ARC Review: Due South by Tamsen Parker

Title: Due South
Author: Tamsen Parker
Genre: Erotic Romance
Type: Standalone Book 5 from The Compass series
POV: First Person – Dual
Expected Publication: December 12, 2016


Lucy Miller has worked her way up from coffee-fetcher and copy-maker to invaluable assistant. She’s proud of her accomplishments, but she’s looking forward to a break from her demanding boss; a visit home is just the Christmas treat she needs.

Diligent and unassuming, Chanoch Evans has avoided relationships not just out of shyness, but because he doesn’t feel like he has anything to offer—most of his resources are devoted to his war-veteran younger brother.

When a desperate plea from their boss ruins their holiday plans, Lucy and Evans are stuck in an otherwise empty office with only each other for company. After catching their boss in flagrante, they start to see that each other’s mild workplace personas might be just the tip of the iceberg. Despite the prohibition against fraternization between employees, there may be more than kissing going on underneath this mistletoe…


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For six years Lucy Miller endured her boss’ high pressure demands, and this year she was asked to stay behind for Christmas to fix an important project. As a dedicated staff, she poured all her energy to get it done, but an empty office and close proximity with an assuming colleague reawakened a warm and tingly feeling that had previously been dormant.

Chanoch Evans had his eyes on Lucy for quite a while. But his awkward and shy nature prevented him from doing anything about it. After a long night working, a innocent trip to the break room became a catalyst that would break them from their shells while risking their career and most importantly their hearts.

If I kept a sword in my office, I’d throw myself on it. As things are, I’ve only got some pencils that are in desperate need of a sharpening, a ruler, and some paperclips. I couldn’t even injure myself in a dignified manner.

Evans – yes he used his last name because no one can pronounce his first name properly – was a lovable nerd. He was funny and adorable with his self-deprecating nature. He made me want to be on his side no matter what.

Mild-mannered Lucy swearing up a blue streak probably shouldn’t delight me as much as it does, but it totally charms me.

Lucy was like the accompanying pea in this adorkable pod. She was proud of her achievements even though underappreciated by her family. I love how she took matters into her own hands and didn’t let people to trample on her.

I like how both of them were similar in personality and used this opportunity to push each other to live on the edge. It made for some interesting discovery.

He’s leaning against the tiles, his head tipped back and his expression is one of pure bliss. And the sounds he’s making— they make desire pool in my stomach, trickling lower.

I’m not a fan of office romance but this book offered something different. It is a literally an office romance. So you can imagine all the unconventional places where the sexiness took place. There were several off office location, but not one bed in sight lol!

But this— Lucy, sated and warm, lying underneath me— worth it. I want to hold onto this for as long as possible. Even if that’s only a couple more days. I’ll take it.

Due South is a charming story of two unlikely people having both life and sexual reawakening. It would appeal to readers looking for a light read that would put a smile on their face.

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This review is also available on Goodreads.


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Tamsen Parker is a stay-at-home mom by day, erotic romance writer by naptime. She lives with her family outside of Boston, where she tweets too much, sleeps too little and is always in the middle of a book. Aside from good food, sweet rieslings and gin cocktails, she has a fondness for monograms and subway maps. She should really start drinking coffee.


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