Published by Self-Published on July 16, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
New York Times
Bestseller, Vi Keeland, comes a sexy new standalone novel.
The first time I met Chase Parker, I didn’t exactly make a good impression.
I was hiding in the bathroom hallway of a restaurant, leaving a message for my best friend to save me from my awful date.
He overheard and told me I was a bitch, then proceeded to offer me some dating advice.
So I told him to mind his own damn business—his own tall, gorgeous, full-of-himself damn business—and went back to my miserable date.
When he walked by my table, he smirked, and I watched his arrogant, sexy ass walk back to his date.
I couldn’t help but sneak hidden glances at the condescending jerk on the other side of the room. Of course, he caught me on more than one occasion, and winked.
When the gorgeous stranger and his equally hot date suddenly appeared at our table, I thought he was going to rat me out.
But instead, he pretended we knew each other and joined us—telling elaborate, embarrassing stories about our fake childhood.
My date suddenly went from boring to bizarrely exciting.
When it was over and we parted ways, I thought about him more than I would ever admit, even though I knew I’d never see him again.
I mean, what were the chances I’d run into him again in a city with eight million people?Then again…
What were the chances a month later he’d wind up being my new sexy boss?
By Vi Keeland
I finished with a goofy smile on my face.
Well, I have to say romance writers have really stepped up to the plate with book covers lately. I mean look at the cover forBossman…HUBBA HUBBA!! It’s definitely one of those covers that you have to study really, really close up to appreciate all the goodness. He’s wearing jewellery and it’s distracting…I can’t seem to take my eyes away from it. Now me, I’m fascinated with the visual aspect of body piercing. In reality, I think it would freak me out. They’re always talking in books about tugging on them or sucking on them. Wouldn’t that hurt? How hard is too hard? Could you tug too hard that it would stretch like a gauge? I think I’ll leave the body piercing to others and just enjoy them from afar.
In this case, we have a beautiful representation of our hero Chase Parker. This brings up another question…how the hell would you be able to work effectively if your boss looked like that? I think it would be very hard to concentrate. He’d have to be a jerk to offset his hotness. What about if the boss is hot, funny and seems to want in your pants? Could you maybe overlook jerkish behaviour? Hmmm…I think Reese held out for all of about two seconds. Don’t blame her really.
Reese is on a really bad date and looking for an out. Surprisingly, a fellow diner overhears her dilemma gives her some unwanted advice and tells her to not be such a cow. She cannot believe the nerve of this very, very hot man. What would he know? He hasn’t had to sit there listening to her date talk about his mother all night. She leaves him after telling him to take his advice and shove it where the sun doesn’t shine. A little bit later Mr very, very hot man decides to crash her date with his date to make it one big party just so her night wouldn’t end so badly. Reese’s night ends on a high but she thinks she’ll never see him again. Fate has something else to say about that, though.
Chase is stoked when he gets the opportunity to see Reese again. She keeps popping up on his radar and when she’s not in front of him, he’s thinking about her. This is very unusual for Chase and he knows that he has to have this woman. Slight problem, though, she’s kind of with another guy (been on two dates with him), and now Chase is her boss…well her boss’s boss to be precise.
Reese really likes her job working under Chase Parker but doesn’t want to be under Chase if it means it will affect her job. She’s passionate about her work and doesn’t want a relationship to jeopardise it. When things finally become too much and they decide to have a relationship, Reese asks Chase to keep it quiet for awhile. Reese has a bad history with inter-office relationships and she doesn’t want to repeat her mistakes.
Little by little we get to know Reese and Chase more. Reese’s survived a very bad experience that happened when she was younger and Chase is recovering from a loss that happened seven years prior. I found it refreshing in Bossman that most of the time Chase and Reese are honest with each other. They don’t purposely misguide, lie or hold back information and try to be honest about their feelings and thoughts. In some cases, it takes a little time for the truth to push through, but mostly they realise that honesty is the best policy. Isn’t that refreshing? An author who doesn’t draw out the drama unnecessarily…ALLELLULIA!!
Overall, I really enjoyed Bossman. To start with I wasn’t a huge fan of Reese as she came across as really silly. Considering she was supposed to be this really educated and smart marketing executive she shows no sense at all with the way she acts. Luckily, the stupid pill didn’t last long and we see a much funnier and smarter Reese as we move along. I absolutely loved Chase from the very beginning. He’s cocky, smart and cheeky and I was worried that he was too good for Reese. Luckily, Chase is far from perfect. His history is sad and has had a long-lasting effect on him that left him unable to find true happiness. There is a time towards the end of the story where he hurts Reese but I never once worried that it was the end for these two. Seeing his struggle and knowing that he was choosing to suffer through it alone made me want to reach into the pages and give him a hug. His story hurt to read.
I started Bossman chuckling and I ended Bossman with a goofy grin on my face. Yes, at times in between I was sad, mad, glad and really turned on but it was the type of story where each emotion was needed. To me, it just all fit together perfectly…or maybe they just fit together perfectly. I loved Bossman and enjoyed it so much I added it to my favourites 2016 list. Chase Parker also gets special mention for being an outstanding hero.
***I swear every time I start typing a review I think I’ll just keep this one short. Never happens ;-)***