Contemporary, Retelling, Romance

Review: Kissing the Boss | Fairy Tale Quartet by Linda Kage

KISSING THE BOSSWhat’s the one thing you shouldn’t do when your boss is your ruthless evil widowed stepmother who hates your guts more than anyone? 

Kiss the man she’s interested in.

So what does Kaitlynn Judge find herself doing?

Yep, she kisses the one man her stepmother currently wants, who also happens to be the CEO of the company where she works.

Can we say doomed?

After the death of her father, Kaitlynn’s life has been stuck in a rut. But that begins to change after meeting a dashing stranger during the office Halloween party. Now she has to navigate vengeful stepmothers, meddling stepsiblings, and gorgeous guys in hot pursuit to reach her happily ever after.

While making a detour from the fantasy aspect, this contemporary take on the Cinderella story continues to cling to a few of our favorite traditions. You’ll still find the unmerited oppression along with fleeing women, missing shoes, mouse companions, magic wands, pumpkin-like rides to the big bash, and so much more. So rest assured, it’s all familiar and yet quirkily different.

5 stars

Romance | Retelling | Contemporary

I received an Advanced Readers Copy for an honest review. Thank you Book End Tours for providing the ARC.

I have heard so many amazing things about Linda Kage yet I have not read any of her books until now, and I am so glad that this was my first. I know her previous series has been described as a more darker, more emotional based writing style, but this is on an entirely new spectrum. Kissing the Boss is beautifully written, it is light, fun to read, beyond sweet and clever retelling. Once I got started, I honestly could not put it down.

First and foremost because this is a retelling, Cinderella more specifically I was giddy to get my hands on this ARC. I loved the mix and twist of the fairy tale; there was the obvious with the bitch of a stepmother, two step brothers who aren’t exactly crude, and more importantly the mystery of Kaitlynn’s identify, which is hidden for a good chunk of the beginning of the novel as well as being hidden from Ezra for a portion of the development. 

With that being said, I loved the characters. Kaitlynn is simple yet complex type of depth to her, she is kind, sweet, slightly naive with a genuine humor. She is also driven and powerful force just dealt a really powerful blow to her ego and pride yet willing to do what it takes to get her company back to make her father proud. Ezra on the other hand at first is described (from what Kaitlynn believes he is) as a callous shark who bought half her fathers company that her stepmother wants to latch onto in more ways than one. But really, Ezra is really tender, funny, understanding and all around interesting hero type. Definitely modern day Prince Charming, both charismatic and passionate, he stops at nothing to win the heart of the woman he loves – just cue the ‘awe’ seriously it is flipping adorable. 

Ezra and Kaitlynn as a unit is just breathtaking. I loved them together. From their first encounter to their pursuit of one another, dealing with the drama around them while trying to figure out their feelings for each other. It is just swoon worthy. It is honestly cheesy adorable kind of cuteness, I cannot get enough of it. 

I was also completely taken with the supporting cast, I absolutely adored Kaitlynn’s stepbrother Brick. He is that stereotypical man-whore playboy (who I hope gets his own book… please) yet plays a somewhat ‘fairy godmother’ role towards Kaitlynn. I thought this was a nice change in the retelling, I loved the brothers, this included Hayden with his cold exterior. 

Overall I think this is just a fun and sweet book. I didn’t even realize it was a series so now I obviously have to go back and read Monster Among the Roses since it is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I am definitely curious to see where this all leads, I would love to see who is next in this Fairy Tale series. I highly recommend this series, you won’t be disappointed in the least. I am definitely a sucker for a good retelling, and Kissing the Boss romance retelling has me laughing like a giddy child, swooning like a love deprived woman. The fairy tale aspects mingling with the modern day atmosphere was beautifully written. 

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