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#TeaserTuesday + Opening Paragraph - The Encounter by @JaceyHolbrand #amreading

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday hosted by Should Be Reading and First Chapter, First Paragraph hosted by Bibliophile By The Sea.

This week I'm reading The Encounter by +Jacey Holbrand

Here's the opener:

 “Zen! Get in here.”
Zen rolled his eyes at Chief’s voice booming through the phone intercom and pushed away from his desk. Leaving the comfort of his corner office, he ignored the “ooos” of his fellow coworkers scattered throughout the low-wall partitioned cube farm. He jokingly gave them the middle finger as he turned toward his boss’s office. Owen “Chief” Krantz, owner of The Agency, wanted to see him, and it wasn’t because he was in trouble, as those around him would like to believe. A new protégé was in his future—if his earlier glimpse of the young pup coming to report for his first day of work was any indication.
Another rookie.

Here's the teaser:

 “I’ve heard he’s the company ogre. He eats men alive and forces them to quit.” ~ page 5, pdf, The Encounter by Jacey Holbrand.

Here's the blurb:

Evan ‘Zen’ Zenas is the top agent at The Agency and is known for his brusque demeanor. He’s also known to be tough on trainees. Those who find themselves under his tutelage usually don’t last long. When he’s assigned a new assistant, Seth Trivos, Zen’s faced with questions about his past he’s not too keen on answering.

Seth Trivos knew Evan once upon a time, loved him even, but when Evan disappeared, he unknowingly broke Seth’s heart. Now, he’s in Evan’s world as the newest recruit at The Agency, and he’s looking for answers.

Will Zen chase away another new assistant because he doesn’t want to open up about a past encounter or will being forced on a case together make him face the demons he’s been trying to hide from?

My thoughts:

I've only just started reading this. The first chapter is laid out well and introduces the main characters. Their dynamic is somewhat tense at the start. Seth's impression of Zen is that he's an 'ogre' from the company grapevine. And Zen plays the role well by being grumpy. We'll see how the rest plays out.

What about you? Would you keep reading? Leave me a comment so I know you stopped by. Have a great week.
Kay xx
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  1. Golly, save me from working for someone like this guy.

  2. This one does pique my curiosity. Thanks for sharing...and enjoy. And thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. “I’ve heard he’s the company ogre. He eats men alive and forces them to quit.” Haha!

  4. Zen does sound like an ogre. He'd probably scare me away too if I had to work under him. LOL I do like the sound of this one though and would keep reading based on the intro. Hopefully Seth will help tame that beast.

  5. Judging from Zen's reaction to his boss's summons, it sounds like he can take care of himself.
    My Tuesday post features THE MOST UNSUITABLE WIFE.

  6. I've had an ogre boss before, not cool! I'm not sure if I would read this, but enjoy it!

  7. Great teaser, thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog!

  8. Ok, you definitely piqued my curiosity, Kay!
    Thanks for sharing and also for stopping by :)

  9. Great teaser, very inticing. Hope you enjoy. Thanks for stopping by my TT

  10. Worked with a lady that was an ogre, not directed at me, but was glad when that job was over!

  11. Hmm.. I don't think I'd want to work there! Thanks for visiting my TT

  12. He sounds like a boss I had way back when... Nice teaser, Kay.
    Thanks for stopping by earlier. Happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  13. Thank you for being one of my blog tour hosts and sharing my story with your readers. I'd also like to thank everyone for stopping by and leaving comments! They're much appreciated.
    Love & Blessings, Jacey

  14. Nope, sorry not for me, but I'm happy you joined in.


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