Author: Katherine Stevens
Title: Going Down
Release Date: 20th June, 2016
Series: The Elevator Series #1
Genre: Romantic Comedy
The plan for Cici Carrington was to steadily climb UP the corporate ladder, and hopefully do so without her skirt tucked into the back of her underpants. Unfortunately, there was no contingency plan for the aftermath of spending a night trapped in an elevator with a suit-wearing Elevator Sex God named Cole Danvers. A one…or two-time dalliance wouldn’t normally throw off the course of someone’s life…unless you find out you have to work together the next day.
To further complicate matters, Cici’s best friend is also her Human Resources Director. She has to hide her secret from every person she knows. Her only confidant is her one-eyed cat, and his loyalty is tenuous at best. Toss in an accidental mugging, a bungled disguise, secret meetings, and unintentional arson, and Cici’s beautiful, careful plan has fallen by the wayside.
Perhaps there aren’t any hard and fast rules in life. Sometimes you can have your cake and eat it too. Sometimes following the rules doesn’t get you ahead.
And perhaps sometimes you can get off between floors…
Kindle Friends Forever 4 ★ Review by Rachel & Sharon Thérèse
First of all, we have to say how well timed reading this debut novel of Katherine Steven’s was! We really are mood readers and our previous book was a real tearjerker so this was a welcome change. Some of the scenes in this book gave us full on belly laughs! In fact, nearly every page had a witty line or three. The banter in this book was nothing short of hilarious and definitely fed our appetite for dry, sarcastic humour. We loved the Stars Wars/Star Trek innuendo which for us was the icing on the cake making this book one of the funniest reads of the year!
“Hey, big boy, how about you let me awaken your force? …… How about you show me your lightsabre, and I’ll let you go where no man has gone before?”
“Chewbacca doesn’t have a lightsabre and that’s Star Trek.”
Told entirely from Cici’s point of view in first person, we enjoyed her personality immensely regardless of her foot in mouth syndrome. She’s hardworking, just a tad clumsy and extremely career oriented. Her employer is currently undergoing a major restructure which results in promotion and alongside that, there’s an added bonus of a gorgeous new assistant. Now, Cici isn’t exactly introduced to her new subordinate under traditional circumstances. Let us give you a little spoiler free clue with this quote that made us laugh out loud.
“Are you going down on me—with me? Down. Are you going down? To the first floor, I mean. First floor, I mean. I didn’t mean anything else.”
Unpretentious, smart and controlled, it was easy for us to imagine not only how well Cole wore his suit, but just how well he owned it. Meeting his new boss was to be a revelation; however, not for him. After a ‘sexcapade’ occurred, an awkward introduction made us cringe and giggle in equal measure. On the verge of a comedy sketch, we couldn’t believe that the woman he’d be working with would go so far to hide her identity.
“Is that a new outfit? No wait. Is that your Herve Leger skirt? What happened?”
“There was an incident.”
“Any chance you’ll elaborate?”
“I figured as much……”
The character development in this book was second to none and we can’t not mention one of our favourites, Maggie, who is Cici’s best friend and co-worker. She steals the show in some of the scenes in this book so it would be a crime not to share her personality with you. Maggie was simply a breath of fresh air! Her sass and quirkiness made us crack up with her shenanigans in trying to get a man! One of the funniest moments was her dragging Cici on a road trip to ensnare a trucker! Yes, you read that correctly.
“Don’t forget to call me Maggie May. I don’t want them to think I’m some yuppie city girl.”
“Maggie, you are some yuppie city girl. You have lived in the Upper East Side all your life. You’ve never even set foot inside a public school. You might have forgotten, but your picture was actually on Urban dictionary for two whole days next to ‘Rich White Girl’.”
Even though this book is an absolute hoot to read, it still didn’t leave much to the imagination in terms of the most sensual scenes one could ever wish for! At certain points, we had to stop and take a breather or two. Yes Ms Stevens, you certainly did deliver in convincing us that Cole and Cici experienced some amazing sexual chemistry. For the most part, they literally had difficulty keeping their hands off each other which lead to even more hilarity!
“I want to be spontaneous and sexy, but I just finished reorganizing these files before I left yesterday. Do you think we could be spontaneous on the credenza instead?”
If you need cheering up, or perhaps want a light and humorous read with a touch of emotion, this book is for you. Why not take a chance on this brilliant debut novel by Katherine Stevens? The only reason this book was not a 5 star read for us was because we missed hearing Cole’s thoughts. We are huge fans of dual point of views and thought we were a little short changed or maybe just a little greedy for more Cole Danvers. Nevertheless, this is just a personal opinion and understand this may not bother other readers. Overall this is a very well-constructed and balanced read with just the right amount of comedy, silliness and of course, romance. 10 – 4. Over and out! (Pun intended).
“What on earth made you think I’d want to wear this?”
“You said you wanted to take things to the next level, so I assumed that meant role play. We crossed just about everything else off the list.”
What these amazing authors are saying.
When Katherine Stevens isn’t writing, she can usually be found opening juice boxes and looking for lost shoes. Her kids keep her quite busy and always zig-zagging across the line of sanity. She is a lifelong Texan with a terrible sense of direction and even worse memory. She thinks life is entirely too hard if you don’t laugh your way through it.
As a child, she dreamed of being the most sarcastic astronaut in history, but her poor math skills and aversion to dehydrated food kept her out of the space program. Now she writes to pass the time until NASA lowers their standards. Your move, NASA.
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