Published by Carla de Guzman on October 1st 2018
CEO-in-training, heiress and cosmetics company marvel Isabel Alfonso needs to hire an assistant. She needs to hire someone who is smart and competent to arrange a trip to Shanghai for her to meet with potential business partners. She needs to learn how to let go of her cosmetics company, her baby, in order to take on the CEO role which she’s been groomed for her entire life. What she does not need to hire is a young single dad, last seen with her in bed as a one night stand.
Falling for Adam Sevilla is a complication that Isabel doesn’t need. And with so much on the line, she can’t afford to make any mistakes. Can she really leave everything behind, just to head the family business? Or will she hold on to what she has with zero guarantees?
How She Likes It by Carla de Guzman was witty, fun, and a delightful read from beginning to end. There are plenty of reasons why you should read this book. But for the sake of brevity, I will give three reasons why you should drop everything you’re doing and go get this book right now.
- The subversion of the classic boss-assistant office romance trope was so well done. I’ve read a lot of books with a male boss and his female secretary. Isabel Alfonso is a career driven woman. She’s a business woman who owns a cosmetics company, and she’s on the brink of taking over her family’s business. She good at what she does and she makes no apologies for it. But while Isabel does have her career together, she doesn’t think she deserves to be loved or to be happy. Enter Adam Sevilla. Adam is the exact opposite of Isabel. He’s a single dad, and while Isabel is cynical and world-weary, Adam is optimistic and open to possibilities of love despite being hurt before. Carla de Guzman was offered her own unique take on this trope, and she did spectacularly.
- Of course, none of it would have worked if the characters have no chemistry with each other. But Isabel and Adam have plenty of chemistry to go around. It was instantly palpable the moment they met and just builds throughout the book. And the way they played off of each other was another element that made me fall in love with these characters and their story.
- Last but not the least, I loved their romance. I enjoyed how the story of Adam and Isabel transitioned from a one-night stand into something more. Isabel didn’t think she could have it all but Adam showed her that she could. On the other hand, Isabel showed Adam that he is enough. Both of them did emotional labor for each other, which is probably why I didn’t feel any power imbalance that usually comes with this trope. And it worked beautifully.
There are plenty of other reasons why this book should be on your TBR right now, but those are just my top three. And that is all.