Her Favourite Rival by Sarah Mayberry

Her Favourite Rival (Matthews Sisters #2) by Sarah Mayberry

A new meaning for office politics  Audrey Mathews has worked hard to get here. Now she’s up for a promotion and nothing will stand in her way—including Zach Black. He’s hot, smart and the competition. When they’re assigned to the same project, she’s shocked at how much she actually likes about him and how much she misjudged him. 

Before long Audrey is seriously falling for Zach—and indulging in an affair that’s against company policy. And the stakes rise when it’s clear only one of them can get ahead. So where do they draw the line between competition and love? Especially when she doesn’t want to lose either the promotion or the guy….

Her Favourite Rival (Matthews Sisters #2) by Sarah Mayberry

Yes, this book is sold with “Favourite” in the title, but I can’t find a cover for it!

I don’t know what’s going on, but this is #2 in a series, and for the life of me I can’t find #1 available for non-Americans. So I didn’t read it first!

Sarah Mayberry is probably the most contemporary of authors in the SuperRomance line. Her characters live in cities, not impossibly idyllic small towns. They work in office jobs, not bakeries or knitting supply stores. They use the internet and social media and other modern technology. They go to wine bars for tapas, not the local diner for a milkshake and pie.

In other words, these are real people who actually live in the twenty-first century, and it’s very refreshing!

I’m not sure this is my favourite book by Mayberry, because she’s set a high standard and I still have a soft spot for some earlier books. However, you can essentially count on anything you pick up by this author being very, very good.

I liked a lot of things about the characters in this book. They were genuinely nice, good people who just happened to be very ambitious. The heroine was a few years older than the hero. She looked normal and dressed normally. She was easy to relate to. Same with the hero. The relationship progressed the way you could imagine it progressing in real life. It was nice.

Her Favourite Rival was simply a solid, contemporary romance. For those frustrated with the 1950s feel to a lot of books in this genre, this one will make for a nice change.

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