I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Her Boss Until Christmas by Eve Pendle
Published by Eve Pendle Books on November 17, 2022
Genres: Billionaires, Contemporary, Fiction, Fiction / Romance / Workplace, Holiday Romance, Small Town & Rural, Workplace
Format: ARC, eBook
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She can't stand him, but his offer is too tempting
Gifted a scrap of land by a mysterious donor, Iris thinks she's lucked out with her new life in the village of Wildbrook. Until she meets her neighbor. He’s obnoxious, gorgeous, unavoidable, and worse still, he's carelessly endangering wildlife. But when she confronts him, he offers her a job… with a catch.
He's a cynical billionaire with too many secrets
Bennett Gastrell is hiding half his life from his friends, and half from the woman he's loved for years. Iris loathes him, or at least who she thinks he is, so when she storms into his house, furious about badgers (of all things), he grabs his opportunity. If within two months she can convince him of her conservation plans, he’ll continue to pay her exorbitant salary and leave her to run his estate. If she can't, she'll spend one night in his bed, and do anything he desires… willingly.
Iris is determined to win, but unraveling the mystery of who gifted her land and convincing Bennett of her ideas reveals not just past hurts, but combustible attraction between them. Then a social media leak threatens to expose Bennett’s secrets and destroy everything he’s built, including Iris' burgeoning trust…
A scorching hot British enemies to lovers contemporary romance, with a sexy bet, small town vibes, grumpy/sunshine humor, hurt/comfort, and Happily Ever After.
While there were moments of lightness and fun, the majority of this book was conflict and therefore I just didn’t enjoy it nor was I completely convinced these two belonged together long term. ~ Sharon – Simply Love Books
There were moments in this book I really enjoyed, but overall I didn’t enjoy Her Boss Until Christmas as much as the other books in this series. I’m not a fan when adults play games with each other and both the hero and the heroine were guilty of this throughout this book. I had a hard time with the hero being “in love” with the heroine when he really didn’t know her and the fact he was hiding a huge secret from her. The fact that the heroine had feelings for him but refused to tell him or allow herself the happiness put a big damper on my feelings towards this book.
Iris was gifted a small piece of land in the village of Wildbrook in which to park her caravan. The caveat that she put down roots for a year, something she isn’t a fan of doing. An environmental activist Iris is not a fan of her neighbor Bennett who owns the adjacent estate and in her eyes is the enemy. Rich, powerful, and with no clue to about the wildlife, flora, and fauna and the impact it has on the area when he suggests Iris become his employee for two months to convince him of how to proceed with the estate with a generous salary and a bet that if she can convince him he will give the land to her for a wildlife refuge and if she loses she spends one night with him doing whatever he wants.
I genuinely liked these characters especially because Bennett was not what he appeared to be, but I really just did not feel the heat between them. It felt forced and honestly at times their intimate moments gave me the feeling of a bad porno. I admired Iris’ efforts but I soon grew weary of them because I felt like I was being preached at the whole time. Then there was a fact she was carrying on an internet flirtation with one man while sleeping with another, it just felt wrong.
While there were moments of lightness and fun, the majority of this book was conflict and therefore I just didn’t enjoy it nor was I completely convinced these two belonged together long term.