on January 23, 2020
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: From Candi Kane PR
"Will you do me the greatest honor of all time and be my bridegroom?” she asks, hope in her eyes . . .
How did I get here? My assistant, bent on one knee, holding my hand, her expectant face waiting for an answer.
Just . . . how?
How did I go from being insulted by Charlee Cox to hiring her to be my assistant? How is it that she’s chaos in color - making me crazy and my life better at the same time?
I never thought I would be staring down at her bright blue eyes begging me to go along with this ridiculous scheme I suggested.
Yes, I suggested. Like the idiot I am, I thought hey, why not start an HR nightmare and have my assistant ask me to marry her?
Confused? Don’t worry, so am I.
But try to follow along, because this is how I became Boss Man Bridegroom.
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“Rath Westin, my boss, my commander in chief, my Gucci Governor—”
“I don’t wear Gucci.”
“Go with it.” She winks and clears her throat. “Mr. Big Shot, Barking Britches, and Irritable Ira—”
“Jesus . . . Christ.” I rub my hand down my face.
“Will you do me the great honor . . .” She wobbles on her bent knee and clutches my hand to steady herself. “Will you . . .” She tears up, her voice becoming shaky. “I’m sorry, I’ve never done this before.”
“I sure as hell hope not,” I say through gritted teeth.
“And I didn’t think I’d get emotional either.” On a deep breath, she finishes, “Will you do me the greatest honor of all time and be my bridegroom?”
Christ, nothing is ever simple with her.
“Why did you say it like that?”
“Did I not do it right?” she mumbles to herself. “See, I knew I was doing something wrong.”
“No, why did you say bridegroom?”
“Oh, well, that’s what you would be. You see, that’s what they used to call men who were soon to be married . . . a bridegroom. But then somewhere along the way they shortened it to groom. But if you marry me, I would give you the dignified pleasure of retaining the honorable title of bridegroom.”
“Don’t call me bridegroom.”
“Boss man bridegroom?” she asks with a cheeky grin.
How the fuck did I allow myself to get in this position? With my quirky and sometimes annoying but mostly efficient assistant, kneeling in front of me . . . proposing.
Proposing to me.
In a pair of belly-covering slacks and suspenders, hair pulled back into a tight bun like she often wears it, looking up at me through her red-framed glasses, her bright blue eyes shining past the lenses, begging me to go along with this ridiculous scheme I suggested.
Like the goddamn idiot I am, I thought hey, why not start an HR nightmare and have my assistant ask me to marry her?
Don’t worry, so am I.
Where do I even start? Maybe from the beginning?
Here is a quick rundown: my ex, who used to work with me, left me for bigger and better things. We don’t talk about her, ever, because she took my heart with her. Instead, I buried myself in my work. I became a hermit in my office, firing one assistant after another because they weren’t good enough or their voice annoyed me, or they thought salt was sugar and gave me one bad cup of coffee that ended their career at Westin Enterprises—that mistake was on them.
In my spare time—not that there’s much—but when I do have spare time, I follow my two idiot friends around the city, helping them avoid fucking up their lives. But now that they’re both in loving and committed relationships, one planning a wedding with my sister as the bride, I have much more time on my hands.
Maybe they’re to blame for my demise, for this ridiculous charade I’m now a part of.
What does this have to do with my assistant proposing to me?
Well, you see, I was in the market for yet another new assistant, and that’s when one of my best friends, Bram, suggested I lean on his assistant, Linus, to help me find someone. Side note: Linus is a gift from God, and I’ve offered him huge pay raises many times to jump ship and join my company, but his loyalty lies with Bram . . . unfortunately.
So Linus helped me find an assistant, and that’s where it started to go downhill.
The minute I saw her, I knew it wasn’t going to be a good fit.
Because she’s too goddamn beautiful.
Because she’s far too bubbly.
Because with every smile and checklist she devises, she makes me want to bend her over my desk and make her mine.
But, since I clearly don’t know how to make any decisions worth a shit, I hired her, right there on the spot.
And that was the beginning of the end.
Need to know more? Well in case you are on pins and needles about my answer to her proposal, I said yes.Here’s the story of how I became Boss Man Bridegroom.
Honestly, I don’t even know where to start on my review for this book because I was dying laughing throughout it! In fact, I first started reading when I had gone to eat lunch on a Sunday at Applebee’s by myself. I was sitting in the restaurant giggling so much as I read, because these characters, especially, Charlee, are hilarious! I loved how Charlee would get all spastic and just run on at the mouth whenever she was nervous. For instance, introducing herself and her last name was Cox, so she basically said it was like a bag of dicks, but not spelled that way. Of course, then Rath had to keep calling her as if that was her last name throughout the story, in a way, it was definitely a funny endearment.
The second time I was reading this in public was in a Wendy’s restaurant, and the exact same thing happened, I was giggling and I’m sure everyone around me thought there was something wrong with me. You see, they played Pictionary at a game night, and while Rath was drawing a cannon, Charlee was assuming it was a penis and her guesses just got worse and worse, especially because it was a cannon shooting, so, yeah, I’m guessing you can figure out just where her crazy ideas went to. One thing I know though, if the author is getting me to giggle that much, Quinn will soon have me crying when she brings on the big drama. Which she almost did this time. But, one thing that always annoys me is when one of the main characters doesn’t even give the other a chance to explain something, they just jump to conclusions. And that happened, so honestly, I have to really rate this book a 4.95 stars. But it was so good I can’t drop a whole half a star, just the tiny bit.
In the end I saw where Rath was repeating a pattern he had before. I had wondered about her grandma and what exactly was wrong pretty quickly, so that bit fit into the puzzle at the end perfectly for me, and made for a bigger blow up at the end. Meghan Quinn also does this thing where she will start with you with an event from later in the book, but it’s not the last scene, like a lot of times you’ll see, it is something from later in the story that when it pops up, you still have more to go, and I like that! I also love that while this isn’t a series, we did get to check in with some characters from other books by this author, Bram and Julia from The Secret to Dating Your Best Friend’s Sister (which I kind of need to read again now) and Roark and Sutton from Diary of a Bad Boy.
Finally, I have to say that I love the author’s style of writing, I’d love to be that good. But, I did get an idea to help me with my own writing, and I love when that happens!
About the Author:
USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.
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