Title: Soft Skills
Author: Cleo Peitsche
Publisher/Year: Pouch Productions 9/9/13
Length: 106 pages
Series: Office Toy #5
SOFT SKILLS is an erotic romance novella of 15,000 words. M/m/m/f (three men, one woman). Includes public punishment and publicly submitting to a stranger at the command of her dominant boss.
An office hazing leaves Elle feeling vulnerable, and she finds herself defying her three bosses, secretly begging to be taken in hand so that order will be restored to her world.
Cunningham teaches Elle a lesson… on the side of the road. She squirms in front of the growing crowd, and she can’t believe her ears when Cunningham calls for volunteers to restrain her. She loves his dominance, but the second it’s over she defies him again.
His response shocks her. Before the week is over, everything Elle thought she knew about Cunningham, Jonathan and Nolan is turned upside down, and none of their lives will never be the same.
It was a nice surprise to see this alert pop up in my Goodreads ‘books by authors you’ve read’ since i wasn’t expecting book 5 to be out so quickly. In any event, we pick up right where we’ve left off with Elle and her many men. She’s now coming into her own at the agency, proving that she’s got her own ability and this next installment starts when she’s just had a very successful client meeting, however when she arrives back at the office, Nolan and Jonathan alert her to the fact that Cunningham is very displeased about something and you can only imagine how on edge she is since she’s not quite sure if it’s something that she’s knowingly or unknowingly done or if it’s because she’s been so lax in setting up a meeting with the guys and her mom.
in any event, since we know that this foursome doesn’t like to be too comfortable with one another (meaning that they like to be on edge) – the imbalance upon her return means that Elle can surely expect to be put through her paces in the office boardroom and with her favorite men. We see quite a bit of steamy control action there and then it’s taken to another level as the story continues.
What i love here is that Elle never settles into the relationship as you’d expect her too. she’s still mouthy which comes at it’s own price – namely some very public scening which added a nice quirk in this book. The direction that this series is taking it a nice one. we know that they’ve moved on far past ‘just sex’ and that there’s real emotion and love going on between everyone. what that means for each man and for elle is still to be determined and it’ll be a great story to follow to see if the man that we expect to be #1 actually is…..or if there’s something else that’ll come out of their relationships.