Tuesday, September 13, 2016

~*★Blog Tour with Review★*~ Behind Closed Doors by J.L. Berg

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He's kind of an asshole, but you do not want to miss out on meeting him!
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My name is Roman Cavenaugh and I’m kind of an asshole. Running a company isn't easy, especially when everyone expects you to fail, so being a jerk? It comes with the territory. I don't have time to mess around, and I sure as hell didn’t see her coming. Cara Hamilton—she was supposed to be off limits…a temporary employee brought in during my assistant’s maternity leave. But, in the blink of an eye, she became so much more. An obsession I couldn’t shake. So yeah, I may be an asshole, but now, I finally had a purpose, and soon, she would be mine. All’s fair in love and war…

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Title: Behind Closed Doors
Author: J.L. Berg
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Rating: ★★★★1/2 Stars (rounded to 5 for Goodreads and Amazon)
Reviewer: Melyssa

I have to admit, I came into this book owning, but not having read the books based around Roman’s brother, Jude. So in that regard, I was worried I would be at a disadvantage going into this one.

Turns out, I had nothing to worry about.

The author took great care in the writing of this one to give history in a way that didn’t take away from Roman’s story and I honestly didn’t feel as though I missed a beat not having read what came before this.

Now on to the man of the hour.

Roman isn’t just a self-proclaimed asshole. With the way he’s shown early on, it appears as though he really is a jerk. But what I love most about stories that start out this way is, if done right, which the author did in fact do here (especially with the way the book started), there’s also a whole lot more awesome that’s just simmering under the surface.

Roman Cavenaugh turned out to be more than just an anti-social, asshole boss. More than a workaholic. There’s more layers to him than that. He cares, even if he has a hard time showing it and he’s driven by more than what his father was. Making him truly a better man then the one he was raised by. I enjoyed seeing these differences come to light and see the transformation to him. It was like hitting pay dirt, because I just knew he was more than what he appeared.

But with Roman, it doesn’t just appear on its own. It takes the right person being thrown in his path at probably the best damn time in order for those layers to be shown and for those attributes to be brought to the forefront instead of the background.

The right person being of course, his assistant Cara.

I’ve got to say, I didn’t expect to laugh as much as I did reading this story. Cara was such a refreshing change of pace. She was awkward and funny, yet strong and stubborn. She brought something to this story that I truly believe made her the perfect person for Roman. An innocence and sweetness that made her the perfect balance. And in doing so, she gave me laughs that made the more emotional parts of the story that much easier to take. I didn’t have a fear of drowning because at the end of the day, Cara (and then Roman) wouldn’t let me.

These two together were sexy and fun and the more I read, the more engaged and connected to them I became. Both in their times together and in their times apart.

Roman had his ruthless moments that I totally called coming back to bite him in the butt, even a couple where I totally wanted to smack him upside the head with my kindle, and Cara did things that maybe I wouldn’t have done, but that’s what made this book so enjoyable. They were real. They made mistakes and had to pay the price for them in order to get what they truly deserved.

Each other.

Add in the appearances by Jude and his wonderful wife, Cara’s friends and even the surprise that comes the deeper you go in (a surprise I have to admit I really didn’t see coming) and it made for a really great book. One that I’m really glad I took the chance on.

If you’re a fan of the author, a fan of Jude’s story or just a fan of romance in general, I think you’ll enjoy this, hopefully as much, if not more, than I did.

My thanks to the author and all others involved in letting me read an ARC of this story before its official release. Roman’s journey one I’m definitely glad I got to be a part of.

Read a sneak peek of BEHIND CLOSED DOORS:

"Can I ask you something?" she said, drawing my attention away from the monotony on my computer screen.  I looked up to find her eyes dead set on mine.  It was unnerving.
She usually tried to avoid direct eye contact with me.  Maybe I intimidated her.  Perhaps she found me attractive and the idea of lusting after her boss bothered her.
Believe me, it bothered me too.
In a very physical way.
“Go ahead,” I answered, unwilling to break the intimate connection she'd started.
"When you saw me… at the club that night," she said, her eyes wavering just slightly.  "What was it you saw in me? I mean, was it just the clothes?"
My eyebrows furrowed in confusion.  Even though I'd said we'd never speak of what happened that drunken night two weeks ago, I saw something in her eyes that needed an answer.
That needed something more.
"Why are you asking?"
"It's nothing, sorry. I'm being stupid," she backpedaled, as she began fiddling with the hem of her skirt.
Looking back at our few interactions, I suddenly noticed the difference in how she'd acted today.  Her normal never-ending stream of word vomit was there, but behind it, there was an internal struggle going on.  The hemline wasn't the first thing she'd fidgeted with.  I'd watched as she'd pulled at the collar of her shirt and then, as if she'd realized what she had done was wrong, quickly lay it flat again.
"Does this have something to do with the way you're dressed today?"
Pink tinged her cheeks once again.
"You noticed?"
I simply nodded, not trusting myself with words in that moment.
Because I’d more than noticed.  It’d been damn hard not to think about anything but.
"A gift from my boyfriend," she replied. "He said my old clothes didn't fit in with our new life style.  It was a very generous gift," she added, never forgetting that politeness she'd no doubt been taught since birth.
"But?" I questioned, waiting for her to continue.
"But… I don't feel like me anymore," she finally admitted.
"And I'm guessing the night in the club was another gift of his as well?"
It was her turn to nod.
I could see the indecision and worry gnawing at her.  Someone like her, sweet, honest and good… she was meant for better things than a life with a man who didn't appreciate her.
Leaning forward, I made sure she saw the sincerity burning in my eyes as I spoke. "That night in the club, I'll admit, I noticed the dress first."
She opened her lips to speak but I held up my hand to stop her, wanting to make my point.
"And today, when you walked in, I couldn't help but give a second… or third glance at the way that new skirt hugged your ass."
Her eyes widened at my blatant honesty.
"So yes, the clothes may grab my attention for a moment or two, but the fact that I'm still interested, two weeks later?  That's you, Cara.  That’s all you.”
And just like that, I'd crossed the line.
I’d hit on an employee.
And there was no going back from that.

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About J.L. Berg

J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series, The Walls Duet, and the Lost & Found Duet. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she's not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC. 

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