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…
I’ve read books by Diane Alberts before and I had a feeling I’m going to end up liking this one as I enjoy her writing style and the way story telling capabilities. The Beauty and the Boss is a modern retelling of the classic fairy-tale Beauty and Beast, with a different twist and intended for adult audiences 😉
This fun and sweet story follows Benjamin aka ‘The Beast’, the ruthless, workaholic CEO of Gale Incorporated and Maggie, the country transplant, a dedicated employee of the company, who tries to make a life for herself in the Big Apple. When confronted by his wicked mother in a standard ‘this isn’t what it seems’ type of situation, Maggie blurts out the first thing that comes to mind . . . ‘we’re engaged’ and this is how this power couple started . . .
I adored both characters and it’s because of them that I loved this typical boss/employee romance. Maggie might seem shy at first, but she’s a feisty little one. She has a hard time opening up to people as she’s been hurt before, but for Benjamin she made an exception and it paid off. With his help she learned to trust again and was proven that loving someone doesn’t mean you have to give up your own professional life to make them happy.
Ben was a wonderful hero. He has a pretty awful backstory, that shows us why he’s so closed off to relationships, but with the help of Maggie he let’s go of what’s holding him back and opens his heart to love. He needed Maggie as much as she needed him, they complemented each other beautifully and it showed. Their relationship wasn’t forced, the sexual chemistry was there from the beginning, it only had to develop over the course of the story.
All in all, The Beauty and the Boss is an easy and enjoyable read – it’s fun and smart, sensual and sexy, with an intelligent heroine and a gallant hero, it’s as its title says a modern fairy-tale that you can’t help fall in love with and savor from start to finish.
***ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Diane Alberts is a multi-published, bestselling contemporary romance author with Entangled Publishing. She also writes New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling new adult books under the name Jen McLaughlin. She’s hit the Top 100 lists on Amazon and Barnes and Noble numerous times with numerous titles. 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 a cat. Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name.
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