Reviewed by Georgina Tranter
Published by Headline Review on the19th July 2012
I’m lying on my bed, watching Luther undress. I’ve seen this so many times but it never fails to mesmerise me. First the T-shirt slips off, white against his tanned skin, leaving his dark brown hair even more messed up than before. The expression in his brown eyes is hard to read – he looks passionate, intense, vulnerable. His hands drop towards his jeans. Slowly, he starts to undo his belt….
Alice Roberts is having a rubbish summer. She’s terrified of her boss, her career is stalling, and she’s just been dumped – by text message. But things are about to change…
When her boss Olivia is taken ill, Alice is sent on the work trip of a lifetime: to a villa in Sicily, to edit the autobiography of Hollywood bad boy Luther Carson. But it’s not all yachts, nightclubs and Caparis. Luther’s arrogant agent Sam wants him to ditch the book. Luther himself is gorgeous, charming – and impossible to read. There only seems to be one way to get his attention, and it definitely involves mixing business with pleasure.
Alice is out of the office, and into deep trouble…
Alice Roberts works for a London publishing company. When her boss is taken ill over night, the team has nothing else to do but send Alice to Italy to try to get Hollywood actor Luther Carson to complete his stalling autobiography. Unlucky in love, Alice has adored Luther from afar, watching his movies again and again and again. Now she has the chance to star in her own romantic fantasy.
Arriving in Italy with lost luggage and a hostile reception from Luther’s agent Sam, plus competition from up-and-coming actress Annabel, things aren’t looking up for Alice. It only goes from bad to worse when ghostwriter Brian is sent home and Alice discovers she has missed out an important clause in Luther’s contract. Can she get him to spill the beans in a way that he hasn’t before and save her career, or will Alice have to return home with less than she started with.
Nicola Doherty has been billed as the new Sophie Kinsella, and The Out of Office Girl is based on her time working in publishing. It’s an easy summery read; don’t expect any major surprises or unexpected twists in the story but it moves along at a decent pace and
is certainly worth a read if you have enjoyed Kinsella, or Marian Keyes. A good choice for the remainder of the summer by the pool.