One hot mess. One hot boss. One too many hot encounters...
Catastrophe Queen, an all-new hilarious office romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Emma Hart is available now!
It’s not you. It’s me.
No, seriously. It is me. Not only does my name literally mean “unfortunate,” but that’s the story of my life.
Everything I touch turns to cr*p. An apartment fire—that I swear I was not responsible for—means I’m living back at home with my s*x-mad parents. Yay, me!
Which is why I need my new job as personal assistant to Cameron Reid to get back on my feet. Three months in this job and I can move back out and, hopefully, remember to turn off my flat iron once in a while.
On paper, my job is easy. Make coffee. Book appointments. Keep everything in order.
Until I walk in on my boss, half-naked, wearing nothing but the kind of tiny white towel that dreams are made of.
Now, nothing is easy—except our mutual attraction. But he’s my boss, and you know what they say about mixing work and pleasure: unless you do p*rn, it’s just not worth it.
Or is it?
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I took my coffee from the counter and scanned the room for an empty table. There wasn’t one, which killed my chances of wasting more time before I went home.
With a sigh, I checked my phone for the time and headed for the door. I was going to end up at home earlier than I’d planned, and I needed to check with my mom to make sure there wasn’t anything kinky happening somewhere in the house.
I’d considered bleaching my eyes enough in the last few weeks, thank you.
I was fairly sure I was safe because my grandfather and great aunt were coming to stay to celebrate Grandpa’s eightieth birthday. It was still a miracle my exhibitionist mother shared DNA with either of them. Unlike her, they were reserved, polite, and didn’t flash their flesh in the hopes of getting out of a speeding ticket.
Really, it was no wonder I was a walking disaster.
I pulled up my messages and clicked on my mom’s name. My thumb was poised to type the burning question of whether or not it was safe to come home when I glanced up.
And saw the car screeching to a stop, mere inches from me.
I screamed and stepped back. My heel caught on the curb, sending me toppling backward, and both my coffee and phone went flying. My cup slammed against the sidewalk, splattering hot liquid everywhere right as I managed to save my phone from certain death by concrete.
My heart was beating so fast it should have exploded, and adrenaline raced through my veins. I gripped my phone against me so tightly that the edges pressed painfully into my skin.
Oh my God.
I’d just almost died.
Maybe slightly dramatic, but I probably wasn’t far wrong. I didn’t even know I’d stepped into the road. When had that happened? Had I really been in that deep into my own little world that I hadn’t even checked for traffic?
How was I still alive?
The back door to the sleek, black car that somehow hadn’t run me over swung open. From my vantage position on the sidewalk, the first thing I saw was a pair of shiny, black shoes attached to legs wearing perfectly-pressed, light gray dress pants.
I dragged my gaze up from the feet, over the door of the perfectly clean car, and stared at the most beautiful man known to humankind.
Thick, dark, wavy hair covered his head, curling over his ears. Lashes the same dark shade of brown framed impossibly bright-blue eyes that regarded me with a mixture of shock and concern, and my ovaries about exploded when he rubbed a large hand over full pink lips and a stubbled, strong jaw.
“Miss—I’m so sorry. Are you okay?”
Scrambling to my feet as he approached me, I tugged down the leg of my pants and grabbed my pursed. “Yes. I mean—it was my fault. I wasn’t paying attention. I’m sorry.”
He let go of the car door, showing broad shoulders and just how well that gray suit was tailored to him, and picked up my coffee cup. “All the same, I think we can share blame. Are you sure you’re not hurt?”
Just my dignity, and by this point, I was running low on it anyway.
I shifted, taking a step back. “I’m fine, really. Thank you.”
“Can I replace your coffee? Give you a ride anyway to apologize?” His expression was so earnest, his concern so genuine that I almost gave in.
I had almost walked into the front of his car, then proceeded to embarrass myself in front of everyone on the street.
“No, no, it’s fine. I’m not far from home.” I clutched my phone and purse straps a little harder. “Again, thank you, but I should be going.”
He nodded as if he understood. “Uh, miss? Did you drop something there?”
My eyes followed the direction Mr. Dreamboat was pointing. On the side of the road, tucked against the curb, was a pair of white, cotton panties with flamingos on them.
My white, cotton panties with flamingos on them.
Swallowing, I met his bright eyes and shook my head. Dear God, please don’t let me blush. “No. I’ve never seen them before.” I backed up a little more. “Thank you for not running me over.”
Mr. Dreamboat grinned, his eyes brightening with his smile. “I’d never be able to forgive myself if I’d been responsible for running over someone as beautiful as you.” He glanced toward my panties, then winked at me.
There was no doubting that I was blushing this time around.
You could fry eggs on my cheeks.
So I did the only thing any self-respecting, twenty-five-year-old woman who’d just almost been run over, tripped, and dropped her dirty panties could do.
But only like two blocks, because I was in heels, and I had the fitness levels of a hippo.
Then I grabbed a cab.
Good romance novel. Catastrophe Queen is a good romance novel by Emma Hart. If you have read Emma before then I do not even need to tell you about the humor in this book. She is great at writing witty stories. This book has romance, heat, and humor. It was a quick and easy read that kept me interested until the end.
The plot of this book was good. This is a boss/employee romance. The main female is in desperate need of a job, but what happens when she find out who her boss is? Well let’s just say it doesn’t go quite as planned. I liked the plot of this book. It kept me interested. The only complaint I have is that there wasn’t enough conflict for me.
Mallory is such an endearing character. She is an accident waiting to happen, but it is quite adorable. I like how she does have a strong personality, but also has insecurities. Then you have Cameron. He is an alpha of course. He is strong and powerful. What I like about him is how he knows what he wants and he doesn’t waver from it.
The heat in this book is good. I liked the scenes between these characters that build up to the heat. The flirting between them was written well and made me root for them. I really liked how these mishaps were transformed into a bit of flirting for these characters. It adds to the chemistry between them.
I liked the writing style of this book. Emma Hart has a way of writing that makes you bust out laughing, yet also feel warm and fuzzy inside. The pace of this story is good. The story is told from dual point of views. I liked the other characters in the story as well.
In conclusion, I liked this story. It made me laugh and had me rooting for the characters. I really liked the real estate aspect to it as well. It was well written. I would recommend this book to others.
Writing Style: 5/5
“A quirky romance, 5 stars”
Mallory is a walking disaster. She’s the kind of woman who has mastered the art of tripping over nothing. Mallory has had a string of bad luck and is trying to get back on her feet. What she didn’t expect was for her new boss to be the super-hot guy who almost ran her over. What she never saw coming is the desire they both have for each other. Everyone knows you shouldn’t fall for your boss, but what happens if your boss falls for you?
Cameron loves Mallory and her hurricane ways. Something about her makes him feel alive again for the first time in a long time. He has no qualms about going out with his assistant, but will he be able to prove to Mallory he’s worth the risk? What will happen when both their families stick their noses into their business?
I loved Mallory and Cameron’s love story. I liked Mallory and her clumsiness. Their dates are my kind of perfect. Their families were laugh out loud hilarious. I don’t need conflict in a story as long as it’s well written and sucks me in and Catastrophe Queen did that for me. Once these two decided to jump it was game over which I love because to me that’s real. I hope you enjoy Catastrophe Queen as much as I did.
About Emma Hart
She is a mother, wife, lover of wine, Pink Goddess, and valiant rescuer of wild baby hedgehogs.
Emma prides herself on her realistic, snarky smut, with comebacks that would make a PMS-ing teenage girl proud.
Yes, really. She's that sarcastic.
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