Book Title: Catastrophe Queen
Author: Emma Hart
Point of View: Duel
Writing Style: First Person
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romantic Comedy
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One hot mess. One hot boss. One too many hot encounters…
It’s not you. It’s me.
No, seriously. It is me. Not only does my name literally mean “unfortunate,” but that’s the story of my life.
Everything I touch turns to crap. An apartment fire—that I swear I was not responsible for—means I’m living back at home with my sex-mad parents. Yay, me!
Which is why I need my new job as personal assistant to Cameron Reid to get back on my feet. Three months in this job and I can move back out and, hopefully, remember to turn off my flat iron once in a while.
On paper, my job is easy. Make coffee. Book appointments. Keep everything in order.
Until I walk in on my boss, half-naked, wearing nothing but the kind of tiny white towel that dreams are made of.
Now, nothing is easy—except our mutual attraction. But he’s my boss, and you know what they say about mixing work and pleasure: unless you do p*rn, it’s just not worth it.
Or is it?
In my not-so-humble and far-too-frequently-expressed opinion, I was a twenty-five-year-old grandma without the burden of grandchildren, and I was totally okay with that.
Another perfect rom-com written by Emma Hart. In my books (heh), she’s the best rom-com author out there. But that’s just my opinion. She’s my go-to author for relatable walking disasters, eccentric families, humour and sweet romances.
“Aunt Grace is right. You are a smartass.”
“It’s genetic,” I quipped.
“It’s the only way to deal with the insufferable men in this family. Be such an obnoxious smartass they go to another room and leave you the hell alone.”
I really identified with Mallory, more than a lot of her previous protagonists, though I’m not sure that’s a good thing (the relating to a character nicknamed ‘Catastrophe Queen’ and ‘Hurricane Mallory’ not the not identifying with previous protags).
“The only thing you’re gonna be telling your grandkids is how much of a klutz you were in your twenties.”
“And my teens, and my pre-teens, and—”
“Every day since you learned to walk,” Jade finished.
I thought the romance was sweet in this and although the entire book takes place in less than a month (excluding the epilogue) it felt like everything was perfectly paced and nothing about the relationship felt rushed.
“All right. Maybe there is a slight unfortunateness to you, but it’s weirdly endearing. I’m almost looking forward to what mess you’re going to cause next.”
“That’s the weirdest compliment I’ve ever been given.”
I did think it was strange that we never heard about any of Cameron’s friends given we had some of his POV’s but I can live with (or should I say without) that, and weirdly I enjoyed reading scenes with his mother?
What the hell had just happened? Cameron might call me Hurricane Mallory, but his mom was a freakin’ tornado.
I’d love to read Jade’s story in the future!
Me: I need a new job.
Jade: Why? What’s wrong with urs?
Me: My boss is too hot. I keep thinking about him with his shirt off.
Jade: Do I need to hire u a stripper?
“Clean up? What did you do?” Jade was already hiding a laugh, and she tucked a wisp of her violet hair behind her ear as she walked toward me. “I…spilled some coffee,” I said slowly.
“Some?” Cameron chuckled, shaking his head. “Try a whole mug.”
“A whole mug? Holy shit, Mal—what did you do? Miss the coaster?” Jade asked, coming to the doorway.
“I—yeah.” I sighed.
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