Reviewed by Dee
TITLE: You’re Fired
AUTHOR: Shaya Crabtree
PUBLISHER: Ylva Publishing
LENGTH: 61,000 Words
RELEASE DATE: February 15, 2017
When poor college student Rose Walsh gives out an inappropriate gag gift at her office Christmas party, it backfires horribly. The gift’s recipient is her boss, the esteemed president of Gio Corp., Vivian Tracey, and the only thing that can save Rose now is her smarts.
Instead of firing her, Vivian blackmails math major Rose into joining her on a business trip to New York to investigate an embezzlement. A week out of state with a woman she can barely stand seems like the last thing Rose wants to do with her winter vacation. Only, maybe Vivian is not as bad as she seems. Maybe they can even become friends…or more.
This story is told in third person and completely from Rose’s point-of-view. It begins with Rose and her coworker / best friend having a discussion about the men they’d just broken up with. Something I wondered about much further into the story, as from that point on they both date women. I guess it was a way to let readers know Rose and her friend Phoebe are bisexual? Don’t get me wrong, I love bi characters it just didn’t go anywhere so I’m unsure why the conversation was necessary.
Moving on, the Santa-gift exchange and office party was equally as embarrassing as it was hilarious. Some readers might find it juvenile, but as someone whose rather well known for being inappropriate at work, it tickled my fancy. With that said, while this story has plenty of comical moments, by the mid-point it wore thin. At times when I cringed while reading, I wasn’t sure if the narrator was trying to be funny or not.
After Rose’s little prank she ends up accompanying her boss on a business trip and they go from barely liking each other to being ‘fuck buddies’ (their words) for a week. More often than not, the erotic content made me squirm, and not in a good way. This is where I’m not sure if the narrator was going for funny or not, but talk of ass-breath just before having sex is not sexy, throw in the line “…rubbing Rose’s clit sore.” and I’m out of there. Then, “Rose’s underwear had been ruined hours ago, and she knew it wouldn’t take long for Vivian to ruin hers too.” There was no ripping of panties so I didn’t get this reference and others similar. Are a woman’s juices corrosive?
The embezzlement aspect of the story was rather simplistic and as someone who works in HR the resolution gave me pause. This story wasn’t dreadful, there were just too many things that didn’t work for me.
Please bear in mind, I am but one reviewer, and this review is based on my reading experience. I urge other readers to give it ago. I truly hope you love it.