Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Review ~ Teasing The Boss (Billionaires in the City, #2) by Mallory Crowe

Teasing The Boss (Billionaires in the City, #2)
ebook received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: March 11th 2015

Premier business consultant Simon West can turn around any struggling billion dollar corporation in New York City, but he can’t get what he wants most: revenge against Mark DuFord. The slick investment banker's shady dealing led to Simon’s best friend’s suicide. Wealthy, and well-protected by the political influence he’s been able to purchase, DuFord has become untouchable—or so he thinks. But when DuFord’s former girlfriend asks Simon for help, he knows that Grace Bell is the weapon he needs to finally destroy his enemy completely. All Simon has to do is pretend to love her. 

Grace Bell knows that approaching hot-shot Simon West to save her business is a long shot, but she’s desperate. After growing up with a family that expected her to be a happy housewife, she’d proved them all wrong when she became the go-to event-coordinator in New York City. But after the tabloids took a completely innocent picture of her with a married senator and misinterpreted the situation, she’s losing clients left and right. When she approaches Simon and begs for his help to resuscitate the business she put her heart and soul into, she never expects him to agree. Or that the payment would be posing as his lover as an excuse to get close to her ex. 

Simon knows if he goes forward with his plan, it's only a matter of time before Mark realizes what they're up to and Mark’s enemies have a way ending up broke, in jail or six feet under. As Simon and Grace grow closer, Simon must decide if putting her in the line of fire is worth avenging the past.

My Opinion

I preferred this book to Teaching The Boss. When I saw them both up on NetGalley this was the one that caught my interest and convinced me to take a chance on them.

The books in this series are easy, quick reads. I found the romance in this one was better and there was more tension and chemistry between Simon and Grace. It took a while to build and they became partners through business first. I thought Simon would be more of an ass so it surprised me that his attitude was tamed, but I thought Grace was a good match for him. I liked that she was able to handle herself and think on her feet without coming across as bitchy. She was true to their agreement and I respected her for wanting to help.

As for the plot, for the most part I liked it. I only had problems with the last 20% or so. Things became a bit far fetched for me and it seemed like an easy way out of the web the author had spun for Mark. It was a bit anti-climactic, and I don't think a real guilty person would do what Mark did. It felt more like a movie set up than realistic.

Anyway, overall it was another easy read. While these books haven't drawn any strong feelings from me, I'd say they're more gentle reads that are best for relaxing with.


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