Shadow & Kitty’s Two-fer Review – Bought by the Boss by Stacey Kennedy

This was a light and lively little book with engaging characters, and an interesting plot. ~ Shadow, Guilty Pleasures

What’s better than one bad-boy boss? How about two?

In a duet of naughty novellas, a charity date auction turns into all-out war when a pair of powerful corporate lawyers each buy the other’s assistant for a weekend of seduction.

I’ve wanted Aria Finley from the moment I met her.
We flirt, we laugh, we connect. It could be perfect.
She’s even best friends with my assistant.
Problem is, she works for my archnemesis—Jackson Keller—and she’s the kind of girl who stays loyal unless you give her a reason not to.
Besides my hard-on there’s something hot between us, and I won’t rest until I put my finger on it.
So when I get the chance to buy Aria for the weekend at a charity auction, there’s no limit.
I’m going to take her home and take what I want because I’ll make her want it too.
And by Monday, she’ll know she’s mine.

Liam Maxwell thinks he can get to me through my assistant, Aria.
Well, two can play that game.
Now Mallory Beckett—Liam’s assistant and Aria’s best friend—is mine for the weekend.
Only she has no idea who bought her at the charity auction.
This is going to be worth every penny.
But soon I realize that Mallory has been waiting for my touch all along.
What starts as a fling turns into something more.
From the beginning, I was so focused on stealing her away.
I never thought about the fact that I’d drown if I lost her.
Now the game has changed. And she needs to know that she belongs to me.

This standalone offering by Stacey Kennedy is actually two books in one, a pair of intertwined stories about four people whose lives interconnect at a charity auction.

Aria Finley and Mallory Becket are best friends and roommates. They each work for lawyers, who are deadly enemies, feuding over a woman who came between them many years before. Liam has wanted Aria for years, but her friendship and work with Jackson has precluded them from interacting. When he wins her at the auction, all that changes. They discover that their mutual attraction is far more-and how much loyalty is worth. In the meantime, Jackson has purchased Mallory’s time at the same auction-in secret. His intentions are to annoy Liam and give Mallory a relaxing long weekend. But Mallory discovers a different Jackson than the one Liam has always portrayed-or has she? The two women are caught between the feuding lawyers-can the men overcome their animosity in order to make their women happy?

This was a light and lively little book with engaging characters, hot sex and an interesting plot. It is a far cry from the author’s BDSM series, but it is still entertaining and an enjoyable read.

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I was totally taken by surprise with Bought by the Boss… two men, two woman … both men looking to make the other pay … both women getting exactly what they want – the men on their knees begging for a chance. ~ Kitty, Guilty Pleasures

I was totally taken by surprise with Bought by the Boss… two men, two woman … both men looking to make the other pay … both women getting exactly what they want – the men on their knees begging for a chance.

His Price … Liam and Aria. Two stubborn and unbelievably sexually attracted to each other people. His ex-best-friend Jackson thinks he is after Aria because of their past. But, he is totally wrong. He fell in love with Aria a long time ago and she kept it all business because of the animosity between them. But, the auction changes it all. Now, he has one weekend to win her over, to show her the man he really is and dispel everything Jackson has said about him and win her heart.

Liam doesn’t have that hard of a job. Aria has wanted him from the minute he walked into a meeting. Sexy, funny … what’s not to like about him. But, her boss has nothing nice to say about him. She has no idea why they hate each other but she’s tired of being in the middle. When she realizes that he didn’t buy her just to piss Jackson off, as he shows her a beautiful weekend filled with romance, fun and unbelievable sexy times, she can’t help but wonder why all the hostility.

Liam knows that he has to come clean about Jackson but doesn’t want that to be the reason why Aria chooses him. He wants her heart. When he realizes what he told her about the past, what he told her about the deal that was working on and she didn’t say anything, he knew he had her and couldn’t wait to get her and start their lives together.

Enter Jackson and Mallory – Dirty Money. Just when Aria and Liam are going to confront Jackson and tell him that he better get used to the idea of them being together … he’s missing. And Aria’s cell pings … they now know just where he is, what he’s doing and why. Now, Mallory has to figure out a way to get through this three day date without laying a hand on the man that has been the basis for her fantasies. She’s got this.

Jackson did buy Mallory for the reason Liam thought. He figured it would teach him a lesson, give Mallory three days of relaxation and him some time away from the rat race. Boy, was he sadly mistaken. He never saw Mallory coming. Well, he did end up seeing that but she ended up being so much more than what he expected. Fun, sexy and sweet. Nothing like the other girls he has ever dated. She could hold her own with him in and out of bed. She just amazed him.

Mallory is finally finding out what she has been just been imagining. She’s not, in the least bit, a bold woman. But, she’s going to take what she can get when she can get it. But, she’s also surprised by the man Jackson is. He’s caring and loving … nothing that Liam has made him out to be. She gets him to open up and finds out the reason for the feud. She can’t condone what happened but she can understand why. Now, it’s her goal to get the two most important men in her life to see reason.

Jackson did something really stupid that he is totally regretting now. But, he’s a man – they do stupid things. Mallory and Aria know that, understand that and let them get their macho on until they have had enough and put a stop to it. But, that leaves Mallory with a void in her heart. It’s Aria that makes Jackson see exactly what he did and tell him what he needs to do.

Like I said, Bought by the Boss took me totally by surprise. But, Stacey Kennedy writing these stories didn’t. I know that I could always count on her to bring me a fun story filled with hot scenes and fantastic characters. I love how these two stories blended into each other. The epilogue brought the story full circle and gave me two beautiful HEA’s.

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