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At the tender age of twenty-one, Kade Hutchins is at a crossroads, having endured enough hardship to last a thousand lifetimes. With money tight and career at a standstill, he's running out of time and options. The day he applies for a job that isn't exactly in his field of expertise and meets his new boss, Mr. Preston, is the day his fate is changed irrecoverably. Luke P At the tender age of twenty-one, Kade Hutchins is at a crossroads, having endured enough hardship to last a thousand lifetimes. With money tight and career at a standstill, he's running out of time and options. The day he applies for a job that isn't exactly in his field of expertise and meets his new boss, Mr. Preston, is the day his fate is changed irrecoverably. Luke Preston is the kind of man others envy. Rich, successful and unattached, his no-nonsense, ‘take no prisoners attitude’ has made him one of the highest profile litigators in Manhattan. He’s also a man with secrets. Secrets he wants kept under wraps since tragedy rocked his privileged existence to the core. When Kade, a man some fifteen years his junior steps foot inside his office, Luke wonders if his heart will survive.


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At the tender age of twenty-one, Kade Hutchins is at a crossroads, having endured enough hardship to last a thousand lifetimes. With money tight and career at a standstill, he's running out of time and options. The day he applies for a job that isn't exactly in his field of expertise and meets his new boss, Mr. Preston, is the day his fate is changed irrecoverably. Luke P At the tender age of twenty-one, Kade Hutchins is at a crossroads, having endured enough hardship to last a thousand lifetimes. With money tight and career at a standstill, he's running out of time and options. The day he applies for a job that isn't exactly in his field of expertise and meets his new boss, Mr. Preston, is the day his fate is changed irrecoverably. Luke Preston is the kind of man others envy. Rich, successful and unattached, his no-nonsense, ‘take no prisoners attitude’ has made him one of the highest profile litigators in Manhattan. He’s also a man with secrets. Secrets he wants kept under wraps since tragedy rocked his privileged existence to the core. When Kade, a man some fifteen years his junior steps foot inside his office, Luke wonders if his heart will survive.

30 review for His Personal Assistant

  1. 4 out of 5

    ReadingAllNite

    I made it to 56% and I can’t anymore. It makes no sense, the characters are inconsistent, at best. Not rating but not finishing, either.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 2 stars This book didn’t work for me almost from page one. When the book opens, Kade is looking for a job online and is unsuccessful in finding anything. He then goes to the diner to visit his best friend at work and there just happens to be a newspaper left behind with an ad for a personal assistant job. When he calls, Luke himself answers the phone and demands that Kade come to the office in the next few minutes. So now, Luke is said to be a successful lawyer in a success A Joyfully Jay review. 2 stars This book didn’t work for me almost from page one. When the book opens, Kade is looking for a job online and is unsuccessful in finding anything. He then goes to the diner to visit his best friend at work and there just happens to be a newspaper left behind with an ad for a personal assistant job. When he calls, Luke himself answers the phone and demands that Kade come to the office in the next few minutes. So now, Luke is said to be a successful lawyer in a successful firm. The opening interaction read as dated with the job opening being in the newspaper. There is a reason given as to why Luke answered the phone himself, which is based around an answering machine not being turned on, and again, it did not read as current. It’s difficult to get into a book when the setup doesn’t work for you. When Kade goes to the office, everyone is unprofessional and inappropriate. Luke plays the part of the tortured, rich hero with secrets, but he doesn’t do it convincingly. His sister, who works for him, doesn’t have pleasant things to say about him, calls him an “ass,” and Luke’s character wasn’t mysterious or intriguing, he was just lashing out at anyone in his path. Kade immediately is attracted to Luke, basically for his looks because it can’t be for his personality. He doesn’t realize Luke is interested in him until someone else tells him and he also has to be told that he is in love with Luke. In fact, several characters consistently tell the two of them that they are in love with each other as if they could never figure this out on their own. And when Kade admits that Luke has managed to “burrow” his way into his heart, it was not shown when this could have possibly happened because the characters never had a substantial conversation. Then, all of a sudden Luke is having these emotional moments with Kade and none it made sense for what was going on as the characters had only interacted publicly with a sense of disdain for each other. Read Michelle's review in its entirety here.

  3. 4 out of 5

    CaRo

    DNF 31% Sorry but I was confused most of the time just couldn‘t get into the flow of the book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Diverse

