Title: Dutch Treat, The Love in the Lowlands Series
Author: D.E. Haggerty
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance, Office Romance
Can a fun-loving Dutchman convince an uptight attorney to break all her rules?
I live my life by my rules. I don’t care if I suddenly find myself working overseas in Holland. My rules are my rules, and I’m sticking to them. Everyone can call me Uptight Avery all they want. Not my problem.
Rule #1: Do not tell a subordinate he looks like a Norse god – even if it’s true.
Rule #2: Do not kiss a subordinate when in a conference room with windows for walls. Scratch that. No kissing subordinates period.
Rule #3: Do not stare at a subordinate’s ahem assets when he’s half-naked because you barged into his hotel room. And maybe not barge into his hotel room either.
Rule #4: And do not, under any circumstance, drink too many Pumpkin Spice White Russians and fling yourself into bed with your flirty subordinate.
Will Avery Go Dutch and enjoy herself a scrumptious-looking Dutch Treat? Or will she stick to her rules no matter how much her fingers itch to strip Niels bare and lick him from head to toe?
This office romantic comedy features a workaholic determined to stay as far away from love and squishy feelings as possible, a fun-loving Dutchman who’s just as determined to force the workaholic to let her hair down, and two friends who have decided to try their hands at playing matchmaker.
Dutch Treat is a standalone book in the Love in the Lowlands romantic comedy series.
The last thing Avery expects is to fall in love with her co-worker, but Niels is anything but normal. Avery is an up-and-coming lawyer for her company. With the retirement of a region head, she thinks she's the shoo-in replacement for the North American region but instead gets promoted to the European region. She packs up her life and moves to the Netherlands, specifically the Hague. On the flight over she meets a beautiful man who looks like a Norse god. When she starts her first day on the job, she realizes the man from the airplane is none other than her co-worker and subordinate, Niels. *face palm* It's hard to adjust to life in Holland but Avery does her best. She tries to keep her distance from Niels but he doesn't listen. Every time he touches her, her skin is electrified. It's getting harder and harder to hold onto her 'rules' when all she wants to do is lick him like a dutch treat. Will Avery keep her distance from Niels and refuse the love he's offering, or will Avery unleash the woman within and succumb to her own passions?
Dutch Treat is book two in a brand new series by D.E. Haggerty which I devoured in one sitting. Haggerty lives in the Netherlands and when I heard she was finally doing a romance series set where she lives, I got really excited. I myself have never been to the Netherlands but I truly felt like I did while reading Dutch Treat. Haggerty's gift for descriptive narration is on full display in this book. She immerses the reader in the culture, traditions, quirks, slang, and backdrop of the Hague and the Dutch people. Reading Dutch Treat is like vacationing in the Hague without leaving your chair. The romance is delicious and watching Avery squirm was so much fun. I love office romances between a boss and an underling and Haggerty does a nice role reversal by having Avery, the uptight boss, be a woman. The attraction is immediate, but it takes the whole book for Avery and Niels to wind up together. I enjoyed the slow-burn of the romantic relationship. Niels is such a funny guy and his POV makes for some hilarious reading. If you love office romance, pick up Dutch Treat. If you're looking for an escape this summer, take a trip to the Netherlands without leaving your home with Dutch Treat. Romance readers, you've got to read Dutch Treat. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5+ stars
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D.E. Haggerty is actually just plain old Dena, but she thinks using initials makes her sound like one of the cool kids. She was born and raised in the U.S. but has spent the majority of her adult life abroad living in cool-sounding places like Istanbul, Heidelberg, and The Hague. She has job hopped from military policewoman to lawyer to B&B owner. She finally jumped off the job hopping bandwagon a few years ago when she decided to turn her addiction to romance novels into a career. If anyone has ideas on how to turn a love of wine into a job, she's all ears.
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Reviewed by: Mr. N