Monday, November 20, 2023

The Workplace Rival by Jaycee Howard: Book Review

  *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

When my high school rival, Sadie Lynn, moved away ten years ago, I never imagined that I'd end up working with her now. Sadie is just like she was in school, snarky, impatient, analytical and always managing to push my buttons...and then has the nerve to call me grumpy. It's when a very public fight in the office leaves BOTH of our jobs in jeopardy that everything depends on us getting along while overseeing building renovations.

If we survive sharing an office that is.

Rage rooms, ER visits, a shared hotel room, and ugly Christmas sweaters all ensue in the wake of our forced friendship. Pretty soon I'm faced with the question of if "friends" is all I want to be and what I'm going to do when the girl who used to drive me crazy with anger is now driving me crazy in a completely different way...

The Workplace Rival is a no spice, closed door, forced proximity, enemies to lovers office rom-com with sizzling kisses that'll leave you swooning. It is the second stand-alone novel in the Bennett Family Romance series with a guaranteed HEA.

Jaycee Howard is living her very own love story after marrying her childhood best friend and is now a full time mom to their 3 kids and giant breed dog, Odin. She absolutely loves to travel with her family and explore both local and far off places whether it be hiking, shopping, camping, or just passing through a cute small town. When she’s not writing, she’s either reading a good book she’ll probably end up telling you about or obsessing over her newest hobby (she knits, crochets, tats lace, bobbin laces, bakes, wood burns, leather works, as well as many others… along with trying and failing to garden).

The Workplace Rival is the second book in the Bennett Family series. While we're introduced to many of these characters in book one (and references to that book are made throughout), this could certainly be enjoyed as a standalone as well with no problems. 

I absolutely LOVED The Other Bennett Brother, so I was very much looking forward to Theo getting his own story. I am happy to say, it absolutely lived up to my high expectations! Sadie and Theo are so much fun together... and a perfect reminder of why enemies to lovers is such a great trope. Yes, the annoyance and the banter between them is absolutely fantastic... but when they start to thaw towards each other? Oh, that's even better! There were so many moments that had me laughing out loud--- the rage room, the spooning threat, making rules... and of course, breaking them... I just adored every single minute with these two. Throw in a good dose of holiday spirit and what was not to love? While Aspen is still my favorite Bennett brother, Theo came much closer to matching him than I would have thought possible. If you're looking for a fantastic enemies to love holiday romance, this is one you absolutely don't want to miss. 

The Workplace Rival is a closed-door romance with kisses only. 


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