Enjoyable with a tug of war love angle
-Surprisingly enjoyable book about a young woman by the name of Matilda Chalmers. We first encounter her being fired from an acting job in which she has to wear a watermelon costume, because she wouldn't accept the advances of her lecherous director.
-We find that she's 25 and wanted to strike out on her own. She tried to become an actor, mainly because her close friend, Dixie was doing so. She lives with Dixie in a horrible apartment, which they share with two men, who they took on to help pay the rent. Faced with the prospect of having to return home with tail between her legs, she realizes that she has no choice but to get any job she can.
-There's a security firm which is looking for someone to fill a position, and she decides to apply. We find that she's a very tall (about 6 feet), and very attractive woman, but she can be feisty and speak her mind when she has to. Having two older brothers of which one was always teasing, had helped develop that part of her personality.
-She wears the only good suit she has, and goes on the interview, which is in a converted old warehouse building. She goes up what is an ancient freight elevator but it gets stuck mid floor and has to climb out, ripping and soiling her suit. The owner, who is the one that's going to interview her, comes out and pulls her out, and sees this extremely handsome, well built blonde man, who is probably over 6'6" tall. Though she tries to now leave, the owner, Heller, convinces her to be interviewed anyway.
-In what she considers to be a horrible interview, where he points out her shortcomings, she's ready to leave, and as she gets up, a projectile is hurled through the window and, except for additional minor cuts, she narrowly escapes more serious injury. She gets ready to leave, and speaks her mind, but Heller, impressed at how she has handled the curve balls she's been thrown so far, hires her.
-It turns out he needs her to assist him with closing deals with certain clients that are leery of him because of his size and/ or appearance. She turns out to be excellent, as she thinks on her feet very well, but makes promises which are hard for him to comply with, but the jobs come in. Because of the very high pay, it seems like a dream job, but, as part of her job requirements, she is to live in the warehouse, where there are several apartments, and must be available for when she's needed at any time. All expenses are paid, though, and she also gets numerous perks, including a free wardrobe, and beauty treatments at least once a month.
-Continued assignments are given to her, which, on the surface seem very tame, but turn out to be a lot more dangerous. A serious attraction is building between Heller and Matilda (Tilly), but she doesn't want it to go there, because he's her boss.
-She discovers that he can be ruthless at times, and fiercely protects the people who work for him, many of them picked up and psychologically damaged from abuse in their youth. He himself has secrets about his upbringing which he keeps to himself and won't reveal.
-She develops a reputation in the firm of being a trouble magnet, but, how she handles her situations and learns to improve as she goes along keeps you reading. The tug of war that the author brings to Tilly and Heller's relationship is done well, but you see that this is just the first book of a series, and their relationship will have to survive other obstacles in the future.
-Well written and keeps your interest.