The title and blurb for this book are misleading because Polly Prince isn’t Damon Doukakis’s apprentice, though he is the boss and she winds up working for him. Polly’s more like a thorn in his side that he’s got to manage until he can expose where his sister and Polly’s father are hiding.
Hero: Damon is an arrogant fellow, determined to do right by his sister, even if that means sticking close to Polly, a woman he has no respect for and blames for his sister’s expulsion from an elite private high school. (He was always overprotective.) Polly he finds dresses unprofessional, doesn’t have any credentials, and is a leech on her father’s (now his) business. He’ll make her earn her pay… so why can’t he think of anything but those hot pink tights she wears?
Heroine: Polly has been embarrassed by her father’s behavior before, but when he was discovered having an affair with her best friend, well, that’s the worst. Or maybe the worst is when the brother, Damon, shows up and takes over the company, threatening to fire everyone that works there. Why did she find him beyond sexy then? He didn’t like her wild ways when she was younger. It would never work, even if it were an option.
Review: Damon is a very anal retentive person, controlling all aspects of the businesses he runs, including which desks people sit at each morning. He doesn’t understand Polly’s highly creative way of managing her father’s advertising company at all. He thinks it’s unprofessional, instead of just a different form of management. The story is fun and very entertaining. I always love a falsely accused heroine, showing the hero what’s what. I love that her blasé attitude about their relationship has him spluttering for commitment. It was a refreshing change from the usual scenario of the girl wanting more and the guy being a commitment phobe!