Bossman by Vi Keeland

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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?

Pet’s $0.02

Really, Vi Keeland really does know how to suck you into a story.

When these two meet in the bathroom hallway of a swanky restaurant, the way that Chase insinuates himself into Reese’s disastrous date I wasn’t sure if this was going to be more drama or comedy. Keeland does both well and honestly, it could have gone either way. It ends up being a nice combination of both, but it’s the playful story creation between them that are my favorite. It’s really sweet the way they create these fictional backgrounds for each other. I would have actually enjoyed more of that.

But, there has to be some drama, right? And there is. Plenty. Chase has demons in his past that he takes way too much responsibility for and Reese has been down the whole workplace romance road before, with regretful results. I wasn’t sure there was a way to get around all the obstacles in their paths. But, all the situations that they find themselves in are realistic and made the story more believable and relatable. I was sorry to see the story end, because I was invested in every single interaction between the two.

I’m hoping that we get the story of Reese’s brother at some point. He sounded sweet and supportive and like someone who just enjoyed life. He needs an HEA.

 

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