*I received a free copy of Jesse from Science Future Press via Author. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series: Bossy Brothers #1
Published by Science Future Press on June 24, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Thirteen years before Emma Dumas bought me in a bachelor auction to teach me a lesson she stole my heart down on Key West. I fell so hard for this girl I made all the promises. Only with Emma, I really meant them.
And then I disappeared.
But it wasn’t my fault. Let’s just call my reason “Family Business”. I’d tell you what that business is, but then I’d have to kill you. Just kidding. I can’t tell you what my family business is because it’s so secret, even I don’t know.
My point is… I didn’t ghost. It was a weird twist of circumstances. And OK, yes. I did hook up with pretty much every girl on the island that week. But after I met Emma, I was ruined. She was the only one I wanted.
It’s been thirteen years. I’m a changed man.
I STILL want her. I have ALWAYS wanted her.
But it’s kind of hard to tell her that with a gag in my mouth and a hood over my head.
Bossy Brothers: Jesse features a bachelor auction gone wrong, four smart ladies who botch a crazy revenge kidnapping, a power dream date with fast cars, private jets, and expensive yachts, and a happily ever after that proves… sometimes the best man for the job is a woman.
Man! I don’t know how Huss does it, wifey! Jesse seemed like it was going to be a good, old-fashioned, contemporary romance with some revenge humor and second-chances rolled in. Then it became something else. Something more. And I absolutely enjoyed the ride!
I loved all of these things, too, wifey! I just found it to be a twist between romcom and romantic suspense, and I adored it. So funny.
Right off the bat, I fell for Jesse. Yes, he’s a bit arrogant but you could see his vulnerability underneath that facade. That endeared him to me. Your first impressions?
I did, too. The way he wanted to not be seen as the ‘asshole’ brother, and not understanding why he had that handle in the first place endeared him to me. He was also not as confident as he appeared to be.
I also liked the revenge plot. That these women had held a grudge for so long they were willing to exact their revenge? It was comical and a little sad. In Emma’s case, I felt like I understood better her inability to let go though. What were your initial thoughts on Emma, her friends, and their scheme?
You know I loved the revenge plot, too. I loved Emma from the start, and I loved how she and her friends / partners met. Instead of being bitchy with each other, they actually lifted each other up and became life long friends and partners. And I loved how strong they were in their different work areas. The scheme had ‘bad idea’ written on it in neon letters, but my goodness how it made me laugh.
Emma and Jesse’s date – the conversation, the Tastee Freeze – solidified my thoughts on how Emma felt about Jesse. It was really less about revenge for her and more about wanting to know “why?” So it was a shock she went forward with the plan. How did you feel about their date and the aftermath?
I was rather surprised she went forward with the plan, too. Even if in a way, I could understand it. And she didn’t 100% go through it it, did she? She tried to stop it, but it was too late. Their date was fun! And I love how she planned everything – and it was perfect for both of them.
The one-upsmanship between Emma and Jesse made me giggle. Even if they’d been genuine with a gesture, the other didn’t trust it. It didn’t bode well for their future. But then they had their day on the water and it seemed Jesse might be right…they were going to be that couple. What did you think of their dubious beginnings? And their day together?
Yeah, that was so much fun. But I still wasn’t sure they would be able to actually have a real relationship. They were very competitive, and Emma did not take any shit what so ever. Which is why I loved her so much. She just told him how it was going to be, and that’s it.
The things Jesse revealed about his family and his childhood broke my heart for him. And explained so much about him. Were you scratching your head, taking notes, etc., trying to figure him out? How did his revelations affect you?
I know! His childhood was not really a good one. And he was a piece of a puzzle he had no idea even existed. I did not take notes, because knowing Huss, all my guesses will be wrong. No matter what – because there is always some information that was kept from us, or that the characters had no ideas about. The revelations that came little by little made my heart break for him. Poor little Jesse.
I adore the relationship between Jesse and Zach. They both needed that close bond with family and it seems they were all they were going to get. But it made me sad too. The dynamic between the Boston brothers leaves something to desire. What did you think?
You know what? I don’t really trust Zach… No idea why, but I don’t. I know Jesse was always there for him, but something weird is going on, and I think Zach is a bigger part of that than Jesse knows.
And then, there was that ending! I’m going to admit right now to NOT knowing what the hell is going on. NOT.ONE.THING. But Huss has me hooked. Jesse felt reminiscent of the Mister series and I’m eager to see what her devious mind has come up with for us this time. So even though I though this was going to be one thing and it ended up being so much more, I’m invested in these Boston boys. And I can’t wait to see how things work out for them.
I’m totally invested in these Boston Boys, too, and I can’t wait to see what a wild ride this wholes series is going to be. Huss is a master at making us feel for her characters, and at the same time be a little lost because of the plot. And I love it.
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