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Monday, September 19, 2016

Review: Seducing the Boss by Mari Carr

This was one of the steamier Friends-to-Lovers romances I've read this year. Definitely one I recommend!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Brazen
Release Date: August 1, 2016

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.

Is there anything hotter than a Friends to Lovers romance with a dash of animosity for more heat? The set up is that Kellan and Sara have known each other since they were kids and while Kellan grew up to be the CEO of the local hospital; he’s also a playboy extraordinaire. Sara on the other hand works as an ER nurse in the same hospital and is constantly lecturing Kellan on his chosen lifestyle. He’s the “fun and games” guy and she’s the straight arrow so when Sara gets stood up one night Kellan decides to help her, by offering a weekend of no strings sex to help Sara live out some of her sexual fantasies. But the over arrogant Kellan ends up caught in his own plans when the weekend ends and he’s the one who wants more.

I’ve never read Mari Carr before but after this book I think I’m going to have to change that ASAP (That was a shameless hint to the people who don’t know what to give me for the holidays by the way).

I loved Kellan. He was definitely a playboy but he wasn’t a use-em-and-toss-em-like-garbage guy. He definitely let the women he was with know what he wanted; he was an honest playboy like that. Ha ha. But you know what? Kellan does have a reason for his lifestyle and when Mari Carr revealed what it was I understood Kellan much better than I had at the beginning and it gave Seducing the Boss a more emotional feel. I also have to point out that while he was technically Sara’s boss, he never used that against her to get what he wanted. He left work at work and his personal life was totally separate. So all that made it really easy to like him.

Sara was just as likable. She was the straight shooter, the one who eventually wanted to settle down with the right man and have a family. The total opposite of Kellan, yet she also wanted to safely experience the kind of wild, hotter-than-hot kind of sex that Kellan was always experiencing. I liked that she was a combination of shy and gutsy. She wasn’t a dull virgin type but she wasn’t a fully experienced woman either so that left some room for her to learn and grow when it came to her sex life. She didn’t take Kellan’s crap but she wasn’t mean either, I liked her sympathetic side just as much as her ball buster side. She was definitely what Kellan needed to shake up his life and grow up.

Seducing the Boss was pretty much focused on just Kellan and Sara without much assistance from a supporting cast. I did like seeing both characters’ families and getting a better feel of where they came from. I loved how shaken Kellan was by the end of his weekend with Sara, I feel that not enough romances put arrogant heroes through the ringer but this one did. Sara projected an outward acceptance with their one and done weekend so that left Kellan the task of not knowing what to do with himself. I’m going to be honest, I liked seeing the formerly arrogant playboy an emotional wreck while Sara was the more level headed one. She drove him nuts in a good way! I loved their friendship and I loved watching it turn into something more.

Final Verdict: Kellan and Sara were a match made in heaven. I loved the chemistry between them but I also loved the friendship and trust they had going on. There were a few bumps along the way but overall, Mari Carr delivered a hot, sexy, and fun romance.

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