What It’s About:
From NY Times Bestselling author, CD Reiss, love comes in the most ordinary and most forbidden places.
Rules for my new job:
1) Do not have sex with a man in the office (again).
2) Do not break Rule #1
I’m playing it cool, clean, and professional…until I meet Roman Bianchi. He’s not an insecure nerd or an ego-hole like the other kings of Silicon Valley. He’s charming and handsome. He’s fun, funny, and smart.
He’s also in the office across the hall.
Two broken rules waiting to happen.
I can’t lose this job over some guy.
But Roman’s not just some guy. Under that suit and cocky smile, he’s a prince.
Prince Roman by C.D. Reiss is the latest of the 1001 Dark Nights novellas, and it is a spinoff of the author’s last full novel, King of Code.
Short stories and novellas can be difficult to write since there is little time to develop characters and plot, but not for master storyteller, C.D. Reiss. Prince Roman is an excellent example of how to write a short story/novella. The characters are well developed and the plot is crisp. I really appreciated that if the sex scenes were removed from the story, there would be a clear plot–which I cannot say about all the short stories and novellas I’ve read.
Even with the short format, Ms. Reiss’ style remains descriptive and evocative. It is easy to picture every scene as you read this tale of two high tech executives looking for power and financial success and finding love. For the main characters, Roman Bianchi and Raven Crosby, and many high-powered players in Silicon Valley, professional achievement and finding a loving, satisfying relationship are conflicting goals. Long hours and tight deadlines make it hard to meet anyone outside of work, and restrictions on fraternizing with co-workers and employees makes it virtually impossible to find love.
Will the VP of Human Resources and the outside legal counsel create a full-proof plan to keep Neuronet safe from potential harassment lawsuits and obtain their respective professional goals, or will they duplicitously ignore company policy and follow their hearts? Prince Roman is an excellent depiction of that struggle, and a well-written novella.