Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Virgin Secretary's Impossible Boss

The story begins just after the deaths of Andrea Buttonfield's fiancé and father in a car accident. Andrea is forced to sell her family home to Linus Harrison who offers to hire her as his personal assistant and allow her mother to live in a smaller house on the property. We then skip ahead a year, and Andi and Linus have become friends. We know this because he is now allowed to call her Andi (with an i - how can you tell when you are speaking?). He wants them to go on a business trip to his native Scotland, thus setting the scene for romantic hijinks. This is where things start to fall apart.

Andi has now had time to get over her dead fiancé, and has started to notice that Linus is hot stuff. On the other hand, Linus has always known that Andi is hot, but she's also the best PA he has ever had, and he doesn't mess around with his employees. They get caught in a snow storm and have seek shelter in the first building they find. This happens to be a pub whose owners graciously allow Andi and Linus to rent their daughter's bedroom for a couple of nights. Andi is unbelievably rude and paranoid about sharing a room with Linus. She blames it all on the attraction she feels for him, but I just can't picture anyone speaking to their boss the way she does. He does find it insulting, but he accepts a lot more than I can imagine anyone taking from an employee. They have a few passionate moments, culminating in them doing the nasty on a kitchen table. She runs away to "think", he realises he loves her and they get married and live happily ever after.

This book had potential, but I really didn't enjoy it. The whole relationship just didn't gel for me, from the moment Linus pressures Andi to work for him (which is never explained), to Andi's weird behaviour, through to Linus' sudden and abrupt proposal.

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