that our couple has a future together.
I wonder who will be next to find their special someone. Pitch, perhaps? 4.5 suns!