Author: Adriana Locke
Cover Designer: Kari March
Release Date: February 28, 2022
Buy link: https://geni.us/SweetLocke
TROPES: single dad, workplace romance, grumpy hero, age gap, forced proximity
USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke delivers a “fresh and fun!” romance between a grumpy single dad and his beautiful, spunky employee—the one he can’t have.
Chemistry is not love.
That’s what my boss, the grumpy single dad with brilliant green eyes, says anyway.
I have my V-card. He’s ten years older than me. I work for him.
Nate Hughes has a million reasons why a relationship between us would never work. Honestly? It’s all a farce.
He can’t deny our connection. His soft smiles, brief touches, and protective behaviors come too easily. And when I need a place to stay? He can’t stop himself from offering me a room—though I’d prefer his bed. After all, there are sparks—delicious, sizzling sparks—when we’re together.
Our forced proximity brings things to a head. Our shared experiences and traumas draw us closer. Our undeniable attraction has us toeing the line between friends and lovers—whether Nate likes it or not.
He’s right—chemistry is not love. But that doesn’t mean that I won’t fall in love with him … even if he can’t love me back.
“I had nowhere to go, Nate,” she says, sticking her bottom lip out. “But I knew my friend Nate would be more than happy to help me out of my bind. You weren’t here so I came on in. I waved to Shaye as I walked through the front door so it’s not like I was being sneaky.”
Like that makes it okay.
“What would you have done if someone else would’ve walked in here and saw you naked?” I ask, quirking a brow.
She laughs. “Nate, no one else has the balls to walk into your office but you.”
“And you, apparently.”
“Well, and me.” She grins and picks up the curling iron. “I’m glad you’re here. I kind of need a favor.”
I recline against the couch and prepare myself.
“Now’s a little late to be asking for favors, don’t ya think?” I ask.
Paige has overcome a difficult past and although she may come across as brash and sassy it is simply a mask for her insecurities. She isn’t sure what direction her future should take but until then she is happy working for Nate and challenging him at every turn. She didn’t think they would be more than employee/boss however that is about to change when circumstances find themselves living together.
Nate has two focuses in his life and that is giving his son Ryder the best life that he can first and his business second. There is nothing he would like more than to find a woman to spend his life with but despite his attraction to Paige, he didn’t believe it would be her. They are so different both with their personalities and their lifestyles but why does something that should be wrong feel so right?
Paige, Nate and Ryder are meant to be together. Nate makes Paige feel loved and protected while she brings light to his life and Ryder is too precious for words as they take us on a heartwarming story filled with love and all the feels.