Total Creative Control (Creative Types #1) by Joanna Chambers, Sally Malcolm | Book Review

Sunshine PA, meet Grumpy Boss …

When fanfic writer Aaron Page landed a temp job with the creator of hit TV show, Leeches, it was only meant to last a week. Three years later, Aaron’s still there …

It could be because he loves the creative challenge. It could be because he’s a huge Leeches fanboy. It’s definitely not because of Lewis Hunter, his extremely demanding, staggeringly rude … and breathtakingly gorgeous boss.

Is it?

Lewis Hunter grew up the hard way and fought for everything he’s got. His priority is the show, and personal relationships come a distant second. Besides, who needs romance when you have a steady stream of hot men hopping in and out of your bed?

His only meaningful relationship is with Aaron, his chief confidante and indispensable assistant. And no matter how appealing he finds Aaron’s cute boy-next-door charms, Lewis would never risk their professional partnership just to scratch an itch.

But when Lewis finds himself trapped at a hilariously awful corporate retreat, Aaron is his only friend and ally. As the professional lines between them begin to blur, their simmering attraction starts to sizzle

… And they’re both about to get burned.

How was it?

There’s very little heat in this book but a lot of tension, I’m only noting it because maybe for the first time, except for re-reads, I’ve skipped those scenes. Not that they were lacking, though one came at the “wrong time”  but life’s that way, it’s just that I was too invested in the characters and I didn’t care if they got into bed.

Aaron and Lewis are a very interesting pair in a trope-y situation – the rude and grumpy older boss with the sweetheart younger underling – but with an interesting job. Lewis is the writer-creator of a TV show and Aaron is a fan of the show and Lewis’ Personal Assistant. The situation they’re both in professionally was maybe more interesting to me than the end-goal romance. The connection between the two is so great that it makes their day-to-day working relationship pretty captivating. They just got each other, yet at the same time, you could feel how moody and fed up with most people Lewis was.

The inappropriateness of their relationship was felt and not glossed over but the authors did an amazing job by allowing both characters to be level-headed about their professional situation and attraction to each other. What really sealed the deal for me when it comes to my enjoyment of this book was Aaron’s resolve, at one point he got a backbone and put himself first.

Simon Goldhill perfectly captures both Aaron and Lewis’ spirits in the audiobook.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Total Creative Control is available on The Book Depository and other book retailers near you.

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