So I have the first five books in this line in my hot little paws, and I’ve read two of them and started on a third.
HelenKay Dimon’s Everything You Need to Know: He: successful businessman. She: Lost her job, now she’s a temp with a website that’s an avocation. Big power and income difference. I has a sad.
Lauren Dane’s Cake: He: successful artist. She: bike messenger and upcoming graphic novelist. Big power and income difference, though that’s less true at the end of the book than the beginning. I has a sad.
Jina Bacarr’s Naked Sushi: He: FBI agent. She: fired computer programmer — over a bunch of copies, which, as a software engineer, isn’t something I’ve ever had to do. Further, I haven’t seen any significant amounts of paper at the companies I’ve worked for in at least ten years, so it also feels dated. So, to me, she reads more like an admin assistant in the opening. I put this one aside for now.
I haven’t yet cracked Sylvia Day’s Afterburn beyond page one, but the heroine was interviewing for an admin assistant position. So unless the hot dude was also an admin assistant (and, really, how hot is that?), it’s Yet Another Book in that endless genre.
Tawny Weber’s Fearless: He: computer guy. She: computer gal. Yay, equality. Finally. I expected to see more of this in a Cosmo-themed line. Just finished Chapter 1 and it looks good from here. (Updated to add: I really enjoyed this book. I also enjoyed Cake and Everything You Need to Know, but of the three, this was my favorite and Cake was my second favorite.)
Look, I like the wealthy man meme as well as the next person, but can we have a bit more interesting job variety in the heroines, please?