Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Unsuitable Secretary (Ladies Unlaced #4) by Maggie Robinson

Publication: September 16, 2014
Publisher: InterMix /  Penguin
Source: Publisher

From the author of In the Heart of the Highlander, a romance proving that inappropriate desires can provide the most passionate encounters…

Harriet Benson takes her work at the Evensong Agency seriously, but lately, between convalescing from an illness and tending to her father and two young brothers, she’s had to shorten her hours. So when a promising position opens up for part time work, she immediately accepts, despite the fact that her new boss is scandalously indecent—and dangerously appealing.

Though his reputation paints him as a scoundrel, Sir Thomas Featherstone is more proper than anyone would guess. But Harriet’s wit and luscious curves are driving him to distraction. She’s the perfect woman to fill his office requirements, and other desperate needs he’s been ignoring…

Harriet has always held firm to the rule that a secretary must never fall in love with her employer. Only Thomas is determined to win her affections—and he’s willing to risk any cost to make her his…

Harriet Benson is a bright and determined young woman (although she is considered a spinster) who lives at home with her father two 15 year old twin brothers.  Harriet wants a job, but her father is dead set against. But Harriet, being her own woman decides to go to Eversong Secretary Agency in hopes of finding something for her. Enter Sir Thomas Featherstone, who has the naughty reputation of a rake. Once he sees Harriet is is instantly attracted to her and wants her to come work for him. But what is a lady supposed to do when she begins to develop feelings for her boss?

Harriet aka Harry was such an interesting character to get to know. She is smart, brave, beautiful and is all about rules and propriety.  She went through a lot; including her father abusing her. I loved that Thomas was there for her when she needed him.

Thomas was an interesting character. He is strong, doesn’t care that much for rules, confident, and caring. For someone who has a reputation as a rake and keeps questionable company, I was surprised to learn that he wasn’t as bad as the rumors made him to be. I thought it was a unique twist to his character.

There is romance, sexual tension, and misunderstandings throughout the story.  Thomas and Harriet have a great chemistry and it was a lot of fun to watch their romance unfold. He is usually known for being a smooth talker, so it was funny to see him not be very smooth around Harry.  I had fun reading this one and it turned out to be a quick romantic weekend read.

RATING: 3½ out of 5.


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