Kissing the Boss by Linda Kage is available NOW!! Read my thoughts!
What’s the one thing you shouldn’t do when your boss is your ruthless evil widowed stepmother who hates your guts more than anyone?
Kiss the man she’s interested in.
So what does Kaitlynn Judge find herself doing?
Yep, she kisses the one man her stepmother currently wants, who also happens to be the CEO of the company where she works.
Can we say doomed?
After the death of her father, Kaitlynn’s life has been stuck in a rut. But that begins to change after meeting a dashing stranger during the office Halloween party. Now she has to navigate vengeful stepmothers, meddling stepsiblings, and gorgeous guys in hot pursuit to reach her happily ever after.
While making a detour from the fantasy aspect, this contemporary take on the Cinderella story continues to cling to a few of our favorite traditions. You’ll still find the unmerited oppression along with fleeing women, missing shoes, mouse companions, magic wands, pumpkin-like rides to the big bash, and so much more. So rest assured, it’s all familiar and yet quirkily different.
Kissing the Boss is the second book in the Fairy Tale Quartet by Linda Kage. It can be read as a standalone but I recommend reading the previous book, Monster Among the Roses, because it is BEAUTIFUL and it is a retelling of Beauty and The Beast. Check out my review HERE.
Linda Kage has a superpower to make me love everything she writes. There hasn’t been a single book by her I haven’t loved with all of my heart. She is a genius!! I’ve never been the biggest fan of Cinderella but I am definitely a fan after reading this book. It is a modern and improved version of that fairy tale and no one could have done a better job at writing such an amazing retelling other than Linda.
All of the characters in this story are true to the characters in the Cinderella story we all know… well, kind of. There’s still a Cinderella, a wicked stepmother, a gorgeous prince charming but there aren’t any ugly step-sisters, there are two very handsome step-brothers though.
Kaitlynn is our main character. She is lovely, kind, sweet and everything you can expect from a character representing Cinderella. She’s been through a lot of injustice since her father passed away and left all of his possessions and business to Kait’s horrible stepmother but she’s still the nicest gal in the world. She works hard and she plans on working her way to the top of her family’s business even if it means working as an intern and working alongside a mouse.
Ezra is the “Prince Charming” of this story. He, along with the wicked stepmother, is the CEO of the company Kaitlynn’s father left behind. He is also the man the wicked stepmother wants for herself… so yeah, wicked stepmother’s eyes definitely get a lot green eventually.
Kait and Ezra’s first encounter is nothing short of hilarious and quirky and original. I don’t want to give a lot away but I will give you this, there’s a Power Ranger costume involved and there might be not only one but two missing shoes involved.
It is impossible to put down this book. I started reading it and a couple of words in I was already grinning like a lunatic and nowhere near going to sleep. It is sweet and swoon worthy from beginning to end with a touch of humor and quirkiness. I loved all of the new characters introduced in this book (that will hopefully get their own books in the future!) and I even enjoyed that the wicked stepmother is even more horrible in this retelling; it made everything even more exciting.
If you are a fan of retellings or fairy tales or romance then get on the Linda Kage bandwagon already. She is one of my all-time favorite authors and I cannot recommend her books enough. Don’t make the mistake of missing out on her amazing writing!
Massive thanks to Linda Kage for sending me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
5 / 5 flowers