Sunday, June 7, 2015

At His Service - Suzanne Rock

At His Service
Suzanne Rock
St. Martin’s, Jun 2 2015, $7.99
ISBN: 9781250059253

Exasperated by poor management starting with CEO Marco “Casanova” Perconti, Karin Norell needs to hang on for twelve weeks before she informs the Perconti Hotel leadership to “take this job and shove it” (Johnny Paycheck) up their dumb affluent butts.  Once she obtains her hospitality degree, frustrated Karin plans to quit, but will do her best even if ideas from staff like her die in unopened voice mail. 

Everyone is on edge with the General, Marco’s demanding older brother Leo, arriving at the Boston hotel.  The penthouse suite Leo will stay in was trashed last night by another brother “Martini”.  Trapped in the penthouse following a last second cleaning, Karin overhears Marco begging Leo for money for the hotel, but the General says no.  After the sibling meeting, Leo sees Karin and assumes Marco sent her.  Though she should retreat, they share sex in the tub and elsewhere.  When Marco’s female “gift arrives, Karin begs Leo not to fire her as she flees.  Distracted Leo wonders who she is while Karin now knows why her friend Wes risks all for trysts with a Perconti even as the paparazzi sharks gather for the kill. 

The first Playboys of Boston contemporary is an enjoyable romance though the premise has been done numerous times (see the Lopez-Fiennes movie Maid In Manhattan).  There is some redundancy that affirms this originally were e-books serialization.  Suzanne Rock brilliantly captures the hotel’s hierarchy in which the actual value of an idea is equal to its worth and as critical the level of its highest supporters (paraphrasing one of Putt’s Laws).

Harriet Klausner

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