Antonella “Nell” Bennett is having the worst day of her life.
Long-term boyfriend broke up with her? Check.
Drove through the pouring rain to a small roadside restaurant, only to be told all the tables were reserved for “Couples Night”? Check.
Definitely no longer one half of a couple? Check.
So maybe she got a little heated with the restaurant’s host, and maybe her voice carried a bit as she lamented—loudly—that she’s never anyone’s “plus-one.” At least an attractive stranger comes to her rescue, inviting her to be seated with him, and when it turns out to be one of the best nights she’s had in a while, even ending in an innocent kiss that becomes anything but? Check please.
Fast forward a week, and Nell’s rant has gone viral. Sure, her tiny hometown of Arbor Bay is collectively buzzing over their latest Internet celebrity, but Nell’s no stranger to attention. Drama seems to follow her whether she likes it or not.
But even she never expected to show up to work only to discover her brand-new boss is a very familiar face…
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* Fake It Till You Make It
* Like a Boss
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Like a Boss is book two in this author’s Accidentally Viral series. Both books are completely standalone titles. I haven’t read book one, and I had no issues picking up the series here. I’ve never read a book by this author, but if you follow any of my reviews, you know that’s never an issue for me. I’m always on the hunt for my next favorite author.
This book was a delightful mix of contradictions: innocence and steam, comedy and emotion, humor and heartbreak. It’s a small town, opposites attract contemporary romantic age gap comedy. And yes, it hits all of those parameters completely. With some drama thrown in, as well. And that small town just happens to be nestled in the deep south, which brings along its own craziness. Nell, our heroine, is young but not inexperienced, serious about her career, and has this wonderful, big, and loud family that loves her and supports her unconditionally. And Quinn, our hero, couldn’t be more her opposite if he tried. He’s a quiet single dad looking for a new start and stability for himself and his son. The only thing they have in common is how much they value their careers.
I enjoyed Nell’s quirkiness, and I could understand Quinn’s perspective. Growing up in a relatively small southern town, I’d say that the town’s quirkiness isn’t too far off the mark, either. There were some definite laugh-out-loud moments, some parts where I felt my heart break a bit, and some times where I wanted to smack both Nell and Quinn and tell them to wake up. While I enjoyed the tale, unfortunately, I was able to put this book down for longer stretches of time for me, so I can’t say it was a five-star read. What I can say, though, is that it was entertaining to the point that I will be reading book one, and I will be looking for more from this author in the future.
NICUnurse’s Rating: I give Like a Boss by Anne Harper 4 out of 5 stars!
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Sloane De Carlo is going to have to move to Antarctica.
As if it wasn’t bad enough that she accidentally made her private blog very public, and all her innermost secrets and embarrassing moments are trending, now the entirety of the Internet is dying to know who her all-consuming, never-get-over-him crush “Guy” really is. She’s even got a literary agent dangling a book deal in front of her nose—but there’s a catch. She’ll have to get closure with “Guy” and give her story that pitch-perfect ending.
Too bad the real “Guy” is engaged to someone else. #Blessed
The only person in her teeny hometown of Arbor Bay who knows the truth is local bartender Brady Knox. And he’s not telling…for a price. He’ll pretend to be Sloane’s “Guy” if she’ll use her newfound Internet fame to bring more business to his struggling local bar. Brady’s always been a lone wolf, but there’s something about the pint-sized, supremely awkward, yet beautiful Sloane that charms him.
But keeping secrets in a small town like Arbor Bay isn’t easy. And Brady was never meant to be the guy for a pitch-perfect ending…
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