I listened to this as part of a box set that’s exclusive to Chirp.
ebook available in KU.
Joy Paulson is fine being single. In fact, it saves her from the maddening dating rituals in Manhattan. If she ever settles down, it will be with someone she truly loves and trusts. That’s why she turns down her super-hot boss when he asks her out, leading to disaster when he retaliates, forcing her termination.
Sam Davidson has pined for Joy since the first time he saw her sweet smile and stunning eyes. But there’s a secret that the shy IT developer holds deep inside: Sam is still a virgin. At twenty-nine, he never intended it to happen, but accepts that he could never please Joy in all the ways she deserves.
Sam can offer her a job, though, and proceeds to help Joy rebuild her life after the unfair firing. As their work relationship grows, Joy is taken with Sam’s kindness, gorgeous crystal-hazel eyes and generous smile. And his hands…oh, his firm, broad hands…
Joy can’t figure out why Sam resists the desire that sparks so vividly between them, but Valentine’s Day is coming and she’s determined to seduce him and make them both burn. Even if it means discovering all his secrets…
Inexperienced hero trope-lovers unite! This is a fun, fast-paced, steamy novella from an author who wanted to flip the script and write about a sweet, sexy, inexperienced male main character. Sam is so adorably sensual and endearing, he might just melt your heart. Here’s wishing you a fantastic Valentine’s Day all year round!
Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating perspectives between Joy & Sam.
This steamy Valentine’s novella is the second book in Ayla Asher’s Manhattan Holiday Loves series. While it stands on it’s own – chronologically it takes place after His Holiday Pact so it’s better enjoyed after that.
This has some fun tropes: virgin hero and office romance. Sam rescues Joy after she loses her job – he’s been in love with her forever but now that they’re working closely together he’s determined to keep things professional. Joy has decided she’s ready to cross that line and Sam doesn’t stand a chance.
While there’s a small hiccup in their relationship – they get back on track quickly. I liked that this was fairly low angst. And Epilogue! Have I mentioned I love epilogues? 😉
I’m looking forward to Laura’s story, Her Patriotic Prince.
I enjoyed the duet narration by Kai Kennicott & Wen Ross. They are a great fit with Asher’s writing and characters.
About the author:
You can connect with Ayla Asher here:
About the narrator:
Kai and Wen produce duet & dual narrations in the romance genre of audiobooks.
You can connect with Kai Kennicot & Wen Ross here:
My Favorite Quotes
I guess we Paulson women have a thing for hands. – Her Valentine Surprise by #AylaAsher #Audiobook #DuetNarration by @KennicottRoss #OfficeRomance #Holiday #ValentinesTweet
I love you. The words flitted through his brain and he had to struggle to keep them inside. – Her Valentine Surprise by #AylaAsher #Audiobook #DuetNarration by @KennicottRoss #OfficeRomance #Holiday #ValentinesTweet
I don’t know how to make this right, but I’m determined to figure it out. – Her Valentine Surprise by #AylaAsher #Audiobook #DuetNarration by @KennicottRoss #OfficeRomance #Holiday #ValentinesTweet