Review: The New Guy by Kathryn Freeman (arc)

the new guy kathryn freeman

Title: The New Guy 
Author: Kathryn Freeman 
Series: Stand-alone 
Genre: Romance, Adult Fiction 
Publication date: March 13, 2020 
Rating: ★★★½ 

Sam Huxton doesn’t do one-night stands, especially not with men she’s just met! But the hot guy at the bar was hard to resist and one night is all they share – no names, no numbers, just some much needed fun… Until the same guy walks into Sam’s life the next day as her new employee. Sam never mixes business with pleasure and makes it clear an office fling with Ryan is off-limits. But after-hours…one thing can lead to another. Can Sam trust her heart and her business with the new guy?

In many ways “The New Guy” is just the next romance novel but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. In fact, I had a great time reading this book, it being the kind of read you start and finish in one go. There’s an interesting set-up, good chemistry, a fast pacing and a likable set of characters. So if you’re in the mood for something light and easy, I definitely recommend. 

When Sam Hudson meets a tall and handsome stranger in a bar on the night of her grandfather’s funeral, she is ready to forget all about her grief. So what could be better than a night of no-strings-attached distraction? Exactly. It doesn’t even matter that the man isn’t very kind and a terrible talker. He has other qualities. And it’s glorious, heavenly some might say. So much so that she can finally understand the attraction people feel towards a one night stand. But fate has a twisted sense of humor because when Sam shows up at work the next day, her nightly benefactor turns out to be no less than the new tech guy her firm hired when she was taking some time off to mourn her grandfather. The firm she’s in charge of. Which means he’s now her employee. And for Ryan? He slept with his boss. And that’s a whole other kind of complicated. Especially as no one in the firm seems to like him very much to begin with.

Office romances are hot. I mean, I could pretend they’re not but I’d be lying so I’m embracing the cliche part of me that gets invested in these sort of things. I liked Sam and Ryan, they were more than just their relationship with each other. The book takes the time to develop their lives outside of each other, to explore more than just romance. I always appreciate that. And while the chemistry between them may not have been “off the charts” as was advertised, it was good enough for me to care. And I like broody men. Yes yes it’s a problem, I’m aware, shhh.

This book is not the most creative, nor is it the one that will change your life forever. But sometimes a book being enjoyable is simply enough. The turn of events felt logical, the attraction natural and it made me inclined to forgive the obvious. Maybe lives are obvious in a way. It’s not a bad thing to have read this kind of thing before. It was still its own story. 

I might read more from Kathryn Freeman.

Arc received through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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