Sasha Sobeiski loves his job and loves his boss. He has aspirations of one day being the creative director of a big fashion house and Joanne Kingsley—creative director of Harrison Kingsley, the best of the best in high end fashion, in Sasha’s opinion—is who Sasha aspires to be like. Luckily, he and Joanne get along well. But, who he doesn’t get along with is Harrison—the designer whom the company is named for and Joanne’s brother. When Joanne is forced, by her doctor, to take time off work prior to having her baby, she relegates Sasha to the Hamptons to assist Harrison, a place Sasha has no interest in being with a man Sasha has no interest in seeing.
For Harrison Kingsley, having Sasha around is a distraction he can’t afford, nor does he want to. It’s impossible not to notice the man’s round ass and his stubborn, sassy manner—all of which Harrison is attracted to, but wishes he could ignore. He doesn’t need such a distraction and he doesn’t need an assistant. He only wishes Joanne would listen. All Harrison wants is to be left alone to create and provide for his family and his employees.
Still, months in close quarters and bitter words accompanied by apologies have a funny way of breaking down walls. Harrison is not what Sasha thought—although sometimes he’s exactly that. He seems to switch personalities on a dime, giving Sasha whiplash. Sasha is more than Harrison ever expected, and it scares him so Harrison does what Harrison does best and tries to push him away. But Sasha is stubborn and perfect and everything Harrison needs. If only he can prove it to Sasha without sticking his foot in his mouth.
This book was so much fun. A true millionaire/commoner romance. I loved Sasha’s many internal struggles, from his attraction to Harrison, to his absolved hate of the man. Theirs is a story of opposites attracting in the best of ways.
For me, I have a huge soft spot for Harrison because of his major foot in mouth syndrome. He speaks before he thinks and this gets him in trouble every single time. His grouchy attitude and focus keep him living the life he’s come accustomed to, but he’s more than the introverted angry guy. He’s got depth that no one would have guessed until Sasha, in his infinite wisdom, drags from him. That is also a great point to this story. Sasha and Harrison just work, even when they think they don’t. My dear Sasha is the more emo of the two. He traverses a cutthroat world and he does well at it, but when it comes to his personal life, he’s a bit more sensitive. I like this about him—and so does Harrison.
The story is fun, from the arguments and bickering between Sasha and Harrison, but also the fun times and the intimate scenes. These guys have their fair share of drama and conflict, but it all comes back to one thing—will they or won’t they? And that is what this story is about.
As the first book in Dreamspinner’s Dreamspun Desires line, I found this to be a fabulous start. It’s sweet, fun, and sexy plus so much more. I definitely recommend The Millionaire Upstairs by M.J. O’Shea.
A review copy of this book was provided by Dreamspinner Press.