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Side Piece

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  36 reviews
A Workaholics Romance.
Married to their work, Tess & Alex find sex is the easy part. But they're going to need to find an opening in their schedules if they want to fall in love.

Side Piece is an instant connection sweeping romance where Tess and Alex simply don't have time for romance. Their work schedules dictate their worlds, and they like it that way. But their pull to
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Published September 2020 by Decorated Cast Publishing, LLC
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✿❀ Lauren, aka Coffee and the Bibliophile ❀✿

Kelly Kay is a new to me author and I have to say, I LOVED how her writing swept me up and made everything else disappear. I literally devoured this book.

Side Piece was an interesting trope I rarely see in romance. Alex and Tess are both workaholics and after a chance encounter at a hotel bar, both of them can't deny their chemistry. What follows is a whirlwind of sexy times and the absolute BEST witty banter I've ever read. They both agree to be "side pieces" since they're married to their jobs
Jackie Wright
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a new author to me but after reading Side Piece, I will certainly be checking out other works by Ms Kay in fact I’m struggling to understand why she hasn’t crossed my radar before now. This is a fun, entertaining read that captivated me from the first page to the last line, I loved Tess and Alex and I enjoyed joining two workaholics living in different cities trying to find time to hook up.
Tess is an author and Alex is a political podcaster, both very busy and engrossed with their work b
Mindy Diegel
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing story. They are a perfect fit for each other, they go through their ups and downs and emotions history but still find their way to each other. I couldn’t put it down.
Erin Lewis
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Star review of Side Piece by Kelly Kay

Kelly Kay is a new author to me and I found her writing entertaining.This is Tess and Alex’s story and I was invested in these characters and their stories from the first to the last chapter. Neither Tess or Alex have time for romance let alone a relationship.
Despite the attraction and the chemistry that sizzles between them, both Tess and Alex are workaholics with little time for outside influences. There is plenty of heat and steam in this story and the
Book Obsessed
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my first time reading Kelly Kay, and let’s just say I absolutely fell in love with her work. Side Piece is a book about two workaholics who are married to their jobs. They have an arrangement that they will meet up when their schedules will permit. These two have so much fire and chemistry it could burn down an entire city. I also loved this couple's banter back and forth. Of course, like any other pair they suffered some ups/downs but were able to pull through it. This is an absolute mu ...more
Sandie Chraponski
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Watch out for the unexpected. It’s the thing that might make you the happiest or most miserable.” This quote couldn’t be more true. Tess and Alex didn’t expect to meet that night in the DC hotel bar, but once they did their lives were forever changed.

Kelly Kay wrote the most heartbreaking yet heartwarming story about two people who lived and hid behind their careers. She made these two obviously flawed characters real, and made the emotions raw. She gave them a support system of many colorful c
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to start by saying my favorite part of Tess & Alex’s story was the banter between them. I loved the back and forth and how they challenged each other. Two people who didn’t have time for much, but made time for each other.

Side Piece is the first book that I have read by Kelly Kay and it definitely won’t be my last. I look forward to reading more by Kelly Kay in the future.

I voluntarily reviewed this book.
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Kelly Kay's "Side Piece" was a steamy standalone novel that had its funny moments as well as a surprising amount of angst. Main characters Tess and Alex both loved their work and were very committed to advancing their careers, and neither could imagine rearranging their priorities to make room for a romantic relationship. As the story progressed and we learned more about each of them, it became apparent that the reasons for their devotion to work were a lot more complicated than they initially s ...more
Angie S H aka Feelin A Little Bookish
Alex and Tess are both certified workaholics who don’t let anything or...anyone stand in their way. Work is their love. Work is their life. Work is the only thing that they have consistently in their life.

Both have had their own issues but when they come across one another at a bar (also aware of who the other is) their relationship kicks off from there. One thing they both agree to is to never let their love for their work slip due to one another. Months pass and they travel back and forth whe
Sharon Moritz-rosenthal
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free ARC copy of this book from the author prior to release and am voluntarily leaving a review.

This was a brand new author for me and the plot sounded very original and so I wanted to give it a shot. The writing was really well done and I enjoyed the originality of the story but the male lead kinda destroyed my love of this story for me.

Alex and Tess m
Jennifer Pierson
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kelly Kay is a new to me author, and I really enjoyed her writing style so I'll be checking out more of her work. This title makes it seem likes there's cheating, but the only cheating happening is on Tess & Alex's jobs. Neither wants any sort of relationship, so when they meet at a bar, they get it on, and it is HOT! It's so hot that this starts becoming a habit whenever they're in the same area, and it's not too long before feelings are being caught despite their best efforts to keep things ca ...more
The Rogue Book Reviews
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
**Disclaimer: I was provided an advance reader copy by the author in exchange for my unbiased review and opinions**


Two workaholics that are willing to be each other's side piece. Work is everything for Alex and Tess, but after lusting over each other and reciprocating that connection once they actually met, they decide they'll meet for a dose of "hit it and run" all over the country, as their jobs permit.

This is a new-to-me author, and I enjoyed reading this book. It has elements that can be
Brie Trudel
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is from a new to me author, and made me an insta-fan.

This book is the story of Alex and Tess. Alex runs a new business centered around politics and is constantly working and traveling for work. He doesn't have time for a girlfriend, but that's never been an issue. He likes the way his life is. Then he meets a woman in a hotel bar.

