Owned (Office Intrigue) – ARC Review

by Nicole Edwards
Release Date:  February 23, 2021
Publisher: Nicole Edwards, Limited
Book #8 in the Office Intrigue series
Number of Pages:  586
Kindle Edition
Source:  ARC from author
Erotic Romance M/F M/M M/F/M
Rating:  XXX
Read 2/8/21 to 2/11/21

Have you ever believed you’d one day cross paths with someone who would sweep you off your feet and offer you a life right out of a fairy tale?

When you’ve spent your life hiding from monsters, it seems reasonable that you might cling to a magical, fabled romance.
I did. I found it was easier to look for the positive, to remain hopeful, and to sometimes imagine a fantasy-worthy life.

I’m not sure if I did it for my sanity or to keep my brother’s spirits up. You see, Ransom Bishop is not only my brother, he’s also the one who saved me from a life that would’ve ended badly, and in doing so, he gave up so much. Since the day he stole me away from the monsters when I was nine years old, Ransom has been mother, father, brother, and best friend, watching my back and protecting me from … them.

For fifteen years, we thought we were safe and maybe we were. But then my brother helped a friend in need, and everything changed.

They found us.

Now it’s a matter of life or death, and there’s only one person my brother trusts, one man Ransom is willing to be indebted to in an effort to ensure nothing happens to me.

Talon has agreed to take me in.

Under one condition: Ransom has to relocate with me, and he has to fake our deaths. Again.

Little do I know, but Talon is going to change my perception, my ideals, and yes, he’s going to change my life.

My name is Braelyn Bishop, and this is my fairy tale.

While I know authors can often change their minds when characters speak to them, this is thought to be the last in the Office Intrigue series. Of course, it started out as a duet many books ago, so you never know. Although, I’d hazard a guess that some particular characters in this story will spin off into a whole new series sooner or later.  This is all to say that Nicole Edwards did a fantastic job of wrapping this series up in a way that makes sense. We get to see the players that have been central to a good portion of the series get their HEAs.

Braelyn and Talon are meant to be together.  From the first time they met a year ago, almost in passing, they had a connection. Talon has always been a bit of a mysterious presence in these tales. Actually, he’s still a bit of a mystery. A sexy, gorgeous, tough, kind-hearted, morally good mystery. Learning about him and his possessions was eye-opening and fascinating. Seeing Talon through Braelyn’s eyes and gaining the window into his life at the same time as her helped to ease me, as the reader, into that world. I could not get enough of these two. They’re both so attuned to one another, even when they barely know each other. On top of all of that, they are hot, hot, HOT!

We also get to watch a beautiful second chance romance between Ransom and Jasper. Seriously, I am all about Jasper. I can totally see how it broke Ransom’s heart when Jasper left. These two have a very tender and loving relationship, even with all the strife from their past. They just cannot help themselves, they’re so in love…while trying to pretend they are the past. As you can guess, there are quite a few things for this couple to work out in order to move forward. Sometimes they had me swooning, sometimes my heart ached.

These two couples, Talon & Braelyn and Jasper & Ransom, are the main focus of this story. But there is more going on all around them. Hence, my thoughts we haven’t seen the last of some of Talon’s friends and employees. There was plenty of chemistry to go around.

While I’m sad to see this series come to an end, I know this author likes to intertwine her characters and I’m sure we’ll be seeing many of them again. I enjoyed the atypical storylines we got throughout and the class and care the author took with alternative lifestyles.

4.5 stars

**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the author. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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