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Discover the best office romance books worth reading in this book list!

If you like to see couples explore their connection inside and outside of the boardroom, then you’ll want to pick one of these office romance books that are my absolute favorite.

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Book list of the best office romance books worth reading.

From the Boardroom to the Bedroom: The Best Office Romance Books

I don’t know about you, but I like my romance books to have that bit of undeniable tension to it before any relationship starts between the hero and heroine.

Office romance books usually have this in spades!

Why? Because you’re not “supposed to” fall in love with your boss or your employee or your coworker.

There’s usually a no-dating clause at companies for a reason, but in these top 10 office romance books, any limiting HR clause is thrown out the boardroom window.

The relationship tension in these novels is smoking as the hero and heroine are both trying to deny their feelings or they give in and are trying to keep it secret and not have it effect their working relationship.

And let me say – these include some males who are both top in the boardroom and in the bedroom.

Whether you like office romances set in the law office, the corporate office, Hollywood or the newsroom, these books have you covered!

Top 10 Best Office Romance Books:

Beautiful Bastard is one of the best office romance books

Beautiful Bastard
by Christina Lauren

This book takes a spot on my top 10 best office romance books because it had so much tension!

I don’t usually like the intern/boss type story but this one just works.

Chloe is not just some young thing but is completing her MBA and is a force. Bennett, her boss, is a complete bastard but this enemies to lovers story totally feeds of their tension in the office.

And the scene where they first cross the line between business and pleasure…HOT!

Of course boss/employee relationships muddy the waters when promotions are at stake and that’s nothing new in this story, but the authors give us great characters who explore what’s a job worth when it comes to matters of the heart.

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne is one of the best office romance books

The Hating Game
by Sally Thorne

This book exploded in popularity when it was released (and is now being made into a movie!) and rightly so – it is that good!

This is another enemies to lovers romance in which two assistants who’ve taken competition to another level at work are now up for the same promotion.

What I liked most about this book is when the layers are peeled back for each character and when they realize that their assumptions about the other were all wrong. Can your nemesis really become your love?

This was a stellar debut by Thorne and a must read romance book for sure. Soon to be a motion picture!

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Tangled is one of the best office romance books

Tangled
by Emma Chase

Tangled is a great book because it showcases two equally ambitious characters in Kate and Drew.

Drew is confident, arrogant and quite the ladies man but he is totally brought to heel by Kate and I loved it. The New York City investment banking scene is cut throat but these two thrive on the pace and the confidence needed to succeed.

This was my first Emma Chase book and I’ve honestly read every one of her books since because I just loved this book and series. You will too.

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Legal Affairs is one of the best office romance books

Legal Affairs
by Sawyer Bennett

I think Sawyer Bennett writes the best heated romance and she brings some of that heat and more to Legal Affairs.

McKayla, after being dumped by her boyfriend, decides to take up her friend’s offer to join a discreet club and has a hot one night stand. Only her one night stand is now her new boss at the law firm she just joined.

Matt, the new boss, however can’t seem to keep his hands off of McKayla even though he doesn’t do repeats.

This book was definitely steamy and looks at the power dynamic between boss and employee. Plus, I love reading law-themed books by Bennett because she was a trial lawyer in her former life!

If you love Legal Affairs, you can also check out Confessions of a Litigation God, which tells the story from Matt’s point of view.

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Practice Makes Perfect is one of the best office romance books

Practice Makes Perfect
by Julie James

I love Julie James’ writing and wish she would write more books!

This is one of my favorites of hers because it pits two lawyers against one another when they find out that they are both vying for the same spot as partner.

I also love books where there is an initial misunderstanding that paves the way for how the two main characters act when really their feelings are completely different under the surface.

If you like office romances set in a law office with good old fashioned competition then this is your read.

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Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen is one of the best office romance books

Brooklynaire
by Sarina Bowen

Looking for an office romance book featuring a hot nerd? Well Brooklynaire is the book for you!

