January 7, 2014

Talking Dirty with the Boss by Jackie Ashenden #GuestPost #Giveaway

Marisa Clair wants to get her artist dreams back on track after a life detour. That means no partying, no shopping…and definitely no men to distract her. Should be easy, but there’s something about her hot and exceedingly uptight boss and she can’t seem to stop herself from ruffling Mr. Tall, Dark and Irritating.

Financial consultant Luke McNamara lives his life strictly by schedule – his OCD simply won’t allow him to do anything else. And the very last thing he needs is a sassy blonde putting lipstick on his collar and messing with his routine. She annoys the hell out of him so why can’t he stop thinking about the color of her panties…and how free he feels when he’s with her?

Marisa and Luke’s plans to steer clear of one another are shot to hell after a hot office encounter. Now the two of them will have to learn to get along as they face a much more permanent reminder of their lack of self-control – a pregnancy.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 150 pages

Release Date: December 2013
Imprint: Indulgence

When An affair with the Boss Goes Wrong

Hi and thanks for having me on the blog. Continuing on with my office romance theme – especially with the hot boss – I'm going to have questions about 'when it all ends in disaster'. Because in Talking Dirty with the Boss, although it all ends happily eventually, there is disaster in the form of an unexpected pregnancy. Not good for a party girl and an uptight, OCD boss, right?

Anyway, an office relationship is fraught with challenges, not to mention the possibility of extreme awkwardness when and if it goes wrong. If you break up with your boss, what does that mean for your job? Can the personal really stay personal? Or does it depend on the person and the breakup? One thing is for certain, if a workplace relationship does end, it's sure going to spell a hard time for both parties – unless the breakup is amicable.

But sometimes it doesn't go horribly wrong. Sometimes the boss and you are on a one way trip to a happily ever after. According to Forbes, more women than men date colleagues and if they date a colleague, they're more likely to date one at a higher level. And 30% percent of those they surveyed said they went on to marry their coworker. So clearly it does work out for some people.

What about you? Have you had a workplace romance that worked out well? Did you end up with forever? Or did you have one that ended in disaster? Or do you know of colleagues who have had this happen? What was the aftermath? Did they end up keeping their job?

I'm not going to ask how many people got pregnant to their boss . . .  

Author Picture - Jackie AshendenJackie has been writing fiction since she was eleven years old. Mild mannered fantasy/SF/pseudo-literary writer by day, obsessive romance writer by night, she used to balance her writing with the more serious job of librarianship until a chance meeting with another romance writer prompted her to throw off the shackles of her day job and devote herself to the true love of her heart – writing romance. She particularly likes to write dark, emotional stories with alpha heroes who’ve just got the world to their liking only to have it blown wide apart by their kick-ass heroines.

She lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband, the inimitable Dr Jax, two kids, two cats and some guppies (possibly dead guppies by the time you read this). When she’s not torturing alpha males and their stroppy heroines, she can be found drinking chocolate martinis, reading anything she can lay her hands on, posting random crap on her blog, or being forced to go mountain biking with her husband.



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