The Boss's Demand

Author: Jennifer Lewis

Publisher: Silhouette Desire

Release Date: July 2007

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: PRINT

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Elan Al Mansur has endured more than his fair share of flirtatious young women at the office. He specifically requested that his new assistant be a 'mature' woman with decades of experience. The discovery that a twenty-five year old woman has been hired to take the position isn't sitting well with him. Elan's solution to the problem is to have Sara reassigned to a position in accounting - a step backward from the right hand to the CEO position she’d been promised.

Sara Daly may only be in her mid-twenties but she's worked long and hard to achieve her level of education and is eminently qualified to be Elan’s assistant. She moved away from her family in Wisconsin to take this job in Nevada and she is counting on the income to help dig her out of the debt from school loans and her mother's illness. There’s no way she's made it this far just to have it all ripped away from her because her new boss thinks he's irresistible to women.

It looks like the end to all of Sara's dreams of building her career and earning a reputation by working as Executive Assistant and Project Manager for this fast growing company. If Elan thinks she is meekly going to accept this change of positions, he is dead wrong. Sara fights for her job with everything she has and goes so far as to threaten to sue for reverse age discrimination. Her fighting spirit works! Elan grants her a month to prove that she is professional enough to keep her mind on her duties and personal interests out of the workplace.

Sara quickly realizes that there is something very attractive about Elan which could potentially be a problem. Being self supportive is vitally important to Sara and she isn't about to do anything to endanger the opportunity she's been given. Elan can't deny being impressed with Sara's professionalism, but the warm caring side of her is catching him off guard. Even though he would never become involved with one of his employees, he's having a hard time keeping himself from thinking about kissing Sara. A business trip results in one unforgettable sexual encounter which they'd regret afterwards - how can they return to a boss/employee relationship after sharing something so spectacular? To complicate matters even further, that encounter results in an unexpected pregnancy.

THE BOSS'S DEMAND is a charming tale of love between a boss and employee but more importantly it tells the tale of two individuals learning that they don’t have to repeat the same mistakes as their parents did in their marriages. Jennifer Lewis writes this story with a lot of insight into Sara and Elan's backgrounds which allows us to relate to the characters' emotions and reasoning extremely well. I have to admit I adored Sara because of her willingness to do what she felt was right rather than what would be easiest. She may have been afraid of the results but that never stopped her. Elan is one of those men that women are just drawn to, he has a dominating presence that I found attractive - even when he was being jerk. This is a wonderful debut novel and I’ll look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

Watch for Ms. Lewis's next release SEDUCED FOR THE INHERITANCE to be released in October 2007.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Chrissy Dionne

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