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NEW RELEASE and REVIEW ~ The Design by R.S. Grey (Penny Lisa)

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Title: The Design

Author: R.S. Grey

Release Date: March 1, 2015

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Synopsis 3

Five minutes until the interview begins.

Fresh on the heels of her college graduation, Cameron Heart has landed an interview at a prestigious architecture firm.

Four minutes until the interview.

She knows she’s only there because the owner, Grayson Cole, is her older sister’s friend.

Three minutes.

For the last seven years, Grayson has been the most intimidating man Cammie has ever had the pleasure, or displeasure, of being around.

Two Minutes.

But the job opportunity is too good to pass up. So, Cammie will have to ignore the fact that Grayson is handsome enough to have his own national holiday.


After all, she shouldn’t feel that way about her new boss. And, he will be her new boss.


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3.5 Pennies

The Design had all the earmarks for a great taboo story.  Young professional female obtaining her dream job at a successful architectural firm with what can only be described as an incredibly handsome owner and boss.  What’s not to love?

Well, for me a lot.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the book and was able to read it in a day, but there were things that were missing and left it hard for me to connect the dots.

So let’s talk about what I did like:

Cammie took inventory of her talents and put them to good use in choosing a profession that is normally dominated by men.  She made the decision to live on her own (with a roommate) instead of relying on her sister for housing.  I also liked that she took the initiative to save for her dream trip instead of raiding her trust fund.

Greyson, well he’s not quite as easy to nail down.  It wasn’t until the end of the book that I saw the more human and likable side of him.  I probably would have loved him had I seen the motivation for behaviors much sooner.

What I had a more difficult time with was why Cammie needed to go to Paris.  She had the money, she could have just gone, but instead she takes what she calls her dream job while counting down the days she plans to ditch it.  From a career standpoint, it seemed self-defeating.  Her behavior in the office where it related to Greyson was juvenile. While she had known him for many years, it did not seem that the level of familiarity she brought to the office was appropriate for their relationship.  Perhaps it is just the Human Resources professional in me, but I would have fired her for some of her behavior and I would have thought some of his were approaching sexual harassment.

The overall story was easy to read, kept the pages turning and ended positively, but I think RS has the ability to write characters who connect better.  I loved her book With This Heart and believe she can capture that dynamic again.  It just wasn’t obvious to me in The Design.

Teaser 1


I paused just outside of the front doors and took a deep breath, trying to get my bearings. I was twenty minutes early for my interview. My outfit was still wrinkle-free. My pad-folio was filled with extra copies of my resume and reference letters, and I’d rehearsed every possible question that Grayson Cole would ask:

Greatest weakness? My inability to settle for anything less than what I deserve. I’m stubborn and persistent.

The honest answer? My inability to overcome my schoolgirl crush on you even though you’re a self-righteous ass.

I would NOT be giving him the honest answer.

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Author Bio



I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way, I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things… everyday.

I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors include Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things “funny”. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.

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