Title: No Obligation Required
Author: Kelly Jamieson
Series: Brew Crew #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available: Jan 5th
To err is human, to forgive is against his policy.
Bailey Harris is eager to move up at Huxworth Packard. Her mentor advises her to network more after hours. But that means she’ll have to reveal the reason she rushes out of the office at five o’clock on the dot—and it’s not for happy hour Cosmos.
On the other hand, more office time means more opportunities to feast her eyes on the firm’s executive creative director, the gorgeous, brilliant Mason Ward.
Mason sure has noticed the sweet, sexy media girl, but with a past that left his heart an echo chamber, his focus is on work. The occasional itch he scratches with meaningless, emotionless hook-ups. Though he’s determined to keep his hands off Bailey, he can’t resist when she makes it very clear she wants his hands on.
They’re on the same sexy page about their relationship—Bailey doesn’t have the time, and Mason doesn’t have the heart. But when meaningless sex suddenly becomes very meaningful, they find themselves in dangerous emotional waters.
Warning: This book contains a girl with a mad crush, a mad man with a mysterious past, secrets, lies, and shoes.
Source: ARC from Samhain Publishing via NetGalley
There was plenty that I enjoyed about this book. I liked both Bailey and Mason – even if Bailey’s secretiveness about her sister was kind of baffling at times – and I loved seeing the Brew Crew again and catching up with their latest shenanigans. I also really liked that even though this is technically an office romance, the pair of them are professional enough not to be banging in the office, while somehow keeping it a secret from everyone.
However, there were also a couple of things I didn’t enjoy so much. One which kind of surprised me. The sex. Specifically Mason’s dirty talk. It wasn’t dirty so much as just swearing. All the time. And kind of crude. I had a few issues with the dirty talk in the last book too, but for different reasons. This time whenever Mason started swearing I just sort of lost interest. Yes, he’s all take-chargy and manly and… yeah, moving on.
The other thing that crept up on me throughout the book is the way everyone treats Phoebe in the office. Yes, okay, I get that she’s a blonde cliché and not the brightest bulb in the light socket, but the constant smirking and subtle put downs about her intelligence really irritated me. And I expected a lot more to come of that not-so-nice practical joke. Maybe it’ll be dealt with in another book, but here it was just forgotten and I didn’t like that. Considering that she’s only a side character, I’m surprised how much this got to me, but there we go.
However, away from those two things, I enjoyed this one. Bailey is an interesting character, strong and determined, ambitious but also caring and I wanted all good things for her. As for Mason, he has a dark past and some serious issues, but I liked how he and Bailey were together and how they managed to take care of each other without even realising it.
Overall this somehow manages to be sweet and fun while also having lots of sex and office politics. I look forward to seeing what the Brew Crew get up to next – clearly there’s a lot more going on with this bunch than meets the eye.
No Obligation Required is out January 5th!
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