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His Personal Assistant

(Men of New York #1)

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3.50  ·  Rating details ·  551 ratings  ·  84 reviews
At the tender age of twenty-one, Kade Hutchins is at a crossroads, having endured enough hardship to last a thousand lifetimes. With money tight and career at a standstill, he's running out of time and options. The day he applies for a job that isn't exactly in his field of expertise and meets his new boss, Mr. Preston, is the day his fate is changed irrecoverably.

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Kindle Edition, 257 pages
Published January 24th 2018 by L.J. Harris
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ReadingAllNite
Jan 11, 2018 marked it as dnf-not-for-me
Shelves: m-m, arc-read
I made it to 56% and I can’t anymore. It makes no sense, the characters are inconsistent, at best. Not rating but not finishing, either.
Joyfully Jay
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

2 stars


This book didn’t work for me almost from page one. When the book opens, Kade is looking for a job online and is unsuccessful in finding anything. He then goes to the diner to visit his best friend at work and there just happens to be a newspaper left behind with an ad for a personal assistant job. When he calls, Luke himself answers the phone and demands that Kade come to the office in the next few minutes. So now, Luke is said to be a successful lawyer in a success
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CaRo
Sep 29, 2018 added it
DNF 31% Sorry but I was confused most of the time just couldn‘t get into the flow of the book.
Diverse
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: january-2018-dr
4.5 Stars

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The blurb for this immediately drew me in. I loved the concept of a spoiled rich man who had the world at his beck and call, hires a man who is down and out and the complete opposite. Yes, opposites attract would be the category I’d put this in. I want to say enemies to lovers but it just wouldn’t work there. Why? Because Luke is the snobby boss who is truly the rude one here. At no time is Kade mean to Luke. He tries countless times to reach the heart he knows is buried
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Claudia
ok, this book has me very conflicted. I have to confess between 40 and 50 % I thought about DNF ... really .. .it got annoying.
but then it started to get better - a lot better.

the thing is, there is this totally wrong (at least for me) focus on things. the first 40% were nearly all about how much of a cold arrogant bastard Luke was. if this part would have been only 10 to 15% or maybe 20% and the second half a bit more this book would have been at least 4 stars without much troubles

after the fi
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Allison
Feb 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019, ku, dnf
Quit at 61% and that was only because I didn't feel like picking a new book at 3:00 am.

This is one of the worst things I've read in ages. There is no characterization, it's basically cardboard cutouts set up for situations that don't need to exist. I can't say I hated it because I couldn't have cared less about anything, it's just awful. Everything that happens is either ridiculous or pointless or both.

I could go on, but I've wasted too much time on it already. So glad it was KU.
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Megan White
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
DNF at 48%, quite frankly can’t stand either of the main characters in this and have no desire to see how this ends
Patricia Nelson
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy freaking cow!!! This awesome book started out blazing hot, then proceeded to go nuclear!! When Kade and Luke first met, the relationship between them was so abrasive, it made #10 sandpaper seem like silk. I absolutely loved watching as, despite Luke fighting as hard as he could to resist, the attraction slowly grew into something much richer and deeper. L.J. Harris has written one of the best stories I've read in quite some time. ...more
Kim
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
New to me author. This is a mm contemporary story set in USA. Main characters are Kade and grumpy lawyer Luke. Both have been through personal heartache with the loss of a parent. Age gap of 10 years, with Luke being the elder. Lots of twisting and turning but love finds a way in the end. I’ll read more from this author and series.
Beacullen
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review, I would have gladly bought it since I've read LJ Harris in the past and thoroughly enjoy her writing. This book starts out with Kade and his mother struggling to make ends meet after his father died. He was ready to go to Law School but cancelled because he didn't see how he could afford it without his father's help and he didn't want to leave his mother all alone. He's been working as a carpenter, but he hasn't been able to keep busy enough ...more
Elaine White
Book – His Personal Assistant (Men of New York #1)
Author – L.J. Harris
Star rating - ★★★☆☆
Cover – Nice
POV – 1st person, dual POV
Would I read it again – No
Genre – LGBT, MM, Romance, Contemporary


** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE **
Reviewed for Divine Magazine


WARNINGS: dom/sub relationship, voyeurism, cancer, loss, depression


Okay, so I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand it had a lot of potential and I know others will love the serious hotness of the relationship, but for
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Michelle
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is a new author for me, and I won’t be reading the subsequent books in the series. The amateurish writing and lackluster characters did nothing for me.
Judy
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have read many of this authors stories, serialized online issue for a fandom, and have purchased most of her original work. This is the first time I have read a conventionally published book of hers. I must say that I found this book easy to read, meaning the writing flowed, the plot engaging, and the characters, especially the two main characters, fleshed out nicely so that I cared what happened to them. I'm pleasantly surprised. I love reading good M/M fiction like this. There is another boo ...more
Tristan
Feb 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
The story just makes no sense! I read a boat load of fiction and this just doesn't flow to any kind of fantasy romance storyline. The MC's had zero growth they just called themselves "in love" for some reason. I finally called it quits at 64%. ...more
Joslin
Feb 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Wow needs work!

Wow, the relations and story building are bad, really bad. Somehow, in a month, we are expected to believe that the main character has fallen completely head-over-heels for a boss he can barely stand and hasn't had a civil word with at that point, as well as built an incredibly personal rapport with the other bosses at the firm as if they are college buddies - complete with inappropriately lewd jokes only acceptable with people you've known for a very long time to be sure it would
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CJ
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really struggled to finish this book. I'm not sure I can even explain why it was so bad for me adequately. There were so many moments that were just begging you to suspend reality right from the beginning and there just wasn't enough building up to those moments to suck you in and get you to do it.