Tessa is a contemporary romance author who is also a workaholic. She can write pretty much anywhere, but she spends a lot of time traveling to book signings
Laura Jackson
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this workaholics romance. Tess is an Author and Alex is political podcaster. They don’t have time for love but sex works. They agree to be each other’s side pieces because they are both married to their job. They live in different cities and are so busy it’s a wonder they have time for anything let alone each other. I love how they schedule it though and although it’s mostly for sex they have amazing chemistry and banter. But ultimately it always ends with someone wanting more and the ot ...more
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Side Piece by Kelly Kay had me intrigued from the start, Tess and Alex ABSOLUTELY fascinating me!

The journey that these two characters went on had me HOOKED!

Tess is feisty, fierce, sassy, and so incredibly clever and witty, I loved every minute of it!

Alex is so gosh darn charming, he was utterly SWOONWORTHY!

The story is fast paced, yet takes you on one HECK of an emotional rollercoaster ride of a journey, tons of twists and turns, and for a while you're left on tenterhooks not knowing which way
Kelly Sirak Drudy
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kelly Kay is a new author to me and I was pleasantly surprised how much I loved this book. The title made me think this was possibly a cheating book, which I have trouble reading. Nope Alex and Tess are only 'cheating' on their jobs! Neither is looking for a relationship, but after a one night neither was able to forget each other. Alex decides to track Tess down and its weeks of stolen nights, moments in airports and whatever time they can get together. After Tess injures herself and has to rel ...more
Reading  In the  Red Room
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Talk about 2 ships passing in the night. Tess and Alex were major workaholics that had one incredible night that they didn’t want to end. They both traveled a lot for their jobs and were trying really hard to make it work. I really Enjoyed this book. I loved The insane chemistry these two had. I loved Their banter and I especially loved their friends. Both Tess and Alex’s friends wanted them together as much as they did. Can they make it work? Can they be there for each other when it really coun ...more
Wendy Livingstone
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a new author to me, and I will certainly be looking out for her work in the future. This is Alex and Tess’s story. These two are both workaholics with Alex as a political podcaster, and Tess as a bestselling author. When these two meets in a hotel bar the chemistry is undeniable, and the dynamics of their relationship changes over time as is grows and develops, as they both ensure that there is time in their busy scheduled for meet. This is a well written story which is emotional, and wi ...more
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Side Piece was my first read by Kelly Kay and I found it to be quite funny and entertaining.
Tess and Alex are both workaholics and relationships are not something either of them have time for, the attraction between the two is undeniable though and clearly one night is not going to be nearly enough. How does being a side piece work when feelings get involved though?
The story was fun and not like anything I’ve read before which was really refreshing. The sex scenes were hot and the chemistry betw
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was such a great book! It was so emotional, steamy and you can’t help be get invested into the story. Tess and Alex have quite the explosive chemistry as they can’t keep their hands off each other. I also adore their friendships with others, especially Mikey as he was so much fun, and his interactions often made me laugh. This story was thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable to read!

I received an advanced review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving my fair and honest opinion.
Tracy Ann
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok....this is a funny, cute but very crazy book. The banter between Alex and Tess is crazy adorable, and crazy sexy. The things they say and do are so sweet, funny and down right funny at times, but thier schedules drove me crazy and not good...I felt bad for fictional characters. I really did enjoy the oh so quick wit that Tess has. She's awesome! ...more
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You will need a fan to read this one--its hot!! These two meet up at a bar and there is no stopping them. Even with this being a political read, Alex's job is an analyst; politics is not discussed. I can't remember laughing so hard through a read. I mean busting out laughing. All the characters are relatable, younwill love Mikey; well you will want a best friend like him. I enjoyed this read so much, can't wait for the next one. ...more
Jeanne Loudin
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Kelly Kay -- you have done it again!

Just when I didn't know I could love your work more, I discovered I could and I do! This stand alone is wonderful -- it really is! This weekend, while buried in snow I managed to read 4 books of yours! Please don't ask to identify which one I enjoyed the most because I can't! I am so excited for #5 to hit my Kindle!!! I may have to put it down long enough to clean up the kitchen though. Lol. Thank you for sharing Side Piece!
Skye Yanovsky
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Emotional & hard fought HEA

What an epic romance that is full of angst, super hot steam and some unexpected trauma. This book took me through the gamut of emotions which I loved. The steam was SUPER hot. Throughly enjoyed.
Cindy Valdes
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I laughed and cried. I love Kelly's writing and how I can get a sense of place from her descriptions. This love story is smart and grounded in real life experiences. I can't wait for her next book! ...more
Becky Burrier
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a great story. The characters are a perfect fit for each other, they go through their ups and downs. They have an emotional history but still find their way to each other. I really enjoyed this story.
Shirin Rasheed
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Side Piece by Kelly Kay is a first book that I have read of this author and I Enjoyed her writing. There is no full moment in the story. It will keep you hooked from beginning to end.

I Highly Recommend all Readers to grab this book now.
Lacy Lou
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved it!
Tess is a romance writer who doesn’t believe romance exists in reality. Alex is a bipartisan political podcaster who refuses to sacrifice his career. They have an undeniable instant connection, but since they’re both married to their jobs, their non-relationship is the side piece to their daily life. Her days are packed with book deadlines and touring. He’s in the middle of an election season. When they’re together it’s perfect, but it’s finding the time in their crazy schedules that’s the probl ...more
K.  Ramjohn
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Side Piece is my first Kelly Kay novel and I enjoyed the story. From the moment they met, Tess and Alex had instant connection and intense chemistry. This is a story about two workaholics cheating on their job with each other.
It was filled with hott, steamy scenes, witty banter and was fast paced, entertaining, funny, emotional and unique. The secondary characters provided great support and added some hilarity to the novel. This novel held my interest and I would recommend it to all lovers of c
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