Series: 49th Floor #2
Published by Entangled: Indulgence on February 23rd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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He'll complicate all her plans...
Amy Morrison is supposed to be at her wedding. But when her husband-to-be jilts her at the altar, a distraught Amy runs to the only place she feels safe—her office. Besides, everyone who works on her floor is at her wedding...except him. Dax Harris. Playboy, executive, and Amy's official office enemy.
While he and Amy don't see eye-to-eye on the best of days, Dax can't help but feel badly when he sees Amy mid-meltdown. Next thing he knows, he's gotten her good and drunk, and they're making out like two teenagers. And since neither of them want anything serious, why shouldn't they be frenemies-with-benefits? Because there is no possible way they could ever fall for each other...
Enemies to lovers and friends to lovers are my catnip tropes. That and second-chance love. I’ll generally go for those without hearing much else about the story. And this story was so much fun. Amy and Dax can’t stand each other. Which of course means he’s the only one on the 49th floor who wasn’t invited to her wedding, and the only one there when she arrives after being left at the altar. I love the fact that she went to the office at that point. I would never go to my office in a crisis, but for Amy, it was the one place she could think of where no one would look for her and she could be alone.
Except, as we know, she wasn’t alone. I have a vague memory of Dax making and appearance in the first book in the series, but it wasn’t much of one. He was such a great hero! Even though he and Amy were work-enemies, the sight of a woman sitting in her office on a Saturday night in a wedding dress crying is too much even for him to ignore. He takes her out and gets her pretty drunk, which means they end up going back to his place, but other than a little light making out, they don’t do anything.
Dax is a good guy, exactly what a woman who’s just been left at the altar needs. He’s had his share of heartbreak, and he’s spent most of his adult life commitment-free, but he knows exactly who he is and he doesn’t apologize for any of it. I love that in a person. He takes it upon himself to help her get over the breakup, and boy does he ever. Obviously, he turns into a lot more than just a guy, and watching that transition was fantastic. I was a little worried that it was too soon for Amy after her non-wedding, but she and Dax really built a nice friendship before they took it any further. And Amy had a lot to figure out. She and her ex-fiance had been together for almost their entire twenties. The entire time that most people her own age had been figuring out who they were on their own, she had been defining herself as one-half of a couple. She had no idea who she was without Dr. Vajayjay (as Dax and everyone else on the 49th floor called her fiance). She had no idea what she liked to do on her own, she’d never lived by herself. To that end, I loved how Jenny Holiday ended this book up. I thought it was perfect. Exactly what I would have wanted for Amy and Dax.
There’s not a ton of drama here. It’s really just the story of two people who can’t stand each other eventually realizing they couldn’t stand to be apart. There’s obviously a bit of the requisite ex-showing-back-up stuff, but it’s not as overdone as it could have been. Basically, when an issue between Amy and Dax could be solved with a conversation, they had that conversation.
I read the first book in the series, and I liked it, but not quite as much as I liked this one. You can definitely read them as standalones, though. I really loved Amy and Dax. In fact, when I went back to it to check a few facts for this review, I found myself rereading the whole thing. These are the only books I’ve read by Jenny Holiday so far, but I’m planning to change that. There’s one more book in this series and a few historicals, and I’m looking forward to reading all of them.