Friction by Emily Snow
Former overachiever Lucy WillIams sucks at adulting.
Recent divorce, check.
Pending lawsuit, check.
A move back to Boston to live with her mother, triple check.
It can't get much worse, right?
When she starts her new marketing job at EXtreme Effects, she's positive shit’s stopped hitting the fan. Sure, what she's advertising is a little ... unorthodox, but it pays the bills. And since she's seconds away from becoming Lucy Williams: Wednesday Night Bingo Enthusiast, she needs money to get the hell out of her mother’s house.
The only problem is her boss, Mr. Extreme himself: Jace Exley. He’s everything any sane woman dreams of—alpha, successful, ridiculously gorgeous. He's also Lucy’s worst nightmare. Because like every overachiever, she has that underachiever she brushed off. The slacker who, once upon a time ago, was the object of her dirtiest schoolgirl fantasies.
Jace Exley—with his sarcastic smirk and delicious accent—just happens to be that guy.
And the friction between them?
Well, that's the only adulting Lucy seems to be winning at.
Emily Snow does angsty incredibly well.
I’m a sucker for angst and this book gave me everything I needed to fulfill my angst quota.
Lucy has more shit piled up on her plate than anyone should really have to deal with. I mean, when you divorce an ass you don’t have children with, having the ex continue to fuck with your life is just beyond unfair. And fate had to truly be messing with her to throw her childhood obsession at her as her last chance for employment. Lucy is a character that you connect with. With her education, her loving family and her good friends, you would think she had the world by the balls. But she’s drowning right now and questioning everything she ever known. Jace, and his company, is her last lifeline…
Jace, on the other hand, is cocky to the extreme. He’s sexy, surrounded by sexy women all the time and he works in the sex industry. Seems like he’s winning at life. He’s also been obsessed with Lucy since childhood, but it was a love/hate kind of obsession, but his recent bad relationship experience with an employee has guaranteed that he’s not starting anything with Lucy….right…
I thought the book had an interesting story and I liked that although it dealt with the sex industry it wasn’t strippers or the dominant/submissive trope… Still, when dealing with sex, there are a lot of people who don’t like their proclivities made public so the words of the day for Jace’s business are trust and discretion. Something that Lucy finds is non-negotiable and must be absolute.
I felt like I knew Lucy by the end of the book. She had depth. I didn’t feel quite the same for Jace and most of the time thought he acted like an ass to Lucy, seemingly because he could… I know why he did the things he did but I just didn’t feel like I connected with him like I did Lucy. I would have loved some more from Jace’s point of view, especially towards the end. Their relationship was definitely not going to be an easy one and I’d have liked to see how Jace reconciled some of the things that happened, but I liked the fast pace and how their relationship developed. This book is definitely worth the read.