Beauty and the Boss by Diane Alberts

Posted January 6, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments

Beauty and the Boss by Diane AlbertsBeauty and the Boss by Diane Alberts
Series: Modern Fairytales #1
Format: eBook
Published by Entangled Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Revenge, Romance
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Beauty is about to tame her beast...

Researcher Maggie Donovan has no luck with men, and it doesn't help that she can't keep her eyes off of her sexy boss - the one everyone else in the office calls The Beast. Relationships in the office are forbidden. So no one is more surprised than Maggie when she pretends to be his fiancée to save him during a difficult situation. Not only has she put her job on the line, but the future of the company.

Billionaire Benjamin Gale III doesn't believe in love or romance, but the look on his mother's face when Maggie tells her that she's his fiancée is worth millions. Instead of firing her for her insubordination, he goes along with the ruse. In his arms-and in his bed-she'd be everything he could ever want…which is why he can't have her.

But if he doesn't let her go, they'll lose everything…

Ah workplace romances, let’s face it, with how much time people spend at work these days, its no surprise that workplace romances are such a hot topic right now. And hooking up with your hot, millionaire boss, well that definitely makes things more interesting for sure. There was a lot going on in this book, a workplace affair, a scheming mother, and a whole lot more.

So when the book first starts out we meet our hero, Benjamin, or otherwise known by his employees as The Beast. He used to be a party guy, but when is dad died and he took over the family company he became a work all the time guy, no fun at all. He’s got kind of a stern disposition. It’s probably because he feels like he is under constant attack by his mother and he feels a lot of guilt for not being their when his father died. I liked Benjamin well enough, he was definitely a hot guy. I liked how much he was willing to try with Maggie. I also liked how just dedicated he was to going after what he wants, he was dedicated to his job and to Maggie.

So Maggie works for the Beast at his company and one night he asks her to enjoy dinner with him after his dinner plans got cancelled, it was completely innocent (although they were attracted to each other) when his mother walks in and starts making all kinds of threats about kicking him out of the company. So what’s a girl to do? Well of course fake an engagement! I liked the set up to the story, how Maggie and Ben were pushed together, but I didn’t really love Maggie. She’s definitely quirky, which I liked about her, I liked how she talked to herself, but she was just really insecure. I get that insecurity is realistic to some people, but I wasn’t really a fan of it with her, she would agree to something, and then back out, and then push forward, and then run away. Honestly though, I think I would have enjoyed her more if the book was longer, I didn’t feel like her character was able to make the transition from awkward insecure girl to the girl she ended up being at the end of the book, it was more like a flip switch rather than a developing character.

This book definitely had some hot scenes in it, and I loved some of the scenes in the book, especially the evil mother stuff. But at the end of the day I think the book would have been much better if it had been a bit on the longer side, I would have loved to have seen these characters more fleshed out then they were. And the way the end just kinds of wraps up everything in such a short amount of time, well I would have liked to have seen it a little more drawn out, I think I would have been more emotionally invested if it had been.

About Diane Alberts

Diane Alberts is a USA TODAY bestselling Contemporary Romance author with Entangled Publishing. Under the name Jen McLaughlin, she also writes New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling books with Penguin RandomHouse. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and three cats. Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

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