Office Romances that AREN’T Off-Limits!
April 27 is Administrative Professionals’ Day, and that got us thinking about one of romance’s longest-standing tropes: office romance! While boss/secretary stories have been around for decades, contemporary office romances (or any book where the characters work together, in or out of a traditional office setting) have changed with the times. In addition to forbidden romances between an executive assistant and her boss, we can also enjoy stories about coworkers or business rivals falling for each other, or books where the heroine is the hero’s boss, as in Fully Ignited by Shannon Stacey. Here are eleven tantalizing office romances that explore all kinds of office flings.
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A Bargain withe the Boss by Barbara Dunlop (Harlequin Desire):
For years, Tuck Tucker has played the role of carefree billionaire. Yet when his brother goes MIA, Tuck takes over the family empire. He knows what he has to do—and who he needs. Getting his brother’s dedicated assistant to help, however, is tricky. Amber Bowen is smart, sexy and determined to keep his brother’s whereabouts a secret. But everyone has a weakness, and Tuck won’t lose a fortune…or an opportunity with Amber. He’s found the perfect way to tempt her into making a bargain with the boss.
After-Hours Negotiation by Sarah Mayberry and Shoma Narayanan (Harlequin Special Releases):
CAN’T GET ENOUGH
Jack Brook and Claire Marsden have to work together, but they don’t have to like it! Of course, that all changes when they get stuck in an elevator and have the best sex ever! Back in the office they’re still butting heads, but with an all-new awareness. How long can they resist before having another round of sexy indulgence?
AN OFFER SHE CAN’T REFUSE
Her interview with Darius Mistry, Mumbai’s most prestigious investment fund director, isn’t what businesswoman Mallika was expecting. Is he flirting with her? Is she flirting back? Their scorching chemistry makes turning down his job offer difficult, but Mallika has responsibilities. Ones not even Darius’s killer charm can make her abandon…
In the Boss’s Castle by Jessica Gilmore (Harlequin Romance)
Maddison Carter is determined to build her perfect life—one that provides the security she’s always craved. But arriving in London for a six-month job swap, she’s tempted by a man who’s totally off-limits—her delectable boss, Kit Buchanan!
When Kit whisks Maddison to his Scottish castle, she discovers the secret pain behind his easy charm. Only by helping Kit confront his demons does Maddison realize that no one has a perfect past. But with Kit by her side, she wonders if they could have the perfect future…together!
Seduced by the Heart Surgeon by Carol Marinelli (Harlequin Medical Romance)
As head of PR for the elite Hollywood Hills Clinic, ex-socialite Freya Rothsberg knows image is everything. Yet her own facade of calm control is shattered when she meets outrageously sexy heart surgeon Zack Carlton at a wedding. One wild night of passion later, Freya is shocked to realize that Zack is the clinic’s newest recruit!
Playboy Zack exposes Freya’s every secret yearning for a fairy-tale ending. He’s an expert with damaged hearts—does she dare trust him with hers?
Fully Ignited by Shannon Stacey (Carina Press):
When Jamie Rutherford takes a temporary assignment as lieutenant of Boston Fire’s Engine 59, she doesn’t anticipate any problems. She’s been in the fire service for a long time and, even though she’s fairly new to Boston, she knows how to make any firehouse her home. What she’s not prepared for is her reaction to firefighter Scott Kincaid.
Scott is looking for a wife. It’s been a fun ride as a single guy, but he’s tired of being the third wheel, and nearly losing his brother-in-law finally made him realize just how much he wants a family of his own. When the new guy at the firehouse turns out to be a capable, confident and very attractive woman, his plan is completely derailed.
Hooking up with a fellow firefighter has never been part of Jamie’s plan, but she’s tempted by Scott—even though getting involved with him could tarnish the reputation she’s worked so hard for. And Scott can’t stop thinking about Jamie, despite the fact that she’s his superior and not sticking around. Chemistry can crush the best-laid plans, though, and while Jamie and Scott might not be each other’s future…there’s no resisting the right now.
Printer in Petticoats by Lynna Banning (Harlequin Historical):
Self-proclaimed spinster Jessamine Lassiter is striving to keep Smoke River’s newspaper afloat when Cole Sanders rides into town to start up a rival paper. Emotions run high as Cole’s constant, infuriating presence causes sparks to fly both in and out of the office!
But does he truly desire Jess, or is he just waiting to put her out of business? Whatever it is he wants, she’s prepared to fight him all the way…
A Dangerously Sexy Affair by Stephanie London (Harlequin Blaze):
Ready, player one…
Quinn Dellinger is supposed to be having fun at an industry party for gamers. Instead, all she can think about is the promotion she just got passed over for at her security firm. Then she spots him. Tall? Check. Dark? Check. Dangerously sexy? Check. Hell, yes—this is the guy who’ll help her forget all her worries and give her one wickedly naughty night.
The next morning she discovers her one-night stand was the guy who took her job. Oh, hell no. But Aiden Odell is not just a security specialist, he’s ex-FBI, and Quinn is expected to work with him—very closely—on a major assignment. He may be tall, dark and dangerously sexy, but this is one game Quinn is determined to win…
Winning Her Love by Harmony Evans (Kimani Romance):
Leaving LA was the best decision Vanessa Hamilton ever made. Becoming embroiled in a political scandal in her seaside hometown could be the worst. Bay Point mayor Gregory Langston wants the beautiful floral designer who is so committed to their community to help run his reelection campaign. It’s bad enough he’s planning to tear down the town’s legendary carousel—now Vanessa’s attraction to the charismatic homegrown politician is threatening to spiral out of control.
Women rarely say no to Gregory, and he’s intrigued by his spirited campaign manager. Falling for Vanessa is a potential powder keg, especially when he and the impassioned activist are on opposite sides of a controversial issue. But a vicious smear campaign and a long-hidden secret could destroy more than Gregory’s shot at a second term. Will it cost him forever with Vanessa?
All I Am by Nicole Helm (Harlequin Superromance):
Recovering from his time in Afghanistan, Wes Stone prefers the company of his dogs and himself. People, especially of the female variety, are…difficult. He appreciates that Cara Pruitt doesn’t treat him like an invalid, but hiring the party girl of New Benton to help out with his dog treat business is probably a mistake. And when her brightness and unexpected vulnerability somehow slip through his defenses, suddenly something terrifying is ignited inside him. Something thrilling. Something that could make Wes whole again…or consume him completely.
The Consequence He Must Claim by Dani Collins (Harlequin Presents):
Sorcha Kelly fell head over heels for her impossibly irresistible boss years ago. When she discovered he was dutifully engaged, she had to leave to protect her heart. However, her resignation broke the seal on the dangerous chemistry that always simmered between them, and that evening it consumed them both.
After surviving a violent car crash, Cesar Montero lost the memories of the ardent hours he shared with his effortlessly seductive PA. So when Cesar discovers that their time together resulted in a lasting consequence, he’s determined to claim his child and relive the white-hot night he can no longer recall…again and again!
Her Summer Crush by Linda Hope Lee (Harlequin Heartwarming):
Luci Monroe is on top of the world. She’s just graduated from journalism school and she’s already landed her dream job in PR. Then Cody Jarvis saunters into her office. Nothing like finding out that your teenage crush, now a gorgeous, globe-trotting, freelance photographer, is going to be your staffer for the summer. Never mind. They’re both professionals. And she’s over him. Kind of. Anyway, he’s not interested. Cody is always waiting to disappear on his next assignment, and Luci needs someone stable. Someone who wants to build a life right here in Willow Beach…