Book Review | I Can Explain by Missy Johnson

 

Title: I Can Explain
Series: Awkward Love #2
Author: Missy Johnson
Genre: Romance
Blurb (8)
Standing on the balcony, outside my boss’s apartment,
wearing only my underwear?
Not how I expected to start my Saturday morning.I guess I should’ve thought harder about going home with my sexy new gym
instructor, especially since I had no idea the guy was married. When he pushed
me out onto the balcony, five seconds before his wife walked through the door,
I jumped one apartment over because I thought it would be less embarrassing for
a stranger to find me than his wife.That was a smart move.So here I am, wearing next to nothing and freezing my ass off, standing outside
the living room window of my young, sexy, and very intimidating boss, Chase
Winston.I have two choices: I sit here and try to think of another way out of this and
risk dying of hypothermia. Or I can suck it up and knock on that window. After
a long, internal argument with myself, I choose option two. Here goes nothing…

 

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Blurb (11)
2stars
This is a sexy standalone contemporary romance with moments of humor that were enjoyable at times. My low rating is mainly because I can’t get over the insinuation that having sex with your boss to help gain a promotion is considered OK. Maybe that was not the author’s intention but that was the vibe I was getting.

Alana is a junior assistant to Chase (basically she is the assistant to his personal assistant). She is a well educated woman with her masters in statistics and business. Currently her role entails fetching coffee and dropping off Chase’s dry cleaning. Even though she could probably get a better job in another company, she acknowledges that Chase is the best at what he does. So she sticks with him in the hope he will see her potential. This I find admirable.

There is an obvious attraction between these two and the chemistry is hot. Chase makes it clear that he wants a sexual relationship but Alana firmly states that she wants their relationship to stay professional… for a whole 2 seconds. Chase promises to consider Alana for a promotion but she’s not sure if he is only saying that to get sex from her. So guess what she does? That’s right, she has sex with him. Then there was the moment when Chase gets caught in a lie when they go on a trip together. Alana’s solution for him to make it up to her:

“I really appreciate that you are paying me quadruple time for this weekend,”

I cried here for all womankind.

At several times during this book, Alana thinks to herself “I’m so confused…” and “I’m such a fool” and I have to completely agree. This girl finds herself not once but twice in a situation where she is making out with a guy in bed and then gets pushed out of the room to hide when another woman enters the room. I hate pushover heroines. There are several times when Chase is caught in a lie and Alana gets angry for a whole 5 minutes before they start having sex again. Her inability to stand her ground was so frustrating. Don’t get me started on Chase. He was such a jerk. Even towards the end of the book when he was attempting to apologize to Alana, these are his thoughts:

“…it doesn’t matter, because I can’t do this anymore…”
“I didn’t get where I am today to fuck it all up over some girl.”

Yeah… this one’s a real keeper.

I will say that the book was very hot and had it’s laugh out loud funny moments. It is a fun read but I just couldn’t get past the nonchalance of a woman using sex in the workplace to advance her career.

2 Stars
Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: HOT
POV: Dual
HEA

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