Rules of Payne by Elizabeth Lynx
Publication Date: April 1, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic, Humor
Morgana Drake has some problems in her life.
Problem #1: She has a boss she hates. Truth be told everyone at her company hates him, he’s a jerk. Problem #2: Morgana fantasizes and has sex dreams about her awful boss because he is just sooo good looking. She may have done a lot more than fantasize, but please don't tell anyone.
Problem #3: She wants to get into her company’s Executive Development Program, but there is one thing standing in her way. You guessed it, her boss.
Problem #4: Morgana needs to get laid by someone other than her boss. She feels if she likes someone else she will stop lusting after Henrik Payne.
Rule #1: Know the company from the ground up and the people who make this place great.
Rule #2: Don’t do anything that might negatively affect the company or him.
Rule #3: It’s best not to date women. If he does, they are to be kept at a distance. Emotions cloud judgment and can cause harm to the company if he is with the wrong woman and reveals too much. Rule #4: Don’t drink. It weakens people's resolve, makes them act ridiculous and can make them do horrible things. Things that can’t be undone.
So, why does he keep breaking all his rules?
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Morgana works for a boss she hates, and also lusts after. Henrik Payne is a serious man who is VP for a major company. He is intensely attracted to Morgana, but keeps his distance for personal and professional reasons. They have had a few encounters in the past, which has lead them to their awkward and strained professional relationship.
I enjoyed the premise of this book, but I felt like the execution was a little choppy. I didn't feel that I really knew who Morgana or Henrik was aside from a few repetitive facts: they are both attractive, both think they are funny, and Morgana loves cake. There were parts that I found very humorous as well, but it seemed like there was a pressure for both characters to be funny all the time, and I think it took away some of the sincerity of the story. This is a pretty quick read, and I can see how readers looking for a quick fun romance between characters with a lot of sexual tension will enjoy this. There are some funny references that people will enjoy, I just wish that the humor would have been doled out a little more sporadically. I would be curious what happens to these characters next. This installment ends in a way that will keep people interested in reading the next in the series.
*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.
About Elizabeth Lynx
Elizabeth Lynx is not a robot, that’s for sure. At least she says she’s not. She is also not a space alien. How do I know this, because she was born in Baltimore Maryland in the 1970’s when no one wanted to be in Baltimore Maryland so why would her parents say that if it weren't true. Of course she has had her suspicions growing up and is still in a continual search for evidence that backs up her space age theories.
To bide her time she writes about ‘normal’ people and their sexy romantic lives. Her husband chooses to put up with her theories and paranoid musings. Her two little boys help her see that perhaps she isn't an alien but more of a climbing rock. This theory is new, so she needs more time to develop it further.
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