Unprofessional by J.D. Hawkins
Release Date: March 22nd
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Designer: Letitia Hasser from RBA Designs
Model: Christian Hogue
What happens when the internet’s favorite playboy falls in love?
I have the best job in the world. Date beautiful women and write about it.
But I want to take it to the next level: instead of writing about my experiences make it into an online reality show.
But here is the catch. My boss wants me to share the show with a woman co-host. And he wants that woman to be my best friend and co-worker, Margo.
I’ll date beautiful women and she’ll date hot men. Sounds fair enough.
So now I have to watch her fake date hot men. I used to love going home with a different woman every night, but suddenly this isn’t as fun. Seeing Margo with anyone else is driving me crazy.
And the more time I spend with her working on the show, the less I want to keep our relationship in the friends’ zone. And the harder it is to stop myself from imagining her bent over the copier.
Things are about to get unprofessional.
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“Thank god you live on the ground floor,” I say, as I rummage for her keys in her bag with one hand while keeping her from falling with the other. It’s not that I haven’t been to Margo’s place before, but when we hang out it’s usually at work functions or the occasional bar, and at the moment I can’t shake the feeling that I’m intruding a little.
“You know, you’re really fucking hot,” she slurs, giggling. My cock stirs at the brush of her lips so close to my neck, her warm breath against my skin. I have to shake it off.
“And you’re really fucking drunk,” I reply with a forced laugh, as the key finally catches and I kick the door open.
“No…I mean it,” she says as I step into her apartment, still holding her in my arms. “You’re like…the most beautiful man.”
“That’s very sweet of you,” I say, as I open a few wrong doors (closet, bathroom) until I find her bedroom. I walk in and lay her down on the bed, then pull away, setting her bag on the night table. “You should probably just rest a bit, let it pass.” I unlace her boots and ease them off gently, setting them on the floor before straightening up to go. This feels familiar, although I haven’t carried a too-drunk Margo home from a party and put her to bed since our undergrad years. “You need anything? Water, or—”
“Yeah.” Margo smiles.
Instead of answering, she mischievously beckons me closer. I look at her, dress rolling up around her thighs, twisting her body up in the sheets, my imagination starting to whirl a little.
“Come here!” she yelps impatiently.
This could mean trouble—the problem is, I like trouble. I groan and go nearer to the bed.
“Closer,” she giggles, and I’m taken with the smile, the way she grinds into the bed…
Her hand pulls on my shirt, her smile goes and instead her mouth is open now, weakened like she’s preparing to kiss me. I could so easily fall into her here, so easily bring my mouth onto hers, put my own hands under her clothes. I can almost taste her, appetite stirring…
Except being a real man doesn’t just mean knowing when to make a move, it also means knowing when you shouldn’t.
“Nice try,” I say, pulling back.
Margo laughs and pounds her fists onto the bed with disappointment.
“But I need to see what’s under your shirt. You still got those Grand Canyon abs, I bet.”
“Ok. That’s my cue to go,” I say, half-out the door. “See you tomorrow.”
“No! Come on! Please! I remember the view was fucking amazing. Just a little peek. A tiny little peek for old time’s sake. Come on, Owen! Don’t be an asshole. You know you want to show it off.”
I look back at her, hand on the doorknob, and find myself laughing.
“Happy now?” I say, pulling up my shirt a little way.
Margo screams and falls back onto her pillows laughing.
“I knew it! Just as perfect as that night you got locked out of the girl’s dorm,” she says, as I close the door and leave.
When I get back to my car, I’m still smiling.
Readers have waited a while for a new offering from Mr. Hawkins, not a massive amount of time in comparison with other authors, but there’s definitely been a wait. Was it worth it? Oh yes, very much so! Unprofessional was such a joy to read, so much so that I was a little annoyed with myself that I had picked it up for review. I just wanted to read, get lost in the story and the characters, not cast a critical eye over the content while I was doing it. I honestly think this is JD’s best work to date. His previous offerings have always been very good, but this felt like a cut above the rest.
Unprofessional is a very solid read. Written with maturity and a certain amount of class, the book was very difficult to put down once the story got going. Really, the book’s not anything new in terms of plot lines; office romance, friends to lovers, yet lacked the usual cheese and cliché many other books in this trope offer. There was a good pace to the story; flowing extremely well with JD knowing how to open and close his scenes in such a way the reader wants more. The dialogue throughout was realistic and relatable – again, no over exaggerations which romance novels can sometimes be renowned for. The intimate scenes, while extremely hot, were classy and didn’t have me reaching for the gag bucket. Then again I’m not all that surprised, it’s not how this author writes. When I had finished this book I felt like every bit of care and attention had went into every single word written on the pages. There were some very good lines scattered throughout the book that manages to pull the emotion to the forefront. A difficult thing to do. JD’s writing, in this instance, is refreshing.
Owen and Margo, the main characters, are captivating right from the off. It’s so good to read about a loveable rogue who values a friendship yet has that little touch of alpha male about him. Owen wasn’t all in your face, over bearing with the profanity etc. but he certainly had just enough of an edge to be extremely likeable. If you struggled to love him in the beginning (and I promise you won’t struggle at all) – well, let’s just say all the little things he did soon get under your skin, you can’t help but have one hell of a soft spot for him. And Margo was the friend we’d all love to have, the slightly crazy party girl with a fierce loyalty. She seemed to be struggling a little more than Owen with some very real fears. Both characters were very down to earth I found, showing vulnerabilities that the reader gets on board with and understands. They cultivated a very special friendship that both were nervous and conscious about ruining. From very early on it’s very difficult not to root for that happy ending they both so very much deserve. Their relationship before and after is engaging.
My only frustration with Unprofessional was perhaps towards the end. I shan’t spoil here but I felt there was a little ‘missing’, that perhaps the last few chapters wrapped up a bit too quickly. I think showing the impact of them being apart more effective in the later stages would have pulled a rather different emotion from the reader and made a great book just that little better. I have to award this the 4 ½ to 5-star rating for that reason, was almost a 5 for me.
Kindle Friends Forever reviewer Klaire, would happily recommend this book.
About the Author:
JD Hawkins writes erotic romance with modern-classic alpha males and strong, independant women. He currently lives with his wife in Los Angeles, CA. He loves to travel and has lived in many places, including New York City, India and Thailand. When he isn’t writing, JD enjoys surfing, training in Mixed Martial Arts, reading and taking naps. He’s always loved making up stories, especially ones inspired by real life.
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