Review: Bossman by Vi Keeland


Author: Vi Keeland
Publication Date: July 18th, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

My Rating:


The first time I met Chase Parker, I didn’t exactly make a good impression.

I was hiding in the bathroom hallway of a restaurant, leaving a message for my best friend to save me from my awful date.

He overheard and told me I was a bitch, then proceeded to offer me some dating advice.

So I told him to mind his own damn business―his own tall, gorgeous, full-of-himself damn business―and went back to my miserable date.

When he walked by my table, he smirked, and I watched his arrogant, sexy ass walk back to his date.

I couldn’t help but sneak hidden glances at the condescending jerk on the other side of the room. Of course, he caught me on more than one occasion, and winked.

When the gorgeous stranger and his equally hot date suddenly appeared at our table, I thought he was going to rat me out.

But instead, he pretended we knew each other and joined us―telling elaborate, embarrassing stories about our fake childhood.

My date suddenly went from boring to bizarrely exciting.

When it was over and we parted ways, I thought about him more than I would ever admit, even though I knew I’d never see him again.

I mean, what were the chances I’d run into him again in a city with eight million people? Then again…

What were the chances a month later he’d wind up being my new sexy boss?

Don’t focus on the what ifs. Focus on the what is.”
Should you be thankful when a handsome guy who calls you rude for wanting to ditch your boring date crashes said date and makes it infinitely more entertaining? What if a month later, you bump into the same guy again and again? Yes? Because that’s what exactly happens to Reese Annesley.

Reese is sending her best friend a voice mail to bail her out of a date when Chase Parker overhears her and calls her rude for wanting to bail on said date. When Reese gets back to her table (and a date who can’t seem to talking about anything other than his mom), she spots the handsome man sitting next to a bombshell. Typical. Soon, however, she realizes there’s nothing typical about Chase when he suddenly invites himself, along with his bombshell date, to Reese and Oedipus’s table. He then pretends to know her from way back, and tells intricate (and embarrassing) stories about their past.

After the date that went from boring to entertaining, Reese never expected to ever bump into her faux middle school ex again, but alas, fate had other plans. Not only did she see Chase again, he eventually became her boss. It’s a small world after all!

I really liked this book. I kept expecting the story to go the way I imagined it would, but it kept pleasantly surprising me. There’s a bit of angst in there, but most of the story is fairly light. 

Chase Parker is a dream boat. I’d like to wrap him up and keep him with me forever. He’s another book boyfriend I’ve fallen in love with. He’s handsome, smart, funny, honest, and nice!!! Right about now, I’m slamming my palm on a table because FEELS! I like this kind of alpha. I really do.

Usually I don’t like it when book boyfriends go caveman and “stake the claim”, but gah whenever Chase did it—and the way he did it—I couldn’t do anything but eat it up! I’m pretty sure I looked a little nutty in the cafe when I was sitting there in the company of my coffee and Kindle.

He obviously wants to sleep with Reese, and he makes jokes about it, but he never truly pushes. And there was this one incident that would have given him the perfect pass (some jerks would have taken full advantage of it), but he was 100% the gentleman. I think I fell a little in love with him because of it.

And I love Reese. She is adorable and not annoying at all! She’s a headstrong woman, and she makes sure she’s treated the way she deserves to be treated. I love that about her. She’s headstrong but not obstinate. Kind but not a doormat. Beautiful inside and out.

The two have been carrying their own burdens, but they didn’t let it overpower them. It still haunted them, but they did their best to go about their lives. I really liked that.

Being afraid is when you let fear control your life, let it stop you from doing what you want. When you’re afraid, but you look your fear in the eye and live, that’s courageous.”

I also liked that no one cheated. Yes, Chase flirted with Reese when she was still seeing Bryant, but he never crossed the line. And yes, Reese fantasized about Chase, but she never acted on it.

Their banter! It made me giggle and smile and ahhh. Chase was such a smartass, but so was Reese. It was great to see two people on equal footing banter the way they did.

And the progression of their feelings! Gah How swoon-worthy! From the very start, Chase made it clear that he’s physically attracted to Reese. But when the attraction went beyond physical, I may have swooned a little. I loved how gradual the development was.

When I’m around you, I’m happy. That’s all I’m after.”

My heart ached for Chase when he found out the truth about Peyton, but gah it took him a while to get back on his feet. I was happy (well not really. Relieved maybe?) when Reese stood her ground and refused to let anyone treat her less than she deserves.

I didn’t particularly enjoy the stalking bit. It was sweet, I guess, but it bordered on creeper alert, so I don’t know. It wasn’t my favorite part of the book, but it didn’t turn me off from still loving Bossman.

The epilogue just about killed me though. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh. I love Chase Parker. I love him so damn much. He is an amazing, adorable, endearing man. 
Purchase your copy of Bossman

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