Without Apology is the first book in the Without series by Aubrey Bondurant. This is the first book in a new series, and because I have loved Ms. Bondurant’s “Something” series, I was excited to get my hands on this book and see what she had in store for us. This turned out to be a wonderful contemporary/forbidden/office romance, with some really funny banter, quips and antics- as well as some emotion, drama, witty dialogue, and endearing characters.
Peyton Waters and Simon Granger meet in the checkout line at the supermarket. Peyton saves him from and awkward situation, and they have an instant attraction and chemistry. They agree on a date and end up having a fantastic time. He’s in town for business, so they make plans to meet up the following weekend. Only, come Monday morning they discover that she works for the company that his firm is looking at acquiring. He’s there to make the takeover happen and hasn’t earned the nickname ‘Iceman’ for nothing. Peyton and Simon will need to work closely as the weeks progress and there can be no chance of a relationship with them working together- will they be able to keep things purely professional, or will their chemistry cause them to give in to their attraction?
I really love this start to the new series. Peyton and Simon are fantastic character, and I was very quickly invested in them and their story. Theirs is a relationship fraught with complication, with an expiration date from the get go, as Simon is only in town till the deal goes through. With both characters having their own ‘demons’ to battle, as well as a little added drama- this story was a great way to launch the new series. I was flipping the pages as quickly as I could to discover what would happen.
The characters are really well developed- including the secondary characters- I loved Emma, Megan, Jen, Kevin and of course Cooper. The story is sexy, steaming HOT! I can’t wait to read book two, Emma’s story- “Without Regret”.
Thank you, Ms. Bondurant!
Reviewed by @angelahayes