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By Saxon James
A Never Just Friends Novel, Book 3
When I’m looking for a hook up, I want three things:
Big, thick, and rough.
So it doesn’t make sense that I can’t get my new hire out of my head.
He’s a tiny guy with big ideas … and he’s my apprentice which means he’s completely off limits.
But he’s already under my skin.
And for the first time with any guy, I don’t think I can hold my own against him.
Physically, yes. Emotionally, no.
Auggie makes me weak.
Growing up, I always wanted to go into the family business and follow in Dad’s footsteps.
Until in my senior year of high school when he told me to find a new dream.
No one would let a small, clumsy guy like me on a construction site.
And after trying and failing for years, I was starting to believe him.
Then LJ Constructions calls me for an interview and when I meet Leon, he becomes my new dream.
He’s hot as hell, self made, and instead of putting me down, he sees what I’ve always seen in myself.
But I’m not dumb enough to throw away this one chance at my dream job, not even for him.
Not even if I really, really want to.
Auggie flags down the bartender as I slide into the free stool and turn my attention to the man sitting next to me. He’s all big eyes and flushed cheeks, and when he turns his overeager attention back on me, I immediately soften toward him.
“You okay after today?” I find myself asking. I’d been prepared to ignore what happened, but I genuinely want to know.
His stare drops to the bar top. “Yeah, just one of those things, right?”
My bullshit sensors are in overload again. “Right.”
“Besides, plenty more fish in the sea …”
“I think that refers to dating.”
“Don’t see why it can’t apply here.”
Okay, he’s got me there. “True.”
When the drinks arrive, he nudges mine toward me and props his chin in his hand. “Did I stain your floor?”
“Nah. Nothing a little sanding won’t fix. Seriously, don’t worry about it.”
He watches me for a moment. “Since I’ll probably never see you again after tonight, can I tell you something?”
“I’m a total screwup,” he says on a sigh. “That’s why Dad won’t hire me and why I don’t have any references. The few places who have hired me haven’t kept me around for long, and none of them are anyone I want a potential employer talking to.”
“I kinda got the, ah, clumsy impression.”
“What could have given you that idea?” His tone is flat, even as he looks mortified.
I can’t help it—I start to laugh. “Is that how all your interviews go?”
“Only the good ones.”
For some reason, the disappointment on his face melts away. “I know, feel sorry for me.”
“Nah, something tells me you’ll be okay.”
“Well, you were literally my last hope, so I’ll have to be okay doing something else with my life.”
“Oh yeah, like what?”
“Maybe I’ll take up sculpting. And be a, umm, sculp…tist?”
“I think they’re called artists.”
I snort. “I don’t know. But you should probably figure it out before you print business cards.”
“I guess it’s back to the drawing board.”
I sip my drink quietly for a moment. “What do you want in a job?”
“Something physical, or at least varied. My attention span is way too short for sitting at a desk all day. Preferably outdoors.”
“What about … fisherman?”
“As well as clumsy, I’m exceptionally uncoordinated. Next!”
“Umm … miner? Logger?”
“You’re terrible at this.”
“Remind me which of us has a job.” I keep my voice kind so I don’t bring him down again.
Auggie orders two shots, and I’m not about to turn down free Jäger. We both throw them back, and I watch Auggie cringe through his.
“It’s no use. At this point, I should cut my losses and go into porn.”
I choke on my drink because that’s the last thing I was expecting an innocent-looking guy like Auggie to say. His eyes are starting to look a bit glassy and unfocused though, so I guess the alcohol is talking. “There’s a market for everything, I suppose.”
“Hey!” He gives me a little nudge. “I’ll have you know I’m quite confident in what I have.”
And even if Auggie isn’t my type, I’m red-blooded enough to recognize he’s sexy as hell in a twink kinda way. “Send me your OnlyFans and I’ll show my support.”
“Why?” He leans a little closer and wets his pink bottom lip. “I could give you a free show tonight.”
~ * ~ Amy‘s Review ~ * ~
If you are looking for a feel-good, goofy grin-inducing read, then look no further than a book by Saxon James. This book embodies everything I’ve come to expect and appreciate about her books. Plus, this book has one adorably klutz as one of its main characters.
I can totally relate to Auggie and his inability to grab hold of any grace. Poor guy. There is something so magnetic about him though, and you can’t help but like him. This is something Leon has discovered, and struggled with trying to avoid, but found himself giving in. If only he really knew how it was going to change his life.
This was a well-crafted story with an engaging set of characters. It was great seeing familiar faces again, as well as getting to know Auggie even more. His introduction in the previous book went as smoothly as his interview did. There was so much more to him than his clumsiness and I enjoyed watching him blossom throughout this book. I definitely recommend it.
***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement. ***
~ * ~ Jo‘s Review ~ * ~
Saxon James is relatively new to the genre but aren’t we glad they joined it. As one of my new favorite authors, they have a lightness of touch that makes their stories engaging, write characters you connect with, and plots that keep you hooked. Full of sweetness, heat, fun and feelings, their books hit the spot every time. This is no exception.
This is an opposites attract, friends to lovers and I smiled my way all the way through it. Auggie is a walking disaster in so many ways, but he is determined to make it in construction despite his fathers refusal to take him on because of said disasters. Leon is disappearing under the weight of work, he needs help but while on paper Auggie is perfect, as soon as he meets him, he can see disaster written all over Auggie. Yet there is something about him and despite the voices in his head shouting “don’t do it” he takes him on. What follows is seriously funny. From the get go, there’s work issues but the biggest problem for Leon is the unexpected attraction to his new employee. There’s the obvious issues of power balance with Leon being the boss. Auggie is hilarious though, he might be small but he’s certainly not timid in the bedroom department. He knows what he wants and is happy to talk his way round any reasons Leon tries to use for why sleeping together is a bad idea. I loved Leon’s expectations being completely blown out of the water—the chemistry is off the wall. It’s the relationship, though, that takes this above a lightweight romcom. Leon’s defense of Auggie, from the start, is heart melting, and the fact it’s immediate and comes automatically is just the sweetest thing. A really great couple—loved them.
Read in one sitting because it was just the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. An absolute must read for me. Brilliant series, you must go back and read them all, if you haven’t already. This is possibly my favourite so far but it’s a very close race.
***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement.***
~ * ~ Annie‘s Review ~ * ~
As with the other books in the Never Just Friends series, this workplace romance has plenty of fun banter and steamy moments to make for an easy and enjoyable read. I’d recommend Getting Friendly to any reader in the mood for a well-rounded romance with lower angst.
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***
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Saxon James is an author from Australia who’s obsessed with writing queer characters. She has a range of books from YA to adult and they all have one thing in common: swoony, sweet love.
When not writing, Saxon exists on a diet of coffee and chocolate while putting her KU subscription to the test.
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