Suzanne Park comes to the blog with her adult-themed debut with
Loathe at First Sight
Melody is a Korean American woman who just landed her ‘dream job’ for a video gaming company. She’s heading up teams and dealing with the dual hammers of ‘woman in tech’ discrimination and the preconceptions about Asians and their smarts. And make no mistake, Melody is whip-smart, has a great sense of humor, and is focused on her career, much to her parents’ dismay who think she should be on the ‘husband track’ now. While she’s got the ‘dream job’ there are so many roadblocks and obstacles that she’s finding herself dreading the mornings as she heads into work, and things are just more complicated when the boss’ nephew is hired on.
Now is the time to address the issues that had Melody thinking she’d want to quit. The harassment – both verbal racism and sexism, along with the very real issues of a stalker, public outing of her personal information and all of the fears / discouragement that follow those issues. Additionally, Park uses the parents as a sort of comic relief – their constant traditionally-tied values that embarrass and frustrate Melody in equal measure show the dual-worlds that she exists in, and the pitfalls and hazards from them both. Fortunately, she has solid friendships and somewhere to vent, and a determination to ‘make a difference’ despite the obstacles – and it doesn’t dance into the realm of ‘preachy’ or ‘for all womankind’ sort of determination. I liked Melody all the more for that fact – and worried for her with all of the harassment.
Yet – she devises a game, as a joke, that stops her bosses in their tracks. Quickly moving to the top of the ‘we want this’ list, Melody is given free rein, and the boss’ nephew to bring and keep the game popular. Using her own humor and a ‘fight the patriarchy’ attitude, the game that uses male strippers in an apocalyptic setting is just quirky enough to get notice, and capture that ever-elusive ‘female market’ as defined by her bosses. With Nolan on her team- Melody soon sees that not only is he hot and sexy, but has a brain and isn’t a Neanderthal like many of the men she’s encountered at the studio, there is a bit of romance tossed in to ‘fill out’ the story. Personally, just finding someone who wasn’t confined to the ‘usual stereotypes’ of males in the tech world would have worked for me – but the diversion after all of the savage discrimination did add a bit of lightness to the often all too real feelings bruised and battered with the harassment that Melody suffered. Not quite a ‘light read’ yet toothsome enough to truly empathize with and appreciate Melody in all of her moments make this a story well worth reading.
Title: Loathe at First Sight
Author: Suzanne Park
Genre: Asian-American, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Dark-theme, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Sociological Relevancy
Published by: Avon
Published on: 18 August, 2020
Source: Publisher via Avon Addicts, Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 46 minutes
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Melody Joo is thrilled to land her dream job as a video game producer, but her new position comes with challenges: an insufferable CEO; sexist male coworkers; and an infuriating—yet distractingly handsome—intern, Nolan MacKenzie, aka “the guy who got hired because his uncle is the boss.”
Just when Melody thinks she’s made the worst career move of her life, her luck changes. While joking with a friend, she creates a mobile game that has male strippers fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world. Suddenly Melody’s “joke” is her studio’s most high-profile project—and Melody’s running the show.
When Nolan is assigned to Melody’s team, she’s sure he’ll be useless. But as they grow closer, she realizes he’s smart and sexy, which makes Melody want to forget he’s her intern. As their attraction deepens, she knows it’s time to pump the brakes, even with her Korean parents breathing down her neck to hurry up and find a man.
With her project about to launch, Melody suddenly faces a slew of complications, including a devastating trolling scandal. Could the man she’s falling hard for help her play the game to win—in work and in love?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via Avon Addicts, Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.