    4.5 Stars +++++++++++++++ The blurb for this immediately drew me in. I loved the concept of a spoiled rich man who had the world at his beck and call, hires a man who is down and out and the complete opposite. Yes, opposites attract would be the category I’d put this in. I want to say enemies to lovers but it just wouldn’t work there. Why? Because Luke is the snobby boss who is truly the rude one here. At no time is Kade mean to Luke. He tries countless times to reach the heart he knows is buried 4.5 Stars +++++++++++++++ The blurb for this immediately drew me in. I loved the concept of a spoiled rich man who had the world at his beck and call, hires a man who is down and out and the complete opposite. Yes, opposites attract would be the category I’d put this in. I want to say enemies to lovers but it just wouldn’t work there. Why? Because Luke is the snobby boss who is truly the rude one here. At no time is Kade mean to Luke. He tries countless times to reach the heart he knows is buried in there somewhere. I want to talk about Kade for a moment. This is an awesome character. He was so warm and loving and when the time was right' strong and steadfast. He loves his mother and is an amazingly loyal friend. I admired this character a great deal from start to finish. I can’t say the same for Luke. I didn’t like him for a good portion of this book. He was very hot and cold for me. When we get his backstory we really begin to understand why he is so closed off and scared. But I wanted more consistent warmth from him. Kade gave him more chances than I would, I’ll tell you that. There’s some romantic suspense, a little mystery, a few tears, and a lot of heart in this story. You realize that there could never be anyone else for Luke than Kade and in the end, all Kade is put through serves a purpose. You have to try to understand Luke’s character and trust that they will get to their happiness. This is book one of this series and I can see some possibilities for other characters to get their stories. I’m looking forward to more!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    ok, this book has me very conflicted. I have to confess between 40 and 50 % I thought about DNF ... really .. .it got annoying. but then it started to get better - a lot better. the thing is, there is this totally wrong (at least for me) focus on things. the first 40% were nearly all about how much of a cold arrogant bastard Luke was. if this part would have been only 10 to 15% or maybe 20% and the second half a bit more this book would have been at least 4 stars without much troubles after the fi ok, this book has me very conflicted. I have to confess between 40 and 50 % I thought about DNF ... really .. .it got annoying. but then it started to get better - a lot better. the thing is, there is this totally wrong (at least for me) focus on things. the first 40% were nearly all about how much of a cold arrogant bastard Luke was. if this part would have been only 10 to 15% or maybe 20% and the second half a bit more this book would have been at least 4 stars without much troubles after the first half I could not really understand why Kade would fall in love with Luke - especially as we don't see any interactions where that could have happened. in the second half we get some of that information, which is a bit depressing. nevertheless, I am happy that I finished it and I think about reading the next one

  6. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    Quit at 61% and that was only because I didn't feel like picking a new book at 3:00 am. This is one of the worst things I've read in ages. There is no characterization, it's basically cardboard cutouts set up for situations that don't need to exist. I can't say I hated it because I couldn't have cared less about anything, it's just awful. Everything that happens is either ridiculous or pointless or both. I could go on, but I've wasted too much time on it already. So glad it was KU. Quit at 61% and that was only because I didn't feel like picking a new book at 3:00 am. This is one of the worst things I've read in ages. There is no characterization, it's basically cardboard cutouts set up for situations that don't need to exist. I can't say I hated it because I couldn't have cared less about anything, it's just awful. Everything that happens is either ridiculous or pointless or both. I could go on, but I've wasted too much time on it already. So glad it was KU.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Megan White

    DNF at 48%, quite frankly can’t stand either of the main characters in this and have no desire to see how this ends

  8. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Nelson

    Holy freaking cow!!! This awesome book started out blazing hot, then proceeded to go nuclear!! When Kade and Luke first met, the relationship between them was so abrasive, it made #10 sandpaper seem like silk. I absolutely loved watching as, despite Luke fighting as hard as he could to resist, the attraction slowly grew into something much richer and deeper. L.J. Harris has written one of the best stories I've read in quite some time. Holy freaking cow!!! This awesome book started out blazing hot, then proceeded to go nuclear!! When Kade and Luke first met, the relationship between them was so abrasive, it made #10 sandpaper seem like silk. I absolutely loved watching as, despite Luke fighting as hard as he could to resist, the attraction slowly grew into something much richer and deeper. L.J. Harris has written one of the best stories I've read in quite some time.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    New to me author. This is a mm contemporary story set in USA. Main characters are Kade and grumpy lawyer Luke. Both have been through personal heartache with the loss of a parent. Age gap of 10 years, with Luke being the elder. Lots of twisting and turning but love finds a way in the end. I’ll read more from this author and series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Beacullen

    I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review, I would have gladly bought it since I've read LJ Harris in the past and thoroughly enjoy her writing. This book starts out with Kade and his mother struggling to make ends meet after his father died. He was ready to go to Law School but cancelled because he didn't see how he could afford it without his father's help and he didn't want to leave his mother all alone. He's been working as a carpenter, but he hasn't been able to keep busy enough I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review, I would have gladly bought it since I've read LJ Harris in the past and thoroughly enjoy her writing. This book starts out with Kade and his mother struggling to make ends meet after his father died. He was ready to go to Law School but cancelled because he didn't see how he could afford it without his father's help and he didn't want to leave his mother all alone. He's been working as a carpenter, but he hasn't been able to keep busy enough to really help with finances. His best friend Becca, who works with his mom at a cafe, suggests that he apply for a job as a Peronal Assistant for a law firm. At first he dismisses the idea, thinking that he can't see himself in that positon after working as a carpenter and since he'd wanted to actually be a lawyer. He ends up going to the interview and after the most awkward interview ever, he gets the job. When Kade first meets Luke he's disgusted by his arrogance and his general lack of common decency. Luke is rude, pushy and abrasive as hell, something that both annoys and amuses Kade. The chemistry between these two is there from the start, but at first I thought Kade was nuts.LOL. Luke is awful. But then slowly he shows who he really is, and explains exactly why he's the way he is. It all makes for one fun read. I wanted to shake Luke many times. But I loved how Kade handles him, he never loses patience and never lets himself get out of control. I really enjoyed this book, and the ending was perfect.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elaine White

