Review: Bossed by Sloane Howell

Bossed

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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.

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Source: Netgalley

My Rating: 4½/5 stars

When you’re up to your ass in problems, the universe has a way of just keeping the party going.  Jenny’s life is sort of a mess with her father’s terminal illness, medical bills piling up, and a need for a job that earns her more than minimum wage.  Which is precisely how she has found herself running in heels, late for an interview . . . . . and crashing into the biggest dick she has ever met, ever. 

With the incident behind her, Jenny rushes right on into her interview with the biggest dick she has ever met, ever.  Yeah, it’s him and if he weren’t so pretty to look at and she weren’t in desperate need of the damn job, she’d tell him where to stick his attitude.  Jenny is willing to suck up her pride right up to the moment, the dick gets a baseball statistic wrong.  Some things Jenny just can’t let slide and since there’s no way in hell she’s going to get the job, it is time to put the dick in his place!

Come Monday . . . . . .

The moment the ever so conservatively dressed, Jenny corrected his baseball statistics, Ethan knew he had to have her . . . . for the office, of course.  Ethan’s life is his business, and he puts up with nothing less than perfection out of his employees.  He will rant, yell, demean, embarrass, and any other damn thing he has to do to ensure his business is successful.  On the surface, Ethan is a heartless bastard and that is exactly the way he intends to keep things.  As long as his employees fear him, they’ll continue to produce quality work and Ethan will continue to be a top sports agent.  Trouble is, Jenny just won’t allow for such behavior.

Yeah, Jenny’s got some backbone in her and when Ethan crosses the line with one of the other employees, Jenny stands up to him in front of everyone and damn, if that doesn’t make Ethan want her even more.  Trouble is, Ethan has a strict policy against dating employees and Jenny is beyond skittish.  Jenny likes Ethan, but spending any time away from her dad feels selfish and wrong.  Jenny, however, finds Ethan hard to resist and if they keep things casual, everything should be just fine. Right?? 

Yeah, right . . . . as if that ever happens in a good book!  Things between Ethan and Jenny get super-serious, quick, and both find it hard to reconcile their “real” lives with the love bubble they find themselves in.  Out of the office, Ethan is far more relaxed, more forthcoming, and the dirtiest damn talker Jenny has ever encountered.  He’s exciting and sexy, fun and intelligent, and serious forever material.  Unfortunately, all that is ruined, the moment her dad takes a turn for the worse.  Jenny’s guilt over the time she’s spent with Ethan consumes her, and without Jenny, Ethan is a shell of himself.  Jenny makes everything in Ethan’s life better and no matter what he has to do, he will convince her they are good together. 

The Bottom LineBossed took me completely by surprise!!  From the first encounter between Ethan and Jenny to the very last page, I was hooked on these two.  Yeah, Ethan is a grade A dick, but he has some pretty serious reasons for his behavior.  Jenny softens Ethan and helps him see he can be a decent human being and an incredible sports agent.  Ethan helps Jenny past her sadness and her guilt, he helps her see the light at the end of the tunnel beyond her father’s passing, to understand just how much he would have wanted her to be happy.  Both Jenny and Ethan are strong people, stubborn people, and that makes them just about perfect for one another.  In all, I completely enjoyed this read; the plot is solid, the fights are epic, the drama made me cry, and the dirty talking naughty bits are steamy good.  Everything a girl needs in her reads 😊

Pre-order for the March 28th release: Amazon | B&N | Kobo

About the author and where to find him:

Sloane Howell lives in the Midwest United States and writes hot romance stories. A former college baseball player turned author, when not reading or writing he enjoys hanging out with his family, watching sports, playing with the dogs, traveling, and engaging his readers on social media. You can almost always catch him goofing off on Facebook or Twitter and trying to convince Mrs. Howell that it is “work.”

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