No Obligation Required is book two in the Brew Crew series. I hadn’t read book one when I started this one and, while the characters are connected, I wasn’t lost not having read in series order. Initially, what caught my attention was the concept of the “Brew Crew”. They are a group of creative geniuses but they are also egocentric, puffed up and very full of themselves. They have a reason- all being successful and sought after- but books like this are great to read because you can see the fall coming.
No Obligation Required is Mason Ward’s story. He is the firm’s executive creative director, all work and no play. Well relationship play, that is. He does sex and lots of it, he just doesn’t do the emotional part of a relationship. He would rather stick to work and meaningless hook ups. He has noticed the sexy Bailey Harris though.
Bailey wants so badly to move up the ladder and be successful. She has all the pieces in place, she only has one small problem. She has a sister at home she is responsible for. The responsibility has her leaving work at 5pm on the dot and not being able to attend after hours work functions. Her boss has told her if she wants to move up her best bet is to make time for those functions so she has to figure out a way to be in two places at once. She has to rely on some of her friends to watch her sister and that is something very difficult for her. She hasn’t told anyone at work about her sister because she doesn’t want it to color their judgment but at some point she might have to confess.
Bailey has noticed Mason, how can she not have, and now that she is trying to spend more time at work, she notices him even more. Their connection is undeniable and maybe, for this point in her life, they might be looking for the same thing. Between trying to get ahead at work and her sister, she doesn’t have time for a relationship and he doesn’t do relationships. They agree on one time to satisfy their curiosity of each other.
One time isn’t enough and now they can’t seem to stay away. They are hiding things at work and both denying there is anything but sex going on. Bailey hasn’t let Mason in on her sister and Mason is hard core resisting any emotional ties. Something has to give and they will either have to open up to each other or break off their sexual relationship. Since, without either of them wanting it, they seemed to have formed an emotional attachment they will not have to figure out what they really want. To keep their lives going as they had been or finally open up and let someone else in.
As I mentioned, No Obligation Required, is book two in the series. Though the heroine from book one is Bailey’s mentor, I wasn’t lost when reading this book. It is a cute, sweet, sexy, heartfelt romance about two people denying they have a connection they so clearly have. I am a big fan of the office romance novel and this series seems to be full of them. I am also a big fan of the brooding, deep in denial hero and Mason Ward fits that perfectly also. Even his name fits the part- Mason Ward. It works perfectly.
Overall, this is a great book if you are look for a well developed, feel good romance. Both characters have a winding journey to realizing their feelings for each other and that journey is full of growly alpha man and many sexy times. I look forward to what office romance will be offered next and the good times that will come with it. Final grade- B
“And I promise you, Kate and I will be here to look after Maya while you’re out playing bury the boner with Mason Ward.”
“Oh my God.”
Lauren grinned and reached for her purse. “It takes a village and all that.”
“It takes a village so big sister can go out and play bury the boner?”