The way the original meet happened, and yet they called a temp agency later on, why did they place an ad in the first place instead of using a temp? The sister's initial interaction when he arrives
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Sue bowdley
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: male-male
This is a new author to me...sooooo...let's see.....I've read some really great books this past week and wanted and hoped to keep it going......During the first half of this I was going to give it four stars.....Though I liked both Kade and Luke (even though I wanted to hit Luke a few times) I didn't love them....Then we get part way in and we get the rest of the book from Luke's POV (The first being in Kade's).....Now this boosted the book for me.....I love my alpha men but I also love it when ...more
Wela
Feb 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Luke is immature. Kade is annoying. Everyone is unprofessional. There's random burst of daddy kink that is never addressed, overreaching PAs, irritating sisters- why was Becca and whatsisname in the story? There were a million characters who served no purpose to the story line. I really tried with this story, but it felt like someone had all the pieces to the puzzle, but didn't quite tie them together properly. ...more
Sandra
Feb 17, 2018 added it
Shelves: mm, romance, dnf
A mess. Had to quit around 30% at the risk of having my eyes stuck in a permanent eyeroll.
Anne in VA
Mar 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
This is a trainwreck. Nothing feels natural. It's just one setup after another. Then main character falls in love ridiculously fast. It's been a while since I've read something this bad. ...more
Tami Adams
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review ✯✯✯✯✯

I volunteered to review this book without any promises about the review (the rating or the posting).

This is the first book I’ve read by LJ. And considering MM erotic romance isn’t really my thing...I was very nervous going in. What I wasn’t expecting was to be met by the cockiest, self-centered a-hole right from the start of the book. Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely fell in love with “Mr. Preston” immediately. His demanding and self-righteous attitude was a much needed relief from t
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Lisa The Novel Approach
~ 2.5 Stars ~

I have a thing for office romance tropes, and done well, I am totally into them. Unfortunately, this one missed the mark for me. Kade’s character was likable. Despite his younger age, he was leaps and bounds more mature than Luke, IMO. He was overall level-headed and generally a calming influence. His reactions were mostly believable, except for one glaring reaction that just made no sense. I’ll elaborate on that momentarily. If I had to pick one thing I genuinely liked about this
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Zack Bel
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
DNF. What on earth is this book?

The only reason this isn't one star is that it is at least written with decent prose.

But the plot makes no sense and the characters make less sense. The MC is a construction labourer with no qualifications who suddenly gets hired as a lawyer's assistant. Without so much as a background check. I'm pretty sure this lawyers clients would have questions about this.

Our love interest is a a lawyer. He is also an asshole. Comically so. Like, Mr Krabs would win a "Best Bo
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Heather
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
4-1/2 Stars
When life threw Kade Hutchins endless curveballs he found himself with not many choices so when his best friend found a job opportunity he had to go for the interview. What he found was a man who may not be the nicest but was willing to give him a chance so he took it. Luke Preston had everything to the outsider's eye but he had his own demons inside. When Kade comes in for the job of personal assistant, neither man had any idea how their lives were about to change. Will they be open
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Christine
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: x-botb-2018
I just took a chance on a random recommendation.....

Kade Hutchins is desperate to find a job, any job, so he jumps at the chance to work as a Personal Assistant for lawyer Luke Preston. It's not an easy job -- Mr. Preston is remote and demanding -- but Luke needs the money, and the law office experience will be helpful. As Kade gets to know Mr. Preston, he senses a connection between them, but is careful not to cross the line -- until he can't help himself, and their mutual attraction flares to
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Becky Condit
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
His Personal Assistant begins with a young man who is desperate for a job. Kade has been working intermittently as a construction low man on the totem pole. Currently, he’s without a job, and he and his mother are about to be evicted, when a friend points out an ad for a position as a legal assistant.

Rude treatment barely covers it when Kade, a gay and out man, applies to the law firm. Desperate for a paycheck, Kade perseveres through intolerable treatment at the hands of his new boss, Mr. Prest
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LWM
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Nice, if a bit far fetched in places.

I liked the banter between the main characters and their family members and friends, but the interchanges between Luke and Kade? They had me almost hysterical at times, while at others the poignancy drove me to tears. What I had a problem with was the narrating sequence - I found it awkward to not have Luke's perspective BEFORE chapter ten. In fact, if the narrator had alternated every other to every third chapters, transitioning would've been less abrupt and
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Faye K
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: age-gap, m-m
First read for author. Once I started the book i loved Kade he certainly needed a break. This includes some hot scenes for these guys once they get their act together. Luke's obnoxious treatment at Kade at the start had me kicking him so many times. The first half of the story is told by Kade's POV and second half was Luke's. I was disappointed at what happened at the ending I thought it would be better with Marcus. I thought Marcus's part of the story didn't make sense in this, why would he com ...more
Claire Annovazzi
May 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. While I enjoyed the chemistry between the two characters, and the steamy scenes are especially hot, some parts of the plot are hard to believe. Without spoiling anything of the story, there’s a complicated scheme here that doesn’t make much sense.

Also, Luke’s reason for avoiding relationships is a bit stupid. I get that characters need some history to explain their state of mind and, most of the time, to create a conflict or an obstacle to the relationship.
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booklover
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic start to what I can tell is going to be a brilliant series.
In this we meet Kade & Luke, both of whom have a somewhat sad and upsetting past.
When Kade gets a job interview with Luke, to say it gets off to a bumpy start with how abrupt Luke is would be an understatement, and had I have been Kade I'd have actually walked out of the interview!
Due mostly to Luke having trust issues, which gets explained, he tries to keep up the pretence of not fancying Kade. This doesn't deter Kade t
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She discovered a passion for putting pen to paper in her later years, jotting down poems in birthday cards for family members.

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