Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Corner Office Review

The Corner Office 
By: Katerina Baker

Tara Johnson's sacrifices are about to pay off: a senior executive at thirty-five at a Fortune 500 company, she's one of the two finalists in line for a Managing Director position. Unfortunately, her rival of fifteen years, the charming, infuriating Richard Boyd, is just as qualified, and unlike her, he's willing to cross pretty much every line to get what he wants. 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was a quick, light read that I devoured in a couple of hours yesterday afternoon. Which, is also a testament to how into the book I was that I didn't want to put it down to do anything else. 

I liked the angle that the author started the book with, with the two main characters disliking each other. And I really did feel that it was mutual with the traded insults and the male chauvinistic attitude. The way that the book was written makes the reader automatically partial to the main character, Tara, without even really thinking about it. Which, in turn, allows her cynical and suspicious disposition to be adopted by the reader, making the reader apprehensive of  every interaction she had with Richard and Aidan. With good reason, as we find out eventually.

Adding in Tara's mother's ill health, her lack of social life and her failure of a love life, including a surprising lack of apprehension of Aidan when his attitude and treatment of her becomes peculiar, makes her character vulnerable only to the reader. She is very guarded and mistrusting, as she feels she has to be as a woman in a power role in her company, and it just serves to make her more endearing. I found myself wanting her to want a relationship with Aidan, in the beginning, wanting her to open up to him and trust him. It didn't last long though, because he very quickly shifted his personality and became frightening, but for whatever reason Tara didn't see it that way. I immediately picked up on his underlying abusive personality, but Tara kept playing into his hand until the very last minute when things took a seriously scary turn. I felt Tara's unguarded behavior towards Aidan, even after he became forceful and insulting, was out of character for her. A woman in her position should have seen him following her, calling her at inappropriate times and crossing the line at their workplace as serious warning signs and then stayed away from him. Which was not at all what she did.

I ended up liking Richard's character pretty early on in the book, and not understanding Tara's dislike of him. I felt that their relationship in the book was nice and slow, not at all rushed and unbelievable like the one she had with Aidan. I even started to like the dynamic between Tara and Richard, as it became pretty clear that there was some repressed feelings there, especially on Richard's part. Overall their story line had good flow and I found myself rooting for them to be end game. It wasn't a knock you off your feet, instant love connection which made it feel more realistic and relate-able. I thought the author did a great job with this book, and I look forward to reading more from her.

Final Rating:
✬✬✬✬✫
Probability of Rereading:
Yes

Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm


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