Book Review: The New Guy by Kathryn Freeman

The New Guy

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 their one night together is one she’ll never forget.

But 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?




The New Guy is another romance novel with the usual ingredients and expected plot. That said, I did still enjoy it. Though it was predictable, it was an easy read with an interesting premise. So if you want to read something without too much thought and effort, then this is the easy read for you.

Sam has come to a pub to drink away her sorrow’s after her grandfather’s funeral. Desperate to unload and talk to practically anyone, she unloads on a handsome stranger despite the fact he looks like he doesn’t want to hear a word of it. This ends in a somewhat predictable one night stand though she always thought she wasn’t the type to do that.

Fate it’s last laugh however when Sam realises the man she slept with is her new employee and she now has to face him every day at work. He will be working for her and she’s not sure how to contend the new power balance and for her new employee, Ryan, nothing seems to be going to plan. Nobody in the firm seems to like him and he can’t seem to help himself from making it more awkward with his new boss.

You’ve got all the typical ingredients of an office romance and cliched read here. This is usually something I will probably enjoy but I just didn’t connect with Sam at all. At times I felt like she needed a good friend shake her up and drag her out of her self! She’s really insecure and doesn’t come across as a CEO of her own business at all. I just felt like I was waiting for her to show her kick-ass CEO business woman side and it never seemed to happen.

Despite that, Ryan and Lucas were my favourite characters and their interactions were hilarious. It lightened the story every time they were both together. I felt like Ryan had a dark sense of humour and Lucas just got that and ran with it.

This isn’t a story which will change your life. It’s a very standard romance with all the cliches going. That said, it’s still enjoyable and light.

A quick and easy read with an interesting role reversal, with Sam being the CEO in the story.

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Author Bio

A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero.

With a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes come in many disguises.


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