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REVIEW: The Corner Office by Katerina Baker

The Corner Office by Katerina Baker

Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Date Published: June 23, 2017
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Tara Johnson’s sacrifices are about to pay off: a senior executive at thirty-five at a Fortune 500 company, she’s one of the two finalists in line for a Managing Director position. Unfortunately, her rival of fifteen years, the charming, infuriating Richard Boyd, is just as qualified, and unlike her, he’s willing to cross pretty much every line to get what he wants.
Of all the things Tara stored in the attic to make it to the top, it’s her personal life she misses the most. That is, until she starts a steamy affair with sex god Aidan, her direct report. Interoffice relationships with a subordinate can mean the end of a career, and when Richard finds out, it’s the perfect opportunity to take his high-heeled nemesis out, especially since he’s still nursing a grudge against Tara for rejecting him years ago.
But Tara’s increasingly domineering lover has his own dark secrets, endangering more than just her career. As her liaison spirals out of control, salvation will come from the man she always thought she hated, and perhaps the only one to truly understand her.


This was my first read by Katerina Baker but I was excited to read it after I saw the synopsis.  This book classified as contemporary romance is fitting.  It had romance, drama and mystery rounding it out to be an enjoyable read.

The story follows Tara who is this career driven woman focused on getting the next promotion.  She gets involved with Aidan, even though her gut and her head are telling her not to, and quickly becomes overwhelmed.  Refocusing on what is important she decides to end it with Aidan so she can stay on track to get the promotion; but things hardly ever go according to plan.

I’ll be honest with you – Tara was not my favorite character.  At times she seemed like she was two different people.  I’m imagining such a career driven and focused woman wouldn’t fall for a coworker that she knew she shouldn’t, but as her character progresses through the story she sort of became redeemed – a little.  Her relationships with the two main men in the story make me cringe for her; one is reminiscent of a middle school crush – constantly fighting and metaphorically pulling her hair to get her to notice him – and the other is a very unhealthy almost obsession – following her around and showing up at the office late at night.  I almost wonder if the book would’ve ended better with Tara ending up alone?  The pace of the book started out good, with the author giving us a brief history as to why so much conflict between Tara and Richard, but seemed to speed up as it progressed and by the end of it I felt like I was rushed through the story.  All in all I enjoyed it but I’ll admit that it was not what I was expecting when I read the book synopsis.


Katerina Baker is a lucky gal who still attempts to have it all: full-time project management job that she enjoys, crazy family of four (with the ongoing threats of getting a pet to upset the family equilibrium) and writing.

Although on some days she is much more successful at managing her life than on the others, she still claims that she doesn’t want it any other way.
Katerina is represented by Sharon Belcastro from Belcastro Agency, and has a contract with Lachesis Publishing, who will be publishing her Romantic Suspense novel Under the Scrubs. 

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Twitter: @KaterinaBaker
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