Published by: Entangled Indulgence on September 9, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: The Publisher
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Winning the Boss's Heart by Hayson Manning
Mason Christian has twelve weeks to flip something old into something new for his Japanese client, and then he's getting the hell out of Footsteps Bay, New Zealand. Not even his temporary cook and secretary--the feisty, luscious Billie McLeod--will deter him. There's no denying she makes him feel alive. More alive than he's felt in three years...
Billie has one dream: save enough money to go to college. That's why she's agreed to work for hard ass, all-business-no-pleasure Mason Christian--a man who has every intention of destroying through "modernization" the town's most cherished historical home. But before she can say see ya, she realizes she's signed the dotted line and is contractually bound for eighty-four days. Working with male perfection every day is awesome with a capital A--as long as they can stick to a hands-off policy that gets harder every day...
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I’ll admit, I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did and I’m so happy for this surprise. This was exactly what I needed because I’ve been going through quite a wicked reading slump lately. This book has romance, with a steady, realistic, and engaging pace. It also has a bit of drama; a few things happen to Billie that stir the pot and I loved how they were strategically placed throughout the book so I never felt like it was forced. The best part? The dialogue! Oh, I loved when these two butted heads! It was downright hilarious! I felt like this story was very character-driven and I really liked Billie and Mason, despite Mason’s hard exterior and rough edges. I usually focus more on the guy in books, for obvious reasons, but it wasn’t Mason who stole the show here. Billie was the book and considering how much I usually scrutinize and criticize the girl in a book, that’s high praise for me. It’s just kind of hard to find a girl, in Romance novels especially, that I genuinely like and root for.
I just have to say it – Winning the Boss’s Heart easily won my heart! I loved it!
Hands down, my favorite thing about this book was Billie. Not only is she so nice and genuine, the girl is smart, capable, determined, and a super talented cook, among many other things. Add to that, the relatable factor where she’s still so self-conscious, in a cute and sensible way though, not in an annoying way. Want to know another thing? That girl has got a quick wit and quite the tongue! I couldn’t love this girl more. She definitely held her own when it came to Mason, who was pretty intimidating and closed off. She was always there to call him on his BS, she slowly cracked through his very hard shell, and she did it with flair! She called Mason countless names in response to his references to her, and I relished in those moments. Freaking hilarious! A real winner here, people! She can pull out a tough side, yet she’s also so sweet, wanting the “happily ever after” and even if she was hesitant and a bit terrified to risk her heart with Mason, she still did it to the best of her abilities. There were a few times where any other girl would give up, but she held strong, and she really surprised me with her character and likable nature. And the things that went through this girl’s mind, I giggled so much. When you learn about her past, it makes you love her even more! And her dog! Love!
Tying into my love for Billie was the ridiculous humor that flowed through this book. The names she called Mason were hysterical and easily the highlights of the book. She also did some awkward things herself, which I thought was adorable and funny. I also loved the scenery that Hayson created for us through this quaint little town and house that the characters shared. Everything sounded so beautiful and I seriously wanted to visit this place. I know I keep saying that “this is the best part” or that “I loved this the most”, but that’s just because there were so many good parts. Even the emotional and deep parts had me reeling and tugged at my heart. Probably the only thing that kept it shy of perfect, was how long it took for Mason, as a character, to open up and resolve his issues. Granted, he is dealing with a very traumatic issue, but at times, it felt a bit much and he felt a bit too guarded and rough-around-the-edges. And even though there was a “grand gesture” of sorts, I guess I wanted something more “grand-er”. Really though, that issue is minimal and if I gave stars, I would give this one a 4.5.
I haven’t read many books from Entangled’s Indulgence line, but this one is definitely my favorite so far. Maybe I should venture into this territory next. I felt like there was just the right amount of sexy times mixed in with a very good story with substance, and you know how I feel about “substance”. If some of the books are anything like this one, I’m all for it. Another, yes ANOTHER, thing I loved about reading this was that I read Hayson’s first book Wife in Name Only, and I could easily see the growth and progression of her writing style. I am definitely a fan and I’ll be looking forward to whatever Hayson comes up with next.
All in all this book was “awesome with a capital A”!