Premier business consultant Simon West can turn around any struggling billion dollar corporation in New York City, but he can’t get what he wants most: revenge against Mark DuFord. The slick investment banker's shady dealing led to Simon’s best friend’s suicide. Wealthy, and well-protected by the political influence he’s been able to purchase, DuFord has become untouchable—or so he thinks. But when DuFord’s former girlfriend asks Simon for help, he knows that Grace Bell is the weapon he needs to finally destroy his enemy completely. All Simon has to do is pretend to love her.
Grace Bell knows that approaching hot-shot Simon West to save her business is a long shot, but she’s desperate. After growing up with a family that expected her to be a happy housewife, she’d proved them all wrong when she became the go-to event-coordinator in New York City. But after the tabloids took a completely innocent picture of her with a married senator and misinterpreted the situation, she’s losing clients left and right. When she approaches Simon and begs for his help to resuscitate the business she put her heart and soul into, she never expects him to agree. Or that the payment would be posing as his lover as an excuse to get close to her ex.
Simon knows if he goes forward with his plan, it's only a matter of time before Mark realizes what they're up to and Mark’s enemies have a way ending up broke, in jail or six feet under. As Simon and Grace grow closer, Simon must decide if putting her in the line of fire is worth avenging the past.
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I loved this book, and Simon. He's quite the alpha male in his own way, "he leaned in close. “For the duration we’re in public, at least pretend you like me.” Even he couldn’t deny the jealousy that dripped off the words." He knows what he's doing, he always has a plan, "he debated pulling on a T-shirt, but decided against it. He worked his ass off to get a chest he could show off. Might as well make sure the woman he wanted to sleep with got a good view." When he gets an idea in his head he doesn't mind sharing it, "I was thinking something involving you being naked. And maybe on your knees,” he said, wicked glint in eyes." I loved this book.
Teasing the Boss by Mallory Crowe is a great contemporary romance. It is full of lust and suspense. It is a very short book and can be read rather quickly. I almost wished that it was just a little bit longer so I could a little more. This is the first in this series that I have read and I will definitely be reading more. Teasing the Boss is about Grace, an event planner whose life is turned upside down after a false scandal rocks the tabloids and needs help to fix her reputation and save her business, and Simon, the area’s top business consultant who agrees to help out Grace but without her agreeing to help him. The characters have instant chemistry. While Grace fights that chemistry, Simon wants to give in and have a no strings affair. As a team, they work great together because they are so similar it’s almost like a male and female version of the same person at times. The plot has just enough suspense to keep you hooked without overwhelming the reader and making the story unbelievable. The storyline moves along at a nice pace and there weren’t any flat spots for me in the plot. The dynamics between the characters were also very believable and added to the story. This was overall a great read and I can’t wait to read more.
Copy from netgalley Ok so let me think what I want to say about this book. This is the second standalone in this series and I have to say Im really enjoying them. This book gave me what I was looking for, more information about Simon as he caught my attention in the first book, but I have to say that its not what I expected. I knew something was making Simon go after Mark, something in his past was driving him and now I know what. I do kind of wish I had more insight into the event, more of how it made him feel and how it changed his life, it seemed to be a little brushed over. But the story itself was great, I enjoyed reading about Simon, he really is a likeable character....if a little softer than I thought he would be. When we met him in the first book I had this vision of him being a total alpha, like full on growling and control over everything...but he actually was a bit of a pussy cat! But I think most people would enjoy this story....and I can't wait for more!
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I was not so sure I was going to be a fan of Simon's after the first book but boy was I wrong. I fell almost as much in love with him as Grace did. Simon, who can turn around any struggling business, appears arrogant and entirely too sure of himself...but in a way he has a may have a right to be with his track record in resurrecting businesses that are about to go under for whatever reason. When he is tracked down by Grace he has met his match. Grace is a strong, beautiful, confident, and endearing entrepreneur who started her own very successful company who specialized in planning galas. Unfortunately she was set up to appear as though she was having an affair with a prominent politician which sent her biz plummeting. Enter...Simon to the rescue.
I really didn’t like Simon in the first book, but I gave him the benefit f the doubt. Oh boy I’m glad I did. It was messed up how Grace was setup. She was a self made entrepreneur, having to do with event planning. Simon comes to the rescue him, being a business consultant agrees to help her. Sparks start to fly, one of them doesn’t want to admit it to themselves. The other wants the other to give in and see where it would go. They make a great team business wise, they are the same except one has a Penis and the other a Vag what a perfect pairing don’t you think. Lol I finished it in one sitting, yes it was kind of short but I felt like it tied up all the loose ends at the end. It was a good thought out and sex lust book. Can’t wait to read Victoria’s & Dean’s story. Will be posted on blog when blog tour comes up.
