Title: Love in Lingerie
Author: Alessandra Torre
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 16 Jan 2017
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
I hired her to fix my company, to bring Marks Lingerie back to life. I didn’t expect her to become my friend. I didn’t expect to fall in love with her.
The first rule of business is to never touch your employees. I think there is another rule about not falling for your best friend—a rule against imagining the curves of her body, or the way her breathing would change if I pulled down her panties and unzipped my pants.
Now, I can’t wait any longer. I’m tossing out the rules.
Damn the company.
Damn our friendship.
Damn my fears.
Love in Lingerie pushed at my comfort zone touching on certain relationship aspects I generally avoid in my choice of books. However, putting the lack of comfort aside I couldn’t help but like the characters.
Trey and Kate could not be more different; Kate is fairly bland due to her obsession with ‘normal’ while Trey is as far from normal as they come. Whereas Kate is repressed/suppressed, Trey pushes the boundaries in his quest for pleasure, addicted to the rush he gets from participating in certain acts. Trey is convinced he needs his kink and is fully aware of Kate’s views on the matter although she is unaware of Trey’s participation in such acts. Therefore, despite their chemistry Trey makes a point of reinforcing the boundaries of their relationship.
Trey hires Kate as his Creative Director in order to save his failing lingerie company. While Kate is repressed in her personal life, she has drive and vision where her career is concerned. Creatively gifted and driven, Kate proves herself to be a bit of a shark where business is concerned. Earning Trey’s respect as well as his friendship the more time they spend together. Although the attraction between them is constantly simmering in the background just waiting to boil over. I loved how the chapter were divided into HIS and HER points of view allowing the reader into the inner thoughts of both characters, providing insight into their actions and emotions.
Love in Lingerie is not a feel good romance, at times it made my stomach twist painfully and my heart hurt for both Trey and Kate. It is however, a journey through the characters growth as individuals. Each learning what they truly desire in order to be happy in all areas of their lives. The epilogue more than made up for the unease I felt at times through the narrative 🙂