Author: Michele de Winton
Length: 60,000 words
Sub-Categories: Adventure, Comedy, Holiday romance
Heat Level: Sizzling (Highly explicit sex scenes/language)
I'm going to do my review and then you can read the blurb and excerpt.
I really enjoyed The Boss and Her Billionaire. It was a romance with ups and downs and there were moments that I wasn't sure if we'd have our Happily Ever After. There were moments were I wasn't even sure if I wanted them to be together. I had some issues with Dylan and the way he acted. In the end he pulled his act together but I felt like he should have been made to grovel.
Michaela Western is a cruise director and has been dealing with a snarky captain ever since she ended their affair. An affair which would've never happened had he told her that he was married. Now she's left with his attitude and her work. She tries extra hard to prove herself to him because he is one of those guys that thinks men are better than women and he degrades her every time he gets a chance. Her work is her life, even if that means she's lonely.
Dylan Johns is an overworked suit who is not only burdened with running the family company, he has to deal with his brother's family problems as well. His brother is a snake who has been missing more often than not for the last 10 years. Brian has mysteriously reappeared and he declares that Dylan should take a three month vacation to enable him to work out the issues between himself and his wife Lily. Lily and her children rely on Dylan because Brian is never there. Although he is skeptical, Dylan agrees to do it. He hopes that Brian has changed and the family will be able to heal.
Dylan ponders what to do with himself for three months and then sees a brochure for the cruise line. Next thing he knows he's on a cruise contracted to be one of the entertainers. It is here that he meets his boss Michaela.
Michaela has a strict no relationship rule that pertains to the passengers as well as the staff. Staff which now encludes the very tempting Dylan. Dylan really likes what he sees. He sees her as a challenge that he is not going to back down from.
There is so much going on in this story already and I've just gotten started. I don't want to give everything away so I'm going to stop there. I really liked Michaela's character but I'm not sure that I liked Dylan's
It was hard to put this book down even though I had some issues with Dylan. The story flowed easily and Michele de Winton masterfully wove the plot with enough twists and turns to keep the page turning in full swing. The only complaint that I have is one that I voice with many books. I wanted more of an ending! Don't get me wrong, there was a definite ending but I wish it would have been dragged out a little more.
This was an adult romance with some sizzle so reader be warned!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Cruise director Michaela Western has everything she wants—everything except a sex life. But there are no secrets on cruise ships. She risked her job once for a dalliance with the Captain, and won’t do it again for a few minutes of toe-curling pleasure. Until a devilishly handsome new staffer with a body made for sin tempts her to walk on the wild side...
Investment billionaire Dylan Johns always gets what he wants. He is used to giving orders—not taking them—until he’s forced to go on hiatus from his investment company. To bide his time and carry out an old dream, he takes a job on a cruise ship—and ends up taking orders from his gorgeous, but uptight, new boss. He is determined to loosen her up with a fun onboard romance, but their no-strings fling turns serious and Dylan is forced to confess his lies.
When the affair threatens to shatter Michaela’s own career dreams, she finds herself caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.
“I ate this book up, just could not turn my kindle off! The story cleverly eschews the romance novel formula by having the female lead in the position of power as the cruise director...and the hunky male lead is a dancer. I particularly enjoyed the dance scenes - the rehearsals, description of performances and interplay between dancers. Often i find the support characters are barely sketched in other romance novels but in this story they are fully fleshed, interesting and often hilarious. And the chemistry between the leads bursts off the page - they're hot! Move over Love Boat...this has made me want to go on a cruise!”- Megan Beard, Amazon review
"Better than the love boat. Yep, it's a big call but I think Michaela Western makes a better Cruise Director than Lauren Tewes. More smarts, more sass, and more self respect. Eventually anyway. I really liked it. I wasn't sure I was going to, because I didn't know how having the hero go from Investment banker to dancer was going to play out, but it works. Really works. I loved Dylan, and the sex scenes were hot. If this is a debut I'm looking forward to the next one." – Jess, Amazon review
“I loved this book! It has a great premise, being set on a cruise ship in the middle of the pacific, and it breaks some of the usual boring 'rules' of romance by having a sexy dancer as the male lead, and his boss as the heroine. The chemistry sizzled, and I really got into the characters. It kept me up reading into the small hours, and I had work the next day, but it was worth it! Even the side characters worked for me. The banter between Michaela and her friend Felicity cracked me up - which is something I'm always looking for. For a debut, this is an especially good one. Looking forward for more from this writer.” - Trudi Jaye, Amazon review
I bet you'd like a little more right? Here's an excerpt!
“Okay then, bandmaster. Take us away,” George called and sat back in his seat.
The band started up, a soaring number with orchestral strings and a fabulous cello part played on the bandmaster’s keyboard. Her heart was swept up with the incredible music to a point somewhere close to the center of the high-arched theater ceiling. Her head swayed, and she wanted nothing more than to be pulled up into someone’s arms and swung around the stage. Someone with a broad chest at the perfect height for her to rest her head on. Someone just like Dylan Johns.
Stop it. You’re working.
The stage began to brighten, and in among the props Michaela discerned the smallest amount of movement. “Oh,” she gasped. Two statues were actually people, painted white and now moving through the set.
“You like?” George’s grin flashed brightly even in the dimmed light of the audience. “That Dylan makes a better statue than anything made of stone,” he whispered.
Michele was born in the mid 1970’s amid a burgeoning sprawl of vineyards and new retirement homes. Despite training in law (or perhaps because of it) she has been a dancer, producer, writer, and all round arty type in various countries for most of her life. Now back home in New Zealand after travelling a plenty, she is a mom to one and writes full time in an office surrounded by whispering trees.
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