BUSINESS AS USUAL by ALISON HENDRICKS
Ever since my partner died, my life has been spiraling out of control. I’ve lost everything important to me, and now I’m losing the company he and I built. Investors are breathing down my neck, dictating my every move, and now they’ve hired some young, starry-eyed brand consultant to make me more palatable to the general public.
He’s ambitious, optimistic, and kind-hearted. Everything I’m not. And despite my best efforts, he’s starting to get under my skin. I’m not averse to mixing business with pleasure, but if he’s looking for more than a one night stand, he’s going to be sorely disappointed.
It’s always been my dream to work for Arion, one of the most innovative, fast-paced tech companies in the world. But now that my dream’s become a reality, I’m realizing it’s not what I thought it would be. This isn’t a think tank for genius minds, it’s a mess of red tape and bureaucratic bullshit. And billionaire CEO Darren Wilkes, the man I’ve idolized for years, is way more arrogant and aloof than I ever thought he’d be.
Unfortunately, he’s also a lot hotter than I thought he’d be. He’s definitely got the dark and brooding thing down pat. Somehow I have to ignore all that, though, since I’ve been given the impossible job of rehabilitating his public image.
I never expected to make it past Darren’s prickly exterior; to find the man who’s suffering beneath it all. But no matter what happens between us, Ihaveto keep my head--and my heart.
I can’t afford to fall for my boss.
Business as Usual was an unexpected pleasure to read. The blurb sounded promising but I went in with low expectations only to be blown away by the relationship between Darren and Jamie.
Darren was still tied up over his business partner, best friend and lover Ethan after three years. The company they built together was being torn to shreds by the board who only cared about the bottom line and not the vision Ethan had when he started the company with Darren. He was cold and distant, no longer in love with what he was doing but unable to let go of the last part of Ethan that was still alive.
Jamie was supposed to fix the public image of the tech companies newest release and Darren. Things quickly went sideways as he realized the board was destroying the company he was a self proclaimed fanboy of. He and Darren became close as they tried to keep public opinion positive. It's safe to say things did not go as planned.
Jamie and Darren might not have ended up where they originally planned but they did end up where they needed to be—happy and together.
Business as Usual was a fantastic read. I really wish there was more to their story. Id love to see them end up as not just bisness partners and boyfriends but as men building a life outside of work together.
Alison Hendricks is devoted to creating contemporary M/M romances that are sexy and emotionally satisfying. She loves making her boys work for their Happily Ever After and believes love stories are better with just a little angst thrown in.
Born and raised in Florida, Alison has always had a passion for writing, and romance novels of all kinds are her number one escape when life gets a little too hectic.