“Bargaining With the Boss” by Jennifer Shirk is a sweet but fairly predictable story. Kinsley’s determination and obliviousness makes her a perfect foil for Damon’s browbeaten and overworked compliance with his father’s wishes. There are lovely comedic interludes and I admire the way Kinsley interacts with everyone to motivate them but I didn’t feel a deep connection with either of the main characters although I was sorry for their painful pasts. I felt bad for Damon but I also thought he was a bit wimpy, and the great reconciliation scene with his dad seemed forced to me. I did enjoy the small-town feeling that was evoked and thought some of the secondary characters were delightful and I am definitely curious about the heroine’s brother and would like to see him get his own HEA, so hopefully that will be forthcoming.
The first book in the ‘Accidentally Yours’ contemporary romance series, this story follows Kinsley Roberts as she fights to save the beachfront hotel that was her family’s legacy…until it was sold by her brother. An injudicious encounter with Damon St. James, the representative of the new owner and her new boss, starts their relationship off on the wrong foot, and things are destined to go downhill from there except for the fact that Kinsley is willing to fight for what she believes in…and she does, but the odds may be stacked too high against her.
Kinsley just wanted to have some fun for a change. Then she wakes up in a stranger's bed, with her bridesmaid dress on backward and a hazy memory of what happened at her friend's wedding. With a quick escape, she can get back to her predictable life. But then she meets her new boss—the same guy she'd woken up next to—and seeing him with a clear head doesn't make him any less attractive.
Mixing business with pleasure has never been Damon's style, and easily avoided, but the hotel he just bought comes with an unexpected perk—its manager. "Sensible" Kinsley today is as alluring as "impulsive" Kinsley was the night before, and she talks him into a deal. If she can turn around the hotel by the end of summer, he won't tear it down to put up more profitable condominiums.
Their plan is simple…until falling for each other becomes more than they bargained for.