Loving The Boss by Shawn Lane


Loving The Boss by Shawn Lane
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (28 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Every morning, Alan Sommers arrives early to work. He makes coffee, tidies the office, and makes sure the blinds are open to let in the California sun. All of it he does for Kincaid Malloy, his boss of the last three years. His handsome, intelligent, and completely professional boss.

And therefore, there’s no hope his love for Kincaid will ever be returned. When Kincaid asks him to pet sit at his home while he’s away at a law conference, Alan readily agrees. What he doesn’t expect is that his dreams of loving the boss might finally come true.

Alan Sommers enjoyed getting to work early, and having his boss’s dark roast coffee ready and waiting for him. Kincaid Mallow hasn’t dated since the death of his partner from cancer, though that doesn’t stop Alan from dreaming. When Kincaid goes on a business trip he asks Alan – as a friend, not an employer – to stay at his house and feed his pets. In small ways this helps break the boss/assistant relationship they’ve built and opens to door for a far more intimate one to bloom.

This is a fun and steamy romance, a cool twist on the usual boss and assistant style. Both Alan and Kincaid are well drawn and interesting characters that are sure to appeal to a wide audience. I didn’t find either to be campy or overblown, but more like real men who simply happen to be gay. I really enjoyed how the author built up the romance and led the reader gradually into the sex. This wasn’t a token effort at explaining the depth of feelings between the men, or a plot simply patch-worked around a bunch of sexy shenanigans, but the relationship and bond between Alan and Kincaid was real and solid. There is plenty of buildup, their circumstances and feelings fully fleshed out.

The sex leaves little to the imagination, too. Hot and smoldering, it’s a good idea to keep a cool drink handy. When both men finally give in to their desires neither holds anything back, smashing the barriers that have been keeping them apart. The culmination of their pent up desires is a delectable scene that I greatly enjoyed. There’s a mild bit of spanking (a few slaps – nothing too over the top) and a lot of hot action which ended the story on a definite high note. This is a really good story and thoroughly enjoyable.

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