by Charlotte Stein
Published by Swerve on June 27, 2017
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Erotic, Menage
Format: ARC, Ebook
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I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley.
“Employees must maintain clear boundaries between personal and professional relationships and conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the office…”
When Hartford brings in Abel Hernandez as the new CEO for his company Hartford Industries, he's prepared for Abel to shake things up…but not quite like this and certainly not with his personal assistant Amy, the one woman he's always wanted but never taken. He sees them breaking all of his precious rules, and he intends to reprimand them for it. The only problem is, it isn't anger he feels towards his two most trusted employees…it's possession. It's desire.
Not Safe for Work by Charlotte Stein is crazy hot. It’s a novella, which means it’s over way too soon, but wow…Stein sure knows how to pack a punch with this m/m/f menage story.
Normally, I avoid billionaire heroes like the plague, but I adore Stein and was pleased to learn that the billionaire angle is a pretty minor detail here.
Amy is a personal assistant to Hartford, who rules with an iron fist. He’s inscrutable–a real stone wall. When Amy has a tryst with Abel–Hartford’s CEO and longtime friend–in the office, Hartford fires Amy immediately. She’s mortified that he has seen the surveillance video of her with Abel, but confused when it seems that his reaction can only be described as jealousy.
As Amy and Abel’s relationship progresses, they begin a roleplay that gradually works Hartford in more and more. It becomes clear that both Amy and Abel are attracted to him, so it seems a natural agreement when they want to turn their roleplay into reality. But will Hartford also be willing?
Abel is more mischievous and laid-back, which makes him a perfect foil for Hartford, who’s stoic and controlled. When he admits his mutual feelings for both Amy and Abel, the chemistry between the three of them positively combusts.
There’s a fun little twist to the story, which moves at quite a fast pace once Hartford surrenders to his desires. I only wish the story were longer and explored more of his and Abel’s obviously complicated relationship over the years. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this quick and dirty story and recommend it.
Rating: 4.5 stars