Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
What do you get when you cross two highly-intelligent technology experts, one a CIO and the other a twelve years younger phenom hacker? Well, you get fireworks. Oh, and a fake engagement. Plus a hero and heroine who are blind to the other’s attraction. Add in a snooty mother of the hero and her brood of upper-crust biddies, and you find yourself wrapped in the pages of Tessa Layne’s O Magnet, the second full novel of her Titans of Tech series.
Penny and Stockton, the heroine and hero of the O Magnet, are the type of hero and heroine you can’t help but fall in love with. For one, Stockton lives his life as a direct affront to his mother. He is wealthy, successful, athletic, and handsome, and he is protective in a way that I don’t think he realizes for much of the story. He is instantly attracted to Penny, but given their age difference, he spurns his attraction believing it would be inappropriate. This forces him to choose the company of many other women, oftentimes women who he knows he can never have something more. This, unfortunately, flies in the face of his meddling mama who wants to see him married and with children.
Penny is similarly complicated. Her past is a tragic one, and she creates an armor to protect herself from further hurts. She pines for Stockton from afar, continually becoming wounded by his affronts. She is also the smartest person in the story, and this is ultimately what attracts Stockton to her. There is nothing better than an independent, intelligent heroine except when she needs the love of a hero to heal her broken parts, and Tessa Layne writes this well in O Magnet.
Like Harrison and Sparky in Pu$$y Magnet, Stockton and Penny engage in verbal warfare for much of the book. There are times when it becomes tedium, mostly through Penny’s characterization. However, Layne makes it clear that this is only part of her armor and her intelligence.
As this is a fake engagement set in the upper echelons of society, it makes for a barrage of moments when Penny challenges the thinking of this higher social strata. This also creates some of the most comedic moments in the romance.
Like the other books in this series, O Magnet is steamy and Layne has integrated those moments so that they feel organic to Penny and Stockton’s journey. They do not overwhelm O Magnet, instead, they act as moments of revelation for its hero and heroine.
If I had to compare Pu$$y Magnet and O Magnet, the first two full books of the Titans of Tech series, I would say that they are comparable. Unlike the other book, O Magnet has a nice balance of point of view between Stockton and Penny. What this does is evenly distributes the affection for the two characters.
What I would change in this book is the quick resolution of their challenge. I don’t want to divulge more of the plot points, but I thought that the last quarter of the book could have used more development.
Like Pu$$y Magnet, I found myself attached to Penny and Stockton’s story. Tessa Layne’s O Magnet is a fun, feminist read. It matches well with the other books in the series, and it leaves you ready for more.
In love and romance,