Alexandra Fletcher loves her job as a junior editor in a team at a prestigious publishing house. At a fancy launch party, she bumps into John Burden, an author. She finds him unbearably arrogant and lets him know it. His response is unexpected and shocking. In the back alley of the hotel, where the party is held, John Burden shows her what he feels about being snubbed by her. The showing includes some removal of her knickers and some rather painful contact with the palm of his hand.
Alexandra wishes she had never met this brute of a man. Fate wishes differently and she is forced to work closely with him and his upcoming novel, too close for Alexandra’s comfort.
To add to the complications, John Burden is a man Alexandra finds irresistible, at least when she isn’t reminded of his arrogance and his harsh treatment of her. It would be so much easier if he didn’t insist on expressing his displeasure in such a hands on way.