Author: Qwen Salsbury
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Tour Company: AToMR
Source: ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Day of Employment: 359
Location: Cubicles outside Canon’s office.
Co-workers: Betting on how long Canon’s new PA will last.
Me: No doubts. Ms. Gum-smacker won’t last the day. I need to place my bet.
Manolo Blahnik’s New Fall Shoes: Mine. As soon as Madeline hands over my winnings.
Emma Baker has never spoken a word to Alaric Canon, nor has he to her. But she’s studied him every day across the office tundra for almost a year. Canon is hard and fierce, terrifying and beautiful. He’s also the most stern, unforgiving person Emma has ever seen. Emma’s co-workers run a betting pool for Personal Assistant terminations. There’s a separate pot for the day one leaves without crying. Not likely…Canon made a former Navy SEAL cry.
He has high standards and low tolerance. Everyone knows it. Everyone stays away. Everyone who can, that is. Except Emma. She can’t look away. Alaric Canon is the single most attractive man she’s ever seen. Bar none.
Canon has never noticed her. Not once in almost a year. She’s not even a blip on his radar. But she will be. His radar will be blipless no more.
It is a goal. Emma has a plan.
Flirty Review: FIVE LIP BITES
I wasn't so sure, though, how that would translate into a full length novel when she released it with Omnific. I was pleasantly surprised that, although the magic of the real time aspect wasn't there anymore, Salsbury took her book to a new level. And as I applaud any author who can capture show vs. tell, Salsbury raised the bar by creating a new format-style of writing but still showing her readers a complex, emotionally driven book.
The story isn't anything new, but still very good because I'm a sucker for them: Young woman (Emma) working for a tyrant of a boss (Alaric) but secretly crushes on him. Then one day she has to work for said tyrant directly, thrusting the pair together, and sparks fly. Boom!
This is what I loved, we're in deep in Emma's head. Her story is told as if we're reading her thoughts, and not in long drawn out narratives. More like quick snippets of thoughts. We see her snarkiness, her attraction for Alaric, her frustration, and I really think it worked. Salsbury showed us a very complex character very minimally. Which back when I first read this book, I thought she captured so well. Also I couldn't tell where her fanfiction ended and this novel started, the addition of 30ksomething words was seamless.
If you read her book back in the day, grab it up now and see for yourself how good The Plan truly was and still is. In fact, it's better now. If you haven't read The Plan before, don't pass it up. It's not your typical story, or your typical book you find. It's shiny and new. And a total treasure to read for any romance reader.
Plus Alaric is super hot in that dominating, sexy beast, but sweet in the end boss way. Swoons!
About The Author
After spending time in corporate America, she returned to school and received a BA in English, Creative Writing and Poetry from Pittsburg State University, the alma mater of Pulitzer Prize winning poet, James Tate. She worked on a Masters there until going on to receive a juris doctorate from Washburn School of Law.
A seven-time Sigma Tau Delta writing award winner, her fiction and poetry have appeared in literary magazines and have been selected by fiction communities as featured story of the month and year. Predominantly a writer of romance, her romantic fiction varies from contemporary to historical to fantasy, though often with a humorous slant and poetic undertones.
For reasons she can’t even articulate herself, she decided to start writing fiction again while solo parenting and attending law school (during Constitutional Law class, to be exact.).
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