Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Bought by the Boss by Stacey Kennedy


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.

HIS PRICE
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.

DIRTY MONEY
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.

Bought by the Boss is NSFW.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Romance
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His Price

Liam and Aria have amazing chemistry. She is willing to do whatever she wants and whatever he wants while they have their charity weekend. Liam is not known for losing. However, when he knows that Aria is only with him for a weekend, his lust for her, which has grown over several years, will not be satisfied.

Truths are learned, love is developed, and lust is satisfied. But when the weekend is over, Aria and Liam have to decide whether or not their connection can survive Aria’s loyalty to Liam’s ex-best friend and rival, Jackson. I loved how Liam and Aria interacted. She was loyal to herself and to Jackson, all while keeping Liam on his toes both physically and intellectually.

Dirty Money

Jackson is hard for me to like. He presents as a vindictive, jealous ex-best friend to Liam and you can’t help but not want him and Mallory to be together. Mallory is Liam’s assistant and has lusted after Jackson for as long as Liam lusted after Aria. Mallory and Aria are the best of friends and they talk about their respective bosses a lot. Despite the strange feud between the bosses, Aria and Mallory both want to find happiness.

When Mallory realizes that Jackson bought her at the charity auction simply to get back at his ex-best friend, she decides that despite knowing that, she’s going to make the best of the weekend.

Mallory is a surprise throughout this story and is constantly showing Jackson a very different side of herself. In turn, Jackson shows a different side of himself to Mallory – a side that she falls in love with.

However, reality has a nasty way of crashing down around them when their weekdays are up and despite everything they felt and did those amazing days, Mallory has to stand up for herself and her heart.

I think that both stories were well done. You were able to see different, non-business sides of each male character, and the female characters were able to be their confident selves throughout. The resolution was appropriate and it definitely leaves you wanting more of each couples’ story.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is a linked duet of stories about two men who now hate each other, and their two female assistants. It is an easy read, and has, by the very end, a very satisfying outcome.

His Price

In this book, Liam successfully bids on Aria, his rival Jackson's assistant. He and Aria have been skirting around each other ever since she first started working for Jackson three years ago – and it is time something gives. So a donation to charity, and he has her company for the weekend. Aria is delighted, but however much she is attracted to Liam, her friendship with her employer means she has no interest in long term. Obviously, the true romance reader knows that Ms. Kennedy is going to get this all sorted out, but the way she gets there is fun. Plenty of chemistry, passion, and closeness that make both Liam and Aria wish for something more.

Dirty Money

Not only Aria was successfully bid for at the charity event; Mallory, Liam's assistant, is about to spend a few days with an anonymous bidder. So almost immediately after Aria comes home, Mallory sets off... with Jackson. He is doing it to annoy Liam but finds that Mallory is actually an incredibly attractive person inside and out. Whilst his initial reason was ill judged, his behaviour towards Mallory is always honorable, and in fact, we get to see a very different side to his character.

As we find out why the men hate each other from both sides, and the women try and find a way to keep their new-found romances and their bosses, everything comes to a head. It is a satisfying solution.


Mary☆☆☆☆
This is a book with two stories that are connected by two men who hate each other, but were once roommates in college. They are connected to each other by their jobs as corporate lawyers, which puts them against each other, and the assistant to one which the other man wants.

His Price

Liam Maxwell does his job well and has been lusting after Aria, Jackson's assistant, for three years now. He bids on her at a charity auction that will get him a weekend with her. And maybe this will either get her out of his system or will win her heart. Aria has felt the connection towards Liam since the first time she saw him and she can't wait for their weekend away. What a time it will be. But her boss and friend is not very happy with her because he thinks Liam will hurt her and use her to get back at him.

What Liam and Aria discover while away for the weekend is they both want each other and to work on a future together. When Aria learns about Liam and Jackson's past, she can't believe what she is hearing – how could a best friend do that? Can she help them get over the past and make things right? Will Liam and Aria have a future together that Jackson will approve of, so she will be happy?

Dirty Money

Jackson Keller found a way to get back at Liam and it was to bid on Mallory, Liam's assistant, without anyone knowing. When he shows up at her door, she is surprised and tells him that she will not be part of his game. He likes her spunk and whisks her away to his cabin in the woods. He doesn't plan on sleeping with her, he just wants to send a photo to Liam to show that she is with him. But Mallory has another idea since Jackson has been starring in her dirty fantasies many times. She decides to seduce him, and their few days together turn out to be the best the both of them have ever had.

When Jackson and Mallory return, Liam and Jackson fight in the hallway and Liam shows Mallory the email with the photo. She is hurt but admits she instigated the affair and now it is over. This hits Jackson hard in the chest, he has never had these feelings before.

Can Jackson make Mallory see he wants more with her? Will she be able to forgive him because she saw the real Jackson? Will Aria and Mallory be able to get Liam and Jackson to talk about the past?

I love Stacey Kennedy's writing style and I loved these stories, they were funny, sexy, with alpha males and strong women. Both stories are short and will have you so engrossed that you will not want to put your Kindle down. So I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.


Mary Jo☆☆☆
Two short novellas featuring former best friends who had a falling out over a girl back in college. Now lawyers and business rivals, their hatred has invaded both their business and personal lives.

In the first story, Liam has had feelings for Aria for three years. He's never acted on his feelings because she works for his former best friend, Jackson. He knows that Aria has feelings for him, it’s in the eyes. When Aria volunteers to be sold as a date for a charity, Liam sees his chance to have some time with Aria.

Aria loves Liam but her unwavering loyalty to Jackson means she can never act on those feelings. When Liam buys her at the auction, she knows that her life will never be the same.

In the second story, Jackson has the winning bid for Liam's assistant, Mallory. Mallory, who's a little more world wise than Aria, goes into the weekend with her eyes wide open and decides to take a chance with Mr. Keller. During their time together, Jackson opens up to her in a way he never has before. Mallory is accepting of his truths and he firmly believes that he may have a chance at love, until his pride comes back to bite him.

Mallory is forgiving, to a point, but she refuses to be a pawn in whatever game Jackson and Liam are playing. Love is for keeps and she refuses to be second best.

I wanted to like these stories more than I did. To me, the pace in both stories was inconsistent and the ending seemed a bit rushed.




Stacey Kennedy is the USA Today bestselling author of the Club Sin series. She writes deeply emotional romances about powerful men and the wild women who tame them. When she’s not plugging away at a new story, she’s either hiking, canoeing, relaxing around a campfire, or obsessing over Suits, The Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones. Stacey lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband (who puts any of the heroes in her books to shame), their two young children, and her other babies: a mini labradoodle named Jax and a chocolate labrador named Murphy.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Bought by the Boss by Stacey Kennedy to read and review.

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