Published by Entangled, Brazen on August 1, 2016
Series: Pulse #2
Genres: adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
Kellan James is unwinding at Score when he spots the last person he’d ever expect to find in his favorite bar. Sara Connelly—ER nurse, do-gooder, charitable crusader, and frequent pain in his ass. Both grew up privileged in swanky Southampton, but that’s where the similarities end. Kellan’s made it his mission to seek out life’s pleasures; Sara gains pleasure from lecturing him on his lifestyle. Kellan would never date someone like her. Ever.
But when Kellan discovers Sara’s been stood-up by an online date, something fierce and protective awakens inside of him. Typically, Kellan would enjoy teasing the jilted Sara, but something in her face sends him over to her table with a plan. He encourages her to take a walk on the wild side, one weekend of sin, no holds barred.
She accepts, but it quickly becomes apparent that one night isn’t enough. As the pull between them grows stronger, Kellan discovers it’s a very dangerous thing to say never.
Seducing the Boss is an adult contemporary romance by Mari Carr. I picked this book up because I loved the summary, but I didn’t love the title (still don’t because I don’t believe that really fits the tone of the story) and I don’t love the cover, but I wanted to give it a shot because the summary sounded like it would be a cute romance that I would enjoy. I think I should have trusted my gut on this one, because while I did like it a little, I didn’t love it. I will say that I seem to be the odd one out on this opinion because on goodreads everything I saw was 4 or 5 stars.
Seducing the Boss is told in dual narrative between Sara and Kellum. I think part of my problem is that I just didn’t love Kellum. I know, go ahead and stone me now, but I found him to be kind of a shallow jerk. Especially at the start of the story, and it left a bitter taste in my mouth that was hard for me to shake. He does get better and more personable as the story goes on, and I don’t think there is any doubt at all that he develops real, and deep, feelings for Sara, but something about him just didn’t jive with me. Sara and Kellum do have some great chemistry and there was not a whole lot of unnecessary drama, which I really appreciated. That was probably my favorite part of the book. I liked that once the romance became real, it wasn’t dramatic just for the sake of being dramatic.
Overall, this one is good if you like workplace romances, which I do, but it was only an ok read for me. Everyone else seems to be loving this steamy romance, so I might be the odd one out. It was good, but I couldn’t connect with Kellum 100%, so I think that was what prevented me from going from like to love. The writing is very solid, and the romance is hot, so I would like to read another of Mari Carr’s books. I feel like I might enjoy the story a lot more with different characters.
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