No strings attached is easier, until love tangles things.
Privileged playboy Innes Kent has been unmoored since his regular escort quit on him. Though he’s a talented lawyer at a successful firm, without the distractions of a gorgeous man and frequent sex, his mind often wanders in unpleasant directions. For instance, toward his estranged daughter and his many regrets therein.
Charlie is a budding fashion designer, but the need to support his unwell mother has left him scraping to get by. When his cleaning job sends him to a lavish office one desperate night, he’s overwhelmed by the excessive luxury he sees, and when Innes catches him thieving, he’s at the lawyer’s mercy.
But Charlie is just the distraction that Innes needs: a proud and determined scrap of a man who challenges him, annoys him, and attracts him all at once. The perfect choice for a personal assistant who won’t bore him to tears or run screaming from his bad temper. Working together leads to sleeping together, but they're both too clever to mess up a perfectly good arrangement by getting feelings involved. Aren’t they?
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Themes: abandonment, acceptance, age gap, angst, bullying, coming of age, commitment, divorce, duty, enemies to lovers, family, financial gap / class disparity, homophobia / transphobia, hurt / comfort, illness / injury, mental illness, power imbalance, trust issues, workplace romance
Word Count: 98,400
Page Count: ~350
Cover By: L.C. Chase
Universe: Without Precedent
Release Date: 09/18/2021
Release Date: 09/20/2021