Jul 11, 2018

{Blog Tour: Review + Promo} Office Mate by Katie Ashley

Today we are celebrating the release of OFFICE MATE by Katie Ashley. This is a standalone, contemporary romance title. Check out the blurb and buy links below!

Office Mate by Katie Ashley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
THEME: Political/Office Romance
Office Mate
Office Mate by Katie Ashley
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From the first time I played army as a kid, the military has been my life. As an Airborne Major, I’d led my men through two tours in Afghanistan. But when my father was elected president, I became an even greater target for the enemy—a prize for someone to take out. To ensure not only the safety of myself, but of my men, I got stripped of my cammies, shoved into an Armani suit, and placed into a management position at my father’s company. After years of trekking through the desert with an assault rifle, I was way out of my area of expertise, which my transition coordinator was more than happy to let me know on a daily, if not hourly basis. The brunette bombshell would be the death of me in more ways than one, especially since I hadn’t been with a woman since my last deployment. She’s turning out to be one of the greatest foes I’ve ever done battle with.


In the backwoods Georgia town I was born in, you either married right out of high school or got the hell out of town. I chose the second and never looked back. After graduating top in my class, I started working for The Callahan Corporation. Fast forward five years and I was about to become the youngest female manager in the history of my department. And then all the blood, sweat, and tears I’d put into my career were for nothing when the boss’s billionaire son was handed my position on a silver platter. Not only that, I was expected to help transition him into the job that was supposed to be mine. Sure, he’s easy on the eyes with his chiseled good-looks and impossibly built physique, but I’m not going to let that distract me. I hope soldier boy is good at military strategy because sabotage is the name of the game I’ll be playing.


This is a new favorite of mine for this year, I loved not only the writing but the character development. As a wife of a for marine, the thing that the men and women in our military see/do is so unknown to the average person. I loved how Ashley put a focus on PTSD and what Thorn was experience after leaving his long career in the military.

Anywho this was a great love/hate relationship romance. Office Mate follows Isabel, who thinks she's getting her dream promotion as VP in her company after working her butt off and being the best at what she does. But her dream is shattered when the CEO's son get placed in the position and he hasn't had the same experience in the company as her. Thorn has a business degree and knows his way around the office and his families company, however he decided to go to the military, where his heart lead him and that's where he stayed until his father, who is now the President of the United States asked him to come home and work for the company. Isabel and Thorn start off on extremely shaky grounds, with Isabel's bitterness and thorns rudeness (him trying to hide his attraction).

Overall I loved watching Isabel realize her bitterness towards not getting her promotion was not the way to go. She was tough for me to like at the beginning, but totally redeemed herself and I felt for her when I realized why she wanted the promotion. She has a good heart, especially towards her family and eventually Thorn. Thorn has a whole other problem, he was attracted to her but wanted to stay professional since he was technically her boss. It was a battle for both of them and I enjoyed watching them become friends.

In the end the romance was a slow burn until it exploded! It was great to see these two grow and learn more about each other and really be there when they both needed someone. The epilogue was a huge winner for me, the best ending ever.

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About the Author

Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author of both Indie and Traditionally published books. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia, and her spoiled mutt, Duke. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Shakespeare, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Scooby-Doo.

With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent eleven years teaching both middle and high school English, as well as a few adjunct college English classes. As of January 2013, she hung up her red pen and expo markers to become a full-time writer. Each and every day she counts her blessings to be able to do her dream job.

Although her roots are firmly planted in the red Georgia clay, she loves traveling the country and world to meet readers and hang out with fellow authors. When she’s not writing or chasing down her toddler, you might find her watching reruns of The Golden Girls, reading historical biographies, along with romance novels, or spending way too much time on Facebook.

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