Audio Review: M.J. O’ Shea – The Millionaire Upstairs

1942085Author: M.J. O’ Shea
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: DreamSpinner Press
Genre:M/M Contemporary
ISBN: 9781634767941

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Narrator: Rusty Topsfield

Summary:
The Millionaire Upstairs by M.J. O’Shea – Romance>Contemporary eBook
He might be hard to work for, but he’s impossible to resist.

Sasha Sobieski has the perfect job working at legendary American fashion house Harrison Kingsley—or at least he used to. He just never thought he’d have to work for Harrison Kingsley himself. Harrison is exacting, difficult, cold, and hands-down the sexiest man Sasha has ever seen.

After years at the top, Harrison Kingsley knows what he wants, when he wants it, and exactly how he’d like it to be delivered to him. What he wants most right now? His new assistant. Sasha is mouthy, opinionated, and he drives Harrison mad. Problem is, Harrison can never tell if it’s with anger… or desire.

Review:
When Sebastian (Sasha) Sobieski lands his dream job as assistant to Joanna Kingsley, marketing guru of the fashion house, Harrison Kingsley, he’s in heaven. Not only is he going to work for the sister of the fashion guru, he may meet the legend himself. And when he does? He’s sorely disappointed in the arrogant, dismissive, snobby designer who looked at him as if he was unworthy of breathing the same air. So when Joanna is pregnant two years later, and assigns him to be Harrison’s assistant while she’s out on leave, Sasha is frustrated. As a statement of rebellion, he decides to take his kitten with him to the mansion in the Hamptons where he has to reside for the duration of the assignment.

What Sasha doesn’t know is that Harrison does indeed notice Sasha—a bit too much. Sasha is a distraction, so instead of utilizing his talents, Harrison treats him like an errand boy—anything to keep Sasha’s cute little butt out of Harrison’s line of sight. That doesn’t last long, however, as he discovers that Sasha’s opinions and input are very valuable to the design collection. He’ll just have to deal with the attraction and keep it under wraps.

This is one of those stories where the slow burn is very slow. The buildup between the older designer and the younger assistant takes months, just the way I like it. Older, crankier and reported to be an isolator who never interacts socially with his employees, Harrison has a pretty bad reputation—until Sasha comes into his life. Let’s just say that when Harrison spots Sasha’s kitten, he falls for the little guy (and his owner) in a totally unexpected way, and one thing leads to another until the men become friendly over the course of the summer—kitten included. Harrison is still arrogant, and Sasha is still fluttering over the gorgeous and sexy guy even when he thinks he’s an ass. A few comments overheard by Sasha drive a wedge between them for a while, and Harrison’s creativity in finding his way back into Sasha’s good graces makes the story even sweeter, and finally, more romantic. That is, until Harrison allows his big mouth to have free reign in a moment of anger, and it looks like this romance is doomed.

Rusty Topfield does a great job with the vocalizations, giving each man a distinct voice and performing the women’s voices interestingly as well. They and the other secondary characters are nicely varied. This story is so much fun to listen to in audio format. And the story is written by M.J. O’Shea, so need I say more? I love this author’s writing style and the way she breathed new life into this old-fashioned romantic trope with her bright and interesting characters.

If you’re looking to put a smile on your face, don’t hesitate to get this audiobook.

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