While there are numerous tropes within the romance genre, office love stories have gained immense popularity. They showcase strong, powerful, and wealthy men and women who harness their ruthlessness and turn it around for good. One of the most iconic examples would be the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey.
It would be sexist to say that men are always the ones in power. Many female characters have been given high-ranking positions within the office and wield their authority in their own right.
Gender discussions aside, office romances focus on the chemistry two people can develop while working together. Business crises, mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcy… Well, the problems are numerous. But the protagonists work hand in hand to resolve them, along with falling in love.
Let’s organize our papers and memos to look at some amazing office romance books.
1. NSFW by Piper Lawson
Interesting title, huh? NSFW is an amazing office romance with plenty of drama and fun. Not only do the characters show great progression personally, but the professional settings are pretty hot too. Charlie is Avery’s confidant with a knack for pranks. And Avery is tired of her.
When Charlie’s stunts get crazier and Avery’s coolness grows warmer, we get amazing chemistry and delicious romance. Avery isn’t your typical older billionaire CEO. He’s just a boss, and that makes the story so refreshing. A great read indeed!
2. On The Rocks by Cynthia Dane and Hildred Billings
A standalone, On the Rocks, changes the typical dynamics of an office romance in various ways. Firstly, it highlights a woman in power. Adrianne Thomas is the co-owner of America’s biggest corporation. And she is secretly dating her partner’s assistant Amber Mayview. But their relationship is about sex and money, nothing else.
But things get messy when Amber becomes tired of the sugar baby life and develops real feelings for Adrianne. As they try to make a relationship work, more issues come to the surface. Can the power couple survive this?
3. Boss Man by Vi Keeland
Reese’s and Chase’s first encounter was weird. Strangers pretending to be childhood friends in front of their dates, they parted ways, assuming never to see each other again. This all changes when Reese starts working at Chase’s company.
Told from a dual POV, Bossman has everything. It’s romantic, hilarious, and steamy. Reese is independent. Chase has his demons. But perhaps one night of passion will bring these two together.
4. Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James
An office romance with no positions and roles? Whew! This story by former lawyer Julie James is a great addition to your NSFW reads. Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson work at one of the top law firms in the country. And they’re both up for the same partner position.
Payton’s and J.D.’s relationship develops personally and professionally when they are forced to collaborate on a major case. But their newfound friendship turns sour when it’s announced that only one will be named partner. Will they survive the cutthroat industry?
5. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
When a big promotion is up for grabs, you’d not want to leave any stone left unturned. That is what Lucy Hutton believes as she shares her office with the handsome and infuriating Joshua Templeman-the man vying for her dream job. Lucy decides that if she is not selected, she’ll resign.
However, their competitive dynamic changes and Lucy finds herself opening up to Joshua. But she’s unsure whether his new attitude is real or if it’s a game to knock her out of the running. Read this bookstagram-beloved novel to find out!
6. The Trouble with Hating You by Sajni Patel
Liya Thakkar is independent. A biochemical engineer, Liya runs away from her family dinner after discovering she is expected to marry, despite her reservations. And she doesn’t want to throw her life away for the family’s whims.
But then the guy she ungracefully left at home comes to her office. He is a lawyer who’s been hired to save her struggling business. Infuriating and at each other’s throats, their office interactions blossom into late-night talks. Can they open up to each other and find a shot at love?
There’s something different about reading an office romance book. It’s not always about a damsel in distress and a rich guy who saves her with his money. It’s about equality and partnership. They each have strong personalities and mutual respect.
We hope our list gave you a new book to devour!