Lexi Burke has always been a stickler for following rules and procedures. As a human resources manager for a leading Gulf Coast chemical company, it’s her job to make sure everyone else falls in line, too. But after losing out on a big promotion–-because her boss sees her as too much of a yes-woman––Lexi adopts a new policy of following her heart instead of the fine print. And her heart knows what it wants: Jason Beaumont, a workplace crush who is off limits based on her previous protocol. While navigating a new romance and interoffice politics, Lexi must find the confidence to stand on her own or face a lifetime of following someone else’s orders. Who says nice girls have to finish last?
I have been a fan of Laura Chapman for quite sometime and frequent her fabulous blog, Change the Word, numerous times throughout the week. So, when I found out she was publishing her debut novel, I scooped it up quickly and sat down to devour what I was sure would not disappoint. And, I was very satisfied to say the least. Her main character, Lexi Burke, is a strong willed woman in a very male-dominated profession. There are a lot of workplace politics but that is to be expected given the surroundings … but I think it also adds to the charm of the overall novel and where we really get to see Lexi’s character shine in the beginning. She then goes through quite a transformation and I found this whole experience to be very realistic and truthfully, where Laura’s writing style really sparkled. There is so much candid honesty and wit that I found it all to be so enjoyable. And then there is the romance with hot Jason Beaumont. He is sweet and kind and teaches Lexi how to Texas two-step (which honestly, is probably my favorite scene of the whole book — but I’m a Texan, a sucker for a good romance, and I love a good two-step!). There are a few bumps here and there, but this is definitely one of the best written romances I’ve read in a while just because it is so honest and so real.
All in all, this book had it all and I am so excited to see where Laura goes next on her publishing journey. Hard Hats and Doormats is a truly great book that really displays Laura’s prowess as a writer with tight, witty dialogue and really detailed, visual writing — truly a great book for everyone!