Friday 10 July 2015

Review: Teaching the Boss by Mallory Crowe

Teaching the Boss
Book 1 in the "Billionaires in the City" series

Business-school student April Morgan is ready to graduate--from school, from the secretary pool, and from never-gonna-happen fantasies involving Sam Hunt, her hunky billionaire boss. But when Sam’s girlfriend of the week pushes her too far, April finds herself quitting on the spot with only a mountain of student loan debt to keep her company. In steps Sam’s worst enemy, his father, with a job offer she can't refuse. 

Sam was born into privilege, but refused to live life with a silver spoon in his mouth. After a decade of hard work, he’s on the verge of taking his business public and proving to his tyrannical family that he can make it without their help. When he finds out that April is working for his father, he knows she’s been turned into a pawn in his father’s twisted games. 

Despite Sam’s warnings, April is determined to prove she doesn’t need him to make in New York City. But when she finds documents that could lead to Sam losing everything he’s worked for, April realizes that she and Sam have to work together to save the empire they’ve both worked to build.

Mallory Crowe
Q – What inspired you to write April and Sam’s story? 

A – When I first thought of April and Sam, I was working crazy long hours at the time and (strangely enough) a slowed down cover of a rap song made me think of an overworked assistant who starts out totally in love with her Tycoon boss and, by the end of the song, she’s disillusioned by the lifestyle and is ready to branch out on her own. 

Teaching The Boss starts after this music video I made in my mind. April is just coming into her own and Sam doesn’t really realize how much he needs her until she is gone. And then the billionaire has to bargain to get her back. The shifting power play between the two was a blast to write! 

Q - Why should readers give these books a try? 

A – All I can say is that I LOVED writing them and I think readers will really be drawn into the characters. I adore putting two strong leads into tough situations and seeing them work together to grow. For this first book in the series, I took the quintessential office romance, an untamed billionaire and a sexy secretary, and then completely shook up the power structure between the two and saw how they reacted. Throw in a few secrets and revenge plots and the result is explosive…. 

Q – Why did you choose to set the Billionaires In The City books New York City? 

A – Because it’s the city of endless possibilities! There are so many different fantastic settings to play with, between the Upper East Side, Soho, Brooklyn and Queens. They’re all so close together and each have distinct personalities that can fit the characters perfectly. But, as much as I love NYC, I’m planning to branch out in the future, so I made sure I didn’t name the city in the subtitle. In book two, the Simon and Grace even take a trip to the Hamptons where they can get into even more trouble! 

author interview taken from goodreads

2 stars

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley.

I became interested in this book through the intriguing cover. It wasn't a bad read, the author did a decent enough job to keep the reader interested. However, I felt the book was lacking something about half way through. From then on, the book wasn't as interesting.

I liked the characters, and enjoyed the banter between Sam and April. I did get really annoyed by how they went from happy couple to hating each other and breaking up. I get very frustrated when authors make the characters break up because it feels as if they need some sort of drama in the book.

I often got confused on whose point of view it was because there was no indication, no big name highlighted at the top of the chapter. Just when I thought the chapters went back and forth between the characters, two chapters would be from the same characters, or half way through a chapter it would switch point of view.

I really enjoyed the ending, April's graduation. I can't say that it would happen in real life but it was be amazing if it did. The authors story was interesting enough and the book is short, making it a fast and easy read. I'm excited for the second book, being Simon's book, which is very exciting.

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