Title: Seducing the Boss
Author: Mari Carr
Series: Pulse #2
Genre: Hot Contemporary
Length: Short novel
Available: 1st Aug
Kellan James is unwinding at Score when he spots the last person he’d ever expect to find in his favorite bar. Sara Connelly—ER nurse, do-gooder, charitable crusader, and frequent pain in his ass. Both grew up privileged in swanky Southampton, but that’s where the similarities end. Kellan’s made it his mission to seek out life’s pleasures; Sara gains pleasure from lecturing him on his lifestyle. Kellan would never date someone like her. Ever.
But when Kellan discovers Sara’s been stood-up by an online date, something fierce and protective awakens inside of him. Typically, Kellan would enjoy teasing the jilted Sara, but something in her face sends him over to her table with a plan. He encourages her to take a walk on the wild side, one weekend of sin, no holds barred.
She accepts, but it quickly becomes apparent that one night isn’t enough. As the pull between them grows stronger, Kellan discovers it’s a very dangerous thing to say never.
Source: ARC from Entangled: Brazen via NetGalley
Hot and steamy is the order of the day in this friends-to-lovers romance, with a touch of erotic fantasy, a hint of medical drama, a little forbidden boss drama and a playboy with plenty of relationship issues. It’s sexy and enjoyable and easy, and ticks plenty of boxes.
However, I wasn’t entirely convinced about Kellan. He and Sara have known each other forever, but the night at Score is the first time he’s seen her really dressed up – which is enough for him to change his entire opinion of her and decide he’d really like to sleep with her. Immediately. As hot as that all is, I found it a little far-fetched, along with the swift way his emotions change and deepen throughout the book. It’s not that I couldn’t see him falling for Sara, because she’s great and the pair of them have fabulous chemistry, I just found it hard to line up the playboy Kellan with the man he becomes in the book.
I liked Sara, though. She’s smart and determined and strong-willed in all the right ways. She knows Kellan far too well to fall for his charm and she doesn’t let him get away with too much nonsense. I would have liked to have seen more evidence of their long friendship, though, because it might have added a bit more depth to their sudden shift in feelings.
The sex is super hot, although I felt a little disappointed that we didn’t see more of Kellan’s self-professed love of kink. I would also have liked to have seen a bit more of the work conflict, because that sort of got swept aside.
Quick and hot, if you like your boys bad and your girls strong enough to tame them without changing them too much, then give this a go. It’s not perfect, but it’s still a good, enjoyable piece of sexy escapism.
Seducing the Boss is out August 1st!
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