20 Workplace Romance Novels You Need to Read

Ever since Lois & Clark, Who's the Boss and Moonlighting, I've been enthralled by workplace romances, which is why I gravitate toward the office romance trope when reading too. 

The forbidden relationship, office politics, imbalance of power, will they or won't they, sneaking around, gimme all of it!! 


20 Office Romances to add to your TBR (to be read) pile: 

 

Double Standards by Judith McNaught 

Nick Sinclair, the ruggedly handsome president of Global Industries, handles his business the way he handles his women: with charm, daring, and complete self-control. When he hires Lauren Danner, he assumes the whip-smart beauty will be another easy conquest but much to his surprise, her wit and rare spirit dazzles him and he slowly finds himself falling in love. Yet he has no idea that Lauren is living a lie, one that is becoming more dangerous with every passing moment.

Note: This is set in the 80s so be prepared for the lack of PC and I'm not just talking about the computer, lol, plus, no cell phones, etc. Oh, and when he asks if she can type, he means can she use a typewriter! However, Judith really sets the standard for Office Romances for the trope. 

Private Confessions by Lori Borrill


Experience has taught ad exec Logan Moore that office affairs always end in disaster. Which is why his online romance with Scorpio63 is exactly what he needs right now—the anonymous, steamy encounters help him forget the secret urge for Trisha he gets every day. (STEAMY)

Loved reading this office romance with mistaken identities. It's steamy and fun. 

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

For once Samiah is putting herself first, and that includes finally developing the app she's always dreamed of creating. Which is the exact moment she meets the deliciously sexy Daniel Collins at work. What are the chances? But is Daniel really boyfriend material or is he maybe just a little too good to be true?

Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson are lawyers who know the meaning of objection. A feminist to the bone, Payton has fought hard to succeed in a profession dominated by men. Born wealthy, privileged, and cocky, J.D. has fought hard to ignore her. Face to face, they’re perfectly civil. They have to be. For eight years they’ve kept a safe distance and tolerated each other as co-workers for one reason only: to make partner at the firm. But all bets are off when they’re asked to join forces on a major case. 

After the Kiss (Sex, Love & Stiletto series) by Lauren Layne 


Lauren Layne kicks off her Sex, Love & Stiletto series with a delightful short novel! In After the Kiss, the star columnist of Stiletto magazine will do anything for a story. Anything . . . except fall in love. The entire series consists of workplace relationships. 

Irresistibly Yours: An Oxford Novel by Lauren Layne 

Meet the men of Oxford magazine! In the first captivating spin-off of Lauren Layne’s Sex, Love & Stiletto series, a not-so-friendly battle of the sexes turns into a scorching office romance. Hotshot sports editor Cole Sharpe has been freelancing for Oxford for years, so when he hears about a staff position opening up, he figures he’s got the inside track. Then his boss drops a bombshell: Cole has competition. Female competition, in the form of a fresh-faced tomboy who can hang with the dudes—and write circles around them, too. 

Note: Being a baseball fan and a former journalist, this first book in the series was my favorite. 

Mine to Five by Tara September

Her dream job. His last chance. Working as a team will make their wishes come true, but at what price? Set from Thanksgiving to Christmas, tis' the season for an office romance.  

The Dare by Lauren Landish


Have you ever had one of those really bad days at work? You know, one where your hot boss catches you photocopying your backside in his office? No? Just me then?


Her Gentle Capture by Elizabeth Lennox

Adriana is good at her job! And she’s not going to sit back and take her current boss’s grumpy moods any longer! Feisty and creative, Adriana succeeds at everything he tosses at her. But having her boss, CEO Mitch Powell, double-checking her every move puts her on edge. Unfortunately, during the late hours (and only when she’s exhausted, mind you!) she can't stop herself from imagining what he looks like underneath all of his perfectly tailored suits. Determined to break down Adriana's defenses, Mitch pulls out the stops to make her crave him--as much as he wants her. (STEAMY)

Release! (Walker Brothers Series) by J.S. Scott 

He needs a fake fiancee. I need to eat. What happens when two people from way different worlds suddenly collide to make a simple, temporary business deal that could solve both of their problems? (STEAMY)

The sequel, Player! has a stronger corporate angle to it, however, there may be a trigger for some as the heroine was raped in her past and discusses it. Personally, I liked hearing about how she overcame it and how the hero took things carefully as to not scare her away.  

Janie loses her job, house and boyfriend in the same day (like you do)! She is offered a job by Quinn Sullivan who is a security guard in her office building and a random guy she stalked during her lunch and off office hours.


The heroine has a funny first meeting and an impromptu double-date with her future boss a month later. 
 

Three Simple Rules by Nikki Sloane


I would do anything for my dream job. Now I have to. 

Classic office romance with the boss combined with an after-hours sex club. (STEAMY/Erotic)

In New York Times bestselling author Emma Chase’s sizzling and hilarious debut novel, Drew Evans—gorgeous, arrogant, irreverent, and irresistibly charming—meets his match in new colleague Kate Brooks.

The Stopover (The Miles High Club Book 1) by T L Swan

When the handsome guy you met on a flight and had a hot affair with a year ago is now your new CEO. 
A Grumpy Boss Romantic Comedy. A steamy, swoony workplace romantic comedy with a grumpy boss hero determined to save the day and a plucky heroine who is starting to wonder if there might actually be a beating heart just beneath her boss’s sexy vests.

Beautiful Bastard (The Beautiful Series Book 1) by Christina Lauren

An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling. Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He's exacting, blunt, inconsiderate--and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.

Just Curious by Jude Deveraux 


I read this charming short story almost every year at Christmastime. It is dated, but still adorable. 

Karen is a young widow. She works in a secretarial pool for Mac Taggert. He is a wealthy man who treats women as though they are interchangeable. After his most recent fiancee has walked away, Mac asks Karen to be a substitute bridesmaid in a friend's wedding, so he doesn't have to show up alone. After being promised her heart's desire, she agrees and love ensues. 

His Temporary Assistant (Kensington Square Book 1) by Taryn Quinn


A Grumpy Boss Romantic Comedy. His Temporary Assistant is a standalone office romantic comedy set in small-town Kensington Square, which is near Crescent Cove. It has a happily-ever-after ending and no cliffhanger.

Don't Start Now by Tara September 


Two at odds journalists are assigned a travel piece onboard a new cruise ship. However, there is a room mix-up and an ex-boyfriend on board too. 

Pulitzer-prize-winning war journalist turned small-town newspaperman, Adam Seager, has given up a lot for his work, country, and family, but not this time. He knows what he wants, and it’s his coworker, Eve. But what happens when they are back on dry land? 

Did I miss one of your favorites? Comment below if so. 


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