    Book – His Personal Assistant (Men of New York #1) Author – L.J. Harris Star rating - ★★★☆☆ Cover – Nice POV – 1st person, dual POV Would I read it again – No Genre – LGBT, MM, Romance, Contemporary ** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE ** Reviewed for Divine Magazine WARNINGS: dom/sub relationship, voyeurism, cancer, loss, depression Okay, so I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand it had a lot of potential and I know others will love the serious hotness of the relationship, but for Book – His Personal Assistant (Men of New York #1) Author – L.J. Harris Star rating - ★★★☆☆ Cover – Nice POV – 1st person, dual POV Would I read it again – No Genre – LGBT, MM, Romance, Contemporary ** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE ** Reviewed for Divine Magazine WARNINGS: dom/sub relationship, voyeurism, cancer, loss, depression Okay, so I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand it had a lot of potential and I know others will love the serious hotness of the relationship, but for me, it lacked a little of the romance and depth that I want from a contemporary romance novel. The story started with Kade's POV and kept his POV until 38% of the way in, in which it switched to Luke's POV. It never returned to Kade's POV again, which I found disappointing. I would have liked a more equal dual POV, as it's usually done – alternating between both main characters throughout. This story divided the book without equality, in Luke's favour, which was also disappointing because I'd really come to like Kade up to this point and wanted to see more of him. I normally love the Alpha-male type, but Luke took things to a whole new level. Instead of being charmingly arrogant or confident, he was every stereotypical Alpha-male personality type all rolled up into one and it proved to be far too much for me. There wasn't one aspect of softness or compassion or even romance to anything he did or said, throughout the entirety of the first 38%, where we saw him only through Kade's eyes. I found this disconcerting, because this was the part where we were supposed to see why Kade was falling for him, why he was attracted beyond the superficial, and that never happened. Yet, by the time Luke's POV came around, Kade himself did a complete 180 switch in personality. He went from nervous, a little meek but with a feistiness that came out whenever Luke pushed too far, to someone who was far more aggressive. Kade became the instigator of every sexual encounter; he became pushy, narcissistic and compromised his own relationship needs and wants to give Luke everything he wanted. However...once Luke's POV settled, both characters became more solid in characterisation, and more consistent. And despite their chemistry feeling forced within their first meeting and during Kade's POV, their relationship and their interactions became much more natural during Luke's POV. Until the turning point at 38%, the entire sexual tension, attraction, and chemistry between Luke and Kade felt forced. It was a case of insta-lust that didn't feel natural. But, once they were an item and Kade's personality changed at 38%, it felt more comfortable. When it came to the secondary characters, I wasn't a fan. There was actually a big issue of stereotypes within characterisation, from flambuoyant gay men, gay men flirting with straight friends, fag-hags interfering in other people's relationships, and straight strangers saying “if I wasn't straight, I'd do you”, as well as the exaggerated Italian accent of the tailor. Because it was mostly confined to secondary characters, I didn't let it weigh too heavily on my rating, but it did bother me. And as I can see that Trey and/or Elliot is likely to be the focus of another book in the series, I can admit that I'm not inclined to continue through the Men of New York from here on out. ~ Overall, I enjoyed the majority of the story. Once the relationship settled, there were sweet, tender and hot moments that showed their relationship progression. I liked Luke's relationship with his father and the way he felt about his late mother. Once they knew each other, Luke and Kade's relationship blossomed into something much more romantic than it began. But, there were definite issues that brought my rating down. I wasn't happy about being thrown into a dom/sub relationship without warning. Because of the blurb, I'd expected a sweet contemporary romance, maybe with a little heat, but what I got was a whole lot of lust and sex scenes with very little romance. It doesn't go as far as BDSM, but there is a definite dominance of Luke over Kade, that carries all throughout the story from the start of their first meeting to the end of the novel. This led to an overabundance of sex scenes that really weren't necessary. It limited their relationship to one of lust and sex rather than the really tender emotional connection that had brought them together and could have made this a much more romantic story than it proved to be. Despite some strange word choices and sentence structures that didn't feel natural, I enjoyed the writing style and the plotting of the story. It began sensibly, with a meeting that was a little exaggerated but overall normal for the characters, and progressed quickly into enemies-to-lovers for the first half of the book. With some great potential and great writing structure, there was a mix of characterisation and romance that sometimes felt like two stories conjoined and separated by the two POV's. With some more consistent and frequent switches of POV, some of the issues I had may have been resolved. I would have preferred less of the heavy dom/sub elements, or a warning to expect them in the story, which would have helped me enjoy the book a lot more. As it is, it was a good contemporary story that will probably better suit readers with a higher tolerance of frequently hot sex scenes.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This is a new author for me, and I won’t be reading the subsequent books in the series. The amateurish writing and lackluster characters did nothing for me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    I have read many of this authors stories, serialized online issue for a fandom, and have purchased most of her original work. This is the first time I have read a conventionally published book of hers. I must say that I found this book easy to read, meaning the writing flowed, the plot engaging, and the characters, especially the two main characters, fleshed out nicely so that I cared what happened to them. I'm pleasantly surprised. I love reading good M/M fiction like this. There is another boo I have read many of this authors stories, serialized online issue for a fandom, and have purchased most of her original work. This is the first time I have read a conventionally published book of hers. I must say that I found this book easy to read, meaning the writing flowed, the plot engaging, and the characters, especially the two main characters, fleshed out nicely so that I cared what happened to them. I'm pleasantly surprised. I love reading good M/M fiction like this. There is another book in this series listed in the closing notes. I hope it publishes soon as I am eager to keep the flow going with these characters. Now I need to go back and read the other books I own, but haven't read yet. What a great find!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tristan

