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Review: Trade Secrets (ARC)

Expected publication: December 10th 2020, 148 pages

Author: V.K. Tritschler

What happens when your dream job turns out to be a hot mess?

Emily earned a spot in a top Adelaide advertising agency and was excited to be starting her professional career. But on her very first day she gets coffee spilled on her by Meg, her new and complicated co-worker; runs into Jimmy, her wildly inappropriate boss; and gets stuck in an elevator with Harry, who is the hottest guy in the industry and her company’s biggest competitor.

When Jimmy enlists Emily to spy on Harry and his company, things become more complicated.

But Emily finds that her life isn’t as perfect as she’d dreamed. Now, she has to choose between handsome Harry, who may not be all he seems, and bawdy Jimmy, who is exactly what she fears. Secrets and hidden agendas rip apart Emily’s dreams. Will she pick the devil she knows or the one she doesn’t?

A super short read that keeps you guessing on how it will turn out almost all the way through! This novel is perfect for those that want a happy ending mixed with a love triangle. Unlike the typical love triangles, this one doesn’t seem to have as much push and pull as the typical contemporary romances I’ve read. This time around has our main character have feelings for the second while dating the first, but it becomes a little more complicated when her feelings for the first might not be exactly what they seem.

Emily lives in Adelaide, Australia and has finally landed her dream job at a top advertising firm. Her first day doesn’t start off great when her new co-worker spills coffee on her shirt and she must go to the bathroom to clean herself up and make herself presentable to her new team. When she’s in the bathroom, she meets a guy who thought the restroom was empty while she’s shirtless. Luckily her luck seems to change when she spots a handsome man in the elevator, although, maybe catching his eye is not the good luck she seems.

It turns out that the person who spilled the coffee is her new partner, the good-looking man from the restroom is her older boss (the exact age difference isn’t stated), and the handsome man from the elevator works for the rival advertising agency. Emily’s new partner, Meg, is great at her job, but is a little all over the place. Emily must navigate this new team to show that she was the great hiring choice for the company. Her boss, James (Jimmy), has boundary issues and acts inappropriately in most situations. When a huge ad campaign comes up where both rival companies are competing for the contract, Jimmy enlists Emily to get closer to Harry in order to gain intel on their strategy. However, Emily is not very sure that she’ll make the best spy.

She begins a relationship with Harry, but the relationship might not be what she expected. She also finds herself having romantic feelings for Jimmy, which is not only difficult because she seems to be with Harry, but Jimmy is also her boss. Emily now has to navigate her romantic life, her personal life with trying to find common ground with Meg, and her professional life and trying to maintain her momentum to rise to the top and be an office star.

Overall, the novel was a great and light-hearted read. Despite its length, it manages to pack in a lot of story. There’s just enough detail so the reader understands the main backstories for each character to enjoy the flow the story takes. There are many humorous moments mixed in with Emily trying to find her way to gaining the career she’s always dreamed of and if there is a romantic partner involved, then that will be the cherry on top. A nice easy read that’s perfect for any reader who wants to experience a fun time mixed with some romance.

**Thank you to Booksirens and the publisher for the ARC to read. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**

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