unexpectedly wilde, rose chen uses the co-workers to fake relationship to sexy lovers trope pretty effectively. lucas wilde is cate delaney's boss, and they've been working together on a sex trafficking case. when both of them end up in vegas for the weekend--he is attending a friend's wedding, she is letting off some steam--neither of them expects to spend much time with one another. but when lucas's friend threatens him with a set-up at the wedding, lucas asks cate to play his girlfriend.
cate goes along with it, because she likes her boss, but she's also wary because she's been harboring a secret attraction to him and the purpose of coming to vegas was to find someone to help her release all that sexual tension with. of course she was right to be wary, because they can't keep their hands off each other after all. and after spending all weekend in bed together, facing the reality of having to go back to work where fraternization is frowned upon and dealing with his commitment issues proves to be a bit too much.
i think the novella format didn't give the author all that much time to fully develop the characters, but she did her best. the relationship works, but at the same time you think that everything happens so fast because there isn't enough time to let anything build up. when the characters end up breaking up for a bit it feels so weird because it's a non-fight that ends up being a break-up scene and it's just bizarre. they get past all of this, obviously because it's a romance with a happy ending. but even that felt rushed. it was a fun, quick read, as long as you don't mind the pacing issues.
**unexpectedly wilde published on july 18, 2016. i received an advanced reader copy courtesy of netgalley/penguin books australia | destiny romance in exchange for my honest review.