Hard Hats and Doormats

Hard Hats and Doormats

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Overview

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985591489
Publisher: Marching Ink LLC
Publication date: 12/12/2013
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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Hard Hats and Doormats 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
1morepage More than 1 year ago
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!
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In her debut novel, Hard Hats and Doormats, author Laura Chapman introduces her readers to a smart professional woman who has sacrificed her personal life in order to follow the rules and climb the corporate ladder. But when she gets passed over for a promotion that she felt she deserved, she's tired of being a corporate doormat and playing by the rules, and adopts a new policy of going after her heart's desire! Twenty-four year old Lexie Burke is a Human Resource Field Manager for Gulf America, a Gulf Coast chemical company based in Houston, Texas. She's a hard-working, dedicated professional, who has been a stickler for following the company rules and regulations. She's even sacrificed her personal life for her job, even while harboring a secret crush on hunky refinery plant manager Jason Beaumont. But all that's about to change when she gets passed over for a promotion, all bets are off, and Lexi is ready to follow a new set of policies, one that includes following her heart. This was such a fun story to read, from the start you can't help but get drawn into Lexi's world. I loved following Lexi's journey of self-discovery and finding love. She's a realistic sassy woman that the reader can relate to, her transformation from strict rules follower to standing on her own two feet and finding a happy balance in her professional and personal life is well worth the read, especially when her heart's desire is a swoon worthy hunk of an oil man named Jason Beaumont. With a quirky cast of characters who are fun to follow; humorous dialogue and interactions; a richly descriptive Texas and Gulf Coast setting; and a storyline that has a lot of laugh-out loud moments; Hard Hats and Doormats is a thoroughly entertaining and easy read that will leave you smiling. Kudos to author Laura Chapman on her debut novel, I look forward to reading more of her novels in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Laura Chapman ever since I discovered her blog... so I expected her debut novel to have tons of humor and heart. I was not disappointed. While I liked Lexi at the beginning of the novel, I absolutely loved her when she decided to break the rules and go after what she really wants... which happens to be the very swoon-worthy Jason Beaumont. In addition to the love story, I enjoyed Lexi's journey to find happiness in her professional life. She's a fun character and her interior monologue had me laughing out loud. I loved spending time with these characters and I'm definitely looking forward to more from Laura Chapman!