Thursday, March 8, 2018

Book Review: 'Unprofessional' by J.D. Hawkins

Los Angeles (the Venice sector) author JD Hawkins writes erotic romance with modern-classic alpha males and strong, independent women. Having travelled to New York City, India and Thailand gathering inspiration for his stories. JD enjoys surfing, training in Mixed Martial Arts, reading and motorcycling. He's always loved making up stories, especially ones inspired by real life.

JD takes an examination of love and friendship and how far each can survive separately or crossover inadvertently. Owen works for a website – ‘Our website is as likely to release a viral video about sex as it is to start a national discussion about ethics. It’s a site that’s got the first scoop on the latest trends and the last word on the zeitgeist. And it all originates in an office with as many fashion bloggers as there are political reporters; where feminist activists rub shoulders with movie critics.’ A perfect set up for interacting with co-worker Margo - ‘Owen drove me home. And then I basically threw myself at him, which he rejected. I cringe so hard I nearly turn myself inside out when I recall him carrying me up the steps, and refuse to let the memory play out in my mind any further than that.’

Pull it together and the synopsis explains – ‘What happens when you fall in love with your best friend? I have the best job in the world. Date beautiful women and write about it. But I want to take it to the next level: instead of writing about my experiences make it into an online reality show. But here is the catch. My boss wants me to share the show with a woman co-host. And he wants that woman to be my best friend and co-worker, Margo. I’ll date beautiful women and she’ll date hot men. Sounds fair enough. So now I have to watch her fake date hot men. I used to love going home with a different woman every night, but suddenly this isn’t as fun. Seeing Margo with anyone else is driving me crazy. And the more time I spend with her working on the show, the less I want to keep our relationship in the friends’ zone. And the harder it is to stop myself from imagining her bent over the copier. Things are about to get unprofessional.’

Very contemporary story and one that entertains in MANY ways JD has his feet firmly planted on the chick lit territory and is doing very well in his elected arena. Grady Harp, March 18

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