It was his lips.
The way his stare sent shivers down my spine.
The way his rough voice whispered my name.
So I caved.
I did what I knew I shouldn’t.
But as quickly as he’s there, he’s gone.
Leaving me confused.
I hope I’ll never see him again…
Then I do.
He’s my new boss.
And he has secrets.
*Sordid is a COMPLETE standalone novel.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sordid: A Novel by Ava Harrison was a great read.
I haven’t read anything by this author before and I do worry sometimes when dipping the toe into fresh waters how I’m going to find the current.
No problemo here, that current swept me along giving me a fantastic flowing ride from start to finish.
Sordid tells the story of Grant and Bridget, unknowingly connected through more than there chance meeting and dumpster dive.
Grant is utterly miserable and trapped with his life and sham of a marriage in name only.
The only thing keeping him out of the divorce courts is his delightful daughter and Hotel business in that order.
He’s also estranged from his family with his so-called pride stopping him from admitting to them they were right about his gold-digger of a wife Chelsea.
All those “I told you so’s” he’s imagined from his father and brother are not helping matters either.
Bridget needs a job, any job after her summer intern position doesn’t pan out and her second chance at a new one ended after she walked out because of Mr Grabby hands.
Well, let us just say she can’t afford to be picky.
She’s already had to go cap in hand to her big sister for her work connections.
And as much as she loves both her sister’s shes sick of being the invisible one.
So when her last chance of employment just happens to be working for her sister’s boyfriends estranged brother.
Well, Bridget hasn’t really got that much choice if she doesn’t want to move back home.
So she decides to just keep it on a need to know basis.
Expecting a lowly general dogs-body position Bridget is amazed and pleased to be bumped right up to PA to the boss himself Mr Grant Lancaster.
That is until she walks in Monday morning to find herself face to face with Her abandoner from the other evening, Dumpster dude.
And he’s not actually that pleased to see her.
In fact, I think its safe to say Grant is a great A Arse to poor Bridget making her new job a bloody living nightmare.
It’s obviously a form of self-preservation to try and keep her as far away from himself as humanly possible.
To avoid temptation.
I felt so sorry for poor grant as soon as I realised what kind of predicament he was actually in and I hated Chelsea, his wife, with an actual vengeance.
It was obvious he was basically a decent fellow with a heavy case of pride.
Though I felt real sympathy here I also wanted to tell him to man the fuck up and deal with his she-devil of a wife.
I felt ultimately there was so much more he could attempt to do before throwing in the towel when he and Bridget finally succumbed to there feelings.
Bridget, I also liked but at times I did find her a tad wishy-washy in regards to her self-image.
I do get it, but she did know the score before getting involved with Grant, so feeling threatened by his wife, well she knew he was married.
The actual relationship between these two when it did get going I loved.
I suppose Initially, I felt a touch sorry for Bridget, the lovely guy she met had turned into a real dick.
So I was so happy for her when things started to head in a more positive direction.
Until they weren’t again.
TOTAL TRAIN WRECK!!!
Is all I’m going to say.
Sometimes going cap in hand to family is not such a bad thing when you’ve hit rock bottom.
I loved that Grant loved Bridget enough to suck up his pride and deal.
It showed the depth of his feeling that he was willing to fight for there Love and HEA.
This was such an emotional read and I really enjoyed reading it.
It was romantic, angsty and different and hooked me straight from the start.
I was provided with an ARC of “Sordid: A Novel ” By the author of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.