Thursday, December 3, 2015

Book Review: Blurring the Lines (Men of the Zodiac) by Marisa Cleveland

He broke all his rules... for her.
Real estate development CEO Blake Whitman is an Aquarius with a philanthropic nature, but when it comes to work, he's driven and focused, and he would never, ever mix business with pleasure. As far as he's concerned, office romance is off the table.

He also never backs down from a challenge, and Kira Layton just accused him of ruining the community. What better way to get her on his side than to hire her?

But the more he tells himself to keep his hands off his new, sexy secretary, the harder it is for him to come up with reasons why office romances never work and why it's a bad idea to cross the line...

I can't even express how excited I am that I read this book. It's from an author that I'd not yet read and it is a great example of a very well done romance novel. These days, finding a good romance that doesn't make me roll my eyes has been a bit hard to find. Is it because I've read too many and my expectations are ridiculous or maybe I've become jaded in my old age of 35 (this was the scary age that I was always worried about when I was younger), I don't know but something has just been off for me lately with romances. Thank goodness this novel was so generously provided by Entangled. I just don't know what I would do without them. Let's sum this all up ... I love Entangled and I have really come to adore the writings of Marisa Cleveland. 

Anyhow ... Blurring the Lines started off in THE cutest way possible ... this chick is walking dogs and has a handful of flyers and basically tramples this adorable businessman whom she kind of knows in a roundabout way. The sparks seem to fly from that very short encounter and you're immersed right away into their story. Cleveland does a great job of getting you hooked onto her story from the very beginning. It's easy to fall in love with both Blake and Kira because of how they each see the other. Yes, it's a bit of a cliche with the secretary and boss thing but it absolutely doesn't read that way. Kira is a very strong female lead and because of that, you don't get the skeezy boss tempting the poor, sweet employee vibe. If anything, the whole scenario makes you like both characters even more than you did before. 

The story was pretty straight forward with the required romance novel events: girl falls for boy, boy falls for girl, someone screws up, someone is pissed and the awesome HEA. That all being said ... just because this book follows the romance novel recipe that doesn't mean you should discount it. This is a solid novel with so many sweet and sassy parts that you'll thank me for putting it onto your radar. I know that I'll read more novels in this Zodiac series ... I'm assuming that they don't have to be read in order since they aren't numbered. I just really hope that Cleveland is able to bring this kind of stellar character development and enchanting storyline to each novel she puts out there ... if she does ... she's found a devoted reader for life. I'll be reading this one again and probably soon.

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

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