Friday, September 18, 2015

Head Over Heels For The Boss by Susan Meier

Isabelle Cooper's in big, big trouble. Her flower shop? Well, it was just bought by the man she’s had a crush on forever. Her new boss, Devon Donovan, is a tall glass of melt-in-your-mouth hotness. The problem? Devon is definitely not interested in love. No ifs, ands, or buds about it.
Devon knows Isabelle has been crushing on him since college, but buying her business shouldn’t be a problem. Not only is she his employee, but as the eldest Donovan brother, he’s too busy protecting the family fortune for romance. But tomboy “Izzy” is all grown up now. And he’s finding it impossible to resist her, no matter how hard he tries...
Title: Head Over Heels For The Boss| Series: Donovan Brothers  #3| Author: Susan Meier | Publisher: Bliss, an imprint of Entangled | Release Date: 8/14/2015 | Genre: Contemporary Romance | Source: Publisher | Rating: 4.5

I loved this book. A fun and flirty romp this is going on my favorite reads of 2015 list.
So, here’s what’s going on: In high school Isabelle asked a much older Devon to her senior prom and he rudely rejected her. While his rejection hurt—and still lingers in her mind—, it never put a damper on her crush on Devon Donovan. When her family up and sells the flower shop they own to the Donovan’s there’s a stipulation in their contract that states they must keep Isabelle as their employee. Now Isabelle has to work side-by-side with the man who has the potential to melt her panties.
Devon always thought of Isabelle as a tomboy but now that he’s working with her daily, he sees her in a new light. Gone are the pigtails and in their place is a gorgeous woman he can’t get out of his head. While he believes he’s too busy protecting his family—and their vast fortune—to do relationships, he’s not opposed to secret affairs. The only thing he has to do is to convince Isabelle.
While Isabelle finds a thrill in sneaking around with Devon, she knows that there will come a day when she’s going to want more and Devon has made it crystal clear that he doesn’t do love.
This was such a fun little read. I really loved both Devon and Isabelle and was rooting for them to finally get it together.
Growing up, Devon took on the role of protecting his mother and two younger brothers from their abusive father and he believes—even though their father is out of their lives and his mother and brothers have moved on—that it’s still his job to protect them. Because he took on this role at such a young age, he’s a bit of a control freak, although he’s a likable control freak. He’s also bit damaged but I enjoyed watching him finally realize what he had been missing out on.
I really liked Isabelle. She’s content running the flower shop her parent’s own and she’s made that shop her life so when she discovers that her parents have sold it to man she’s had a crush on her world turns upside down. Now she needs to figure out how to go from boss to employee. It makes it worse that she’s head-over-heels for Devon and it nearly kills her to be working alongside him without being able to act on her feelings but she’s willing to accept the terms of his secret affair. What I admired about her was that she was also willing to walk away when she realized he wouldn’t be able to give her what she deserved.
The relationship between Isabelle and Devon was fun to watch. Both were used to being in control and neither of them wanted to relinquish an ounce of control so it was fun to see them navigate both their professional and personal relationships. It was also fun watching them try to keep their relationship private when they had such amazing chemistry.
The conflict in the book stemmed more from Devon’s internal conflict and the reason he refuses to fall in love so it was more Devon battling himself. While they did occasionally butt heads, the conflict was light and it actually worked for this book.
If you’ve read the two previous books in this series, you’ll be glad to be able to catch up with the characters from the previous books. If you’re a newbie to the series like me, you’ll be treated to new characters that you want to learn more about.
Overall,  Head Over Heels For The Boss was an engaging, feel good romance that I look forward to reading again. It’s the perfect weekend read.
Series Alert: So, this is the third book in The Donovan Brothers series but it worked really well as a standalone.

The Donovan Brother’s Series

1-Her Summer With The Marine
2-Chasing The Runaway Bride
3-Falling For The Boss

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