    The story just makes no sense! I read a boat load of fiction and this just doesn't flow to any kind of fantasy romance storyline. The MC's had zero growth they just called themselves "in love" for some reason. I finally called it quits at 64%. The story just makes no sense! I read a boat load of fiction and this just doesn't flow to any kind of fantasy romance storyline. The MC's had zero growth they just called themselves "in love" for some reason. I finally called it quits at 64%.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joslin

    Wow needs work! Wow, the relations and story building are bad, really bad. Somehow, in a month, we are expected to believe that the main character has fallen completely head-over-heels for a boss he can barely stand and hasn't had a civil word with at that point, as well as built an incredibly personal rapport with the other bosses at the firm as if they are college buddies - complete with inappropriately lewd jokes only acceptable with people you've known for a very long time to be sure it would Wow needs work! Wow, the relations and story building are bad, really bad. Somehow, in a month, we are expected to believe that the main character has fallen completely head-over-heels for a boss he can barely stand and hasn't had a civil word with at that point, as well as built an incredibly personal rapport with the other bosses at the firm as if they are college buddies - complete with inappropriately lewd jokes only acceptable with people you've known for a very long time to be sure it wouldn't be taken in all the wrong ways. This is not to mention the fact that somehow the guy has been roped into an outside the office construction project that sounds like it's full-time work and still working full-time in the primary, high-stress, office environment all while the only other office personnel is out on leave due to a difficult pregnancy. No explanations and very little interaction create the rapport and story situations we are suppose to accept. Geez, even just suggesting something like a year had gone by without other explanation would be more believable. Ugh, the whole story line smacks of a bad porno.

  16. 5 out of 5

    CJ

    I really struggled to finish this book. I'm not sure I can even explain why it was so bad for me adequately. There were so many moments that were just begging you to suspend reality right from the beginning and there just wasn't enough building up to those moments to suck you in and get you to do it. The way the original meet happened, and yet they called a temp agency later on, why did they place an ad in the first place instead of using a temp? The sister's initial interaction when he arrives I really struggled to finish this book. I'm not sure I can even explain why it was so bad for me adequately. There were so many moments that were just begging you to suspend reality right from the beginning and there just wasn't enough building up to those moments to suck you in and get you to do it. The way the original meet happened, and yet they called a temp agency later on, why did they place an ad in the first place instead of using a temp? The sister's initial interaction when he arrives for the impromptu interview, the way the MCs behave many times in the story, it's all so over the top in many places and just doesn't feel organic at all. I debated not finishing several times and I rarely quit mid book. I pushed through and I can't say it improved. I never connected with either character, never rooted for them to get together, it just fell really flat for me all around.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sue bowdley

    This is a new author to me...sooooo...let's see.....I've read some really great books this past week and wanted and hoped to keep it going......During the first half of this I was going to give it four stars.....Though I liked both Kade and Luke (even though I wanted to hit Luke a few times) I didn't love them....Then we get part way in and we get the rest of the book from Luke's POV (The first being in Kade's).....Now this boosted the book for me.....I love my alpha men but I also love it when This is a new author to me...sooooo...let's see.....I've read some really great books this past week and wanted and hoped to keep it going......During the first half of this I was going to give it four stars.....Though I liked both Kade and Luke (even though I wanted to hit Luke a few times) I didn't love them....Then we get part way in and we get the rest of the book from Luke's POV (The first being in Kade's).....Now this boosted the book for me.....I love my alpha men but I also love it when they slip.....Luke often slipped to Kade's demands....They really were pretty good together......There's a twist that keeps you going....In all the book was written well....It's hard to write a book about a PA and his boss as it's been done so many times but this one really is different.....I'm glad I took the chance to read it and I will definitely be looking for more from this author x

  18. 5 out of 5

    Wela

    Luke is immature. Kade is annoying. Everyone is unprofessional. There's random burst of daddy kink that is never addressed, overreaching PAs, irritating sisters- why was Becca and whatsisname in the story? There were a million characters who served no purpose to the story line. I really tried with this story, but it felt like someone had all the pieces to the puzzle, but didn't quite tie them together properly. Luke is immature. Kade is annoying. Everyone is unprofessional. There's random burst of daddy kink that is never addressed, overreaching PAs, irritating sisters- why was Becca and whatsisname in the story? There were a million characters who served no purpose to the story line. I really tried with this story, but it felt like someone had all the pieces to the puzzle, but didn't quite tie them together properly.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    A mess. Had to quit around 30% at the risk of having my eyes stuck in a permanent eyeroll.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anne in VA

