Review: Office Date by Rachel Van Dyken


Print Length: 137 pages
Publisher: Van Dyken Enterprises LLC (June 2, 2022)

From I’ve known Jack my entire life.
We went from being high school enemies to making out one fateful night at college to him being a giant D and making me cry.
Now we’re both interns at the same company.
Mortal enemy interns.

So when the chance pops up to finally beat him at something, to land my dream job plus a bonus? I don’t even blink.

I’m in. All in.
I mean, how hard can it be?
The managers say it’s like the Olympics for interns. All we have to do is play a few silly games, and if we win—our futures are unicorns and free wine for all.
The only problem? Jack’s my partner, and in order to win, we will have to get along.

As the stakes get higher, so does the heat, and damn is he hot when he’s… never mind. I can focus. I can totally focus and not make out with him or end up in his bed—again.
I can do it.
For the sake of my career, I can do it.
I just need a blindfold, sage, and a lot of prayers.

My job is the only thing I have right now. My focus is strong.
But when that stupid guy smiles, all I can think about is that one kiss, followed by the second, and I wonder if my priorities are in order or if I’m falling for the enemy once again.


My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

At first, I thought I had read this exact book before. Even the name sounded familiar so I thought maybe it was a re-release, but after some digging, I realized that no, it was actually the second in a series (although there is no official series title). The first in the series is called Office Hate and honestly? I had the same issue with this one that I did with Office Hate. 

We are TOLD that Jack and Ivy are enemies, but watching them interact? I never got that impression. I would have liked to have seen a prologue with them in the past so that maybe we got a better understanding of just how things ended, and maybe not had them start thinking about sex the minute they are partnered up. At best, I would call this one a friends to lovers romance. There were also a couple of weird scenarios (one being when Ivy's ex shows up the day after she tells Jack about it, it didn't add anything to the plot and was more cringe than anything especially when Jack goes out of his way to basically prove he's got the bigger penis). 

That's not to say that there aren't also enjoyable moments in this story as there definitely are, and I found myself chuckling at some of the banter between Jack and Ivy, not to mention Max's antics. He never fails to be so over the top that it borders on the ridiculous. 

All things considered, if you are a fan of romantic comedies then you will probably enjoy this one.  

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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