Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Jenny: Job interviews are a bitch under the best of circumstances, but when your potential boss is the world’s biggest prick, that’s when you should simply walk away. It’s just that I need this job so badly—and I’m mesmerized by Ethan Mason’s piercing gaze. Men like him aren’t supposed to exist in real life. But under the tailored suits and GQ looks, Ethan simmers with barely restrained ambition. And no matter how hard I work to fight the attraction, I’m going to get burned.
Ethan: You don’t become a top agent without learning how to close a deal. I always get what—or who—I want, by staying cool and in command. Then Jenny Jackson walks into my office with her lush curves and “screw you” attitude and blows away my intentions of keeping things professional. All I can think about is exploring the perfect body hidden beneath those conservative clothes or shutting her saucy mouth with one hot kiss. Jenny’s worth breaking the rules over—if I can convince her to break the rules for me.
Bossed was a fun story that still brought the feels. Baseball, snark and romance in plenty.
I’m not sure why I haven’t read Sloane Howell before… I guess I was a bit surprised about a male author writing romance, and that sounds incredibly sexist, right? Bossed was really well done, though. And even if I’m not usually a fan of office romances, it definitely hit the right spot! I think it’s partly because Jenny didn’t take what Ethan was dishing. And she was so snarky it was impossible to not fall in love with her. Ethan acted like the big bad wolf at times, but Jenny knew her baseball and called him on it. Every time.
Bossed is a quite fast-paced read, with a good balance of romance, plot and story. The side characters were well fleshed out, which made the story even better. And somewhat more meaningful and sad, too. The reason why Jenny took the job at Ethan’s firm was because she needed more money to care for her dad who was battling cancer. And the relationship between the two of them was amazing! Kelsey, Jenny’s best friend was a hoot, and I really hope she’ll get her own story one day.
Written in dual points of view, first person and past tense, there are chapters from both Jenny’s and Ethan’s perspective, and I enjoyed that Bossed managed to let me know them well enough to care for them, flaws and all. I will definitely pick up more Howell books in the future, and I expect to both laugh and cry – just as I did with Bossed.
I kept telling myself that hiring her was the right decision. Her performance was off the charts and she was incredibly intelligent. She was good for the agency, but she was hell for my dick. Every time I heard her voice I wanted to silence it with my mouth on hers. Get your shit together, Ethan.
I blushed. “Will you keep it down?”
“Point taken. Look, he doesn’t need anyone to feed his ego. Giving in to him would shoot it into the clouds.”
She crossed her arms across her chest, and the words “Led Zeppelin” tightened across her boobs. Robert Plant would’ve been proud.
I glanced up at Matt as he cracked an invisible whip.
“Wah-peeshhhh.” His smile made it impossible to do anything but return it.
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