    This is a trainwreck. Nothing feels natural. It's just one setup after another. Then main character falls in love ridiculously fast. It's been a while since I've read something this bad. This is a trainwreck. Nothing feels natural. It's just one setup after another. Then main character falls in love ridiculously fast. It's been a while since I've read something this bad.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tami Adams

    Review ✯✯✯✯✯ I volunteered to review this book without any promises about the review (the rating or the posting). This is the first book I’ve read by LJ. And considering MM erotic romance isn’t really my thing...I was very nervous going in. What I wasn’t expecting was to be met by the cockiest, self-centered a-hole right from the start of the book. Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely fell in love with “Mr. Preston” immediately. His demanding and self-righteous attitude was a much needed relief from t Review ✯✯✯✯✯ I volunteered to review this book without any promises about the review (the rating or the posting). This is the first book I’ve read by LJ. And considering MM erotic romance isn’t really my thing...I was very nervous going in. What I wasn’t expecting was to be met by the cockiest, self-centered a-hole right from the start of the book. Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely fell in love with “Mr. Preston” immediately. His demanding and self-righteous attitude was a much needed relief from the other leading men I’ve read in the past. There is absolutely no way I’ll do justice in my review for how incredible this book was. The following is my personal opinion and thoughts about many aspects of this book and its author. COVER: ✯✯✯✯✯ - LJ definitely did awesome job designing this cover. Each of the models have the look and exude the personalities I loved about each of the main characters. I’m not sure if the blue overlay was just something added for effect, but I felt it played nicely into the ties between all the characters. It’s hard to explain, but read the book and you may understand. PLOT: ✯✯✯✯✯ - Kade has been dealt blow after blow in his life. Needing a job to help keep a roof over his mother’s head, he applies to become Luke’s PA. From the moment he made the call, he immediately regrets his decision. The plot went through a whole range of emotions. There were twists and turns that I did and didn’t see coming. Definitely held my interest. WRITING STYLE: ✯✯✯✯ - LJ’s writing style is a little different for me. I love descriptive and colorful writing. While the sex scenes definitely meet that criteria, the rest of the book just fell a little short. I’m extremely particular in what I like in a writing style so even though it wasn’t up to the expectations I hold, I can’t say that it told away from the feel of the book. The attitudes and emotions made up for what I feel the style lacked. CHARACTERS: ✯✯✯✯✯ - OMFG!!!!!! There were many fabulous characters in this book, however, I’m holding to talking about the two main characters. Kade Hutchins - A simple but strong man. Loves and cares for his family and friends. Willing to walk through fire to help them to be safe and secure. Wears his heart on his sleeve. Always thinking about others before himself. Do you get the idea how melt-worthy he would be for any woman if he wasn’t gay? Luke Preston - Now don’t get me wrong. Even though he starts out as the biggest grade “A” dickwad on the face of the Earth, he has his reasons for wrapping his heart in a cocoon of barbed wire and razor blades. And he completely redeems himself during the book by shedding the loothing attitude without really changing what makes him so irresistible. OVERALL FLOW: ✯✯✯✯ - The flow of the book was intense. I found myself sucked into Luke’s attitude right from the beginning. I cheered for Kade time and again as he threw shit back in Luke’s face. I did feel the sexual banter that led up to their budding relationship a little long, but I definitely enjoyed the ride. There were some twists and turns that had me guessing and shocked. And that made the ride so much more riveting. If you are interested in a thrill ride of emotions, attitudes and surprises….along with some extremely intimate and sexually charged bedroom scenes. This is the definite must for you. This was one of those books that I will emotionally miss the characters for a long time to come. Hurry up with book 2, LJ. I’ll be haunting your dreams till then. Under no circumstances was I approached by the author to read or review this book. I offered without any agreement or promise for any compensation. I am voluntarily giving my opinion about this book. My only affiliation with the author is that I am a fan and want to support by reading and posting this review of my own free will.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lisa The Novel Approach

