Mar 01

The Design by R.S. Grey Review


5 Smooches

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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.

“I’m not scared of you,” I said with a confident smile.
“Perhaps we should fix that, Ms. Heart. Close the door.”

**This book is a STANDALONE. It follows two side characters from The Duet, but every detail you need to know will be included.**



Getting an early copy of The Design by R.S. Grey for me is like looking in the freezer and finding out someone has bought you your favorite flavor of ice-cream, utter bliss! From the moment I read my first R.S. Grey book I knew she would be one of my favorite authors. I have a soft spot for smart humor and a swoony hero and these are two things she does very well.

“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 are a self-righteous ass. I would NOT be giving him the honest answer.”

Greyson Cole has been the man Cammie Heart has desired since she first met him when she was a senior in high school, but being six tears younger and not even on his radar she has always know what she feels for him will just be a crush. Now out of school and applying for a job at his architectural firm, Cammie must face the man she has lusted after for years, the man who has treated her like she doesn’t exist in his world, the man that holds the keys to her future.

“I had two choices: I cold give up my little crush on Grayson, just move on, and forget about the idea of being with him, OR I could make sure that I was dresses to kill during our dinner on Friday and put up a real fight. I liked option two far more. After all, I wasn’t a quitter.”

Greyson Cole has secrets too and when Cammie finds out she decides to use those to make her last few months in LA memorable. Soon, Cammie will be taking off to prove to herself that she can stand on her own two feet. But can the man she has wanted since she was just a little girl stand in the way of the plans she has made for herself?

“I needed to step up my game. Maybe Brooklyn had a push up bra I could steal. Yeah, that was a good idea. Step one: blind him with my boobs.”

Greyson is successful, determined and an ass. He ignores Cammie and treats her like a child, all the while fighting his urge to devour her. What is it about men in books acting like assholes that makes me so happy. Maybe I just like to see them come around for the right girl. Greyson and Cammie walk a fine line between right and wrong. Between their age difference, him being a good friend of her sister, her leaving for Paris soon and then there is the fact that he is her BOSS!! So much is fighting against these two and yet when they are together it all feels right.

“That kiss . . . That kiss was everything.”

While Greyson made this book for me, I do have to say seeing Cammie and Brooklyn together again was so much fun. The banter between sisters threatened to steal the show and who knew that Jason could be so witty and charming. Brooklyn and Cammie certainly brought the humor to this book.

“Yeah, we get it. Two pop stars fell in love while riding horses and eating cow pies. Boooring. You guys are lie a Lifetime movie where the moral is ‘be attractive'”

For me personally, The Design is one of the best books that R.S. Grey has written. The characters were complex and charming and the story gripping. I quickly became emotionally involved and took very personally anything that got in the way of the happiness of these two. To say I became attached might be an understatement. R.S. Grey has a true talent for being able to pull so many emotions from her readers, one minute I would be laughing my head off and the next close to tears.

“You’re walking home? It’s eleven at night.” “Don’t worry, I have ice cream and chopsticks.”

I don’t know what future books R.S. Grey has planned but I can tell you I, for one, will be reading them.