Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Company She Keeps by Barbara Kellyn

Title: The Company She Keeps
Author: Barbara Kellyn
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publication Date: December 5, 2011
ISBN: 9781616503376
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 216 pages
Heat Level: Sensual
Reviewer: TJ
Date: October 11, 2011

Talk about taking your work home with you...
For better or worse, Harper Bukoski is married to her dream job at a small marketing agency. Thanks to the mismanagement of its morally-lax owners, it's on the brink of disaster. Despite the dysfunction around her--including a nagging suspicion that the clueless new account rep is her boss's mistress- Harper clings to the hope that her loyalty and diligence will keep the office on an even keel.
But the tightly-wound workaholic goes into a tailspin upon meeting Jed Sanderson, whose account is keeping the agency afloat. Harper is troubled by her undeniable attraction to a man with three potential dealbreakers stacked against him: he's a client; he's a recently-divorced father of three, and (the doozy!) he's buddies with her disapproving boss. If Harper listens to her head, she might miss out on something extraordinary with Jed. But if she follows her heart, she risks imploding her career and bringing down the entire agency along with it.

The Company She Keeps reeled me in from the beginning and like the television show Sex in the City, which it subtly and not-so-subtly references, it had me hooked. Jed had my heart from his first appearance. There is nothing I like more than a charming smile and a sense of sarcastic humor add in the fact that the man is smart and successful as well as utterly realistic and I’m a goner. I loved that this couple was far from fairytale perfect that they each had flaws and yet to me it made them all the more endearing. Harper is the kind of woman I’d like to have as a friend, if I could pry her away from the office, or pry myself away for that matter. The fact the supporting characters were so over the top, yet so downright believable (and recognizable as people I may have worked with) was such a bonus. I’m definitely keeping my eyes open for the next story by this author.

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