All Work and No Play by Coleen Kwan

I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

All work and no play equals one steamy summer night.

Anna Reynolds is stuck with the infuriating Giles St Clair. If she wants to meet her project deadline, she needs the highly sought after consultant’s help. But everything about Giles annoys Anna, from his posh English accent to the way every woman swoons at his feet.

And the worst thing about Giles? She can’t help being attracted to him. Not that she’ll ever act on that attraction. A messy office affair would stall her career, and she’s not interested in being another notch on Giles’s bedpost.

When a close encounter with Giles in a stationery cupboard forces the truth out, Anna forgets all her own rules. She and Giles need a circuit-breaker, and one steamy summer night together might be just what they both need.

But is one night enough?

I didn’t know what to expect of this novella. It was cute, in that way where you might want a break from all the heavy fiction that you’ve been reading. It was predictable, but also if it wasn’t the way you expected it to be, you’d want to punch a hole in the wall. The characters are that cute together.

But the overall story and the writing put together, was a little bland for my taste. I felt it go a little monotonous at times. It didn’t have funny or witty dialogues, but I liked that about the book as Giles, being English, was not stereotyped. And, I liked the fact that Anna was a strong woman. These kind of characters usually don’t go together but Coleen has done a good job in bringing them together.

I’d give it: 3/5

Recommended: If you like a good refreshment from heavy fiction or just a start to the contemporary world, you should definitely try it!

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