Read for: Requested Review/ Netgalley
Synopsis: "Brinkley Saunders has a secret.
To everyone in the academic world she left behind, she lost it all when she dropped out of grad school. Once a rising star following in her mother’s footsteps, she’s now an administrative assistant at an insurance agency—or so they think.
In reality, Brinkley works at Heartbreak for Hire, a secret service that specializes in revenge for jilted lovers, frenemies, and long-suffering coworkers with a little cash to spare and a man who needs to be taken down a notch. It might not be as prestigious as academia, but it helps Brinkley save for her dream of opening an art gallery and lets her exorcise a few demons, all while helping to empower women.
But when her boss announces she’s hiring male heartbreakers for the first time, Brinkley’s no longer so sure she’s doing the right thing—especially when her new coworker turns out to be a target she was paid to take down. Though Mark spends his days struggling up the academic ladder, he seems to be the opposite of a backstabbing adjunct: a nerd at heart in criminally sexy sweater vests who’s attentive both in and out of the bedroom. But as Brinkley finds it increasingly more difficult to focus on anything but Mark, she soon realizes that like herself, people aren’t always who they appear to be."
My Review: I was intrigued by the synopsis, I can't recall ever reading a book with a similar idea. To be honest I did struggle a bit with the morality within the story but I think that in the end it was handled well. With that said, I fell head over heels for Mark, I don't know how you couldn't. Brinkley on the other hand was a bit of a struggle for me, again more about the morality than anything. I did love the back and forth banter between the characters and the steam was definitely high heat. I do wish we could have seen more of a supportive friend group, they were there but not fully there, just kind of background furniture to move the story along. But all in all an enjoyable story, it was light and fluffy with a bit of an edge.
My Rating: I definitely struggled getting into this one but eventually the characters drew me into the story. I kind of wish they had been in a different situation so I could have really enjoyed them. I give this one a rating of Two Paws and a Stump Wag.
I received a complimentary copy of this book via Netgalley, the above is my honest review and opinion.
You can find out more about Sonia Hartl and her books on her Goodreads Page.
Heartbreak for Hire was released earlier this year so you can get your own copy in print or digital format from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or request it at your local bookstore or library, they will be happy to track down a copy for you.
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