4.5 Stars! I enjoyed this book. Let's be honest . . . we all love the classic billionaire romance where you can start reading and get swept off of your feet into a world of high class and fine dining. This book was definitely that stereotype but had a few twists to keep you on your toes. This book was really good. It was sweet, sexy, suspenseful, funny, and had a few twists and turns along the way. I devoured this book in one sitting and instantly started book three. This is a new author to me but has been added to my future TBR lists for sure. This is Grace and Simon's story. In book one, we met Simon and like most, he left me unimpressed but I just knew that this author would give us a beautiful love story full of steam and angst. And she did! Simon is a fixer. Grace desperately needs his help. This ensues the start of them. I loved Simon. He was so hard and alpha but had a much softer side. And Grace, she was absolutely amazing. They had tons of chemistry and that spark. I was rooting for these two through all of the ups and downs. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series. I recommend this book.
Teasing The Boss by Mallory Crowe is the second book in her Billionaires in the City series. This story is about Simon West and Grace Bell. In the first book, Teaching The Boss, we met Simon as the man Sam was using to get an upperhand on his dad. He is a business consultant. A very good one whose reputation precedes him. He can take your business problem and create a solution and leave your company more successful than when he arrived. Even if it was a sinking ship before he got there. Grace is an event planner/coordinator and she is excellent at what she does. That is, when she isn't being photographed by the paparazzi who blast it that she is having an affair with a married senator when that was nowhere close to what happened. now she is losing clients and her reputation is being ruined. She approaches Simon for help who refuses. He already has a client and he is still trying to catch mark DuFord. He slipped through his fingers thanks to Sam and now he has to try a new approach. Grace's pleas stay with him and he begins to research her online. When he sees her photographed with none other than Mark and idea begins to form and it's the start of a very tumultuous partnership between these two determined business minded people. Despite both of their alpha tendencies, the romance builds and their chemistry is frightening once it begins to boil over. Another fab book. Moving right on to book three, Tempting The Boss.
Every time I read a Billionaire in the City novel, I keep thinking that each new novel Mallory Crowe outdid herself on writing such a superb novel. I feel like there is a tennis match in my head trying to figure out what my favorite novel is. My conclusion. They are all my favorite novels. That is what makes Mallory's writing so fantastic. Each new book in the series expands from the others before it. In Teasing the Boss we see a closer look at Simon West. He was an enigma in Trusting the Boss. We got to meet an angry Simon. Now we get to meet an avenging Simon. What a complex character he is. Meet event planner Grace Bell. She is in desperate need of a business consultant to pull her event planning business out of the tank. A local senator has pulled her into the limelight of the media, and it wasn't a good form of press event. Now Grace needs help to save her company, and Simon is the man just do that. That is if she can convince him. Simon has revenge in his eyes. Grace is his key to a local con-artist. But when feelings start to enter the picture Simon has to decide how to balance the scale between justice and love. Simon was a character that as I reader I wanted to figure out. I wanted to know his secrets to why revenge was so important. I won't say the secret, but I will tell you that I didn't know what hit me. Grace is Simon's way to pay back. The story is extremely fast paced. It is easy to feel captivated until the very end. A word of warning is to start the book early enough as you won't want to put it down. Than for me I wanted to jump right into the next book. I was so excited the next book was out. If you love adrenaline seeking books with a mix of romance than you will definitely enjoy Teasing the Boss.
