I am back with another Emma St. Clair novel. This time, it’s the second book to the Love Clichés series, Falling For Your Boss.
If you missed my review of the first book, Falling For Your Best Friend’s Twin, you can access it using this link: https://kristinecambay.com/2021/10/02/falling-for-my-best-friends-twin-love-cliches-1-by-emma-st-clair/
So, before anything else, let me reiterate the theme of this particular novel series by author Emma St. Clair’s. It’s all about our favorite romance tropes–the likes of enemies to lovers, forbidden romance, best friends, soulmates, second-chance love, etc.— played out by fresh, new characters. There are also exciting twists within these novels, which I cannot wait to discover.
For this read, we focus on Zoey’s story. She is one of five best friends introduced during the first book, and is Zane’s twin. Zoey may be young, but she is incredibly smart, driven, and passionate about her work. She dreams of one day becoming the youngest marketing director at Morgan-Beckwith–a company owned and operated by her boss, Gavin Brownell. Zoey is exceptional in her role as Gavin’s executive assistant. She’s always on work mode and never really shows any of her emotions. This is why her co-workers dubbed her as a robot. Never mind that she’s good at what she does, she’s just too serious, too young and too inexperienced.
What others don’t know and see though is how hard Zoey works for everything she’s accomplished. And that every day she spends at Morgan-Beckwith is a battle of its own. Every day she fights her attraction to and growing crush for her boss, Gavin. It’s torturous, to say the least, and she promised herself she’ll turn in her resignation before she turns 24. But clearly plans change, and this one she didn’t see coming.
Gavin hails from a wealthy but humble family. His work usually involves buying unprofitable but promising companies and turning them into working, successful businesses. He has purchased and overhauled Morgan-Beckwith for the past two years, and is already considering its sale. Everything in business has gone to plan, except for one small detail–Zoey. Gavin cannot seem to let go of the company because then he’ll have to leave Zoey. He refuses to do so, not without getting to know her first, exploring the attraction he’s always felt and has been nurturing since the first time he laid eyes on her. But it’s complicated. You see, not only is he Zoey’s boss, but Gavin is also forty-three years old.
I know, that’s quite an age gap, which makes this read at times awkward and a little cringey at some parts. But if I really think about it, the story works for the main characters. Gavin has been badly hurt and burned by her first and only serious relationship–a failed marriage with someone who was deceptive and manipulative–to the point that he vowed to never marry again. But Zoey is unlike any other. She is mature beyond her years, and has always admired Gavin for treating her as an equal. The two finding love in each other, despite their differences, just seemed like puzzle pieces falling into place. It’s not the most conventional love story, but I guess it appears more genuine because of the real complications they have to endure.
I give this book 3.5 stars. I am honestly debating between a 3 or 3.5. Don’t get me wrong, I like the story. I believe the author was able to make the age gap, forbidden romance theme tolerable–I argue, even tasteful. But everything happened so fast. The author comparing the events to that of a soap opera would be the perfect description for how everything went down–not a lot of explanation for Ella’s appearance, not a lot of clarity or conversation between Zoey and Gavin, not a lot of focus on the other aspects I enjoyed from the first book (the friendships and humorous banter). I guess the story just did not go in the direction I expected, but that’s not entirely a bad thing. Just different, a bit off course.
What I enjoyed most about this read is probably Sam’s (aka Dr. Love) nuggets of wisdom. She did not have a lot of exposure in this novel, but her influence gave the story a sense of clarity, helping readers smoothly transition over the critical points in Zoey and Gavin’s relationship. You’ll see what I mean if you read the novel.
Anyway, next up is sweet and kind-hearted Delilah’s story. There’s a preview at the end of the novel which made me jump straight into the third book. I’ll let you know how that goes. See you on the next one!
- Title: Falling For Your Boss
- Author: Emma St. Clair
- Year published: 2021
- Publisher: Independent Publisher
- Total number of pages: 277
- ISBN-13: 979-8-699-69428-0