Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Bossman by Vi Keeland
Synopsis from Goodreads. Full book details here.
The first time I met Chase Parker, I didn’t exactly make a good impression.
I was hiding in the bathroom hallway of a restaurant, leaving a message for my best friend to save me from my awful date.
He overheard and told me I was a bitch, then proceeded to offer me some dating advice.
So I told him to mind his own damn business―his own tall, gorgeous, full-of-himself damn business―and went back to my miserable date.
When he walked by my table, he smirked, and I watched his arrogant, sexy ass walk back to his date.
I couldn’t help but sneak hidden glances at the condescending jerk on the other side of the room. Of course, he caught me on more than one occasion, and winked.
When the gorgeous stranger and his equally hot date suddenly appeared at our table, I thought he was going to rat me out.
But instead, he pretended we knew each other and joined us―telling elaborate, embarrassing stories about our fake childhood.
My date suddenly went from boring to bizarrely exciting.
When it was over and we parted ways, I thought about him more than I would ever admit, even though I knew I’d never see him again.
I mean, what were the chances I’d run into him again in a city with eight million people?Then again…
What were the chances a month later he’d wind up being my new sexy boss?
I feel bad giving this book 3 stars, because that makes it seem like I didn’t enjoy it. I did. But, I just didn’t find anything outstanding about it. At least, nothing 4 or 5 star-worthy.
I’ve read several really great books lately and this one just didn’t quite live up to them. In particular, after reading Fangirl and the Anna and the French Kiss Series, I was a bit spoiled by great characters, not just the main characters, either.
With Bossman, it lacked those characters that you fall in love with. The ones that stick around long after you’ve closed the book.
There were also a few places where the book lost me. Some of Chase’s obsessive behaviors were unbelievable enough to take me out of the story. (Like when he was sitting outside Reese’s apartment for weeks at a time, every single night, all night long.) And the lighthearted take on sexual harassment in the workplace made me uncomfortable a few times.
Also, this was a case where I didn’t really understand why the hero was so in love with the heroine (hello, Twilight), Maybe I’d be able to understand it more if I felt like Chase and Reese had more of a connection or if Reese’s character had something particularly alluring or unique about her.
Aside from those issues, I loved all the cringy moments (I laughed out loud, nervously, a few times), the steamy scenes were really good, and the epilogue was so satisfying and adorable.
I definitely want to read more of Vi Keeland’s books. This book had enough elements in it that I enjoyed, so I’m pretty confident I’ll find a book of hers that I’ll like a bit more than this one!
Audiobook Performance: 3 Stars
Bossman had two audiobook readers due to the two POVs. The female reader’s voice was distracting. She sounded older than the main character and something about her voice was a little grating, however she did a great job with the male voices and I could easily distinguish different characters. She also did a great job acting. It was just her voice that I didn’t particularly like. The male audiobook reader was a great voice, but was a little on the monotoned side.
Butterfly Rating: 2 Stars
The cringy moments in this book were probably the closest I came to having butterflies, but that doesn’t really count.
Re-read Worthiness: 1 Star
Waaaaay too many great books on the horizon to reread this one! Though, I could be talked into rereading the epilogue!
Bookshelf placement: Nope
Though the cover model is one of the most attractive I’ve ever seen, I won’t be buying a physical copy of this book.
New Top Book Boyfriend: Nah
I actually really like Chase. I thought his story-telling quirk was hilarious and, of course, the epilogue was epic!