Author: Sydney Landon
Publisher by: Berkley, Penguin
Published on: December 2, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Page Count: 304
After Emma Davis’s first week at Danvers International, she’s convinced her boss will drive her crazy…
Being the assistant to uptight workaholic Brant Stone is more than Emma can bear. But in her weaker moments, she can’t help but admit that the sexy control freak can turn her on with an insult more than any man she’s ever met...
So when Emma gains an unexpected advantage, she blackmails Brant into accompanying her to her high school reunion. After all, the enemy she knows is preferable to a blind date arranged by her meddling mother.
But before they realize what’s happening, they are doing more than acting the part…they’re living it. The war that has been raging between them shifts playing fields to the bedroom, as hate turns to lust and then to something so much more…
No Denying You was a fast paced office romance. It was funny, steamy, and all together a cute read. There were some things that I really enjoyed about this story but some other elements just did not work me.
No Denying You is book 5 in the series, so the two main characters already have an established history together. Brant is a bit of a moody, uptight – workaholic. After he had his heart-broken by his ex-fiancée he became even more devoted to his work. He liked to have things neat and orderly and Emma was the complete opposite. Emma is fun-loving, silly, and a tad bit messy but she was a hard worker. She and Brandt lived to annoy the other and they loved to spar verbally. Yet, when Emma applies for a job transfer, Brandt always denies it, so they continue to work together.
When Emma needs a date to her high school reunion she doesn’t know who to ask, but when she finds out a hilarious secret about Brant she uses it to her advantage. She blackmails Brant into being her date, the two end up spending the weekend together in Florida for her reunion. Things go hilariously wrong on their trip. The months of tension and bickering with one another, leads t0 mind-blowing sexual attraction and they end up sleeping together. Soon after they realized that they truly liked one another.
After their wild weekend together they had to decide what to do about their relationship. Could they go back to normal or should they explore this new aspect of their relationship?
Coming back home wasn’t easy. They had to deal with miscommunication, an ex-fiancée, and other drama. The story was predictable and a bit over the top but I genuinely liked Emma and Brant. When Brant was around Emma he loosened up, he was fun and carefree. They were good when they were together and the sexual chemistry was scorching.
One of my main issues with this story was that even though the two characters had a history together, everything still seemed very fast paced. They went from barely tolerating one another to falling in love rather quickly. Also, there were so many secondary characters! I had a difficult time keeping them all straight. I often found myself flipping back just so I could try and remember who was who.
All in all I liked this story. It was cute and the end was enjoyable. I would love to hear more about the secondary characters Mac and Eva, so I do plan to continue with this series.
Brant had no idea why he was setting off to meet with Emma. He had no intention of going anywhere with her socially, much less as a date to her reunion. Was she crazy? It wouldn’t take people long to pick up on the lack of love or affection between them. They couldn’t even have a simple conversation without insulting each other. Regardless of what she said, he didn’t doubt for a minute that Emma could find a date if she wanted to. She was a very attractive woman—much to his discomfort at times. Luckily, on the occasions when he found himself admiring her, she invariably opened her mouth and the moment was gone. But the hard-on remained for a while.
He walked into the bar and quickly scanned the room. There was no sign of Emma. What a shock. He strongly suspected she stood out in the hallway at work in the mornings just because she knew it irritated him for her to arrive late. He walked over to an empty table in the corner and smiled as the busty, blond waitress approached to take his order. “Hey, sugar, whatcha having tonight?”
“I’ll have a Heineken, thanks.” He saw the name Daisy on her name tag when she returned with his beer. Yeah, okay, he ogled her tits. He had never claimed to be a saint. He was just pondering striking up a conversation with her when a familiar, irritating voice sounded over his shoulder.
“Ugh, do you have to be such a guy?”
He swung around and damn it, he could feel the guilty expression on his face, even though he had no reason to feel guilty. Daisy gave in to the urge to cut and run when faced with Emma’s sarcastic tone. He decided the safest course of action would be to change the subject. “Glad you finally decided to join me. Don’t tell me you were working late because I know better.”