Mine to Five by Tara September, Verla Bond (Narrator)

Published December 11th 2019 by Plus It Up

Length: 4 hours and 15 minutes

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Standalone

’Tis the season for an office romance!

Working beyond nine to five and barely getting by, Melanie Thomas is eager to celebrate the impending holiday season and to toast the start of her dream marketing job over drinks with her boyfriend. Unfortunately, he has different plans – like seeing other women.

Indulging in a pity party with tequila, Melanie confides in a sexy stranger at the bar. It’s almost Christmas. One night of letting go won’t hurt anything, right? Turns out, it just might, when the stranger is her new boss. Determined to succeed at her job, Melanie won’t be scared away. This is her chance, even if her hot boss has her feeling all merry and bright and wishing for a less-than-professional relationship.

Matthew Ryans is burned out and on thin ice at the company he helped build, unless he gets his head back in the game. Yet, his head, both upper and lower, are quickly becoming obsessed with his new assistant. Still, he can’t seem to fully begrudge Melanie’s distracting presence and the Christmas joy she brings with it. Especially considering that her enthusiasm has him reenergized. For once, he is longing for Mondays, but with his heart and job on the line, he can’t risk blurring the lines no matter how strong the lure of holiday mistletoe is.

Will their holiday passion be able to fuel mutual career success, or will it only get in their way in the New Year?

2018 Contemporary Romance Writers’ Stiletto Finalist

2018 Tampa Area Romance Writers’ TARA Finalist

2018 Maine Romance Writers’ Strut Your Stuff Finalist – Second Place Contemporary Winner

2017 Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest – Second Place Winner

3.75 Stars:

When Melanie finds out her boyfriend is fooling around on her, she heads to a local bar to drown her sorrow with tequila. She meets a gorgeous man with chocolate brown eyes and they hit it off pretty well. They both get so drunk, neither one of them remembers what happened the night before, which is good as it turns out that he is Melanie’s new boss.

I loved the chemistry between Melanie and Matthew. Even though things start off a bit awkward, they move beyond it to save Matthew’s career and jumpstart Melanie’s. Mine to Five is an office romance set at Christmas and New Year’s but it can be read anytime. I read it in January and it was fine. The story is quick, fun and enjoyable. I enjoyed the witty banter between our two MCs and their personalities made me want to get to know them. There are a couple of sexy scenes that might get your heartrate up, but their relationship outside of that was what appealed to me. Of course you always have to be concerned with office romance and there are some issues because of that, but Tara September writes a great solution to the problem. I loved the ending and how this rom-com ends. A fun story that I recommend to those of you that enjoy contemporary romance.

I listened to the audiobook of Mine to Five narrated by Verla Bond, who is a new narrator to me. I enjoyed her narration. She gave voice to the characters that made them easy to identify and her speed and expression added to my enjoyment of the story. My only issue was listening to the sex scenes was a bit hard for me, I was able to skip ahead a couple of times. Overall, I enjoyed Verla Bond’s narration and would listen to other books narrated by her. I received a copy of this book through Audiobookworms upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

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About the Author, Tara September

Tara September is an award-winning… and losing contemporary romance writer living in Southwest Florida.

Tara is proud to be the world’s most okayest mom to clones (identical twin boys). When not writing out her daydreams, she blogs over at When Tara Met Blog @tarametblog, a lifestyle and parenting blog of 14 years.

Holding a master’s degree in journalism from NYU, she previously was the Corporate Communications Manager at WWE and PR Manager for The Walt Disney Company, Consumer Products.


About the Narrator: Verla Bond

Verla Bond is an American actor, improvisor, and storyteller, who makes her home in Los Angeles, California. She enjoys performing on the stage and screen, but especially loves recording audiobooks, where she gets the privilege of playing all kinds of diverse characters, such as British vampires, Irish leprechauns, and Southern gentlemen.