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Audiobook (at the time of this review the ebook is free on most retailers)
Note: Books 1-3 have also been packaged into a box set
I had everything under control…until I hired Alice.
My mother’s death shattered my family and I was left to raise my brothers. Now I run an empire and nothing will stand in my way as I expand Stag Law.
And then Alice Peterson came along.
The new corporate chef is supposed to give my company an edge, but Alice Peterson is anything but corporate. Wild and spicy as her food, Alice sweeps into Stag Law and drives me to distraction.
I don’t like distraction.
I summon all my drive and determination to resist my attraction to her, but what if I allow myself one tiny taste?
Point of view:
1st person. Alternating chapters between Tim & Alice’s perspective.
This is book 1 in Lainey Davis’ Stag Brothers series. While each book is about a different brother, they’re best enjoyed in order.
While this book is novella length, Davis packs in a great story with romance, a little personal drama, and great family. Tim is head of Stag Law Firm and likes his world “just so”. Alice is their new executive chef. The chaos caused by his mother’s death when he was young has made Tim desire order and predictability in life. Alice also lost her mother, and while it added responsibility in her life – her family pulled together and all help each other. While they have a lot in common there’s also a bit of opposites attract to add to the workplace romance trope.
Tim & Alice are a lot of sexy fun and growing relationship. A huge surprise causes Tim to cling to controlling as a solution while Alice balks. I love how the Stag brothers all come together to support Tim mirroring Alice’s family’s response. Davis wraps things up nicely and I enjoyed their HEA.
I can’t wait for Ty & Juniper’s book, Filled Potential.
I enjoy Nikola Muckajev’s narrations. He’s great at a variety of voices and emotions. I like the way he delivers the chapters from Alice’s perspective from a slightly higher register than those from Tim’s. It really helps with the alternating POV’s. Great fit for Davis’ writing.
Content Warning (contains spoilers):
surprise pregnancy (while on birth control)
About the author:
Lainey Davis lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, her feral sons, and rescued rabbits. She writes steamy, contemporary love stories with grouchy heroes, strong heroines, and plenty of fiascos. She’s excited to find out how much coffee is too much.
You can connect with Lainey Davis here:
My Favorite Quotes
“Who says you can’t buy loyalty with pie?”
“I’m wild about you, Alice, and I can’t seem to stop thinking unprofessional thoughts.”
“Food,” she says, “is so much more than a group of ingredients hanging out together. It’s a family. It functions best together.”