Review| Coldhearted Boss – R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is a favorite of mine when it comes to romantic comedies. At the end of last week, her newest book, Coldhearted Boss, became available everywhere. A big thanks to the author for providing me with an ARC to read and review. Let’s take a look at what I thought about this book!

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I’m desperate and destitute when Lockwood Construction rolls into my small town with an offer too good to pass up: high wages to any able-bodied man willing to join their crew.

Say no more. I throw on baggy clothes, tuck my long hair under a baseball hat, and apply for a job. Unfortunately, my half-baked idea of disguising myself as a guy is flawed from the beginning. As Shakira says, these hips don’t lie.

Still, I like to think I might have pulled the whole thing off save for one thing:

I know my boss.

Last month, we met at a bar, and after a fiery first encounter, it seems we’re destined to be sworn enemies.

Ethan Stone is ruthless and arrogant, a man I never would have crossed had I known how much he likes to toy with his prey.

He should just fire me and be done with it. Instead, he decides to make me his personal slave. Oh right, I think they’re calling it personal “assistant” these days.

It’s torture, all of it—his bad attitude, his ruggedly chiseled face, his desire to grind me into dust.

Every one of our friction-filled battles burns hotter than the last.

A girl can only hold out for so long. Soon, I’m bound to go up in flames.

My objective? Survive the heat long enough to send home a paycheck.

My real objective? Stop having X-rated fantasies about my coldhearted boss.


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So far I’ve loved all the books by this author that I have read, which makes it very painful to say that Coldhearted Boss wasn’t as enjoyable for me. Normally when I pick up a book by R.S. Grey, I’m pulled right into this story. That didn’t happen this time and I was about 30% in before it fully grabbed my attention.

Taylor didn’t have the best time growing up and even after graduating high school a few years ago, her family is still struggling. They are having a hard time making ends meet and Taylor is really desperate. She even shocks herself when she almost steals a man’s wallet while making out in the restroom. One thing I really did love about Taylor was that she was determined that her sister would have all the chances she needed to go to college.

Ethan saw Taylor at the bar and there was just something about her. That’s why he never expected to have his wallet stolen by her after their intense moment together. Being a partner in hte company he works for doesn’t leave him much time for a relationship (he doesn’t really make time either). Now that he’ll be staying on site for weeks, he doesn’t see anything changing in the near future.

Ethan never expected to see Taylor waiting in line to interview for a job on the construction crew. I thought it was very brave of her to stand in that line. She didn’t have any experience, but was willing to do anything for her family. Ethan makes sure to hire her, because he’s determined to get her to admit what happened at the bar. It’s a clear enemies to lovers story. In my eyes, it took just a bit too long for them to get past this. The hating each other part took too long. I don’t need a lot of drama, but the way things played out in this story just felt a bit off. After hating each other as much as they did during this whole story, it was solved too quickly. I needed just a bit more.

Also, while reading this story we meet quite a few side characters. I would’ve liked to have seen some more interaction with them. When we met them it felt like they would be a bit more important than they became. I think that’s why I felt like nothing really happened in this story. Coldhearted Boss is basically only Taylor and Ethan being rude to the other, denying their feelings and Taylor doing her best to be the best employee she could be. I needed just a bit more than that.

Coldhearted Boss is an enjoyable read, I’m just used to getting a bit more from this author than I got with this story. In the end, I enjoyed these characters. Taylor really tried to make everything work out and I think found out what she really wanted in life. Ethan was fun to read about while he was trying his best to deny the feelings he was clearly developing for Taylor. And the setting was unique. The epilogue definitely made up for some of the issues I had as well.

I would definitely still recommend this book, because it is a fun read. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what this author does next!

About R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at

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Unfortuantely we can’t like all the books, but I still did enjoy Coldhearted Boss. Definitely an enjoyable summer read. What is your favorite R.S. Grey book? Let me know in the comments.

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