Title – The Design
Author – R.S. Grey
Publication Date – March 1, 2015
Series – Heart #2
Five minutes until the interview begins.
Fresh on the heels of her college graduation, Cameron Heart has landed an interview at a prestigious architecture firm.
Four minutes until the interview.
She knows she’s only there because the owner, Grayson Cole, is her older sister’s friend.
For the last seven years, Grayson has been the most intimidating man Cammie has ever had the pleasure, or displeasure, of being around.
But the job opportunity is too good to pass up. So, Cammie will have to ignore the fact that Grayson is handsome enough to have his own national holiday.
After all, she shouldn’t feel that way about her new boss. And, he will be her new boss.
“I’m not scared of you,” I said with a confident smile.
“Perhaps we should fix that, Ms. Heart. Close the door.”
My favorite thing about R.S Grey’s work is that she never ceases to make me laugh. When I pick up a book by this awesome lady, I know I’m going to leave with my heart feeling light and happy. The Design was just the fun and steamy story I was hoping it would be. When we met Cammie and Grayson in The Duet, I was intrigued by their reluctant amiability and tenuous friendship. I couldn’t wait to see what was behind the slightly awkward encounters and conversations ripe with sarcasm. Grayson and Cammie’s journey was sexy and unexpectedly sweet. I loved every minute of this book and getting a little more Jason and Brooklyn was just the icing on the cake.
“It was hopeless. Trying to catch hold of the frenzied moment was hopeless. I caught snapshots of it, like a dream that escapes you as soon as you blink your eyes awake.”
Cammie was just the firecracker I imagined she would be. Her quirky personality and fearless attitude was the perfect contrast to Grayson’s serious and brooding demeanor. I adored Cammie’s drive and her confidence in her designing ability. A strong and successful woman is always one of my favorite types of heroine. Grayson was everything I love about a CEO BBF. He had an edge about him that kept me intrigued and an unassuming sex appeal that was simply swoon-worthy. R.S. Grey has built a phenomenal dynamic between these two. Their history and work arrangement made for a ton of tension and discreet flirting that had the pages of this story sizzling. R.S. Grey kept me completely caught up in Cammie’s spunk and Grayson’s understated alpha behavior.
“I’d have nothing but the memories of him to cling onto, and for that, I loved him fiercely, wholeheartedly, and without abandon. Nothing makes you love someone like the shadow of an impending goodbye.”
R.S. Grey really showcased the best of both of these characters by putting them in their work environment. The necessary discretion paired with their competitive personalities made for a hilarious and intense story of restrained passion and self-discovery. I was captivated by the raw moments of heartache and uncertainty that colored Cammie and Grayson’s journey. R.S. Grey’s writing just gets better and better with each new release. She has a unique voice that is quirky, fresh, and addictive. Her vibrant characters and heartfelt and hilarious stories have me unquestionably hooked on this author. The Design was the perfect companion novel to The Duet and it has me more in love with the Heart sisters than before.
One thing that you can always expect from an R.S. Grey novel is to be taken on a journey filled with romance, laughter, and some tantalizing sexual tension. The Design was no exception, and I really loved getting lost in the world she created. It was refreshing to have a story about an architect; a woman in a career that I honestly don’t come across many times in the books that I read.
“Nothing makes you love someone like the shadow of an impending goodbye.”
I love that Grey writes her characters with a little bit of that forbidden romance feel. The back and forth between Cammie and Grayson really stuck with me and I enjoyed how they were when they were together. The witty banter mixed in with the teasing and the sexual tension hit all those sweet spots that I love. However, I didn’t really get much development in their individual characters. Cammie was often a little too contradictory for me. She would talk about how much architecture meant to her one moment, but then she would be a tease to Grayson and treat their relationship like a game, which jeopardized her career at the company. As for Grayson, I didn’t learn much about him. There were no real indications of what he was like other than the fact that he watched over her throughout her life. I wish that there had been more of a description to his personality rather than focusing on how good he looked in a suit. Despite these minor issues, I still really enjoyed the characters together. There was just something about that push and pull and aggressively passionate behavior that worked for them.
“He was the Mr. Darcy to my Elizabeth Bennet, the Prince Charming to my Cinderella, and most importantly, the Ron Weasley to my Hermione Granger.”
The plot line definitely kept me intrigued. I was interested to see how Grayson’s shenanigans would play out. I was also curious to see how Cammie would claim her independence. She spent so much of her life being protected by her sister that I needed to see her live out her dreams. I needed to see her take that stand and become her own person, and was quite excited when that moment took place. Together, they had some obstacles to overcome and I appreciated how they played out.
“This was the fight that would end us. Except it wouldn’t just end us. It would break us down until we were both casualties with nothing left to show but two broken hearts.”
I’m not going to lie, I seriously adore R.S. Grey’s writing. Her style, her comedic relief, and the way she writes her couples together shows a uniqueness to her abilities that I can’t help but fall in love with. I’m not sure if there will be more books for the Heart sisters as this was more than just a satisfactory ending, but I can definitely say that I’ve enjoyed getting to know them both, along with their counterparts. No matter what, you can without a doubt count me in line to read whatever Grey writes next!
I paused just outside of the front doors and took a deep breath, trying to get my bearings. I was twenty minutes early for my interview. My outfit was still wrinkle-free. My pad-folio was filled with extra copies of my resume and reference letters, and I’d rehearsed every possible question that Grayson Cole would ask:
Greatest weakness? My inability to settle for anything less than what I deserve. I’m stubborn and persistent.
The honest answer? My inability to overcome my schoolgirl crush on you even though you’re a self-righteous ass.
I would NOT be giving him the honest answer.
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Don’t miss the rest of the Heart series:
The Duet (Heart #1)
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I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors include Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things “funny”. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.