Disclaimer! I was granted an ARC from NetGalley in return for a fair and objective review. The book will be on general release 10/03/15.
Charlotte Baird is anxious and painfully shy due to some unresolved trauma involving her first, very unfortunately chosen boyfriend. When the company she works for hires a new CEO, known for his ruthless efficiency, to come clean up the mess left by corruption and mismanagement, she and pretty much everyone else is terrified they might lose their jobs. Yet Gabriel Bishop, popularly known as the T-Rex, doesn’t fire the mousy Ms. Baird, he promotes her, quickly realising that she’s been fulfilling most of the duties already, with the former CEO’s secretary taking all the credit. Charlotte is gobsmacked and nervous, not to mention quite uncomfortable, as she’s been desperately trying to hide herself away, physically and emotionally since her traumatic past experience and Gabriel Bishop is a deeply perceptive man who will not be ignored.
Observant and efficient as he is, Gabriel Bishop, a former champion rugby star turned sought-after company fixer, cannot help but notice that Ms. Baird is an attractive woman, if prone to wear ill-fitting and shapeless outfits. During their first encounters, she’s clearly scared stiff, but she’s also a consummate professional, determined to do the best job she can, even if she’s nervous. He keeps trying to provoke a rise from her and is delighted when the timid mouse starts snapping back. He knows that he’s her boss and hitting on her would be deeply inappropriate, especially since she clearly suffered something in the past that still affects her deeply, yet he notices that she finds him attractive in return, and cannot help himself from fantasising about her constantly. He thrives on challenges and on fixing that which is broken. Ms. Charlotte Baird might be his biggest challenge yet, because patience and gentleness are not Gabriel’s strongest qualities and that’s what he’s going to need a lot of to win her over.