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Heartbreak for Hire by Sonia Hartl
Gallery Books, 2021
Trigger Warnings: Misogyny/sexism, emotional and verbal abuse, toxic relationship with parent.
Brinkley Saunders has a secret.
To everyone in the academic world she left behind, she lost it all when she dropped out of grad school. Once a rising star following in her mother’s footsteps, she’s now an administrative assistant at an insurance agency—or so they think.
In reality, Brinkley works at Heartbreak for Hire, a secret service that specializes in revenge for jilted lovers, frenemies, and long-suffering coworkers with a little cash to spare and a man who needs to be taken down a notch. It might not be as prestigious as academia, but it helps Brinkley save for her dream of opening an art gallery and lets her exorcise a few demons, all while helping to empower women.
But when her boss announces she’s hiring male heartbreakers for the first time, Brinkley’s no longer so sure she’s doing the right thing—especially when her new coworker turns out to be a target she was paid to take down. Though Mark spends his days struggling up the academic ladder, he seems to be the opposite of a backstabbing adjunct: a nerd at heart in criminally sexy sweater vests who’s attentive both in and out of the bedroom. But as Brinkley finds it increasingly more difficult to focus on anything but Mark, she soon realizes that like herself, people aren’t always who they appear to be.
Okay, I absolutely LOVED this book. It pretty much opened with a spicy AF scene between our love interests (Brinkley and Mark… hot damn), and then evolves into an enemies to lovers story.
Like are you kidding me??? Can a romance book get anymore perfect???
Oh, yeah. Mark is a dang professor.
I enjoyed Brinkley’s hijinks as a professional heartbreaker. Homegirl makes bank to take down icky men? I know exactly what I want to do when I grow up.
Mark was an absolute sweetheart, the spice had me fanning myself (good thing I was reading in the pool, TBH.), and honestly, the sexual tension between Mark and Brinkley when they were enemies was just… wow. I have never wanted two characters to bang more than the two of them.
That might be a lie, I want all my romance characters to bang.