Guest Post – Sex in the Office by Katie Rose
It seems so odd to realize that not very long ago, a woman’s role in life were really limited to one: wife and mother.
The unfortunate female who didn’t find a suitable husband became a spinster, dependent upon the charity of her family, while those without such means were relegated to positions such as governess, seamstress, or maid. I remember reading Little Women, and thinking it sad that bright and talented Jo, who eventually published some of her stories, was so limited when it came to a career. Even Scarlet O’Hara was appalled when once wed, she discovered all the fun was over: no more balls, parties, flirting and dancing. She was now expected to produce babies, ‘brats’ as she referred to them, and step aside to allow the next generation of maidens to shine on the dance floor.
So when I was working with the story of the Appleton sisters, clever Jennifer, brainy Winifred and lovely Penelope, orphaned sisters who pretended to be mediums in order to make money, I started to think what Winifred would really want to do in life, given her intellect. The law seemed perfect for her, especially since women had no female voice in court, no one to speak for them except often unsympathetic men.
And since Winnie couldn’t become a lawyer, the next best thing was to work for one. But things get complicated when she finds herself wildly attracted to her handsome employer:
“Charles, what are you doing?” Alarm filled her, mixed with pleasurable anticipation as he took her into his embrace. She tried to sound indignant, but somehow it didn’t come out that way at all.
“I did promise not to seduce you while you were working here,” he said, his voice a husky promise. “But Winifred, it is after hours now. . .”
But Charles winds up for more than he bargained for, especially when he and Winnie wind up on opposite sides of a court case when a woman is accused of murdering her husband.
Romance in the office is a common occurrence today. .. (Anyone a fan of the Office?) While some companies have strict rules against employees dating, others ignore it, and a few actually encourage it.
So I am wondering:
Have you ever been romantically involved with someone at work?
About the Author:
Katie Rose’s first book, A Hint of Mischief, won RomCon’s Reviewer’s Choice Award. She is fascinated with the Victorian period and sees a distinct parallel in the Industrial Revolution and the technology revolution today. Rose has a degree in journalism and has also written for magazines and newspapers.
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About the Book:
In this charming historical romance, an enticing attorney and a determined suffragette learn the hard way that there’s more to life—and love—than getting their way.
No one could accuse the Appleton sisters of embracing tradition. After all, they’ve earned their living as spiritualists ever since their parents’ tragic death—and are succeeding famously. Now Winifred Appleton hopes to champion the rights of women by becoming a lawyer. But when she learns that no law school will accept a woman, Winifred is left with just one choice: accepting an apprenticeship from Charles Howe—and trying to ignore the fiery passion the handsome prosecutor arouses.
Intrigued by Winifred’s spirit—and tempted by her beauty—Charles believes that taking her under his wing is a flawless plan. She’ll surely buckle under the pressure of pursuing her career, leaving him free to propose a different kind of partnership: matrimony. But when the pair are pitted on opposite sides of a contentious murder trial, they learn that love is the only argument that matters.
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