— SYNOPSIS —
I’m desperate and destitute when Lockwood Construction rolls into my small town with an offer too good to pass up: high wages to any able-bodied man willing to join their crew.
Say no more. I throw on baggy clothes, tuck my long hair under a baseball hat, and apply for a job. Unfortunately, my half-baked idea of disguising myself as a guy is flawed from the beginning. As Shakira says, these hips don’t lie.
Still, I like to think I might have pulled the whole thing off save for one thing:
I know my boss.
Last month, we met at a bar, and after a fiery first encounter, it seems we’re destined to be sworn enemies.
Ethan Stone is ruthless and arrogant, a man I never would have crossed had I known how much he likes to toy with his prey.
He should just fire me and be done with it. Instead, he decides to make me his personal slave. Oh right, I think they’re calling it personal “assistant” these days.
It’s torture, all of it—his bad attitude, his ruggedly chiseled face, his desire to grind me into dust.
Every one of our friction-filled battles burns hotter than the last.
A girl can only hold out for so long. Soon, I’m bound to go up in flames.
My objective? Survive the heat long enough to send home a paycheck.
My real objective? Stop having X-rated fantasies about my coldhearted boss.
— MY REVIEW —
*Phewww!* 😛 Another enjoyable romcom from R.S Grey! I love a good enemies to lovers/ hate-to-love romance and this one checked a lot of boxes for me.
I would’ve loved to have given this book a full 5 stars but ugh.. I just couldn’t. So, let’s start with the things I nitpicked over whilst reading it…
First off–I wasn’t expecting a sloooooooooooooooow burn romance. I’m talking about the slowest of the slow! The romance was practically 99% non-existent. It left me on the edge of my seat with anticipation. They didn’t get together until the very last few chapters (and lemme tell ya.. those chapters weren’t very long either).
But it no way put me off reading it (because I was hooked all throughout with their game-playing).. but I was anxiously waiting for them to finally admit their feelings to each other the entire time — so I kinda felt a little frustrated with that.
But man, was I effing relieved when everything was finally out in the open! Haha.
There were some things I thought were a little abrupt and had me pulling my chin back in surprise, but other than that, it has your usual R.S. Grey humor.. aka lots of funny moments and one-liners that’ll have you giggling!
R.S. Grey was a new-to-me author earlier this year and I’ve read about a half dozen of her books already. I haven’t come across one I didn’t like, and this one was no different.
A friend mentioned when I asked which R.S. Grey book I should read next, and she recommended this one. She said it was a tamer hate-to-love version of Arrogant Devil–which is my #1 fave book of Rachel’s (so far anyways), so Coldhearted Boss was a no brainer for me.
I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t read it yet, but I just had to include one of my fave scenes into this review. It’s a scene I’ve read and reread a few times now. And noooo.. it’s not because they were doing the deed (I mean they were.. but that’s not the only reason why I love it so)..
So. Heads up!
The cold water soothes my overly heated skin and he keeps me against him, carried like a child in his arms. My arms wrap around his neck and I bury my head in the groove just below his chin. His palms drags down my chest, rinsing me off, and I feel like I’m dreaming, barely able to keep my eyes open after a long day and longer night. None of this feels quite real, which is probably why I feel compelled to pour out my soul, letting him hear the truth I’ve been so careful to hide.
“I’m not perfect, Ethan, but I’m not a bad person either. The truth is, I thought you were the most handsome man I’d ever seen before I thought of my harebrained idea. I wanted you, and not as some potential target. You have to know that.”
“I forgive you,” he says, his brows furrowed angrily. “Taylor, of course I forgive you.”
“And you don’t think I took your money, right?” You believe me about that as well?” I ask, knowing this is my chance to clear this up.
“The money was gone when I got my wallet back.”
I go rigid in his arms. “I didn’t take it! I swear to–“
He silences me with a kiss.
This scene always gets the butterflies a-fluttering. Taylor’s confession followed by Ethan’s reaction.. and that kiss.. had me melting. I was a mix of anxiousness, relief and happy sigh at that very moment. It was perfect! ♥
Now that I’ve read it, I can happily and 100% say I would recommend this book to friends, fam and you folk who love a good, juicy romcom! Such a feel good read! 😀
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Thank you reading! Wishing you all a beautiful day. Catch you in my next one! Xo