BOOK REVIEW ~ THE DESIGN BY R.S. GREY

BOOK REVIEW ~ THE DESIGN BY R.S. GREY

Five minutes until the interview begins. 
Fresh on the heels of her college graduation, Cameron Heart has landed an interview at a prestigious architecture firm.
Four minutes until the interview. 
She knows she’s only there because the owner, Grayson Cole, is her older sister’s friend.
Three minutes. 
For the last seven years, Grayson has been the most intimidating man Cammie has ever had the pleasure, or displeasure, of being around.
Two Minutes. 
But the job opportunity is too good to pass up. So, Cammie will have to ignore the fact that Grayson is handsome enough to have his own national holiday.
One. 
After all, she shouldn’t feel that way about her new boss. And, he will be her new boss.…
“I’m not intimidated by you,” I said with a confident smile.“Perhaps we should fix that, Ms. Heart. Close the door.”

I really liked The Duet and was pretty excited to see a spinoff book about the younger Heart sister Cammie. The groundwork for this book was set up very well in The Duet, and Cammie and Grayson as a couple had such limitless potential for a smashing romance story. While I mostly enjoyed this book because it was fun and entertaining, I also have to admit that I am disappointed. I personally didn’t feel the romantic connection at all, and – I can’t believe I’m saying this – had to suspend disbelief so many times it’s a wonder I made it through the book. But see, this is a positive about R.S. Grey’s writing because there’s just something about her style that charms me, and regardless of how many faults I can come up with, I will always end up enjoying her books. And that’s what happened here. While this book probably won’t leave a lasting impression on me, it was highly entertaining, made me laugh, and was a quick read. As a reader I’m just looking to be entertained so I have to give credit where credit is due.
For the most part, I liked both of the main characters Cammie and Grayson. They’re both strong-minded people determined to achieve their individual goals no matter what. For Cammie, it’s to make enough money to head out to Paris. When she gets an interview (and later the job) at an architecture firm that Grayson owns, he lets loose the fact that he finds her attractive but has always squashed the thought because of their age difference and life goals. Somehow, this event triggers a flame in Cammie: in the time she’s working under Grayson, she’ll find a way to seduce him and get him to acknowledge that there is something between them.
I don’t know what you think, but all of that in that last paragraph made go huh and what. I mean, where’s the professionalism when Grayson drops a bomb in the middle of an interview stating how attracted he is to Cammie? Or how unfathomable is it that Cammie is suddenly so determined to win Grayson over because of this one slip? They acted like complete strangers to each other before. Anyways, this is the kind of story where plot events seriously made me scratch my head yet…I couldn’t stop reading. It was a jumble of unrealism but also so much fun to read too, and once I could set my brain aside for a while and just enjoy the book for what it’s worth, I started to appreciate the story more in all its cheesy, charming glory.
I think the lack of Grayson’s POV (especially in critical scenes where I desperately needed his thoughts) is what made me easily dismiss the romantic connection here, because to me the romance felt one-sided where Cammie was doing all the work so I did some star-docking here. However, I did like the occasionally great banter she had with Grayson and Jason and Brook’s (couple from book 1) appearances were the bomb diggity. The last 10% of the story was heartmelting, and it really wrapped up both of the Heart sisters’ stories. All in all, this was a really fun, entertaining book but because it didn’t have much depth and consequently, didn’t make me feel invested in the romance, I really can’t give it 4 or 5 stars. Still a solid story though if you’re looking for an easy, light read!
The Design is a NA romance and the 2nd Heart novel. Both this book and The Duet can be read as standalones.
ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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