I adore Sarina Bowen’s books but this one is probably my favorite because I love Nate. He’s somewhat of a tech nerd but he’s a billionaire who owns a hockey team in Brooklyn.

What people don’t know about him is that he’s been secretly pining for Rebecca, his employee who helps him manage the hockey team.

Rebecca is a sweet heart and Nate is adordable and together they are just the best. It’s a great will they or won’t they story that you won’t be able to put down.

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Bossman by Vi Keeland is one of the best office romance books

Bossman
by Vi Keeland

Bossman brings you another boss/employee office romance where the two characters hit it off with their chemistry before even realizing that they work in the same office.

Chase is the CEO of the company that Reese now works for and he doesn’t stop in his pursuit.

This is a great office romance with more depth to their backstories that will pull you in.

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Huge Deal   by Lauren Layne is one of the best office romance books

Huge Deal
by Lauren Layne

Huge Deal takes us to the investment banking scene in NYC where Kennedy is one of the top dogs.

Helping him along the way is his trusty assistant, Kate. Of course everyone around them can see the attraction and chemistry between them but they’ve kept their feelings hidden from each other.

But those feelings may not stay hidden once Kennedy’s brother takes notice of Kate.

A great office romance between boss and assistant that finally takes off when a little jealousy comes into play!

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Dating You Hating You by Christina Lauren is one of the best office romance books

Dating You Hating You
by Christina Lauren

Dating You Hating You brings you a different office romance – one between two Hollywood agents!

Carter and Evie hit it off after meeting at a Halloween party, only to find themselves working for the same agency once their employers merge.

The only problem is that despite their attraction to one another, they are both fighting for the same job!

This is one of my favorite Christina Lauren standalone romances so check it out.

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Dirty Headlines by L.J. Shen is one of the best office romance books

Dirty Headlines
by L.J. Shen

Dirty Headlines takes the office romance to the newsroom!

This is a great enemies to lovers story where Jude inadvertently has a one night stand with Celian who turns out to be her boss at her new job.

That’s not her only problem though as she cleaned out his wallet the morning after their night together.

I loved the vibe of the newsroom in this story and the arrogance and passion of Celian. It was such a great read and the perfect office romance.

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If you like to see couples explore their connection inside and outside of the boardroom, then you’ll want to pick one of these office romances books that are absolute must reads! Typically, romance books have that bit of undeniable tension to them before any relationship starts between the hero and heroine—and office romance books usually have this in spades! Why? Because you’re not “supposed to” fall in love with your boss or your employee or your co-worker.

There’s usually a no-dating clause at companies for a reason, but in these 13 office romance books, any limiting HR clause is thrown out the boardroom window.

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

This book is based around the typical intern/boss love story, but in this case, it just works! Chloe is not just some young business wannabe—she’s a force, completing her MBA. She thinks Bennett, her boss, is a complete bastard…but this enemies-to-lovers story totally feeds of their tension in the office.

Of course, boss/employee relationships muddy the waters when promotions are at stake and that’s nothing new in this story, but the authors give us great characters who explore what’s a job’s worth when it comes to matters of the heart.

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, daringness, 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.

Private Confessions by Lori Borril

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.

Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James

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.

Irresistibly Yours 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.

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.

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris: 1) She is incapable of engaging in a conversation without volunteering TMTI (Too Much Trivial Information), especially when she is unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her more than Quinn Sullivan, and 3) She doesn’t know how to knit. After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can’t help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all, then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can’t afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn- the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies- to make her an offer she can’t refuse.

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

Samiah Brooks has just made two new best friends, London and Taylor. They met because they were all dating the same boy, a catfishing three-timing jerk. Since their lives have gone viral because of the unfortunate situation, these girls have come together and made a pact that the next six months are about them. No men, no dating, just a whole love of self-time and love. Sometimes plans don’t go accordingly, though. When Samiah finally develops the app she has always dreamed of creating, she unintentionally meets the delicious (her words, not mine) Daniel Collins at work. Is he just another too-good-to-be-true guy, or is actually a truly good guy?

