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egomaniacDivorce attorney Drew Jagger returns from vacation to find his New York City office occupied by a strange woman. His office space was being renovated and he returns to check on the progress and finds the intruder. Emerie Rose, a psychologist from Oklahoma, is new to New York. Taken in by a swindler who has taken all of her savings in exchange for the office space, she finds herself out of money and with nowhere to go. Drew lets her stay and share the space in exchange for her help with the phones while his secretary is recovering from surgery. Drew and Emerie are opposites and spend most of their time arguing until they begin to be attracted to each other.

When I first began reading this book, I laughed a lot. It had a lot of laugh out loud moments, and the insults they exchanged were hysterical. As the characters developed and other characters were introduced to the storyline, it wasn’t as funny, but it was still a good read. Drew has more of a tragic backstory to explain what makes him so sarcastic and often bitter. There are several flashback chapters inserted to tell his history (Drew has an ex-wife and a little boy). Emerie’s life was more straightforward although there was an ex-boyfriend of sorts lurking around who proved to be a bit of an annoyance more than anything else.

I enjoyed this one although it was easy to put aside. Once the character development began and the sarcastic interplay between the two main characters cooled and the hot and heavy romance began, it lost a little something for me. I did pick it back up and finish it, but I missed the initial zing that had been there between Drew and Emerie.