The Corner Office ~ Katerina Baker
Publication: June 23rd 2017
Read: June 25, 2017
My Rating: 4
Genres: Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary
POV: First-person single perspective (Heroine)
Tara Johnson’s sacrifices are about to pay off: a senior executive at thirty-five at a Fortune 500 company, she’s one of the two finalists in line for a Managing Director position. Unfortunately, her rival of fifteen years, the charming, infuriating Richard Boyd, is just as qualified, and unlike her, he’s willing to cross pretty much every line to get what he wants.
Of all the things Tara stored in the attic to make it to the top, it’s her personal life she misses the most. That is, until she starts a steamy affair with sex god Aidan, her direct report. Interoffice relationships with a subordinate can mean the end of a career, and when Richard finds out, it’s the perfect opportunity to take his high-heeled nemesis out, especially since he’s still nursing a grudge against Tara for rejecting him years ago.
But Tara’s increasingly domineering lover has his own dark secrets, endangering more than just her career. As her liaison spirals out of control, salvation will come from the man she always thought she hated, and perhaps the only one to truly understand her.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
4 Stars to The Corner Office by Katerina Baker.
I admit that after I read the blurb for this book I became apprehensive about reading it. My worry was a ‘love triangle’ which is not a trope I enjoy reading. In fact, for me, it’s right up there with cliffhangers and cheating. However I gave this book a chance despite my concerns. I’m glad I did.
Technically, there was not a love triangle. The main H/h of this story were not together when the other relationship occurred. In fact, the H/h, Tara and Richard were NOT even friends. They are colleagues who appear to dislike each other.
Tara and Richard are both executives at a top financial firm and are both moving towards promotion. The pressure is on (as it usually is with them) to out-perform the other. Only one will get the promotion.
Tara is all work, work, work. When she is intrigued enough to allow a little fun into her life, things take a dark, unexpected turn.
There are many situations in this book that are not what they seem. In fact, I would describe this book more suspense than romance. A certain element in the story felt ‘off’ to me. As a result of my suspicions, I was kept on my toes, completely engaged in what the outcome would be. I found some of my predictions to be wrong and was pleasantly surprised.
I found The Corner Office well written. The pace was steady, there was good tension and conflict, twists, turns and even a small amount of violence. The climax gave me some anxiety but the outcome was worth the bit of nail biting. 😉
My reason of four instead of five stars…
My disappointment in this book was the single POV. Because we are only given Tara’s perspective, I did not connect to Richard. I desperately wanted to be inside his head. I felt Richard was a more complex character; knowing what motivated him would have given me what I felt was missing. Also, I wanted to know I could trust him. In addition, I wished Tara and Richard got together a lot sooner; the ending was a bit rushed.
Overall I enjoyed this book.
This is my unbiased and honest review.
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