I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Weekends Required by Sydney Landon
Series: Danvers #1
Published by Penguin on July 21st 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Claire Walters has worked for Jason Danvers as his assistant at Danvers International for three years, and he has never thought of her as a woman until the day she jumps out of a cake at his friend's bachelor party.
Claire is forced to work a second job at a party planning company to support her ailing mother. She is horrified when Jason not only finds out, but has a front-row seat to the action. With Danvers in the process of merging with another company, Claire is forced to travel with Jason as well as work weekends. Suddenly all the fantasies she has entertained for years about her boss seem to be coming true. Her outspoken best friend Suzy thinks that just getting laid will solve everything. The problem is, Claire sees much more in Jason than just sex.
Jason is determined to know how the beautiful, sexy woman in the cake could also be his Plain Jane assistant who tries her best to blend into the background from 8-5 every day. Now not only does Jason see her as a woman, he fully intends to give her the fairy-tale ending that she deserves!
After three years of having fantasies about her boss, Claire finally gets a taste of what the sexy Jason has to offer. But her past growing up with an abusive father gets in the way.
Jason is a take charge kind of guy and after he finds out why Claire is working a weekend job as a “stripper” he offers to help her. But she sees it as him paying to sleep with her.
So is Jason a shrewd businessman looking for a little something-something with his assistant or is he a regular guy with a big check book and even bigger heart?
Claire and Jason have some sexy times and emotional times during their budding romance. They both have issues that they have to get through to see a HEA.
Sydney Landon writes believable characters and real life problems. I really enjoyed taking a break from my normal genres (paranormal romance & urban fantasy) to read Weekends Required. While the book was not full of smut but there was still plenty of between the sheet action and I love the fact that the couple knew each other for a long period of time and didn’t meet one day and was in love the next. I really like that about contemporaries. Sure it’s fun for the PNR when a person finds their “mate” but when it comes to “real” people I prefer a shared history or a slow build up to their moment where they say “I love you”.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).