When someone asks “Who are you?” the mind starts to spit out a list of identities. Often career identity is near the top of the list. Depending on the venue, the first identity item out of my mouth may be “CPA” (Certified Public Accountant). There are multiple stereotypes about CPAs: bland, boring, exacting, OCD, extremely introverted, smart, socially awkward, math whizzes, etc. Some of them are true, many of them are not. If you ever try to divide the lunch check among 5 CPAs, every one of us will take out a calculator to do the math.
You will note that none of the stereotypes about CPAs involve the words sexy, exciting, or attractive. So I love to see my profession portrayed in romance novels where the accountant is one of the protagonists. There are two books coming out soon that I am very excited to read: Georgia Beers has written an accountant in Right Here, Right Now, due out December 1 and Fiona Riley also included one in Strike A Match, due out November 1 (both from Bold Strokes Books).
Seeing these two books pop up recently made me look back to some of my favorite books featuring CPA/accountant/financial types as the sexy, exciting, attractive protagonists. In no particular order, except that Jae gets top billing for naming her accountant Annie:
Something in the Wine, Jae: I first read it several years ago and have re-read it since then. I love how Annie slowly comes into her own. The relationship between her and Drew is a slow burn, which feels real given Annie’s personality. She is, at the start, a bit of a stereotype: introverted, shy, loves her cat more than people. By the end we see her as Drew sees her, smart, sexy, and kind.
Close to Home, Rachel Spangler: One of the best accounting parts about Close to Home is that it captures the never-ending work that is busy season. It’s a job that is with you 24/7 for three solid months. This book is one of my favorite Rachel Spangler novels. Kelly is a beautifully done character, she goes from somewhat unlikeable ex-girlfriend in a previous novel, to well-developed, deep, relatable protagonist in Close to Home. This is one of the Darlington series so we get time with characters from previous novels, always a joy.
Like Jazz, Heather Blackmore: One of the glamourous jobs in accounting is that of fraud investigator. At least it sounds glamourous. It’s not. We see some of that in Cazz’s work as she investigates the non-profit her ex is involved with. Heather Blackmore writes excellent financial pieces into the novel that show the truth around the accounting profession.
Above Temptation, Karin Kallmaker: Karin Kallmaker knows her financial stuff. Above Temptation is such a fun read with the twists of the fraud investigation tied up with the hearts of the two protagonists. I love the way the financial pieces are interwoven with the romance in this book.
Just Three Words, Melissa Brayden: From the first book in the series, Sam, the accountant, has been portrayed as the orderly accountant type. Even as a secondary character in the first book, however, she is a developed person and much more than the stereotypical accountant, despite her need for order. (I have to grudgingly admit, most accountants do love order.) And Sam ends up with the woman everyone wants, who doesn’t dream of that?
What about you? Do you like seeing your profession portrayed in books? Are there those who do it especially well?