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The Boss
By: Melissa Schroeder
Releasing May 1, 2017
Entangled Select

In The Boss by Melissa Schroeder, Vic Walker and MacKenzie 'Mac' Donovan went their separate ways when she gave him an ultimatum. Yet,  now she's in trouble and needs his help, especially with Russian mobsters and the FBI after her. Will Vic join the team again to help Mac take down the bad guys? And if he does, will he be able to walk away from Mac again once justice is served, or can Vic convince Mac that they deserve another shot at happy ever after?

I've read quite a few of Ms. Schroeder's books and loved them, so I couldn't wait to read this one, which is an attention-grabbing read right from the beginning and takes readers on an entertaining journey throughout, as Vic and Mac try to discover who the bad guy is. The way this story started was thrilling and had me reading quickly, determined to know what or who Vic is facing. Will he be able to defend himself? However, it was the moment the hero and heroine came face-to-face for the first time in this story that had me intrigued, as there's such strong chemistry between them, and I wanted to know what went wrong in their relationship and whether they'd get their second chance at love.  

As for the dialogue, it was riveting and well-written, and I loved the main characters back stories. No one has ever been there for Mac the way Vic has been before they went their separate ways and even now when she pulls him back in to work alongside her to discover what went wrong with an op. He's the only man she seems to be able to trust completely, and it shows by the way she finally opens up more about her past and the fact that she doesn't get along all that well with her family. Mac is strong, brave and I liked that she stands up to whoever criticizes what is going on in her life. Well, mostly what's going on between her and Vic, because she didn't handle when they went their separate ways all that well. I also liked how altruistic she was once she discovers the person responsible for what's going on. No way is she going to see anyone else get hurt, especially not at her expense.

While Vic, he was a fantastic hero. He's always been the responsible one when it comes to him and his brother, and I liked that he's finally starting to make his brother realize all that he's done for him. I also liked that Vic was willing to help Mac, even though things ending between them left them both raw and not knowing whether they'd ever find their way back to each other to have a second chance. Yet, what I liked most of all about the hero was how protective he was of Mac, even when it was palpable she could protect herself and didn't need anyone fighting her battles for her.

Overall, this was a superb read by Ms. Schroeder where the chemistry was strong between the main characters, the sex scenes were hot, the sayings at the top of each chapter were amusing or something readers could totally relate to and the secondary characters are ones that readers will most likely want their stories told too. The way this story ended had me concerned for one of the main characters, as they finally confront the person responsible. Will they manage to come out of the confrontation unscathed? However, what I liked most about the ending was how things turned out for Vic and Mac after the final confrontation with the bad guy. The hero isn't going to let Mac get away this time, as they belong together. I would recommend The Boss by Melissa Schroeder, if you enjoy romantic suspense, the second chance romance trope or books by authors Kaylea Cross, Katie Reus or Maya Banks.

Sick of the spy game, former CIA operative Vic Walker takes time off from his security firm to figure out just what he wants out of life. But peace and quiet isn’t in the cards with a former business partner and ex-lover like MacKenzie Donovan.

Mac doesn’t like asking for help from anyone, but this latest case has her in a little over her head. She crashes back into Vic’s life with the CIA, the Russian Mob, and the FBI, on her tail after a job goes south.

But even as old feelings rise to the surface while they’re busy dodging bullets, the authorities, and mobsters, they’ll need to get out alive before they can have a second chance at love.

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He opened the door.
At first, he didn’t see her. He had been prepared for her to be standing on the other side of the door. Maybe that was part of their problem. He always expected her to be right there waiting for him, when she wasn’t. Instead, she was sitting on the bed, leaning back against the wall, one leg drawn up with her arm wrapped around it. Her eyes were closed, so he felt comfortable just staring for a few moments. She was such a solitary soul. He had never known another person who seemed so alone in the world, and maybe that is why he was drawn to her. Part of it was her personality. He liked the fact she would kick a man in the teeth if he didn’t respect her. But there were times like this, where he saw the softer side of MacKenzie that most people would never see. Right now, he could see it. She was tired, no doubt about that. Still, in this moment, she was probably formulating a response to the information she had obtained. It was another trait that drew him. She was just so damned hardheaded she would never give up.
“Are you going to stand there and stare at me all night?”
He smiled. “Maybe.”
Then, she opened her eyes. She had been breathtaking tonight. The dress, the makeup, the fuck-me heels. They all did a number on him. But here in the soft light, with no makeup, it was just her. Just MacKenzie.
Before, she’d tempted him. Now, she stole his heart. “Whatcha got going on in your head, Walker?”
He shrugged. “Just thinking.”
She closed her eyes again. “That always gets you into trouble.”
“Yeah. Usually. Especially when there is just you and me and a bed.”
Her mouth kicked up on one side. “Yeah.”
Her British accent deepened over the word, drawing it out. That did it. He couldn’t resist her anymore. He took four long steps and reached the bed. She sensed him approaching and opened her eyes again.
Before she could respond to him, he leaned down and grabbed her, dragged her up to him, and smashed his mouth down on hers. He let everything he had been feeling for months out in that kiss. His anger, his loneliness, and his love. He might not say it out loud, but he had known the moment she had crashed back into his life that there would be no turning away from her now. The only explanation was that he loved her. 
From an early age, USA Today Bestselling author Melissa Schroeder loved to read. First, it was the books her mother read to her including her two favorites, Winnie the Pooh and the Beatrix Potter books. She cut her preteen teeth on Trixie Belden and read and reviewed To Kill a Mockingbird in middle school. It wasn’t until she was in college that she tried to write her first stories, which were full of angst and pain, and really not that fun to read or write. After trying several different genres, she found romance in a Linda Howard book.
Since her first published book , Mel has had over 60 short stories, novellas, and novels published. She has written in genres ranging from historical to contemporary to futuristic and has worked with 8 publishers although she handles most of her publishing herself. She is best known for her Harmless and Santini series.
After years of following her military husband around the country and world, Mel happily lives with her family in horse and wine country in Northern Virginia.





  1. I'm a huge Hawaii Five-O fan, so I love this author's Task Force Hawaii books. Can't wait to read this story.

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