3.5 stars--TEASING THE BOSS is the second installment in Mallory Crowe’s contemporary adult Billionaires in the City romance series of novellas. This is business consultant Simon West (first introduced to the reader in book one-Teaching the Boss), and event organizer Grace Bell. TEASING THE BOSS can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Told from dual third person perspectives TEASING THE BOSS follows Grace as she attempts to clear her name in a scandal involving a married US senator. Caught by the paparazzi in the arms of said US senator hit Grace in more ways than one-her business as an events coordinator starting dropping off as she became persona non-grata in the social circles, and the reputation as the woman who broke up a senator’s marriage. What no one knew was that Grace has been set up as the fall girl for another one of the senator’s wrong doings. Enter Simon West-a business consultant whose clients required a no nonsense approach to getting the job done. When Simon discovers that Grace knows the man that Simon has been trying to take down, he offers Grace a deal she cannot refuse. Simon’s best friend committed suicide following an investment scandal that went horribly wrong, and Simon has spent months researching and investigating investment banker Mark DuFord and his connections to a billion dollar financial scheme. Simon and Grace will pretend to be lovers, with no strings attached, but the plan hopelessly fails when Grace begins to fall for the man in charge. The relationship between Grace and Simon begins as a business arrangement: Grace needs help repairing the damage brought about by the lies and tabloid innuendo, and Simon needs Grace to help him retrieve inside information about Mark Duford. What begins as a tentative friendship soon becomes something more but Simon knows that his relationship with Grace is only a temporary job, and in this Simon will begin to push Grace away when Mark shifts gears and aims his financial and political clout against Simon and Grace. The $ex scenes are intimate, provocative and hot without the over the top erotic feature but the sexual attraction between our couple felt off-everything seemed to be part of a business arrangement. I didn’t feel the need; the want; or the desire. Once again, there is little to no graphic or sexually explicit language. I want to add that I had a few issues with the lack of condom usage throughout the series, thus far. It is not enough for the female heroine to be on the BC pill, as our hero’s like to believe, because as we know, the only thing the BC pill prevents is a pregnancy –and even that isn’t 100% effective. In this day and age, I think the authors should be proactive with their storyline characters as it pertains to safe sex and the potential for sexually transmitted disease. The secondary characters include several of Grace’s clients, her co-workers and assistants, as well as a few new friends we will meet along the way. We will be introduced to Grace’s all-around go to guy Dean Carey, and billionaire businesswoman, and a friend of Simon’s, Victoria Green whose life will begin to fall apart as her father lies dying, and her ‘brat’ of a brother tries to regain control of the family business she saved from ruin. Dean and Victoria’s story will be told next in TEMPTING THE BOSS. Mallory Crowe’s world of self made billionaires looks at the not so pretty side of big business and the corporate world of high finance and power. Money makes for some strange bedfellows; greed forces men to choose; and betrayal is but a phone call away. The characters are colorful; the premise fast paced and revealing. A enjoyable read for a lazy afternoon. Copy supplied by Netgalley THE READING CAFÉ: http://www.thereadingcafe.com/trusting-the-boss-billionaires-in-the-city-series-1-4-by-mallory-crowe-reviews-and-book-tour/ GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1311209904 SHELFARI: http://www.shelfari.com/books/38690423/Teasing-The-Boss-%28Billionaires-in-the-City-Series-Book-2%29/reviews/4805191 AMAZON.COM: http://www.amazon.com/review/R21K8APBU9ZTHC/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00UKPQPLS AMAZON.CA:bnhttp://www.amazon.ca/review/R8RY1X8YQ2Y6Q/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00UKPQPLS&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=2972705011&store=digital-text AMAZON.UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/RUGABQN8OB1GM/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00UKPQPLS AMAZON.AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/review/R3UABT0KNY92Z5/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00UKPQPLS
4.5 Stars Simon West and Grace Bell met and quickly realized they needed each other. She's an event planner and he's a financial fixer. She was going through an issue with a local senator and it was affecting her business in a bad way and by reputation, she knew only Simon West could help her. When Simon met Grace he realized she was an ex-girlfriend of the man he hates and wants to bring down. What happens when two single people start spending tremendous amounts of time together? Exactly! You should recognize Simon from book one in the Billionaire's in the City series, Teaching the Boss. He was on a mission then and it continues in this book. I would have liked more heat between the two main characters. Simon was almost single-minded about taking down Mark DuFord and the romance felt like an afterthought. Don't get me wrong, the storyline was still great, well-written and with strong characters. Mallory Crowe is a very talented author and I can't wait for book 3. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Simon West is a successful business consultant with a keen sense for turning a business around. His only chink in the armor? Mark Duford, a slimy business man and the reason why Simon's best friend is dead. Grace Bell has somehow found herself in the midst of a political scandal with a senator, but not all is as it seems. The tabloids has twisted the story of what really happened in that elevator with that senator and now the senator is even fueling the fire and making things seem more scandalous. Desperate, Grace finds herself seeking out Simon in order to save her business from the scandal. Initially turning Grace down, Simon rethinks that when he finds out she has a past tie to Mark Duford. As Simon and Grace join forces as a pretend couple in order to save Grace's reputation and for Simon to get closer to Mark, the tension between them becomes prominent and emotions start to become involved. I must admit, I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. Simon came off too brash and pushy for my liking in his few appearances in Teaching the Boss. I can't even begin to say how glad I am that I stuck with this series. Simon has a story to tell and it's a good one. There is a reason for everything he does in order to try and apprehend Duford. My favorite thing about Simon though? The red hair ;) Grace is caring and kind. I thought she was a sweetheart. The chemistry between her and Simon is definitely there but she spends most of her time pushing him away when he gets too close. Strong and beautiful with a confidence to her that makes men turn their heads, Grace is Simon's perfect match. Teasing the Boss is more face paced than the first book, Teaching the Boss, and has suspense and action. Once you start reading, you will not want to stop until the last page. I loved the plot and seeing how everything wraps up in the end. I really enjoyed this book and I even ended up loving Simon!