Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Release Blitz & Review: Bossed - Sloane Howell

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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 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.

*By sexy, we mean sexy. Like, 18+ sexy.


4.5 Stars

I so badly want to give this book a low star rating for making me have feelings, but the truth is that Bossed is one of Sloane Howell's best works. A contemporary romance at its core, Bossed features Sloane's famous witty dialogue, hilarious interactions, and heartfelt moments. Though the book is one that is already known as a "love-it or hate-it" kind of novel with Sloane's longtime fans, contemporary romance readers will not be disappointed in Sloane's newest release with Loveswept. The romance is forbidden, the female heroine is a bullheaded beauty, and the alpha-male shines with every reader's handsome looks and cocky attitude. 

'"I wanted you.'
Gravel. His voice was gravel."

Ethan is the owner of an incredibly successful sport's agency with an incredible chip on his shoulder and a true lack of empathy. His past has defined how he's looked at the word and how he's treated others around him, at least until Jenny. Jenny's all about family and sports, she's spent the vast majority of her time caring for her ailing father, but a job opportunity that could change their finances can't be passed up, even if it comes from the jerk she spit word-venom at on the sidewalk. What starts as lust at one another's looks soon turns into complete desire, as each unveils the true character of one another. Their attraction, though immediate, is not one of insta-love and is built upon as they work together, meet on more personal levels, and as other angst-driven plots take place. 

"He was getting close. Close enough to hurt me for sure, but I couldn't stop him if I tried."

Though I have minor complaints about both Ethan and Jenny's character development, I found myself forgetting those minor details as I was swept up in the story of lust, love, and baseball. While the majority of the story focuses on the romance, Sloane also included minor plots focused around family and friendship, specifically those of Jenny's father and best friend Kelsey, and the friendship Ethan shares with childhood friend, Matt. The secondary characters provided the layers that the main characters lacked, allowing the reader to fully understand the ins and outs of why both Ethan and Jenny are so closed off and why their connection isn't as easy a road as most contemporary romances have. The drama between these two is at times immature and highly insensitive when you consider their level of care for one another, but as far as romance novels go, there are definitely more novels out there with more nonsensical angst-driven plots. Then there's the smut, you know there had to be some! Sloane Howell can write the dirty with the best of them, these two are down and dirty, and while at times I felt they allowed it to be the priority of the connection, it also brought down the walls of each as they were vulnerable to one another in the barest of ways. The novel was equally as sexy as it was emotional, while also being sports and office-relationship driven. 

"I'll be wherever you want me to be."

So, you're wondering about why I could possibly give a low rating after reading all that good, right? Sloane knows...and you'll know too if you read this book. I had tears rolling down my face by the end, I honestly considered quitting the book at the part I considered the best, but I continued because Bossed really is that good, from beginning to end. It isn't Sloane's normal fare, but it does incorporate his well-known and well-liked style of blunt humor, character banter, and the smut readers only dream about. I was highly impressed with the plot and I liked that Sloane gave us a driven, smart female heroine, even if she was a bit crazy when it came to Ethan. I can't wait to see what else Sloane has for readers who are fans of contemporary romance. 

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Sloane Howell lives in the Midwest United States and writes dirty stories. When not reading or writing he enjoys hanging out with his family, watching sports, playing with the dogs, traveling, and engaging his readers on social media. You can almost always catch him on Twitter posting something goofy.

Visit his web page www.sloanehowell.com to sign up for his mailing list to get updates on new releases, promos, and giveaways. Thanks for reading.

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