The Boss by E.M. Leya

71YQIvViQ4L._SL1500_Title: The Boss
Series: N/A
Author: E.M. Leya
Genre: Contemporary/Interracial
Length: Novel (190 pages)
Publisher: E.L. Publishing (July 31st, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Stephen has lived in the shadow of his powerful father for years, learning how to succeed in the world by watching him, problem is, power and money can change a person, and not always for the good.

Martin has suffered working with Stephen for years, standing by as he chased off one employee after another with his temper. He hates his boss and wishes someone would give the spoiled rich kid the spanking he deserves.

When the two face off, things get heated, but finding a solution might be easier than either thought. They come to an agreement to help keep Stephen’s temper under control and stop him from following his father’s example.

Trouble is, what starts out as simple office discipline soon isn’t enough, and with forces working against them, the two will have to try hard to overcome everything and everyone that is trying to keep them apart.

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Reviewer: Tina

Review: I absolutely love Emma’s writing! I really liked this book although the beginning almost made me stop reading.

When Martin challenged Stephen and called him out for being a terrible boss and horrible person to his employees, I cheered him on…however, the spanking punishment was a bit of a stretch for me. It was a bit unbelievable that an employee who hated his boss so much would initiate such a sexual act. I understand it was the start of their sexual relationship and the foundation to the story but it was a little too much.

That being said, I did really like the rest of the story. Martin was lead a simple life…content to work hard to get what he wanted. He was a bit reclusive and closed off. Stephen was raised by money and social status. He was uptight and self-doubting, always trying to live up to his dad’s unrealistic expectations. He found security in the money he made but really wanted independence from his father. Martin and Stephen really balanced each other well. Once they were able to see past the masks in place and move from the superficial start, they became a beautiful couple.

Stephen’s dad was an insufferable, bigoted homophobe. He stressed the importance of social status and wealth over family and molded Stephen to follow in his footsteps. His role in the book leads to most of the angst and a surprisingly heartbreaking twist near the end.

The few secondary characters in the book worked really well. Overall, a pretty good, typical book for Ms. Leya.

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