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Due South

(After Hours #5)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  332 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Lucy Miller has worked her way up from coffee-fetcher and copy-maker to invaluable assistant. She’s proud of her accomplishments, but she’s looking forward to a break from her demanding boss; a visit home is just the Christmas treat she needs.

Diligent and unassuming, Chanoch Evans has avoided relationships not just out of shyness, but because he doesn’t feel like he has
Kindle Edition, 198 pages
Published December 12th 2016 by Amazon Digital Services (first published October 12th 2016)
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Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Light fun reading

Genre: Erotic Romance
Type: Standalone Book 5 from The Compass series
POV: First Person - Dual

For six years Lucy Miller endured her boss' high pressure demands, and this year she was asked to stay behind for Christmas to fix an important project. As a dedicated staff, she poured all her energy to get it done, but an empty office and close proximity with an assuming colleague reawakened a warm and tingly feeling that had previously been dormant.

Chanoch Evans had his eyes on Lucy for quite
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
Tamsen Parker hits the spot with the fifth book in The Compass Series; I loved Due South, and Evans and Lucy.


I'm rather partial a hero who is more adorably awkward than alpha, considerate, of a quieter nature yet with a strong presence, knows exactly what he's doing between the sheets and has a few surprises up his sleeve. That to me is incredibly sexy and Evans is very much so. And Lucy, I loved her; with a sweet nature, she's smart, owns her sexuality, is confident voicing her wants and needs
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
4* with love at christmas STARS!!

Is it a standalone? Kinda. If you're perfectionist also OCD, you need to read this on order. Just because. Both main characters are work for the iron 'fist' maiden, India Burke (from Personal Geography Book #1). This office romance isn't' like others that I've read. Especially this happened on Christmas.

Christmas has been everybody's fave holiday. With her boss' plead and deadline, Lucy Miller must postponed her Christmas. This is also happened to Chanoch Evans.
Originally posted at Heroes and Heartbreakers-

Lucy Miller and Chanoch Evans have worked together for years but have done nothing more than pass each other in the hall, murmuring the occasional sorry and excuse me. Lucy, a transplant from a small ultra-religious town, came to California seeking fame and fortune behind the camera. When that didn’t pan out, she took a secretarial job and slowly worked her way from coffee maker to the boss’s right-handwoman.

Aly is so frigging bored
I won this ARC in a Shh… [Smut, Heroes & HEAs…] with Alessandra giveaway. It was awesome! I'm not a fan of shy heroines and even less of shy heroes, but Ms Parker did a wonderful job. ...more
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a different kind of novel to the rest of the compass series. The books so far in this series have dealt with some pretty tough characters dealing with some pretty tough issues and, let's face it, working through some of those issues with some reasonably hardcore BDSM. None of these books felt typical to me.

This book, however, treads a more ordinary path. It's an office romance with some great sex with some pretty mild BDSM elements. It's a good, enjoyable, if not particularly memorable
Jan 20, 2017 marked it as dnf-collection
DNF @32% - Not doing it for me.

Generally, I like a good, cute, nerdy and shy hero, but I also want those aforementioned heroes to make me swoon and ooh and aww over them. This H was supposed to be all of the above, but I just saw him as another generic office worker that was too uncertain and weak to make me ooh and aww about. Couple that with an ok heroine, an ok office backdrop; and you got yourself an ok read... but not enough for Jewelsy to feel the need to continue.

There were no OW issues
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucy is crushed--her mercurial boss has forced her to work over Christmas, so she won’t be able to make it home for the holidays. The only thing that makes the long hours better is her coworker Evans. Spending so much time together in the office (and witnessing something salacious together) leads to some fun, furtive activities between the two of them, but they know it can’t go on because the employee handbook strictly forbids office relationships. This is another of my favorites--it somehow man ...more
Briar's Reviews
For His Eyes Only is formerly Due South. This book deserves all the love and praise, so I have redone my review to match this lovely re-skin of my fave series!

Introduction: I am OBSESSED with Tamsen Parker's books, so when I got the opportunity to read this book I jumped at the chance! This series has been uber sexy, uber awesome and has always been a pleasant surprise when I pick the book up and can't put it down.


The Cover - The cover is probably my favourite out of the whole series. Fo
Mandi Schreiner
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotic
Favorite Quote: No, seriously. This is my life. Hyperventilating in my office because my boss almost caught me getting blown by her secretary in her bathroom. After running down a hallway naked except for clothes I'd been wearing over twenty-four hours clutched against my junk.

Office affairs, man. They aren't for the weak.

While the books in this series are stand alones, they have all held a common theme - BDSM. And some have had very intense BDSM with damaged characters looking to be healed. I'v
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
I liked the idea of 2 shy and awkward co-workers starting an office romance.

Basically they saw their boss having sex with her husband and that inspired them both to be kinky together and start having sex around the office.

I just never felt an emotional connection. He told her about his brother's PTSD after serving in the Middle East and she printed out some brochures on benefits that are available to him.

I guess after working together for 6 years they already knew each other well?
Nov 17, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
🎁 FREE on Amazon today (11/17/2019)! 🎁
Trader (RedHotBlueReads)
In Due South, India has a project due and two of her best employees are tasked with completing it before the deadline which lands right at the holidays.

Lucy and Evans don't really mind that they are stuck in the office -- both have challenging family situations and after seeing just what their boss is really into, they've decided to break the rules and engage in an office hookup. At least that's how it starts -- they agree to a friends with benefits situation that has an expiration date. After
Leigh Kramer
This is a super steamy holiday romance about two coworkers who have to cancel their plans and stay put to knock out a project. Lucy and Evans were so sweetly awkward together! Evans has had a crush on her for ages but she’s never really thought of him that way until they’re at the office late one night and some unexpected voyeurism comes into play.

