Title: A Class Act
Author: January James
Series: Square Mile #1
Date of Publication: June 2, 2020
Lottie Matheson has everything going for her: wealth and privilege, single-minded ambition and a brand new graduate job in the thick of London’s thrilling start-up scene.
But Lottie Matheson isn’t who she seems. Hiding behind a false identity to distance herself from a troubled background, Lottie becomes embroiled in an affair with her brilliant and charismatic but famously attached CEO Marcus Armstrong. But, as their relationship intensifies, their colleagues become suspicious and before long, the secrets are out. All of them.
With everything broken – her heart, her reputation, her spirit – will Lottie ever find the strength to start again?
A Class Act is part of the Square Mile interlinked series of books, perfect for fans of Louise Bagshawe, Tasmina Perry, LJ Shen and Anna Todd.
The Square Mile series follows some of the sexiest and most privileged alpha men in London’s famous banking quarter in the City, along with the bright, beautiful and ambitious women who torture them. The books are filled to the brim with brains, money, desire, obsession and rivalry. Not forgetting the all-important happy ending.
Lottie is my favourite type of protagonist: one who’s pretending to be something she’s not. In her world, if she doesn’t have a perceived privilege (i.e. born into a rich family) she won’t have the same professional opportunities. Since she has a juvenile record and grew up going to public school, she had to lie about her past in order to get a job at her dream company. She works what seems like a thousand times harder than her coworkers, and she’s extremely capable and intelligent. I loved the way that James gradually reveals Lottie’s backstory as the novel progresses, as her past begins to catch up with her.
A Class Act is not just a romance. There’s a lot of marketing and business talk–and it genuinely seemed like the author knew what she was talking about–which adds to the authenticity of the characters and setting. James doesn’t just tell us that Lottie is smart, driven, and exceptional at her job, it’s shown to us by her long hours, the sheer amount of research she puts into her marketing plans, and the way that she rattles off information when questioned about her ongoing projects. I found these parts to be just as compelling as the romantic bits (nerd alert!). The storylines with some of her clients are quite engaging, and, in my opinion, this is what makes this book better than other boss/employee romance trope novels. I absolutely loved reading about Lottie strategizing with clients, putting out fires, and impressing her clients with her honesty and out-of-the-box thinking.
Lottie and Marcus have fabulous chemistry, though I would have liked to have seen just a bit more of their attraction in their earlier interactions. Marcus works Lottie hard because he knows that she’s the best employee he’s had, despite her being freshly out of university. He’s hard on her, and Lottie gets the impression that he doesn’t like her. Of course, once their mutual attraction becomes impossible to resist, she no longer thinks that. 😉
I recommend this book to anyone looking for a boss/employee romance with a little more substance.
*Thank you to the author for the ebook to review!*
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