From the blurb:
Not his type.
It should have been simple. A temporary move from London to Leeds to manage the office while a boss is sick, but as Fyn watches the workforce enjoy a summer party, he feels more than guilt over the looming downsizing.
He's tasked with making many happy people redundant, and that includes Libby Pasternak who has her face painted as a tiger, wears boots on a summer’s day, has an ear full of piercings and is so distracting, she almost bowls him out at cricket. Unthinkable.
Most conflicting of all, why is he even thinking about seize the moment, instead of his rule concerning getting involved with employees—especially with one so not in his league?
Not her type.
Libby likes blond surfer dudes with big dreams and even bigger smiles, not a guy like stick-in-the-mud Mr. Sensible, otherwise known as Fyn Marlowe. Then he gives her a lift home from the office party, and she finally has to admit to herself the depth of her Grand Canyon-sized crush. One that chokes itself to death two days later, when he erroneously accuses her of screwing up a major account. She may be a bit different, but her work is always the best.
Their blazing row resolves with her getting sacked, ending any chance of exploring where things could have lead.
His type, her type—none of the preconceived ideas of a perfect partner matters when the world—literally—comes crashing down.
This is an extremely hard book to review without giving too much away, but I have a LOT to say so I'll try to explain everything as much as possible.
I'll start by saying that I'm a BIG Barbara Elsborg fan. I've read five of her books across all genres and pairings (M/M, M/F, M/F/M), and I've adored all of them... except for this one. Now, it isn't that this book is bad, but I had some issues that prevented me from really liking it.
I think my first problem with this story is the combo of the cover and blurb. That cover is seriously bad and doesn't fit the mood of the story or the plot at all. I usually don't obsess about covers, but the two MCs don't look anything like how they are depicted in the story. The male MC, Fyn, is supposed to have dark hair (this guy is too fair), and the girl.... ugh. Libby is supposed to be sort of punky and pierced with short hair, not that boring nurse on the cover. Between the bland cover and the blurb, I was led to think that this book would be a contemporary romance. NOT SO.
This book is fantasy. Sure, it isn't high fantasy or epic fantasy, but if you are expecting contemporary you will be very disappointed. The cover should have been something cooler, something that hinted that there was more here than just an office romance story. I can't tell you too much about the plot because I think that is meant to be vague on purpose, but early on this book required some suspensions of reality. I'm totally cool with that, but I wasn't expecting it.
My other issues were more subtle. I didn't like the way these two developed their romance. It seemed like too much too quickly, like these two had feelings for each other when they barely knew one another. I much prefer a slooooow burn romance, and I think that if these two had shown no attraction or chemistry in the beginning and then it developed in their strange circumstances, I would have been thrilled.
I also thought that the way the beginning of the book was written was really clumsy. I had a hard time telling what was going on and it felt really rushed.
However, once the story got going, I really enjoyed it. I liked the middle of the story the best. There are a lot of interesting things that happen to our MCs, and I found their experiences to be really fascinating. However, I also wish the middle was cut down a bit (though it was my favorite part), because the pacing between the rushed beginning, looooong middle, and rushed ending was a bit off for me. The ending was a little hard to swallow from a "how on earth does that make sense" perspective. I sort of shrugged off any questions and I went along for the ride. I think the author did her job developing the emotions between the two MCs, and I felt their love at the end.
I wish I could say that I loved this one because I love what Barbara Elsborg does with her writing, but this was a weird one for me.
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
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