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Strictly Off Limits

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  1,105 ratings  ·  122 reviews
Alexandra James gave up her spring break for an offer she couldn’t refuse: a week-long job that would earn her enough money to buy her way out of a broken heart. But if she thought her new boss would let her off easy because he’s her father’s best friend, she couldn’t have been more wrong.

Dean Brittany demands perfection from his employees—but none more so than his new tem
Published October 30th 2014
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This was a good short story to read when you're int he mood for something hot and fast. There isn't much romance going on but there are plenty of sexy times that will keep you intrigued. I would have rated higher but the fact that so much of the beginning reminded me too much of the movie, The Secretary, was too weird for me. It was almost like the author was taking that plot and trying to make it her own, but left in too many similarities. Could be a coincidence, but for me it was just felt too
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
Reread May 2019 - down from 4 to 3


Original review -

This book was hot.


An older man who is forbidden not just because he's her boss and 20 years older but also because he's her father's best friend.


The only thing that could make this better would be Dean's POV and it being longer!
Wil Loves Books!
Meh, quick listen. Not that hot. And awfully similar to the movie Secretary.
Melanie (mells_view)
Hot taboo novella

This novella is taboo for multiple reasons. Age-gap of 30 years, dad’s best friend, and he’s also her boss for a short period of time. It’s a bit edgy considering the hero is a little pushy with her at first, so I’d say it flirts the line of dub-con in some instances. If you are not triggered by dub-con and love big age gaps, then you may enjoy this read. I thought it was a quick and easy read. The age gap skeeves me out a bit, but hey it’s well written even if it’s not exactly
Bookphenomena (Micky)
3.5 stars

Very quick read, it's a novella but the story does feel complete. This premise is pretty wrong but the heat is undeniable and the connection is tangible. I like Jessica Hawkins ability to 'go there' with these kinds of topics. Great writing for a short.
Laura Lee
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alexander James has just been dumped by her boyfriend and cancels going to Mexico for spring break. Instead, she opts to stay home and work for her parents friend Dean Brittany while his secretary is on vacation for the week. Wanting extra money to buy this killer dress to wear to a fraternity formal...hoping to win back the boyfriend who just dumped her.
Well, to say that this short book escalated quickly would be an understatement!!! Seems as though Mr Brittany has got the hots for his new tem
Steph's Romance Book Talk
Oh this was a quick, sexy, fun, age gap - forbidden short story. Alexandra needs money for a dress so she works for a week at her father's best friend's office to earn the money. Dean tries to restrain his wants but sometimes temptations win out. This story is not for everyone but I enjoyed the sexiness.

This specific video review will be included in the December 2018 wrap-up.

For other video book reviews check out my YouTube Channel: Steph's Romance Book Talk.
Berry ♡ Nice
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short and Sweet. Hot and Sexy. I really truly enjoyed this story. Exactly what I needed. A quick read to get me in the mood...... For reading ;-)
I was in a reading slump and now I'm not.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was good.

I like the slow pull that Alexandra felt towards Dean aka Mr. Brittany

The downside for me is, I'm a fan of insta-lov(ish) esp from the male MC

Instead Dean kept saying "just this once" - and im all like "No not once!! How about ALL the time." :P

I like a decisive alpha male and for me he was sending too many mixed signals before he finally gave ALL the way over #Committed

OVERALL: Good read with some steamy scenes :-)
Jun 04, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: flippingawful
That was not consensual and I had to stop or I would've thrown my kindle. Very short book, basically skips character and story development in favor of having someone in a position of power force himself on her despite her objections. I'm not mild sexually by any means but if she says no the first time he approaches her and repeatedly after he touches her, it isn't consentual. that's a hard limit for me ...more
Sep 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
if you check my history, I like this author. This book? BIG fat NOPE. I QUIT at 19% in when old lecherous boss H spanks the 18 yo work and not in a sexy, "pull my hair daddy" kind of a way with no sexy vibes between the characters leading up to this criminal assault. immediately disgusted and QUIT!! ...more
Dec 31, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really quick and hot read. I enjoyed the much older hero! Totally hot. I didn't like that the book ended at 72%. :/ ...more
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
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The beginning was similar to The Secretary (which is a awesome movie), but it came into its own after a while. I also loved the older guy / younger heroine plot, they are my favourite.
This novella is age-gap, boss, dads-best-friend book. The H starts out as a cold, stern, strict, type-A kind of guy, but quickly turns squishy. The plot is a bit silly. The h all but seduces him. It should have been more hot than it was. It was sort of kink-lite. So, if you need a quick read and like these tropes but don’t really like kink, this is for you. It wasn’t really my flavor.
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Patrixia Lansangan

Yup just as it sounds! It's hot and wrong and yet so intriguing! If you like alpha males, then you'll appreciate this one

The definition of forbidden.
Apparently I bought this book almost 3 years ago but never got around to reading it. I was looking for some quick novellas today since I was falling behind on my GR goal and came across this one. I don't know at the time what I was thinking when I got it, as I'm not typically a fan of the older man/younger woman trope, and this one really pushes the boundaries- he's 30(!!!) years older than her. I don't understand that attraction. I'm the same age as the H and I
Johan Bastiaanssen
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sexy
Alexandra James spends her spring break as an office temp, to earn sufficient money to buy a dress that is supposed to make sure that the boyfriend who dumped her, will want to have her back.
Well, every story needs a starting point, so why not something like this. Her boss turns out to be really bossy and controlling, she spends long days at the office (though it remains totally unclear what would occupy her time), gets spanked for her mistakes and in the end, realizes that her ex-boyfriend can
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sexy read. Jessica Hawkins can really make you blush!!
Snore. It was like the movie Secretary, kinda. Sorta.

My problem was the build up wasn't there. Neither was a conclusion that tied the book in a pretty bow.
3.5 stars

I listened to this on audibles. It was exactly what I was looking for quick and dirty.
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
this was okay - it's a really short read (does not provide page numbers, but it has Kindle Location 1093, if that helps)

anyway, so quick quick read that just sort of skimmed a fuller story beneath (or maybe there wasn't one?) and I know this is told from Alex's POV, but Dean's actions just sort of floated out there - I mean, given their long-standing relationship, you'd think there would be a little more explanation or something ... otherwise, it just felt like teenage-infatuation that he trigge
Ashley Berry
Update: I just received this audio version and loved it!! It was nice to work and have a whole story in just a few hours! The narrator was on par with her sounding like an 18 year old, but not annoying! Some things are just hotter when listening too!

Fracking A!!! I loved this!! I love how Jessica writes these strong older males that just makes my heart a flutter!!
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3-3.5 stars! Mixed feelings about this book

The story was too short for my liking and it ended abruptly. I wish there would have been at least a short epilogue. Other than that the story was good, going somewhere until it wasn't anymore.
ErMoS Wiler
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wish it was longer but I enjoyed the book :-)
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast steamy story that I had fun reading.
Very Similar to the movie the Secretary but overall not bad. Nice and short but Dean was pretty hot.
Terri Turner
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short and hot this novella will light up your kindle and make you squirm. Father's best friend and boss for the week Alexandra takes this temporary job to earn some much needed money for a dress she so dearly yearns to own to impress her douchebag of a boyfriend who has recently dumped her.

She has known her father's friend Dean since she was a child but when they start working together she starts to notice just how sexy and attractive this man is but he is strict at work and he makes her nervous
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