Title: The Casanova (The Miles High Club 3)
Author: T.L. Swan
Published: August, 2021
Publisher: Indie Published
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Content Warnings: Dominant male, reaction to medication, cheating
I received a copy of The Casanova from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
In T L Swan’s steamy third installment of the Miles High Club, Kate’s hot new pen pal is a welcome distraction from her horrible boss. But nobody is as distracting as Elliot Miles…and he knows it.
My favorite hobby is infuriating Elliot Miles. Just the sight of my boss’s handsome face triggers my sarcasm. God knows how he earns his Casanova reputation—if a million women want him with his personality, what the heck am I doing wrong?
Disgusted with my love life, I join a dating app under a fake name. I start chatting to a man named Edgar. He’s not my type and lives on the other side of the world, but we hit off a friendship, laugh and confide in each other.
But lately things are getting weird at work. Elliot’s being…attentive. His eyes linger a little longer than they should, and there’s a heat behind them that I haven’t felt before. And then, in the shock of all shocks, he tells me that my vulnerability is appealing. But when was I vulnerable?
Horror dawns…Has my boss been reading my emails to Edgar?
Damn it, why did I use my work email?
Oh no, does he know what I really think of him? I’d rather die than ever admit it.
Or, even worse: is it possible that the man I loathe in real life is the man I’m falling for online?
Earlier this year I got hooked on The Miles High Club and I have not looked back since.
In the third instalment of the series, Elliot Miles (head of the London branch of Miles Media) goes head to head with Kathryn Landen, a woman who knows what she wants – and it isn’t him. But their office rivalry goes from hate to love and both of them are unsettled by the change. But the strain of keeping their relationship a secret from the paparazzi and the people who know them best catches up to them and they have to decide if what they feel for one another is worth it.
This was really fun. It’s not my favourite in the series (The Takeover still holds that title), but I do enjoy a hate to love, office romance.
At the beginning of the novel we’re introduced to Elliot and Kate and their acrimonious working relationship, and while he is an absolute jerk to her, she absolutely gives as good as she gets. A chance encounter outside the office and then an accident after hours in the office, and Elliot’s beginning to question his feelings towards her. Both characters are bossy, independent, and don’t like to show weakness in front of others. And while Kate is definitely the more stable of the two, as we spend more time with Elliot we start to see that he has a public image and a private life that he tries to keep separate. This causes tension, but also makes for some very swoon-worthy scenes.
That said, the third-act break up in this book is definitely not going to be to everyone’s taste – throughout the series, we’ve known that Elliot collects artwork by a particular artist who’s identity is unknown. He’s spent the last few years building up an image of the woman in his mind and when he finally finds out who it is, he leaves Kate to chase her down. This was, admittedly, not my favourite thing in the book (but I saw it coming a mile off, along with the big reveal for who it was). The only redeeming quality was that he had to grovel his butt off to get her back (and everyone around him told him to his face that he was an absolute idiot).
T.L. Swan continues to impress, and considering this book is over 500 pages, her style is so good that it never feels like you’re reading a tome.