Jake’s star is on the rise at his company. He’s smart, talented, and gets the job done. However, Jake has a weakness…Charlie. He’s addicted to him. It doesn’t matter that Charlie treats him badly and leaves him be for long periods of time, Jake jumps at the opportunity to be with him. This happens over and over again. His friends try to convince Jake to just drop Charlie, but he just can’t do it.
Ollie has been hired by the company that Jake works for, coming to London from the U.S. Ollie was with his long-term partner for 20 years, but discovered he was being cheated on. Since he was born in London, Ollie looks upon this as an opportunity to return home and get a fresh start.
One evening, at a dinner for a potential client, Jake gets an unfortunate text from Charlie, and he’s disturbed. After dinner (with a drink or two too many), Jake asks Ollie if he’d like to go for a drink and clubbing. Ollie declines, so Jake goes on his own. Ollie does wind up going to a club…the same club as Jake. Jake is completely wasted and needs help getting out of there. He calls a friend, and the friend and Ollie help him out.
After Jake apologizes to Ollie for his behavior, the two decide to go to dinner together. From there, the men develop a relationship that grows from working, to friendship, to more. There are a lot of obstacles on their road to happiness, and they have to decide whether it’s worth the battle to be together.
I’ll start by saying I’m a sucker for corporate romances. Make it a May/December corporate romance, and it’s a little slice of heaven. Corporate Bodies was a nice addition to my collection.
I found both Jake and Ollie to be likable. They both had major heartbreaks, but they pressed on even though it was difficult…and maybe even a little embarrassing. They gelled together nicely. Ollie was really hung up on the age difference, and I found that to be a little frustrating. It didn’t make me angry, though, and I got through it. It did lead to some pretty strong angst for awhile, but it was angst that moved the story along.
Speaking of frustrating…I wanted to reach through my Kindle and throttle Jake. I understand loving someone. I understand great sex. Poor Jake continued to fall for Charlie’s line of BS time after time after time. I wanted to sit him down, get in his face, and let him have it. In fact, I was thrilled when one of Jake’s friends did just that. My heart broke for him at that moment, but it was a relief for me. That left him free to be with Ollie and to explore life without being tied to a jerk.
Since this is book three of a series, there are crossover characters from the first two. They’re Jakes friends, and they love him very much. They want to take care of him, and I think that is such an admirable quality (in fiction and in real life). Everybody deserves friends like that. Even though I haven’t read the first two books, I didn’t feel lost and I didn’t feel like these characters got in the way. They enhanced the story.
I mentioned Jake and Ollie have battles to face until they can be together. I don’t want to give away any details about them because I think this book is worth reading, and I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. I’m going to tell you that Corporate Bodies is a character-driven romance, and there isn’t any unnecessary fluff. There are sex scenes, but not a lot of them, and that’s just fine. I felt like Jake and Ollie’s feelings needed to be in the forefront, and too much sex would have taken them away.
The ending was very satisfying to me. I kind of get the impression this will be the final book in the series. If that’s the case, Corporate Bodies ties it up neatly with a shiny bow. I enjoyed this book very much, and I’m planning on picking up the first two books. I have no problem recommending this book.