Kissing the Boss (Fairy Tale Quartet #2) by Linda Kage
What’s the one thing you shouldn’t do when your boss is your ruthless evil widowed stepmother who hates your guts more than anyone?
Kiss the man she’s interested in.
So what does Kaitlynn Judge find herself doing?
Yep, she kisses the one man her stepmother currently wants, who also happens to be the CEO of the company where she works.
Can we say doomed?
After the death of her father, Kaitlynn's life has been stuck in a rut. But that begins to change after meeting a dashing stranger during the office Halloween party. Now she has to navigate vengeful stepmothers, meddling stepsiblings, and gorgeous guys in hot pursuit to reach her happily ever after.
I love a good fairy tale, and I love that Linda Kage has redone some of the classics with a nice little contemporary twist to them. They’re easy to recognize but I think I had the most fun trying to figure out which people fit the roles that you thought you already knew. She changes them just enough that it all seems brand new. Like substituting stepbrothers for evil stepsisters, stuff like that will keep you entertained throughout the book. I’m still trying to decide if the janitor is her fairy Godfather…and not in a vendetta, Sicilian kind of way.
So, this is based on Cinderella, with all the jealousy, treachery and hidden romance of the original, and with Ezra in the role of the Prince. I liked that The Prince in this story ended up being the brother of The Beast, Isobel, from Monster Among the Roses, and that he worked in the garment industry!
It was a given that Ezra and Kaitlynn’s relationship was never going to be easy. Lana, Kaitlynn’s stepmother has a major lady boner for Ezra and she takes psycho to all new vindictive and insane heights. I hated that Ezra and Kaitlynn had to keep their relationship so hidden but it did add some amusing scenes to their story. And I liked the way that some of the more subtle aspects of the tale were woven into the story, but I’ll let you find those Easter-eggs.
Needless to say, I’m anxiously awaiting the next book in this series. There are two other women who I’m hoping will have their fairytale ending and I’m trying to figure out which ones they’d be. I’m pretty sure one of them is Little Red Riding Hood….but the other is a little more challenging. I’m thinking maybe Little Mermaid, though that one doesn’t make as much sense based on their backgrounds.
I have also got to know who the city tagger, painting murals all over the city is.
I thought it had to be connected to a specific couple, but now I’m not so sure.
Regardless, it will keep me coming back.