Jul 15, 2017

Jennifer Skully on Office Romance

Thanks so much to Ava Bradley for having me on the blog. I adore her books and have loved every one.

I’ve written over 50 books, and by far the majority of them are office romances. My latest series writing as Jennifer Skully is called After Office Hours. And as Jasmine Haynes, I write the West Coast series, which is my erotic version of what can happen in the office! Office Romance seems pretty self-explanatory to me. Wikipedia defines it as when two people who work for the same organization develop a mutual attraction. But for books, I’d add in there that it can be two people who work for different organizations. And it can be any type of organization: a manufacturing company, an investment firm, a law office, even politics. Anywhere you’ve got an office, you’ve got the potential for office romance.

There are lots of popular tropes in office romance. Office romance with the boss. Secret office romance. Or two people competing for the same job. Or working on the same project. The list of situations is endless. If you’ve ever worked in an office, you know exactly what I mean.

So what makes Office Romance popular? First of all, I believe it’s because so many of us work in an office. It’s a place we all know. And we’ve all heard the gossip about so-and-so sneaking off with so-and-so. Technically we’re not supposed to finding romance at the office, so a lot of times these relationships start out being secretive. There’s just something so sexy about that, isn’t there? Of course, there’s also something extremely sexy about dating the boss. Because that’s really a big no-no. But looking at the highest rated Office Romances on Goodreads, many of them are “dating the boss” romances. And most of these romances are also about people in a position of power. Power is sexy. Power makes for lots of conflict.

I started writing Office Romance because that’s where I worked. And they do say write what you know. It was a background I was familiar with, I could make it seem real to people. I was an accountant before I was a writer, so most of my characters are CFOs or controllers or even CEOs. I generally like to write about executives. I create a company, people it with my executive team, and set them up with very unlikely love interests. Yes, I love the boss and employee trope, because that’s the most taboo in the office. But I like pairing off my executives, too. Or maybe it’s an affair with a client or a customer.

I hope you’ll check out my take on the office romance. The latest book in the After Office Hours series, Pretty in Pink Slip, Book 3, is out July 14.

Anything can happen After Office Hours…

She's a single mother. He's a brilliant CEO. And she's got something he wants. Badly.

Ivy Elliot dreams of being a stay-at-home mom, but in a career-oriented world, she's reluctant to admit it. Besides, she's a single mother and quitting work to homeschool her daughter just isn't an option. Asking for a raise, however, is an alternative. But when she works up the nerve, disaster strikes. Instead of a raise, Ivy gets the dreaded pink slip.

But Ivy is also handed the key to making her dream come true. If she sues the company for the terrible names her boss Rhonda called her when she asked for a raise... she might very well get millions.

Brett Baker has worked his whole life to be able to take a company of his own into the Fortune 500, and he's sitting on the cusp of his dream. Until Ivy could potentially ruin all his plans by suing the company for discrimination and harassment. He's got to use every weapon in his arsenal to make sure she doesn't do that.

Even if it means falling in love with her.

She gave her heart and soul to the wrong man once. Can she ever trust enough to give it all again?


NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jasmine Haynes loves giving readers sexy, classy stories about real issues like growing older, facing divorce, starting over. Her books have passion, heart, humor, and happy endings, even if they aren't always traditional. She also writes gritty, paranormal mysteries in the Max Starr series. As Jennifer Skully, she writes laugh-out-loud romantic comedies laced with a heavy dose of mystery. Look for Jennifer’s new series written with Bella Andre, starting with Breathless in Love, The Maverick Billionaires Book 1. Having penned stories since the moment she learned to write, Jasmine now lives in the Redwoods of Northern California with her husband and their adorable nuisance of a cat who totally runs the household. Join her newsletter for updates on contests, new releases, and freebies by going to jasminehaynes.com.


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  1. Great article, Jasmine. Worked in an office for the day job all my life. Oh the things I have heard and seen!

    1. I've got a few of those stories myself, Sherry! Thanks for stopping by!