Friday, March 2, 2018

Review: Kissing the Boss by Linda Kage

What’s the one thing you shouldn’t do when your boss is your ruthless evil widowed stepmother who hates your guts more than anyone? 

Kiss the man she’s interested in.

So what does Kaitlynn Judge find herself doing?

Yep, she kisses the one man her stepmother currently wants, who also happens to be the CEO of the company where she works.

Can we say doomed?

After the death of her father, Kaitlynn's life has been stuck in a rut. But that begins to change after meeting a dashing stranger during the office Halloween party. Now she has to navigate vengeful stepmothers, meddling stepsiblings, and gorgeous guys in hot pursuit to reach her happily ever after.

While making a detour from the fantasy aspect, this contemporary take on the Cinderella story continues to cling to a few of our favorite traditions. You’ll still find the unmerited oppression along with fleeing women, missing shoes, mouse companions, magic wands, pumpkin-like rides to the big bash, and so much more. So rest assured, it’s all familiar and yet quirkily different.

4.5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Linda Kage’s writing.  From the moment that I read the first book in her Forbidden Men series I was hooked.  And as always she did not disappoint.  Kissing the Boss is the second book in the Fairy Tale Quartet series.  This is the modern day retelling of Cinderella, complete with a mean stepmother, two step-siblings a charming prince and even a little mouse.

Kaity is one of those characters that you will just love.  Unfortunately she has been handed a raw deal.  When her father passed, he left everything to her stepmother, including her father’s business that she has dreamed of running since she was a small girl.  Kaity is kind and sweet and tries to find the good in everyone.  Instead of fighting and getting revenge on Lana, she plans on taking over the company in a different way, even if it means dealing with Lana’s crap and if it takes her longer than expected.  At the company Halloween party she meets her Prince Charming, all though in this case it wasn't exactly in the form of a prince.  

Ezra Nash owns half of her father’s company.  We met him in the first book and I was so excited to see that this was his story.  He may be this big corporate CEO of the company but he is sweet, caring and just an amazing guy.  When he meets Kaity for the first time there is this instant connection that I absolutely loved.  Their connection was one that was just so genuine and real.  From the moment they met you could feel it, between the flirty banter and the scorching first kiss you knew they were meant to be.  But Ezra has no idea who she is and when he finds out it could ruin everything!!  Even if he can get past it, there will still be obstacles in their way, in the form of an evil step-monster who wants Ezra herself.  Hmmmmm, will she be able to break these two apart?

Kissing the Boss was a fun and light read and one that I devoured.  I read this book in one sitting and never wanted to put it down. I loved Ezra and Kaity together.  It was if they knew each other for longer than they did.  The flirting and just the way they were around each other was just so fun to watch.   I loved everything about them.  I loved the relationship she had with her step-brother Brick.  Linda Kage did  an amazing job with this book.  I loved how she re-told this epic fairy tale, in a unique, fun and kind of quirky way.  I mean when you see how these two met and who they were dressed as will have you laughing.   I cannot wait for the next one. 

“Let’s raid the kitchen,” he was saying. “Then bring everything back here for a picnic on the bed. You know, refuel before our next round.” His boyish grin was adorable as he wiggled his eyebrows my way. “I’ll even cook.”
Wait up. Had he just said… I’ll cook? And also picnic in bed? Was this guy my spirit animal? 
In that moment, I swear I loved him more than I loved bacon. Or chocolate. Like, if all three of Ezra, bacon, and chocolate were rolling off a cliff at the same time, I’d dive to save him first.
My petrified expression of shock caused him to chuckle… One of those really sexy, low-pitch, make-your-ovaries-tremble-with-glee chuckles. 
“Come on.” He returned to the bed and took my arm, manually helping me sit up. “You can still move, right?”
I wasn’t sure. “I think.” To test it, I lifted one arm before letting it fall limply back into my lap. “Kind of.”
My reaction amused him; he laughed again. “Here.” He picked up his white V-neck undershirt from the floor only to tug it over my head. “You wear this, or I’ll get distracted and burn all the food.”
“’Kay,” I said, gazing up at him in absolute adoration, because seriously, was he even real? 
Maybe everything since the night of the Halloween party had been one elaborate, too-good-to-be-true dream. Yeah. I bet when I’d gone down the stairs into my old workroom to save Jacqueline, I’d forgotten about that low-hanging pipe and I’d hit my head. I was probably still laying on the cold metal stairs in some kind of coma. Lord, I hope someone found me soon. The idea of Uncle Bru having to clean up all the blood that was no-doubt seeping from my head wound was kind of worrisome.
Other than that, I was actually fine with staying right there, in coma land. 
With Ezra.
“Kaitlynn?” A sexy male hand waved in front of my face. Then his face appeared in front of me, his blue eyes squinted with concern. “You still with me, Yellow?”
I nodded, only to answer, “I dunno. I think maybe you fucked me stupid.”
He laughed.
I seriously loved his laugh. 
Hooking his hands under my armpits, he answered, “Not possible. You’re still too adorably witty to be stupid yet. But maybe after a few more rounds…” He shrugged and grinned, insinuating that anything was possible. 

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