It’s a day for hot, tall drinks! This was a first read for me from Sarah Darlington and whoo-lordy I have added a new hot book hero. Joe Coffee, and yes that is his real name, has been hired to be the right hand man to the owner of Java Beans, Lana. What he didn’t plan on? Her being a charming boss babe and breaking down his personal walls. What she doesn’t know? He’s been sent by an old rival to find out her secrets. Joe has to follow her every move in order to get his sister out of a blackmail. His attraction to her is throwing every plan he’s had out the window. Now he has to figure out a way to get the girl, save his sister, and navigate his way out of a blackmail scheme.
Lana is intrigued buy her star barista turned office aficionado. He can charm anyone and always has a smile on his face. But when it comes to Lana, he seems to switch moods faster than coffee filters at one of her locations. One minute he’s joking, the next he’s kissing her and the next day he acts as if she isn’t worth her time. She can’t explain the pull she has to him, but she’s determined to figure him out. Peeling back layer after layer, Lana discovers more about Joe than she ever could have imagined. The endearing barista has darker secrets behind that dazzling smile. And one of them may just destroy everything she’s built.
This story is filled with twists and turns and emotions at every level. Joe is devilishly charming and sweet while he still shows an incredible about of vulnerability. I loved following his journey despite its rocky start. You know Joe is going in with the wrong intentions at the beginning but even readers will be swept away buy his charm. Lana shows what can happen when a business woman, stuck in a rut, can find the one thing to break her out of it and find her passion again. Whether that’s passion for a man or passion for her career, Joe is the answer to both. Secrets come out as Joe and Lana have to decide what’s worth more; their careers or a HEA.
She’s the boss.
I’m only a barista in her company.
I really don’t give a f**k about her one way or the other.
And then there’s Doug Maddox, a man with a lot of power over me. He’s blackmailing me. Making me spy on her. I’m supposed to find her weaknesses and destroy her. But the closer I get, the more the lines between us start to blur.
She’s sweet. She’s kind. She’s sexy as hell.
Why am I the only man who see’s this?
So now I’m stuck—between keeping my sister safe against Doug, because that’s what’s really at stake here, and these feelings I can’t deny for a woman who shouldn’t mean anything to me.
I know what I have to do. I’ll destroy her.
It doesn’t matter if I have to destroy my own heart in the process.
Sarah Darlington, a New Adult and contemporary romance author, lives in Virginia with her husband and two children. Best known for her Kill Devil Hills Series, she’s also a former flight attendant, with a degree in school counseling, who harbors a huge passion for traveling. She’s especially set on visiting all 50 states.
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