The X Ingredient by Roslyn Sinclair

Diana Parker is Atlanta’s top lawyer, and everyone knows it. No one can claim that she isn’t the most driven, ruthless, stringent boss out there. If only she applied all of that to her failing marriage. When Laurie Holcombe walks through the door as Diana’s new assistant, Diana is sure that she is all wrong for the job. Laurie’s bright blue eyes, streaked pink hair, and cute southern accent isn’t exactly what Diana is looking for … right? As the two begin a thrilling dance with risky desires, they’ll have to decide if they can keep it professional and resist the irresistible.

The Brutal Truth by Lee Winter

The truth always comes out, whether we want it to or not. When Australian crime reporter Maddie Grey ends upon a work trip with her boss that she has a crush on, things might unexpectedly heat up down under. Elena Bartell is brilliant and fierce, and believes that the world would be a much simpler place if everyone told the whole truth. So, Elena and Maddie make a bet that at first seems harmless. They can’t lie to each other. Easy enough, right? Well, when the bet starts to backfire, Elena might not be ready for the whole truth like she thought she was. Secrets come out, and these two women will never be the same again.

Rule Breaker by Lily Morton

Unsurprisingly so, after two years of insults and remaking the coffee because it’s not up to Gabe’s standards, Dylan wants to kill his boss—not like actually, but a little. However, despite Gabe being a cynical wedding planner, a chance encounter has opened Dylan’s eyes to the attraction that has always been underlying between them. Gabe’s still a bastard, though. But what happens when Dylan starts to fall in love with the real Gabe, the one that doesn’t cause murderous thoughts 24/7? Dylan has to figure out if Gabe is truly letting him in and breaking down that cold exterior wall or if he should prepare himself for heartbreak.

If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

It started as a fauxmance: a fake relationship to strategically give one another the chance to achieve their goals. Laurie was humiliated and needed to give the rumor mill something else to talk about when her partner, who works with her, of over a decade breaks up with her and announces that his new girlfriend is pregnant. Jamie just wanted to impress the bosses, let them know he can be loyal and committed. It was perfect, and weirdly it was working. But what happens when the fine line between pretending to be in love and actually falling in love starts to blur?

The Trouble With Hating You by Sajni Patel

Don’t you just hate it when your parents try to set you up for marriage without telling you? Liya Thakkar does, which is why she ran out the back door when she realized that was the intention of her parent’s latest dinner party. She didn’t care though; she was an extremely successful and single biochemical engineer. She wouldn’t have thought twice about it if the same guy hadn’t shown up at her office a week later. Jay Shah was the new lawyer that was hired to save her struggling company. Their infuriating and witty office banter soon turns into late-night chats—and before you know it they’re realizing that if they are truly going to fall for one another it means they’ll have to face their painful pasts. Will they be able to give love a chance, or keep running?

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Lucy Hutton’s definition of nemesis: an opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome, AKA Joshua Templeman. Lucy and Josh hate each other, and yes, hate is a strong word—but if there was one stronger than it, they would use it. They display their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other as executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. When they are up for the same promotion, their battle of wills comes to a peak and neither one is backing down. But as their rivalry comes to a boiling point, Lucy starts to think that maybe she doesn’t hate Josh—and maybe he doesn’t hate her either. Is it all a part of a game, or are these two discovering where all this “hate” is truly coming from?

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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.


Bossman by Vi Keeland

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)

Tangled by Emma Chase

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. 


By a Thread by Lucy Score

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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I could not refuse, and after finishing my working day, I went to help my old friend. In the office, Nina was alone, because the working day was over and the rest of the employees dispersed and went home, and she was waiting for my arrival. The matter turned out to be trifling and Nina was delighted and said "thank you" and began to get ready for home.

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