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The Build Up

Tati Richardson



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28 March 2023
A truly unfortunate first day of work leads to unexpected love in this sparkling debut from Romance in Colour podcast cohost Tati Richardson. Rumpled and ragged was not how architect Ari James envisioned kicking off her first day at a new firm. And few things can top the horror of her new--and extremely hot--colleague walking in on her at the worst moment ever. Learning that she'll be working with him on the project that's supposed to get her career back on top makes it harder than ever to focus on her big comeback. With a partnership at his firm on the line, nothing is going to stand in the way of Porter Harrison absolutely killing it on his new project: not his obnoxious rival, not his unpredictable brother and definitely not his new coworker whose gorgeous curves he accidentally saw and now can't get out of his head. Though neither of them is looking for love, once their creative juices get flowing, Ari and Porter's connection is obvious. But when their shared goal has always been winning at work, building a solid foundation for a relationship might end up costing them everything...

Imprint:   Miscellaneous
Edition:   Original ed.
Dimensions:   Height: 168mm,  Width: 109mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   177g
ISBN:   9781335621931
ISBN 10:   1335621938
Pages:   368
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Tati Richardson is co-founder of the Romance in Colour Podcast and debut contemporary romance author of The Build Up. A higher education professional for two decades, Tati holds degrees in English from Clark Atlanta University and University of North Carolina-Greensboro. A native of Atlanta, Tati lives in the suburbs with her husband and daughter. She collects red lipstick, Wonder Woman memorabilia, and unique eyewear. Learn more about Tati by visiting her website

Reviews for The Build Up

"""Richardson keeps the focus squarely on the characters' emotional development, hitting all the right romance beats.""--Publishers Weekly ""Tati Richardson delivers a timely and modern debut with The Build Up that is not to be missed! Forty-something year old architects Ari and Porter's chemistry make each page a simmering delight."" --USA TODAY bestselling author Kwana Jackson ""Richardson's delightfully entertaining debut brilliantly showcases a deliciously sharp sense of humor that makes the most of the book's setting while never downplaying the real workplace struggles women in a male-dominated industry face. This appeal is matched by the book's older, plus-size heroine, who confidently embraces her own self-worth. In all, this is a romance that throws off plenty of sexy chemistry and sensual sizzle in a story line that celebrates family, friends, and food, hitting the romance fiction trifecta.""--Booklist, starred review"

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