Author: Melissa Baldwin
Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing
Published: July 19, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
The Blurb: Erin Taylor is a hard-working journalist with a serious TV addiction and lack of a social life. She’s focused on her career and determined to leave her tiny cubicle behind for a fabulous corner office! But when a new co-worker, a friendship drama, and a hot workplace crush collide, Erin finds it harder and harder to focus. Especially when that crush on the oh-so-yummy Aiden Thomas starts to materialize into what feels like a magical relationship. Erin’s life seems to finally be heading in the right direction…until suddenly friends aren’t such great friends after all, her magical relationship hits a bumpy road, and her career could be derailed by it all. Erin learns a lesson the hard way: Sometimes people aren’t who they seem to be. With her happiness on the line, can Erin rise above her disappointments and create the life she’s always dreamed of or will she be stuck being Friends ForNever?
The Review: Oh boy, where to start? I loved this book. From the very beginning it felt like I knew Erin Taylor. From her work friendships, how she felt she was being treated in the office right through to her dreams of an office romance.
It probably helps that as the character is a journalist, I have for the most part of my professional career worked in newsrooms, magazines and at a news agency, I’m surrounded by ambitious writers.
The tension, created for Erin by her own mother, just as her personal life is starting to pick up and coast in the right direction feels so real. Poor Wilbur. No man needs to be caught in a battle of wills between a mother and daughter.
But as Erin’s love life blossoms, with Aiden from finance, and her office-based bestie Bre who is more interested in talking about dating and what she did last night.
Soon it looks like her career is about to take off too. But is before Aly joins the magazine, straight out of university. New, eager and over friendly can Erin trust the girl vying to be her new best friend? When the opportunity to be seconded to a magazine in Paris arises it turns into every writer for themselves as everyone bids to be chosen.
Can Erin win a place on the trip, or will her work mates show new sides to their personality and the grit that lead them to being journalists in the first place?
I fully recommend this as a light, holiday-friendly read.