Review: H.L. Day – A Temporary Situation

Author: H.L. Day
Reviewer: Natalie
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: MM

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Summary: Personal assistant Dominic is a consummate professional. Funny then, that he harbors such unprofessional feelings toward Tristan Maxwell, the CEO of the company. No, not in that way. The man may be the walking epitome of gorgeousness dressed up in a designer suit. But, Dominic’s immune. Unlike most of the workforce, he can see through the pretty facade to the arrogant, self-entitled asshole below. It’s lucky then, that the man’s easy enough to avoid.

Disaster strikes when Dominic finds himself having to work in close proximity as Tristan’s P.A. The man is infuriatingly unflappable, infuriatingly good-humored, and infuriatingly unorthodox. In short, just infuriating. A late-night rescue leading to a drunken pass only complicates matters further, especially with the discovery that Tristan is both straight and engaged.

Hatred turns to tolerance, tolerance to friendship, and friendship to mutual passion. One thing’s for sure, if Tristan sets his sights on Dominic, there’s no way Dominic has the necessary armor or willpower to keep a force of nature like Tristan at bay for long, no matter how unprofessional a relationship with the boss might be. He may just have to revise everything he previously thought and believed in a chance at love.

Review: Writing this story as a rom-com, freshened the rather often-used trope of the CEO and the PA. The dialogue had an abundance of acerbic, witty exchanges of banter, with several well rounded characters, apart from the cliched, hateful fiancée. Dominic had friends and family adding depth and humor to the narrative and the lack of any homophobia in Tristan’s family was a pleasant surprise. However, I wish that Dominic’s and Tristan’s characterization were crafted differently.
The first person POV was presented well, but the narrative coming entirely from Tristan, was a drawback in my view. As CEO of a very large firm, many of Tristan’s actions were just not in line with someone capable of that level of responsibility. He also exhibited a marked lack of ability to communicate when it came to Dominic. Of course, Dominic’s personality was created as far too obtuse, stubborn and judgmental. Dominic’s intense dislike of Tristan, as the story begins, had a very flimsy basis, and is carried it to absurd extremes. His continued refusal to stay on as PA and lack of belief in Tristan became irritating rather than amusing, consuming far too much of the narrative. Nevertheless, it entertained, largely because of the dialogue, which was sharp and snarky and did amuse me. Perhaps I’m demanding excessive realism for a storyline that’s meant to be lighthearted and romantic. I’m sure other readers will be less critical and simply enjoy the atmosphere and very happy ending in the epilogue.

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