Netflix’s latest romantic drama Partner Track dropped a few weeks ago, and I devoured it.
A wonderful mash-up of Suits, Younger and Sex and The City this 10 episode series follows a young lawyer at a top New York City legal firm aspiring to make partner by the end of the year. However her plans are thrown off kilter when an old flame joins the firm and is a rival for the partner role.
It has a touch of enemies-to-lovers, workplace romance, secret affairs and basically every other rom-com trope I love. Needless to say, I need a second season immediately.
Here are seven reasons Partner Track should be on your must-watch list this weekend.
1) A wonderfully flawed heroine
Ingrid, the main character of Partner Track is a scarily intelligent, ambitious and career oriented young woman. She’s passionate about her job, literally listens to legal podcasts as she sleeps, and her one-track mind can lead her to make poor life choices. However through all this we also see her compassion, her desire to take a moral stand (even if it clashes with her job) and her love for her friends. Yes, she often makes VERY bad and selfish decisions, but she’s still a heroine you can’t help but root for.
Love stories with nuanced, complex heroines? Check out On The Same Page by Penelope Janu
For readers of Mhairi McFarlane, Beth O’Leary, Lindsay Kelk and Sally Thorne comes this utterly charming and delightfully funny love story where opposites attract – or do they?
By day Miles Franklin, named after the famous author, is a successful lawyer. By night, in secret, she writes historical romance novels under the pen name Emma Browning. When ‘Emma’s’ novels win one of Australia’s biggest literary awards, Miles’s perfectly ordered life begins to unthread at the bindings. Especially when Lars Kristensen, CEO of the publishing company contracted to publish the prize-winning books, insists on meeting the author.
Besides mutual antipathy and sexual attraction, socially anxious Miles and supremely confident Lars have nothing in common. Nothing. But the more time they spend together, the more blurred the lines between fact and fiction and love and hate become.
Miles is determined to both protect her privacy and to keep writing-even if it means mastering pole dancing, choreographing a love scene in the back of a horse-drawn carriage, and confronting the prejudices of her parents and publishers.
Like the heroines in her books, Miles has the grit to stand her ground. But Lars has the smouldering looks, arrogance and pride of all her romantic heroes rolled into one. And he is good at reading between the lines. Who is going win this battle of wills? Can Miles and Lars ever be on the same page?
2) Love triangles
Ingrid is first thrown off balance in her career with the re-appearance of her British fling (who she’d been nursing a crush on for years) at her office. At the same time she meets a very attractive billionaire philosopher who sweeps her off her feet with glitzy balls, gourmet dinners and his intellect. Cue, love triangle! Who will Ingrid choose?
Love a love triangle? Read If You Change Your Mind by Robby Weber
Sometimes love has its own script.
Harry wants nothing more than to write Hollywood screenplays. The first step? Winning the screenwriting competition that will guarantee admission into the college of his dreams. With his priorities set, he’s determined to spend his summer free of distractions — also known as boys — and finish his script. After last year, Harry is certain love only exists in the movies anyway.
But then the cause of his first heartbreak, Grant, returns with a secret that could change everything — not to mention, there’s a new boy in town, Logan, who is so charming and sweet, he’s making Harry question everything he knows about romance. As Harry tries to keep his emotions in check and stick to his perfect plan for the future, he’s about to learn that life doesn’t always follow a script.
3) Workplace romance
Workplace romance in real life? No thanks. Workplace romance on TV? GIMME.
Love workplace romance? Read In Bed With The Boss by Alexa Bravo
A high–flying corporate romance that’s sure to add ‘elevator’ to your list of erotic destinations!
Trish Carter is chasing the career opportunity of a lifetime, and nothing is going to stand in her way. After a failed marriage and years of self–doubt, she needs her business proposal to succeed – but there’s one hurdle left: presenting to the Board of Directors and charismatic CEO, Keith Donnelli. So then it can only be the stress and extreme tension that leads her to jump the hot stranger in the elevator…
But the unexpectedly explosive encounter puts all her plans in jeopardy, when the stranger isn’t a stranger at all. Now, her whole future rides on how well she can resist the temptation of sleeping with her boss. Will Trish finally have the chance to make her secret dreams come true or will following her heart destroy her chance at a future?
4) Representation matters!
