“Malaria is nothing a good dose of quinine can’t handle. Or so thinks Frannie Freeman when her vile office manager Malia—aka Malaria—marries their boss Sam, whom Frannie has loved for years. When Sam suddenly confides that he believes he was roofied the night of his surprise Las Vegas wedding, it seems too good to be true. And it isn’t long before she realizes that’s exactly what it is.
Now, faced with letting Sam go forever or fighting for her heart’s desire, Frannie prepares for battle with a woman’s three best weapons — a loyal heart, a willingness to fight dirty, and the strongest margarita money can buy.” (Amazon description)
Office Politics by Sharon Gerlach is the first in her Harper & Lyttle series, fun and romantic tales set in a software company in Los Angeles. Anyone who has ever worked in an office setting will be able to relate to these characters and the crazy characters they have to work with. Think of the TV show The Office, only from a female perspective and with a strong romantic plot.
Adding to the humor, Frannie Freeman is one of those people who accidents are always happening too...usually involving some form of humiliation witnessed by The Suits from the executive offices. Okay, so maybe in real life all of this would never happen to just one person, but the humor lies in that you can totally see this happening!
The love story is nice, but predictable. That’s okay though, because both Frannie and Sam are great characters. Frannie is a fun combination of competent business woman and a total mess. Sam is the boss who wears suits everyday and expertly navigates the treacherous waters of management, but he is also a truly decent guy. It would have been easy for his affair with Frannie, his subordinate, to come across as sleazy, but somehow it doesn’t feel that way at all. I loved the scene where he goes to Frannie after his mother dies. It’s a short scene with little action, but the subtlety of the emotion is wonderful.
The ending wraps up a little too neatly, but overall, I reading this book was entertaining and satisfying. I definitely plan to check out the next in the series The Secret Dreams of Sarah-Jane Quinn.
Overall I give Office Politics...
Plot - 4 bookmarks
Character Development - 5 bookmarks
Love Story - 4 bookmarks
Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) - Anne Hathaway (Frannie), Henry Cavil (Sam), Lizzy Caplan (Malaria), Marley Shelton (Gretchen), Emma Stone (Morgan), Kerry Washington (Stella), Cam Gigandi (Eric), Rupert Grint (Stewart)
Office Politics can be purchased at Smashwords or Amazon. To learn more about the author, Sharon Gerlach, I encourage you to visit her blog at http://sharongerlach.wordpress.com/.