REVIEW ✧ CATASTROPHE QUEEN BY EMMA HART

Catastrophe Queen

☆☆

One hot mess. One hot boss. One too many hot encounters… 

It’s not you. It’s me. 
No, seriously. It is me. Not only does my name literally mean “unfortunate,” but that’s the story of my life. 

Everything I touch turns to crap. An apartment fire—that I swear I was not responsible for—means I’m living back at home with my sex-mad parents. Yay, me! 

Which is why I need my new job as personal assistant to Cameron Reid to get back on my feet. Three months in this job and I can move back out and, hopefully, remember to turn off my flat iron once in a while. 

Ahem. 

On paper, my job is easy. Make coffee. Book appointments. Keep everything in order. 

Until I walk in on my boss, half-naked, wearing nothing but the kind of tiny white towel that dreams are made of. 

Now, nothing is easy—except our mutual attraction. But he’s my boss, and you know what they say about mixing work and pleasure: unless you do p*rn, it’s just not worth it. 

Or is it?

I don’t want to say I had the highest hopes for this book, given how it is based on the whole “girl falling for her boss” trope and I really, really dislike that trope, but I definitely didn’t go into this book expecting to completely hate it, either. I didn’t think I’d be disappointed by the book, since I’ve read Emma Hart before and enjoyed it, but I am. I’m disappointed by this book. I thought it was going to be another laugh out loud rom-com from Hart but honestly, it sounds just like other books of hers that I’ve read and it’s nothing new or fresh or exciting. It seemed like there was potential here but it fell pretty flat for me. I came here to have a good time and I’m not even sure what I got out of this, but it wasn’t what I thought.

THE GOOD

  • I guess the nicest thing I can say here is that it is a relatively quick read so you’re not gonna be stuck reading it for days on end because it’s so long. I think it’s just under the standard length of a NA romance, so it feels more novella-like than full length book, so it’s a nice thing to pick up when you’re in the mood for a quick read. There’s also some fun laughs here and there, but if you’ve read Hart before, you might not be as entertained. I could be wrong though. So even though I didn’t love the book, it was over almost as fast as I started it.

THE BAD

  • One of my biggest problems with this book is that it feels exactly like what I’ve read from Hart before, therefore making me think she’s more of a one trick pony. Back when I first read Four Day Fling, I loved the humour of it all and was constantly laughing out loud myself. When I read Best Served Cold, it wasn’t quite as funny as the former but there was still something that made me think it followed the same overall formula as before. Now that I’ve read this one, I can confirm that Hart apparently only writes from one formula and it’s one that gets old real quick. I’ve already read about the dysfunctional and inappropriate family, I’ve already read about the guy who can handle anything this girl throws his way, and her family, and there’s really nothing that make either Mallory or Cameron stand out to me. I didn’t see any noteworthy characterization or development, nothing to really connect me with the characters, and overall I felt like I was told how these characters were like rather than shown. Also, they seem like the exact same characters I’ve read about before and follow the same kind of formula as the others books have. It just left me feeling like this wasn’t a book that was fresh, new, or original, particularly where the author is concerned. Maybe if I hadn’t read Hart in the past I’d be impressed but because it’s becoming so clear that Hart is more of a formulaic writer, I’m not really impressed. And I’m not saying other romance authors don’t follow formulas, because they do, but I always find some difference and originality within all of their works. This just feels the same as before and nothing special.
  • I feel like there could’ve been so much more to this story but there was nothing exciting or any kind of noteworthy drama. You’d think that with Mallory, who is this supposed “catastrophe queen,” there’d be more things to create drama from but in reality all she did was drop things and trip a lot. I mean, girl same I do that too, but I’m probably more suited for that title than Mallory is. And even where the whole “employee/boss” romance is concerned, everyone was just completely fine with it. There was no yelling, no climactic drama, no stakes were raised, nothing. I don’t want to say this, but the romance was kind of boring since there was nothing dramatic about it and literally no tension, let alone chemistry. I don’t know, I just wasn’t feeling it nor was I impressed.
  • Ok, I know that Hart is self published and she doesn’t have an entire team of editors and copyeditors and proofreaders, but that’s what freelancing is for. I’m to understand that Hart couldn’t afford for literally anyone to edit this book? I remember making a note of this when reading Four Day Fling, but I just thought it was my ePub file. Now I know that Hart doesn’t have an editor nor does it seem like things are proofread before being released. Maybe with an editor I would’ve enjoyed it more, maybe with an editor the familiarity of it all would’ve been pointed out, and so on. If Hart learns anything from this book it’d be to hire an editor. I volunteer as tribute (for money, of course).

THE BOTTOM LINE

  • If you’re in the mood for a quick read, then you’ll probably like this book. But I personally didn’t find anything new or noteworthy about it to really separate it from Hart’s other work. If there’s a lesson in all of this, it’s to always proofread. So Miss Hart, if you need an editor, I am available. My copyediting teacher says I’m allowed to offer myself as “an editing professional.” I got you.

BONUS: how this book made me feel in a GIF

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Catastrophe Queen
Author: Emma Hart
Release Date: January 29, 2019
Pages: 195 (eBook)
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