Olivia Dawson is damn good at her job, leading an interior design team that transforms spaces in ways that delight their clients. When a new, high-potential gig comes up with a huge office construction company, she’s more than ready for the challenge. Even better, Olivia can’t wait to see whether the face attached to their liaison at New Horizons is as sexy as her voice.
When she had her heart stomped a year or so ago, Savannah Quinn packed it in and snagged a new job in a new city. And even though her apartment looks like she only just moved in, she’s too busy with work to notice. New Horizons needs to shake up their design approach, and Savannah is sure that Olivia and her team’s innovative approach is just the thing. Now if only Olivia would stop being so interesting, flirty, and attractive.
Both women know that a romantic relationship would be a terrible idea, especially given their client/vendor relationship, and it’s not like Savannah’s heart is ready to open up to anyone, anyway. Plus, with Olivia living in New York and Savannah in Chicago, it’s not like they could make anything last. So what’s the harm in a little fun while they’re both away from home and in the same place?
Fiona Riley is so good at writing characters who are extremely likeable, even as they have issues to work through. I was happy see that the leading ladies in Room Service are no exception! They’re both fun, sweet, funny, and smart, which is a brilliant combo. They also have chemistry that sizzles almost from the get-go, making it especially fun to watch them grow in ways that are good for them as individuals and as a couple.
The Writing Style
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Riley’s other books, and I liked this one even more! The relationship development is excellent, the sex writing is smoking hot, the story’s pacing is very good, and the ending is entirely satisfying.
This is the second book I’ve heard L.W. Salinas narrate and I really like listening to her! Is it because her voice reminds me of Sarah Paulson? Yes, that’s part of it! Also, it’s because she’s a talented performer. While I didn’t find the characters were quite as differentiated as they were in Falling Into Her, I didn’t have a problem following who was saying what and I enjoyed the performance overall. I definitely recommend the audiobook for people who prefer or need to listen to books over experiencing them in ebook or paperback.
I don’t know if this is really a con, but I had a hard time figuring out what New Horizons actually did. When I went back and read the beginning again I was able to understand it, but I almost needed to read the rest of the book to be able to actually get it, likely because I work in a totally different industry. This didn’t affect my appreciation of the romance but it did keep bugging me as I was reading it.
If you’re a fan of flirty, sexy romances, you should definitely pick up Room Service. If you’ve never read Fiona Riley before, this would be a great place to start, and if you’re already a fan of hers, this story is sure to make you very happy.
Excerpt from Room Service by Fiona Riley
[Savannah] was finishing up a call with her boss Kenneth when she heard a soft rap on the glass of the conference room she had taken over as a temporary office. Olivia smiled at her from the other side of the glass and waved. She motioned for her to come in, glad to see her back so soon after their morning coffee chat.
“Back so soon? A girl could get spoiled.” Savannah heard the words leave her mouth and wondered what wild incantation she must be under for her to actually speak the words she was thinking. Clearly her filter had been damaged during last night’s fitful sleep.
“You looked tired this morning. I figured you could use a little pick-me-up. Besides, lunch is so far away.” Olivia scrunched her nose and handed her a granola bar. “It’s dark chocolate and peanut butter, but it’s high in protein. So that makes it the perfect midmorning snack. It’s got, like, all the food groups in it.”
“As long as it’s got chocolate, I’m sold.” Savannah accepted the bar and sighed. “I have to admit, I’m going to miss this.”
“The granola bar? You haven’t even tried it yet. You could hate it.” Olivia pointed to the bar and shrugged.
“That seems highly unlikely.” Savannah opened the bar and took a bite. “Yeah. No. Wow. This is good. Like, super good.”
Olivia cheered and dropped a file folder onto the table as she plopped into the chair next to her, lounging and offering her a broad carefree smile. “I keep a stash in my desk for when brainstorming sessions result in an absence of three square meals a day. I get hangry if I don’t eat.”
“Hangry?” That was a new one for Savannah.
“Hungry, angry. I’m like the Hulk when I miss my midmorning snack. The granola bar is for the safety of others, not for myself.” Olivia nodded solemnly.
“Well then.” She raised her bar and held her hand over her heart. “This is for the people.”
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Bits and Bobs
- ISBN number: 9781635551204
- Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
- Audiobook Publisher: Bold Strokes Books Inc
- Narrator: L.W. Salinas
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