Book Review: Assistant To The Villain By Hannah Nicole Maehrer

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Adeeba Jafri

Adeeba is the author of several books including The Baby Garden, A Zoom with a View and Show Yourself.

Grumpy hires sunshine to assist in his day to day tasks, such as managing scared senseless interns, arranging heists, and cleaning up decapitated heads.

Evie Sage, desperate for employment is offered an assistant job to the town’s most infamous man-The Villain, the kind of guy who everyone hates and fears because he is…well….the villain. 

In terms of world building, I’ve already forgotten where things took place. It wasn’t very clear and I hope that gets clarified in the next installment.

I enjoyed reading about Evie because she is harmless good fun in her brutal honesty and hopeless awkwardness. I liked that the author didn’t go so much into the whole  “she’s smart and silly but she’s also beautiful” because it’s clear by the end, the Villain sees her for her worth. It was so much fun reading her point of view, trying not to drool over her hot boss.

The Villain’s point of view was such a treat. He’s a brooding guy and I loved how he started opening up not only to Evie but to his co-workers. He loves his office and he’ll do anything to keep his employees safe. All of the scenes that took place in the office were definitely my favorite. 

I’m really not sure what category this book falls under. It’s written as YA but there are curses in the book and sometimes, I felt like a middle grader might enjoy it. Regardless, it was all good fun. Trying to sabotage the Villain was fun and totally wasn’t the person I was expecting. Loved the plot twist at the end. 

This is a clean romance and the slow burn is sooooo slow. I just wish that it was better paced. 

All in all, this was a fun read and I’ll be sure to pre-order the next book.