Title: Boss Overboard
An all expenses paid, trans-Atlantic cruise has romance written all over it…unless you’re the poor sap who has to inspect the toilets and time the cafeteria lines. As if secret-shopping her company's failing cruise ship isn't bad enough, Lydia Johnson is forced to bring along a "top talent" new hire as her assistant. With a heart barely healed from her ex-fiancé’s deceit, she's in no mood to train a man who might cheat her out of an overdue promotion.
Paul Thomas may be new to J.P. Theriot Enterprises, but he certainly knows his way around cruise ships. The Cajun charmer also isn't shy about pursuing his desires, including his wary, but oh-so-sexy-when-she lets-her-hair-down manager. He's shared more about himself with Lydia than any other woman…except who he really is — J.P. Theriot.
Author: Claire Gillian
Published by Evernight Publishing Source: Author
Published: October 21, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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With overtones of the TV show BOSS UNDERCOVER, I was looking forward to this book, and Gillian didn’t disappoint. The heroine, Lydia, is introduced to us as an uptight and successful employee of a sinking cruise ship company. She’s pretty far up the chain in the management, so when her boss tags her to do a secret-shopper gig aboard one of their ships with a new hire, she’s immediately suspicious. She asks intelligent questions and isn’t satisfied with vague answers – and I loved that. Lydia dug deeper to determine what was sending off the warning bells in her head, bu when she was fully convinced she was dealing with exactly what her boss said she was, she capitulates (grudgingly).
Paul is, of course, the owner of her company, but he’s undercover. He plays the role to almost-perfection, but he’s a man who got to where he is based on street-smarts, not degrees. This point was drilled home a little too often (apparently his spelling and grammar were that of a six-year-old). That definitely rubbed me wrong – it seemed unbelievable to me that a man who owned loads of companies couldn’t spell to save his life – but I understood why Gillian employed that tactic. Aside from that, which is my only complaint of this novel, I found myself laughing out loud throughout this story. I can’t wait to see what Claire Gillian writes next.