Author: Louise Bay
Series: a standalone novel
Release date: August 24, 2016
Main characters: Harper Jayne, (our heroine and new employee at King & Associates) Max King (our surly yet devastatingly handsome hero).
Blurb: I keep my two worlds separate.
At work, I’m King of Wall Street. The heaviest hitters in Manhattan come to me to make money. They do whatever I say because I’m always right. I’m shrewd. Exacting. Some say ruthless.
At home, I’m a single dad trying to keep his fourteen year old daughter a kid for as long as possible. If my daughter does what I say, somewhere there’s a snowball surviving in hell. And nothing I say is ever right.
When Harper Jayne starts as a junior researcher at my firm, the barriers between my worlds begin to dissolve. She’s the most infuriating woman I’ve ever worked with.
I don’t like the way she bends over the photocopier—it makes my mouth water.
I hate the way she’s so eager to do a good job—it makes my dick twitch.
And I can’t stand the way she wears her hair up exposing her long neck. It makes me want to strip her naked, bend her over my desk and trail my tongue all over her body.
If my two worlds are going to collide, Harper Jayne will have to learn that I don’t just rule the boardroom. I’m in charge of the bedroom, too.
Why you should read it: I’m a big fan of Louise Bay. She usually writes very down-to-earth characters, and even if they’re extremely wealthy there’s always depth to them and a little vulnerability. Max and Harper are no exceptions – they both have valid reasons for being the way they are and their mutual attraction quickly builds throughout the book. This book is a departure from the cozier, less drama-filled books from Louise Bay. Fans of angst will have a field day with Harper’s character and the passion that boils over between her and Max.
What you might not like: OK, it’s confession time. I didn’t care for Harper. One. Bit. From the first chapter she comes across as whiny, immature and unprofessional. She complains to anyone who’ll listen how ‘terrible’ her boss is, (because he doesn’t gush all over her work) then dwells on her relationship issues with her father. She’s supposed to be ambitious and strong but comes across as petulant, self-absorbed and completely unreasonable. Max is your traditional hero in some ways – successful, rich and like to be in control. However, there is another side to him – he’s a father trying to do his best for his daughter Amanda. I liked this side to his character, as not many heroes are family men until the end of the story. The chemistry between he and Harper lacked something in my opinion – maybe it was how they both jumped into hating each other, then being in lust with each other. It didn’t quite work for me, perhaps due to the inner dialogue of both characters that exasperated me at times and it failed to keep my interest.
Rating: I give King of Wall Street 2.5/5 stars for being mildly entertaining and well written. It was ok, but definitely not my favourite Louise Bay read either. I hate giving less than stellar reviews, but I’m sure some will adore this book.