Book Review – Bossman by Vi Keeland

Book Review – Bossman by Vi Keeland
Book Review – Bossman by Vi KeelandBossman by Vi Keeland
Published by Self-Published
Publication date: July 26, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
319 pages
Format: eBook
Source: Borrowed

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?

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On a dark and somewhat stormy Saturday night, I’m looking for a new book to read at my library. BOSSMAN is available to checkout and start reading. So, I click “borrow” and dive in, just thinking I’ll read a little bit. I didn’t read a little bit, I read a lot of a bit. As in, the whole bit of it. It was all Chase’s fault, really.

I’ve recently gone back and read some romance books that were popular in the indie and traditional circles over the last few years. I’m finding a few things that I can see being attractive to the casual romance reader, me included. While the writing isn’t always high calibre and or high quality, the author doesn’t spend a lot of time creating a backstory or foundation for the plot. The reader is dropped right into the action. Sometimes, this means that the character development or relationship development is sacrificed. Is the writing in Bossman the best I’ve ever read? No. Is the character development as strong as I like? No, but it’s there.

Keeland’s writing style isn’t going to win over anyone on that alone. But what she lacks in writing prowess, she makes up for in entertainment and laughter. They meet on page one of the book, which isn’t something I’m used accustomed to. I feared this was going to feel very instalust/instalove but it didn’t. Even though it’s clear that Chase and Reese felt a strong pull initially, there was a decent amount relationship development before they went there.

If I could give you one reason to read this book, it would be Chase. Good lord is he charming, sweet, witty, and smart! The author made me love him immediately by giving him this fantastic snarky personality. As someone who’s somewhat picky when it comes to leading guys, especially the type of arrogant, wealthy CEOs we’ve all seen done a gazillion times, Chase stood out because he treated Reese with respect. On top of that, he was witty, which is pretty much a yellow brick road to my heart.

Speaking of yellow brick roads, one thing that bothered in this book was a small inaccuracy. Reese and Chase travel to Kansas City for a business trip and they keep mentioning that they’re going to Kansas. This city straddles two states, which means there is a Kansas City in Kansas and Missouri (I know because I live on the Missouri side). The airport is in Missouri. Not to exclude KCK but as someone from the area, the assumption is that you’re likely going to be on the Missouri side for business. At one point, Reese and Chase go to Nordstrom while on their trip, which is in Overland Park, Kansas, not Kansas City. This is all very small, but it bothered me because it lacked clarity and is something that could be easily researched by a quick Google search. And the Wizard of Oz museum the characters mentioned stopping by? It’s almost 2 hours away.

I really liked that Reese and Chase didn’t jump right into bed with each other, but spend a ton of time together. This was a slow burn in terms of sexy times, but the chemistry and physical attraction was palpable. I was kind of excited when Reese gave into her her feelings! Since I liked this one so much, I’m excited to read some of her other romances. The Baller and Beautiful Mistake weren’t winners for me, but this one certainly was!

If you’re looking for a steamy but funny romance, give Bossman a try! It was the perfect recipe for a late night read. Despite a few issues, this was fun, sexy, and light read that I’m super glad I read!

* I borrowed this book from my local library.

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