    ~ 2.5 Stars ~ I have a thing for office romance tropes, and done well, I am totally into them. Unfortunately, this one missed the mark for me. Kade’s character was likable. Despite his younger age, he was leaps and bounds more mature than Luke, IMO. He was overall level-headed and generally a calming influence. His reactions were mostly believable, except for one glaring reaction that just made no sense. I’ll elaborate on that momentarily. If I had to pick one thing I genuinely liked about this ~ 2.5 Stars ~ I have a thing for office romance tropes, and done well, I am totally into them. Unfortunately, this one missed the mark for me. Kade’s character was likable. Despite his younger age, he was leaps and bounds more mature than Luke, IMO. He was overall level-headed and generally a calming influence. His reactions were mostly believable, except for one glaring reaction that just made no sense. I’ll elaborate on that momentarily. If I had to pick one thing I genuinely liked about this book, it was Kade. Have you ever read a book, and something early one sort of taints the experience and then you just can’t seem to get over it? I think that is what happened for me here. There were positive things, but after one thing in particular happened, I just found myself not being able to properly enjoy the relationship or anything else going on. The first chapter I was all in. I had high hopes for Luke and Kade’s relationship. Luke was just plain awful, and there is nothing I love more than watching a character grow and give you peeks that there is more than meets the eye. I enjoy reading a character slowly fall for the other character as understanding is given and trust is earned. That deliberate reveal of the character’s true nature, where I too fall for them after despising them, is like ambrosia to me. It seemed like that is what would happen here. But then a curveball came seemingly out of nowhere. Yes, Kade falls in love with Luke. Which is what I wanted. But my issue was when he first realizes he has deep feelings for him. It was very early in the game, way, way, way too early. At that point there had been absolutely nothing to create the plausibility of those feelings. Not just recognizing his feelings, but the level of emotion Kade felt had me straight up dumbfounded. At that moment I began to lose interest. Unfortunately, so many different aspects of the story fell into the farfetched category for me, and at times were just plain ridiculous. The way Kade gets hired absolutely makes no sense and wasn’t fully explained in a believable manner as to how and why it went down the way it did. Especially because later in the book a realistic way to hire someone is completed. The second half actually portrayed Luke in a much more favorable manner. Told mostly from his POV, more insight is given as he struggles to overcome guilt and insecurity and accept his feelings for Kade. He is an inconsistent character, and that made it harder for me to really connect with him. Even so, I’ll be honest and admit that had Kade waited for his moment of realization until closer to the second half of the book, I may have been more favorable towards the story. Regrettably, the damage was done already, and I had trouble getting into their relationship, no matter how hard I wished it so. Though the last half the book seemed to flow better and make more sense, I just couldn’t get into it. Everything was just okay and, if I am honest, a wee bit over the top in areas. There is a twist thrown in, and it helps create angst and a bit of suspense, but its execution was on the outrageous side and, at its conclusion, left a lot more questions than answers as to motivations. Despite a promising beginning and a decent second half, in the end I found the story underwhelming. Reviewed by Lindsey for The Novel Approach

