Sunday, April 1, 2018

Review: Undercover Boss by Hazel Kelly

Title: Undercover Boss
Author: Hazel Kelly
Genre/Age: Romance/Adult
Series: Soulmates (Book Eight)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Author
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisWhen Alex Becker goes undercover to save his business, love is the last thing on his mind, but the sparks that fly with his new "boss" force him to question whether bachelorhood is really all it's cracked up to be... Gemma hasn't had it easy. Not that she's ever been one to complain. 

Burned by the people she trusted most, she hid for years behind a self-made suit of physical armor, a pretty smile, and a selfless demeanor. 

But no more. 

She's risen from the ashes and is committed to putting herself first from now on. 

No matter what. 

And no handsome face is going to change that. 

Even if it belongs to the first guy who ever made her blush. 

But she has no idea who she's dealing with, and this time around, Alex is determined to give her a lot more than a few butterflies. 

*Warning: this standalone new adult romance may cause weak knees and heart palpitations.* 

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Love is sweeter the second time around...

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Alex is in a bit of a pickle. He is at a crossroads with the gym franchise that he had built from the ground up. Unsure if he wants to sell, he's talked into going undercover at one of his gyms. That's where he runs into the one girl from his past who just might be the only person in the world who understands him. And he's determined to finally make her his.

When a blast from the past walks into Gemma's life, she isn't sure whether to rejoice or run. Since she's just gotten out of a very bad relationship, the love of her job is all she really has left. And fraternizing at work puts that in danger, even if she doesn't know Alex is actually her boss and not just a new co-worker. But when the sparks start to fly, can she keep hold of both her job and her heart?

This appears to be the last book of this series, and what a wild series it really was. We had books with second chances and some with forbidden love. I've had my favorites, but every single one offered something new to the series and a completely different set of easily lovable characters. While I'm sad to see there may not be another installment for this series, I just know there is more to come from this author and I'm already anxious to get my hands on it!

I think that this particular story went deeper than some of the others because we deal with some more serious themes in the book. We have a woman with self-esteem issues and an abusive ex. And we have a man whose mother is sick and running out of time. He faces the reality of a future without her soon and it's affecting every part of his life. These two reconnect with each other just when they need someone to lean on. It's really sweet.

But don't think that just because it's a sweet story that it's tame. No, this might be the dirtiest and most delicious of all the books in this series. I was very pleasantly surprised by the new and steamy (quite literally!) ways our couple got it on. In a way, this book takes the series out with a bang and it's a fun ride. One that is on my re-read list for sure.

In closing...
I continue to be impressed by this author and her creative storytelling. Five suns!

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