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Bossed

Bossed by Sloane Howell

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Overview by Publisher:

He’s the boss. But she’s ready to take charge.
 
In this provocative and sexy* office romance, a cheeky new hire tempts a hotshot sports agent to mix business with pleasure.
 
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.

I am conflicted over what to write about this book.  I read it all the way through and couldn’t put it down.  I clearly liked the story and characters, but there was some things that in retrospective that irked me.

Ethan is a dick.  The first time he meets Jenny, it could go down as a memorable meeting of meeting the biggest asshole ever.  Jenny is portrayed as the sweet one with morals.  After their epic meeting, they end up in an interview together.  Jenny sasses Ethan and lands the job.  Turns out Ethan has the major hots for her and puts aside his business rules to be around her.  Fine so far.

Ethan and Jenny frequently go head to head in the office.  She is dealing with her father’s terminal illness and Ethan is battling the urge to slam Jenny against the office door.  He finally invites her out under the guise of a business dinner.  This begins the romance, but also the overreactions by Jenny.  While no woman likes to be deceived, the dude asked you out for a business dinner because he didn’t have the balls to come right out and say he likes you.  She freaks out, they make out, then she freaks out because she wasn’t there for her dad.

While the story and characters are entertaining and the sex is very hot, it felt like this perpetual cycle of Ethan screwing up and falling to pieces when Jenny blows him off.  There are some really great parts in this book, like the nature of their work, Ethan’s best friend Matt, the relationship between Jenny and her dad.  I enjoyed the book, but I didn’t like how Jenny was portrayed.  One moment she is this kick ass woman who stands up to the boss and the next, she is tearing him down over misunderstandings.

Have you read this book?  What did you think?