Not only does the show have an Asian American female lead, and a diverse cast, the show also actually examines the ways in which a marginalised person may experience a predominantly white male workplace. The show actively challenges its own premise, and shows different reactions to workplace microaggressions.
Love stories from diverse perspectives? Read So We Meet Again by Suzanne Park
When investment banker Jessie Kim is laid off in a virtual meeting and then overhears why (“she’s already being overpaid anyway for a woman” and “Asians are worker bees, not someone who can drum up new deals”) she delivers an “eff you guys” speech and storms out.
After moving back home to Tennessee to live with her loving but meddling mother and father, she runs into her childhood nemesis—golden child Daniel Choi—at the local Asian grocery store. The smart, charming lawyer appears to have it all…while Jessie has nothing.
Jess begrudgingly accepts Daniel’s help to relaunch her long abandoned Korean cooking YouTube channel: HANGUK HACKS, showcasing easy meal prep for busy professionals. But just as she discovers Daniel’s life isn’t as perfect as it seems and there’s more to him than meets the eye, he shows up for a life-changing business opportunity, and their rivalry is back on . . .
5) The glamour of the New York setting
Younger. The Bold Type. Sex and the City. Suits. Romantic dramas set in New York are just better.
Love New York settings? Read New York Actually by Sarah Morgan
One man. One woman. Two dogs.
Meet Molly–New York’s most famous advice columnist, she considers herself an expert at relationships…as long as they’re other people’s. Still bruised from her last breakup, Molly is in no rush to find happily–ever–after–the only love of her life is her dalmatian, Valentine.
Meet Daniel–A cynical divorce lawyer, he’s hardwired to think relationships are a bad idea. If you don’t get involved, no one can get hurt. Until he finds himself borrowing a dog to meet the gorgeous woman he sees running in Central Park every morning…
Molly and Daniel both think they know everything about relationships. But as they try–and fail–to resist their undeniable chemistry, they’ll soon discover they just might have a lot left to learn…
6) The drama of a legal office
As a past-obsessive of Suits, Ally McBeal and Boston Legal I lap up ANY law firm set drama. Do I understand anything about law? Not at all. Will I be yelling ‘objection’ at the screen approx five times an episode? Yes.
Love legal romance? Read Legally Addicted by Lena Dowling
A fast–moving, high stakes battle–of–the–sexes story with a Hepburn/Tracey flavor (and a hot one–night stand!).
Georgia Murray’s one–night–stand with fellow Sydney lawyer and billionaire property magnate Brad Spencer was supposed to be just that – one–off, fun. Case closed.
But Brad knows something Georgia doesn’t: their lives are about to become entwined in an unavoidable way. The tension smoulders towards ignition point, and Georgia is terrified to find herself contemplating more from Brad, even the possibility of love – a concept with the power to frighten her more than anything else in this world.
7) Friendship is central
I know I’ve talked a lot about the romance on this show, however perhaps more important than the romance is the friendship between Ingrid, Tyler and Rachel. It’s simply beautiful.
For a read that’s as much about friendship as it is about romance check out Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur
Margot Cooper doesn’t do relationships. She tried and it blew up in her face, so she’ll stick with casual hookups, thank you very much. But now her entire crew has found “the one” and she’s beginning to feel like a fifth wheel. And then fate (the heartless bitch) intervenes. While touring a wedding venue with her engaged friends, Margot comes face-to-face with Olivia Grant—her childhood friend, her first love, her first… well, everything. It’s been ten years, but the moment they lock eyes, Margot’s cold, dead heart thumps in her chest.
Olivia must be hallucinating. In the decade since she last saw Margot, her life hasn’t gone exactly as planned. At almost thirty, she’s been married… and divorced. However, a wedding planner job in Seattle means a fresh start and a chance to follow her dreams. Never in a million years did she expect her important new client’s Best Woman would be the one that got away.
When a series of unfortunate events leaves Olivia without a place to stay, Margot offers up her spare room because she’s a Very Good Person. Obviously. It has nothing to do with the fact that Olivia is as beautiful as ever and the sparks between them still make Margot tingle. As they spend time in close quarters, Margot starts to question her no-strings stance. Olivia is everything she’s ever wanted, but Margot let her in once and it ended in disaster. Will history repeat itself or should she count her lucky stars that she gets a second chance with her first love