  23. 5 out of 5

    Zack Bel

    DNF. What on earth is this book? The only reason this isn't one star is that it is at least written with decent prose. But the plot makes no sense and the characters make less sense. The MC is a construction labourer with no qualifications who suddenly gets hired as a lawyer's assistant. Without so much as a background check. I'm pretty sure this lawyers clients would have questions about this. Our love interest is a a lawyer. He is also an asshole. Comically so. Like, Mr Krabs would win a "Best Bo DNF. What on earth is this book? The only reason this isn't one star is that it is at least written with decent prose. But the plot makes no sense and the characters make less sense. The MC is a construction labourer with no qualifications who suddenly gets hired as a lawyer's assistant. Without so much as a background check. I'm pretty sure this lawyers clients would have questions about this. Our love interest is a a lawyer. He is also an asshole. Comically so. Like, Mr Krabs would win a "Best Boss of the Year Award" if Luke Preston was his competition. And it doesn't really come off as hurtful to our MC because it is so comically over the top. Our MC falls in love with our love interest . . . because he's hot. I'm not joking. They exchange zero positive conversations. Our MC hates his every personality trait. But he decides he's in love. We're then led to believe that our love interest is not actually an asshole because . . . he feels guilty (view spoiler)[that his mother died and he could've prevented it. A statement we have no reason to believe because she died of reasons totally outside his control, something he admits. (hide spoiler)] This tragic backstory gets info dumped on us in less than a page, with no previous foreshadowing beyond one comment his sister made. And doesn't endear us to our love interest in the least. Because his comically assholish behaviour . .. continues? We have a brief interlude where our Mc sets up some guy with his sister (or is it best friend? I've already forgotten). It is entirely pointless, and doesn't even give our MC a personality because it is done so impersonally. Our MC also apparently is now helping with a community center that the law firm he works for helps. He at least works there two full days a week. I'm not sure where he finds time to also do his job. At this point, no one in the firm knows he has worked in construction before, so I'm not sure why they assume he had the skills necessary for this. His interactions with the other members of the cast are weird. His mother is sometimes a huge asshole to him, and sometimes they love each other and would die for each other. His boss' sister hates her own brother, but also apparently wants our MC to date him. And the firm's head is so unprofessional with our MC, up to making sex jokes with him just weeks after he came to work for them. At this point, we've not actually seen them develop a friendship. We're just told they have one now. I gave up at this point.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    4-1/2 Stars When life threw Kade Hutchins endless curveballs he found himself with not many choices so when his best friend found a job opportunity he had to go for the interview. What he found was a man who may not be the nicest but was willing to give him a chance so he took it. Luke Preston had everything to the outsider's eye but he had his own demons inside. When Kade comes in for the job of personal assistant, neither man had any idea how their lives were about to change. Will they be open 4-1/2 Stars When life threw Kade Hutchins endless curveballs he found himself with not many choices so when his best friend found a job opportunity he had to go for the interview. What he found was a man who may not be the nicest but was willing to give him a chance so he took it. Luke Preston had everything to the outsider's eye but he had his own demons inside. When Kade comes in for the job of personal assistant, neither man had any idea how their lives were about to change. Will they be open to what's before them? Who doesn't love a good rich man/poor man trope? Okay some might not love it but I do, there's a bit of Cinderella feeling to it, not in the way that one saves the other but opening yourself to what's beyond your four walls and finding happiness there. Now having said that, His Personal Assistant is not your typical fairy tale. Oh no, it is definitely not a fairy tale but there is most certainly happiness out there if Kade and Luke let themselves find it. Now about the characters. Kade is an absolute doll. He's not perfect, he has his flaws but his heart is so big that you just want to wrap him in bubblewrap and keep him safe. Luke on the other hand, well he's not a bad guy by any means, especially after you learn some of his history but I did spend a good share of the book wanting to smack him upside the head to make him see what was really in front of him. Together they really are perfect together because they offset the other, they make each other think(even if Luke is a little slow to do so). His Personal Assistant is a wonderful love story with characters that make you scream, cry, and laugh all at the same time occasionally. For me, this story by LJ Harris warmed my heart even as I wanted to throttle Luke and cuddle Kade. I highly recommend this lovely story and I can't wait to see where the author takes this new series, will we see characters from Personal resurface or will it be a whole new cast with New York being the only returning character? Either way, I look forward to reading the next installment.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    I just took a chance on a random recommendation..... Kade Hutchins is desperate to find a job, any job, so he jumps at the chance to work as a Personal Assistant for lawyer Luke Preston. It's not an easy job -- Mr. Preston is remote and demanding -- but Luke needs the money, and the law office experience will be helpful. As Kade gets to know Mr. Preston, he senses a connection between them, but is careful not to cross the line -- until he can't help himself, and their mutual attraction flares to I just took a chance on a random recommendation..... Kade Hutchins is desperate to find a job, any job, so he jumps at the chance to work as a Personal Assistant for lawyer Luke Preston. It's not an easy job -- Mr. Preston is remote and demanding -- but Luke needs the money, and the law office experience will be helpful. As Kade gets to know Mr. Preston, he senses a connection between them, but is careful not to cross the line -- until he can't help himself, and their mutual attraction flares to life. Luke Preston is certain that he can't trust himself to give his heart away again, but there's something about Kade that makes him want to try. As Kade and Luke find their way to each other, they have to navigate the complicated waters of family, friends, and their own pasts. Wow...early on, this book (told in 1st person POV) seemed to have some real promise, until the plot holes get just too big to ignore, and Luke's character seems to wilt before your eyes. Kade finds out about the job with Luke's firm in a newspaper?!?! Does anyone (especially young 20-somethings) ever look in newspaper for jobs any more? Luke hires him on the spot -- would any law firm ever hire someone that walks in off the street for an interview? Luke is gorgeous, smart, and sexy -- but extraordinarily demanding of Kade, who's all 'yes, sir....no, sir' -- very aggressive and domineering --- but you'd be wrong! Kade's the one who initiates everything, and Luke's the one who's wringing his hands and being anxious. So..there's that. So...very disappointing, just 2 stars.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Becky Condit

    His Personal Assistant begins with a young man who is desperate for a job. Kade has been working intermittently as a construction low man on the totem pole. Currently, he’s without a job, and he and his mother are about to be evicted, when a friend points out an ad for a position as a legal assistant. Rude treatment barely covers it when Kade, a gay and out man, applies to the law firm. Desperate for a paycheck, Kade perseveres through intolerable treatment at the hands of his new boss, Mr. Prest His Personal Assistant begins with a young man who is desperate for a job. Kade has been working intermittently as a construction low man on the totem pole. Currently, he’s without a job, and he and his mother are about to be evicted, when a friend points out an ad for a position as a legal assistant. Rude treatment barely covers it when Kade, a gay and out man, applies to the law firm. Desperate for a paycheck, Kade perseveres through intolerable treatment at the hands of his new boss, Mr. Preston. Fortunately, others in the firm are kind, so Kade sticks it out. Turns out his boss, also gay, has been through some kind of problem in the past, leading him to this prickly personality flaw. The firm is a family business, and Mr. Preston’s sister-in-law believes Mr. Preston (aka Luke) is actually infatuated with Kade. He does have a past experience that Kade needs to discover in order to try to fix the situation. There is a bit of angst about three-quarters into the book that threatens to kill their budding relationship before it can even take root. It is great fun to watch Kade and Luke plot to overcome the person threatening to destroy what they have. I love reading stories of clever conspiracies in which the villain gets his just deserts, especially when it appears that all may not end well. I enjoyed this book so much I am really looking forward to more stories in the Men of New York series. L.J. Harris is a very clever author.

