BOOK REVIEW of Magic At Work by Sotia Lazu
This book was gifted to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Having read others of the author’s work, I at least knew I was going to get a good, hot story. Pleased to say, it was more than good.
She thought he hated her. He thought she was too good for him. Fate proved them both wrong.
On a slow day at work, Lexi Adams discovers an on-line erotic romance novel. Intrigued by the similarities she shares with the heroine, she starts reading and becomes enamored with the leading man. The problem is, she’s only able to access the novel on her work computer.
Ric Ackart, head of the IT department, suspects she's slacking off and decides to find out what she does in front of her computer screen all day. His surprise at what takes up her time is overshadowed by the fact that the novel's leading man shares his face and the name he used years ago.
Now Ric is forced to come to terms with his feelings for her--but Lexi isn't willing to share more than her body...
Now we’ve all slacked at work, delved into fanfictions or ebooks on a minimised browser while pretending to work. Don’t deny it. Lexi is no different. She’s just a normal girl who is led into fantasies, stuck in a boring office with nothing to do but mundane work. Who doesn’t want an abrasive, kinda rude Brit as eye candy? I found I do. But she doesn’t.
The concept of this story is a wonderful weave of sex, confusion, UST and stubbornness. I love the play on a novel within a novel to bring the two main characters into a sexual intimacy early on ie someone is being naughty after hours and she hasn’t the sense to check for any co-workers. Luckily, he’s a gentleman. Sort of.
As with previous stories, I found this to be descriptive, well written and intriguing, the author’s ability to capture emotion and conflict flowing easily through subtle characterisation.
I have to say, I got hooked. It was very easy to finish in one sitting, happily growling at the characters when they wallowed in misunderstandings and wanting to bang their heads together or lock them in a room together. Emotions are complex and the heroine has more reason to confuse her own feelings than most.
She is smart, snarky and wasted on a job she could do in her sleep. Not the typical bimbo, she sometimes plays into that in order to make her defenses more meaningful, though the hero never really thinks she’s a bimbo, she just thinks he does. She’s insecure, she’s been burned and she doesn’t believe in love. She believes in sex. She needs to be shook up.
Enter Nice-but-definitely-naughty IT guy Ric and let the sparks fly. He’s a hacker nerd and reformed bad-boy with a British accent and all the manners and passion to drive her wild.
Why are all the sexy infuriating Brit’s in the US? British Girl right here wants one.
The author manages to get you on both of their sides, I didn’t have a favourite, I wanted to smack sense into them both in equal measures. Written from both POV, led it to be infuriating and sympathetic. It was easy to be frustrated and understanding of both characters and their motivations for words and actions, which brought the story together nicely.
They are both so stubborn and he has some form of multi personality disorder, but I liked it.
Throw in heap loads of unknown exhibitionism, naughty office relief and kinky encounters and you have a hot sex filled love story that makes you believe in magic and soulmates.
A charming, funny read with a lot of misunderstandings, meddling parents and nosey friends.
An absolute recommend.
I awarded it 4.5 Throbbing Hearts and a heat rating of Sinfully Hot!
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