Hard Hats & Doormats by Laura Chapman

Lexi Burke has always been a stickler for following rules and procedures. As a human resources manager for a leading Gulf Coast chemical company, it’s her job to make sure everyone else falls in line, too.

But after losing out on a big promotion–-because her boss sees her as too much of a yes-woman––Lexi adopts a new policy of following her heart instead of the fine print. And her heart knows what it wants: Jason Beaumont, a workplace crush who is off limits based on her previous protocol.

While navigating a new romance and interoffice politics, Lexi must find the confidence to stand on her own or face a lifetime of following someone else’s orders.

Who says nice girls have to finish last?


I enjoyed this book immensely, so much in fact, that I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish it! I fell instantly in love with Lexi and Jason and rooted for them the entire way through the book. Ms. Chapman has a special gift for drawing the reader in to the story instantly and keeping their attention until the very last word. Truth be told, she kept my attention even longer, because I was still thinking about Lexi and Jason days after I finished reading their story!

Two things I really enjoyed about Lexi was that she was strong and had a great sense of humor. There were many times throughout the book when I literally "Laughed Out Loud" and I love when that happens. Lexi had goals, she had aspirations and while she allowed herself to be stepped on for a little while, you knew there was going to come a day when she stood up for herself and took back her life. It was very gratifying when it happened and I know I cheered her on.

Lexi's love affair with Jason was so fun to watch unfold. From their dates to their non-dates to meeting friends and parents, it was non-stop action, humor and love. Lexi's work life is as much a character in this book as the people. I had fun reading the antics on the oil rigs, the training sessions and her interactions with her boss. Every character was well-drawn out and believable and I truly felt I knew them so well that I could have been standing next to them, joining in the fun.

I don't want to give anything else away because I don't want to take away your excuse to read this fabulous debut by Laura Chapman! You can find Ms. Chapman on  Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and on her fabulous blog Change the Word.

You can find Ms. Chapman's debut on Amazon: Hard Hats and Doormats and on Goodreads: Hard Hats and Doormats.

As always, thank you for reading my review and for supporting Indie authors!


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