Both have complicated family dynamics and I really loved how the story explored this. Evans needs to set boundaries with his family who doesn’t apprec
Maria Rose
I had an early copy of this and really enjoyed it - a contrast from the previous books in the series, this one is funny and sexy with less of a BDSM theme and more about two people getting the courage to go for what they want. Hot office sex, combined with laugh out loud internal monologues and a super sweet hero. Delightful!
Michelle Claypot_Reads
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I discovered this author recently and have been working through her back catalogue. This book was so fantastic! The perfect balance of sweet and heat. A funny exploration of two characters finding someone they could be themselves with. I binged it in one session and smiled the whole way through. Definitely recommend.
Briar's Reviews
Book Review
Book Title: Due South (Compass Series #5)
Book Author: Tamsen Parker

Introduction: I am OBSESSED with Tamsen Parker's books, so when I got the opportunity to read this book I jumped at the chance! This series has been uber sexy, uber awesome and has always been a pleasant surprise when I pick the book up and can't put it down.


The Cover - The cover is probably my favourite out of the whole series. I loved True North, but Due South has really upped the game. The contrasting colour
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I SO related to this story of well intentioned awkwardness and sincerity. It's sweet, steamy, and very "adorkably" funny.

"Has someone ever managed to commit suicide with office supplies? Because I’m so heinously mortified that that seems like a reasonable alternative to having to face Lucy ever again. She turns and smacks straight into the doorframe and I think about getting up to help her, but then my pants would probably fall down and I’d be hobbling after her with them around my ankles and,
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Words cannot express how much I loved this story. Chanoch, or Evans as everyone calls him, has a crush on Lucy. Lucy also thinks Evans is hot but neither has time for a relationship with the demanding India for a boss and the company handbook expressly forbids fraternization between employees. But staying late one night they inadvertently witness Cris, India’s husband, dominating her and they can’t resist any longer.
Both these people are so sweet and battling their inner demons telling them they
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: holiday-reads
I am a little confused as the title of the book I read is “For His Eyes Only”, in The After Hours series; not “Due South” in The Compass series. Plus, the cover is a provocative picture of a sexy woman with her hands tied with a Christmas bow. Nothing like the 1950s cover shown on Goodreads. The main characters are the same and both books are about two co-workers that unexpectedly hook-up and share steamy sex at work. So it is the same book with a “Facelift”.
Evan comes across as hardworking jun
Xan West
Jan 11, 2018 marked it as dnf
Was listening to the audiobook. Got to 14% and then learned about the MC's disabled vet brother with PTSD and addiction, who was in a car crash. Not up for reading that kind of content today. May finish this later.

Content Warnings through 14%:
(view spoiler)
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a tricky one for me. I liked the characters. I enjoyed the storyline. I even liked the idea that India, who I can’t stand, seems to be a bit more well-mannered. But something felt off and I don’t know if it was the plethora of sexual escapades for Lucy and Evans or if it was something else. I just can’t put my finger on the culprit.

I didn’t see anything suggesting that this can be, or not, read as a standalone. As I’m very familiar with the previous 4 books I think it would be beneficia
Eleanor (The Book Hammock)
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Adorable Evans had his little piece of heavenly bliss coming since he basically got India to board the plane to NY in Personal Geography. Or was it Intimate Geography? I can’t remember and it doesn’t matter. What matters is that he deserved it and he finally gets it in Due South.

And this little intro does not by any means to imply that Lucy doesn’t. Deserves the same, that is. LOL

I’ll start by saying I absolutely love the cover of the book. I rarely note my impression about book covers, b
Jeannie Zelos
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Due South, (The Compass 5),Tamsen Parker

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre:   Romance, Erotica

I love Tamsen’s Compass series, and this time, book five, we meet Lucy and Evans. Its a bit of a departure from the other stories, not the usual Dom and sub story, but more two people who aren’t in to BDSM but get a hint that they might actually like it. Kind of Compass Lite ;-)

 Evans and Lucy aren’t into the BDSM scene but then they see India and Cris one night and it shocks them both – they
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Would have been 4 stars. Bumped it down to 3 (view spoiler) ...more
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Be still my heart

Evans and Lucy's story was something so unexpected and everything I never knew I always wanted. It was also one of the sexiest books I've ever read. Tamsen Parker, you saucy minx you.

If you have been reading the Compass Series, you have gotten to know Evans throughout the series. You may have even loved him a bit. He's a pretty amazing guy, dedicated worker, and loyal through and through. This book was an ode to the food guy. And Evans is certainly team leader.

Lucy is not one t
bookaholic ge
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book and I loved this series. While The Compass series earlier additions were a little bit darker with the ups and downs that occurred in the lives of the couples in books 1-4 this book was like a light switch flipped on... leaving me feeling light and in love with both Lucy Miller and Chanoch Evans.

Both Chanoch and Lucy were great together both were a little geeky...a whole lotta sexy and incredibly funny. I think I laughed the whole time because they were so real. Tams
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Erotic romance

I picked this up as a Kindle freebie and wow was that a great decision. Very, very, VERY sexy office romance (with some forced proximity to boot - "we've had crushes on each other and now we're the only people working this week"). And some interesting use of religion in romance (a fascination of mine) - not inspirational, just characters have that background. Specifically the heroine has a lot of baggage from misogynistic Christian teachings (" don't tempt the boys with tight cloth
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, erotica
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After Hours (6 books)
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  • Intimate Geography (The Compass, #2)
  • Uncharted Territory (The Compass, #3)
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