  27. 4 out of 5

    LWM

    Nice, if a bit far fetched in places. I liked the banter between the main characters and their family members and friends, but the interchanges between Luke and Kade? They had me almost hysterical at times, while at others the poignancy drove me to tears. What I had a problem with was the narrating sequence - I found it awkward to not have Luke's perspective BEFORE chapter ten. In fact, if the narrator had alternated every other to every third chapters, transitioning would've been less abrupt and Nice, if a bit far fetched in places. I liked the banter between the main characters and their family members and friends, but the interchanges between Luke and Kade? They had me almost hysterical at times, while at others the poignancy drove me to tears. What I had a problem with was the narrating sequence - I found it awkward to not have Luke's perspective BEFORE chapter ten. In fact, if the narrator had alternated every other to every third chapters, transitioning would've been less abrupt and smoother. We really needed Luke's thoughts on or around their first meeting; definitely by the time of Kade's suit purchase. And, did anyone else think it odd that Kade developed such a mature, confident and professional demeanor in just a few weeks when he was literally a just barely legal twenty-one to Luke's thirty-six, and could hardly qualify for any white collar job at the books beginning? It was like two different people wrote the two perspectives and just put it together as one story without working on a believable transition. That's just me, though. Yet another detail that seemed unrealistic was the top/bottom inclinations of our protagonists, and how both underwent personality reversals during Luke's narrating perspective. Just weird. For all the discrepancies that aren't awful, the book as a whole was great in that it had a happy-ever-after and satisfying resolutions to deserve three stars.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Faye K

    First read for author. Once I started the book i loved Kade he certainly needed a break. This includes some hot scenes for these guys once they get their act together. Luke's obnoxious treatment at Kade at the start had me kicking him so many times. The first half of the story is told by Kade's POV and second half was Luke's. I was disappointed at what happened at the ending I thought it would be better with Marcus. I thought Marcus's part of the story didn't make sense in this, why would he com First read for author. Once I started the book i loved Kade he certainly needed a break. This includes some hot scenes for these guys once they get their act together. Luke's obnoxious treatment at Kade at the start had me kicking him so many times. The first half of the story is told by Kade's POV and second half was Luke's. I was disappointed at what happened at the ending I thought it would be better with Marcus. I thought Marcus's part of the story didn't make sense in this, why would he come back a second time from being involved with Tristan in the scenes with Luke.. Kade 21 yrs was desperate for any job, he'd have a month get work or he and mum would be out on the streets. Kade's dreams becoming a lawyer was gone when his father died. Going out on a limb, an office job at Preston Law and Assc was a chance. yah the job interview totally wasn't believable. Luke 36 yrs needed a PA and wasn't the nicest man (understatement). Running the company along with his sister Kimberley and hubby David and their father. Somehow Kade was given the job and joins the team.. .

  29. 5 out of 5

    Claire Annovazzi

    I have mixed feelings about this book. While I enjoyed the chemistry between the two characters, and the steamy scenes are especially hot, some parts of the plot are hard to believe. Without spoiling anything of the story, there’s a complicated scheme here that doesn’t make much sense. Also, Luke’s reason for avoiding relationships is a bit stupid. I get that characters need some history to explain their state of mind and, most of the time, to create a conflict or an obstacle to the relationship. I have mixed feelings about this book. While I enjoyed the chemistry between the two characters, and the steamy scenes are especially hot, some parts of the plot are hard to believe. Without spoiling anything of the story, there’s a complicated scheme here that doesn’t make much sense. Also, Luke’s reason for avoiding relationships is a bit stupid. I get that characters need some history to explain their state of mind and, most of the time, to create a conflict or an obstacle to the relationship. Some of those stories are just better thought out than others. Although all of those problems came to me after finishing the book. The writing is good enough that I was swept away while reading. I just wanted to see how Kade and Luke were going to have their HEA. And oh do they have one! Quickie - Series: Men of New York #1 - Hashtags: #MM romance #office romance #age gap #lawyer - Triggers: N/A - Main couple: Kade Hutchins & Luke Preston - Hotness: 4/5 - Romance: 4/5 - + switching MM couple with big age gap, oh yeah - – there are some problems with the story…

  30. 5 out of 5

    booklover

    What a fantastic start to what I can tell is going to be a brilliant series. In this we meet Kade & Luke, both of whom have a somewhat sad and upsetting past. When Kade gets a job interview with Luke, to say it gets off to a bumpy start with how abrupt Luke is would be an understatement, and had I have been Kade I'd have actually walked out of the interview! Due mostly to Luke having trust issues, which gets explained, he tries to keep up the pretence of not fancying Kade. This doesn't deter Kade t What a fantastic start to what I can tell is going to be a brilliant series. In this we meet Kade & Luke, both of whom have a somewhat sad and upsetting past. When Kade gets a job interview with Luke, to say it gets off to a bumpy start with how abrupt Luke is would be an understatement, and had I have been Kade I'd have actually walked out of the interview! Due mostly to Luke having trust issues, which gets explained, he tries to keep up the pretence of not fancying Kade. This doesn't deter Kade thogh, in fact, if anything, it causes Kade to up his efforts!! Just when things seem to finally be working out for them a spanner gets thrown into the works....... I truly did enjoy everything about this story, even though at first all I wanted to do was reach inside the book and punch Luke! A fantastic read and I can't wait to see what comes next...............

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