Craving the CEO by Iona Rose

Screen Shot 2021-01-01 at 11.09.22 PMFirst time reading this author and I have mixed feelings. There are a lot of great components to this book then a few that bothered me. Let’s get started.


*Spoilers ahead*


You have Blair who is a recent Computer Science college grad, this made me really excited because I have a CS degree and it’s hard to find books about women who work in STEM. She visiting her sister in Denver and decides she wants to make a go of it to move there. She lucks out on a job opportunity, but it’s to be a personal assistant/executive assistant. Now, there is nothing wrong with that job, but what bothers me is she freaking went to college for four years for an engineering type degree and decided to become an EA. At first, I thought, “well, it is a CyberSecurity company, maybe it’s a stepping stone and Grady (the CEO) is really technical and helped create the software” Nope.

Grady, your usual alpha in romance novels, demanding, seemingly possessive. Apparently, he has a dad who is a former Navy Seal that you don’t learn abut until halfway through the book. This was a bit surprising because there was never a hint or discussion about his parents anywhere. His relationship with his father is contentious, and for good reason, his dad doesn’t support Grady emotionally and expresses discontent because he didn’t follow in his footsteps and join the military.

The sexual tension between the two characters is palpable and the premise for their conflict seems apparent, she slept with a man who later will become her boss…but that doesn’t end up being the climax of the book. The climax is Grady’s dad somehow got her dad killed.

The sex scenes in this book are great and there are A LOT of them. So if you’re into that, this is a great book to pick up.

The biggest problems I had with the book:

  1. There was a lot of contradictory statements and behavior. For example, Blair and Grady agreed to have a NSA relationship then immediately after Blair tells Grady she wants him to be exclusive and she needs a key to his place O_O
  2. Some scenes are really cute, but they would come out of left field and didn’t always serve a greater purpose on driving the plot. For example, Blair randomly showed up at Grady’s place demanding he go hiking with her. It was so out of the blue.
  3. There are some reactions from Grady that were questionable. For example, there is a scene where Blair is basically getting eye banged by a potential client and Grady doesn’t do or say anything and neither does Blair.
  4. The biggest thing that bothered me was a scene toward the end of the book where Grady accused his dad of ruining things between him and Blair and then demanded his dad go grovel and apologize to her. That…is not a good “grand gesture”. I would NOT take a man back if he sent his dad to apologize to me.

All in all, I did enjoy the book, though the ending felt rushed which is a shame because the beginning felt really put together. I would still read something from this author again.

I give it 3 out of 5

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