MINDING HER BOSS’S BUSINESS
MINDING HER BOSS’S BUSINESS
By Janice Maynard
Harlequin Desire; May, 5, 2015
$5.25; 192 pages
Diplomat Alex Ramon's Miami mission is on the rocks. Convincing the exiled Montoros to give up their American life and return to Alma's throne has become personal. Not only is his trusted aide Maria Ferro flirting with a potential prince, but Alex is actually jealous! So jealous, he might sabotage his goals so he can take Maria to his bed—a prize more tempting than any commission from the crown. But Alex doesn't know that Maria has a longtime crush of her own—and it isn't on the playboy prince.
Review: Minding Her Boss's Business is the first book in the Dynasties: The Montoros series. This romance sets the stage for what is to come for that particular family that is about to take the throne of their country of Alma.
I have to admit that while knew the chemistry was very real between Maria and Alex, I harbored a little wish that she was the girl for Gabriel, the Alma prince. The reader is introduced to the whole family in this book and he is the one that really stands out to me. I absolutely can't wait to read his story. He's a bit of a playboy, but there's more to him than just that, and Janice really brought that through.
But back to Alex and Maria. I liked that Alex wasn't the typical alpha male hero. He's a workaholic, but not arrogant in any way. In fact, his fault is his jealousy of Gabriel and his easy friendship with Maria.
But when they finally get together, and it did take them long enough, things were electric and I really couldn't figure out how they got it so wrong afterwards. These two really liked each other, but somehow a few nights of mind blowing sex turned into an argument of sorts. I did like how strong Maria was, but I really didn't understand how they didn't manage to sort things out. Their conflict just wasn't what would have expected for them, however I did like their HEA.
This was a great start to a new mini-series for the Desire line.
Rating: 5 flowers
JANICE MAYNARD knew she loved books and writing by the time she was eight years old. But it took multiple rejections and many years of trying before she sold her first three novels in 1996 and 1997. After teaching kindergarten and second grade for sixteen years, Janice turned to writing full-time in the fall of 2002. Since then she has written and sold over twenty-five books and novellas. Her publishers include Kensington, Penguin/NAL, Berkley, and Harlequin. Janice lives in east Tennessee with her husband, Charles. They love hiking, traveling, and spending time with their daughters, Caroline and Anna, sons-in-law, Jamie and Chris, three granddaughters, Anastasia, Ainsley, and Allie, and the newest addition to the family, Levi.
Praise for Janice Maynard
“In this modern twist on the boss/secretary affair, readers will enjoy Maria’s ambition and inner strength as she handles Alex’s mixed signals, especially once they give in to their passion. This is an excellent introduction to the diverse and exciting individuals that make up the wealthy Montoro family.”
–RT Book Reviews
“This book never slows down. Your breath quickens as you read. If you love books that make you talk (yell) at them, then read this book!”
“Entertainment with benefits.”