traveling for a couple years, Jack Macintyre spends a year on a small Pacific
island between Australia and
Hawaii. He enjoys the people, who have a laid-back
lifestyle, and has been helping them to rebuild after a storm damaged many of
their buildings. Always assumed to
become the future CEO of his family's business, he sold off his shares and
walked away after the last argument with his grandfather, when he expected Jack
to work through the grief of his wife's death.
Jack appreciated his grandfather for raising him after his parents died,
but Lachlan's stringent work ethics have
caused Jack to rethink what's really important.
has always been somewhat in love with Jack, having admired him when they met
after she graduated from college. But
they're from completely different worlds, with Jack still missing his late
wife, and Grace being too much of a professional to risk her career with an
interoffice romance. Out of respect for
Jack's grandfather, who just turned eighty-years-old, Grace feels it's
important to reunite this family before it's too late. Can she accomplish her goal without falling
more in love with Jack in the process?
on a tropical island and continuing in Sydney,
BAITING THE BOSS is a sweet, contemporary romance that focuses on the relationships
between the characters as its plot.
Grace and Jack's passion for one another is moderately sensual, but the
overall feel of the romance is sweet.
The tropical island comes alive more so than Australia as the final setting for
the novel, so I didn't get as much flavor from that location as I wished
for. There were some excellent
heart-rending moments toward the end of the story that were the best part of
the book for me, resulting in a satisfying happy-ever-after. Those who love a
relationship-driven contemporary romance should enjoy Coleen Kwan's style.