Books Like Neanderthal Seeks Human
Fans of romance novels tend to be spoiled for choice as this genre has no shortage of unique settings. One of the most popular is the office or workplace romance. These stories usually feature romance blossoming between employees and their bosses or office rivalry turning into something unexpected. For example, in Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid, Janie Morris ends up working for a security expert named Quinn Sullivan. Janie has had a secret crush on Quinn ever since she laid eyes on him working in the same building, so when she loses her boyfriend, apartment, and job on the same day, it is hard to pass up his job offer. For more romance novels where coworkers become more than just friends, check out the following books like Neanderthal Seeks Human.
by Sally Thorne
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne is an office romance about Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman, two coworkers who sit across each other every day. The problem is that Lucy and Joshua absolutely hate each other. Lucy finds Joshua joyless, especially as he refuses to smile, while Joshua is annoyed by Lucy's overly bright clothes and quirky attitude. Lucy is usually a people pleaser, but when she is up for the same promotion as Joshua, she decides that it is time to take him down. However, in the process, she discovers a hidden side to her rival that changes everything.
by Mhairi McFarlane
If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane sees the protagonist, Laurie, dumped by her partner of eighteen years. This completely blindsides Laurie, and to add to her humiliation; she still has to work together with him. However, she gets an opportunity for revenge after getting stuck in a life with her handsome colleague, Jamie. Together with Jamie, Laurie hatches the idea of a fake relationship that will make her ex jealous while also improving Jamie's prospects at their law firm. What follows is the perfect faux office romance where the rules are set via email, and the staged photos are convincing everyone. The only thing that could upset the balance would be if Laurie and Jamie actually end up falling in love for real.
by Jo Watson
Sera, the protagonist of Love to Hate You by Jo Watson, is in a bit of a predicament. She is usually a good girl but has a steamy encounter with a relative stranger after an evening at a club. Unfortunately for Sera, this handsome stranger turns out to be her new boss, Ben. Sera desperately needs her new job, so she is unsure what to make of Ben, who clearly wants to pursue a relationship with her. He promises to keep things discreet at work, but Ben and Sera have secrets that need to be resolved if they want any hope of a relationship.
by Angie Hockman
Shipped by Angie Hockman stars Henley Evans, a marketing manager with almost no time for herself, family, friends, or even dating. These sacrifices almost seem worth it when she is finally shortlisted for her dream promotion. There's only one problem, and that's the fact that Henley's arch-rival, Graeme Crawford-Collins, is also up for the position. Graeme is a remote social media manager, and although Henley has never met him in person, they have engaged in plenty of epic email battles. Things become even more complicated when Henley and Graeme are sent on a company cruise together and discover that the line between loathing and liking is thinner than what they imagined.
by Farrah Rochon
Samiah Brooks discovers that her three-timing jerk of a boyfriend has catfished her in The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon. In the process, Samiah and the two other girls, London and Taylor, find themselves going viral. The three form an unlikely friendship and make a six-month pact to avoid men and dating while focusing on themselves. This gives Samiah the time to focus on her exciting career in app development. Still, she definitely didn't plan on the sexy and distracting Daniel Collins to walk into her office. Samiah will have to figure out if Daniel is really boyfriend material or if he is too good to be true.
by Helena Hunting
Blaire Calloway and Ronan Knight from Kiss My Cupcake by Helena Hunting aren't exactly coworkers, but their story fits neatly in the workplace romance category. Blaire has been obsessing about the launch of her cupcake and cocktails shop, so the last thing she expected is Ronan opening his old-school sports bar next door on the very same day. The pair end up constantly trying to one-up each other in an attempt to win new customers, but there's no denying the chemistry between them. Blaire and Ronan are also forced to call a temporary time-out to their own war and work together when an even more significant threat to their business comes to town.
by Sophie Kinsella
Can You Keep A Secret? is an office romance novel by Sophie Kinsella. It opens with the protagonist, Emma Corrigan, sitting on a turbulent plane. Emma is a nervous flyer and is convinced that she will die on the airplane, so she turns to the man sitting next to her and begins confessing all her secrets. These include feeling like a fraud at work and throwing a troublesome client file in the bin once. Emma survives the flight and doesn't think she will ever see the handsome American again, only to be shocked by his arrival at her work the following day. It turns out that the man she confessed everything to is actually Jack Harper, the founding boss of the whole mega corporation where she is employed. Sophie is horrified that Jack knows all her secrets, but he is interested in her to her surprise.
by Jill Mansell
To The Moon and Back by Jill Mansell tells the tale of a woman named Ellie Kendall who tragically lost her husband. Ellie feels like life is over but realizes that she has to move on. She finds herself moving into a new place and getting a new job. Her boss is a man named Zack, but what Ellie doesn't know is that he had already fallen for her before she had even applied for the job of being his assistant. Ever since seeing Ellie on the street, Zack couldn't stop thinking of her, so when she shows up for a job interview, he immediately hires her.