Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Release Day Review ~ Speed Dating the Boss by Sue Brown (Giveaway)

Release Day Review ~ Speed Dating the Boss by Sue Brown

Title: Speed Dating the Boss

Series: Cowboys and Angels: Book One

Author: Sue Brown
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Category: Contemporary
Pages: 195

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Will a mix of privilege and blue collar be a recipe for love… or disaster?
Dan’s pretty satisfied with his job at the working-class bar Cowboys and Angels. He enjoys his simple life, his apartment, and his cat, but he could do without the fights that break out in the bar, his boss’s meddling daughter, Ariel… oh, and a brutal, unrequited crush on his straight alpha boss, Gideon.
When Dan’s friend prepares to tie the knot, everyone insists that Dan needs a date for the wedding. Before he can protest, Ariel arranges a gay speed-dating event at the bar with Gideon as a participant. The unforeseen revelation that Gideon is bisexual raises Dan’s hopes, especially when Gideon announces that he wants to accompany Dan to the wedding. Could Gideon really be interested in Dan?
When Dan needs someone most, Gideon offers his unconditional support, and with genuine commitment, he shows Dan the kind of man he really is. Teaming up to save the wedding from a hungover groom and intolerant parents, can Gideon convince Dan they’re the best match since beer and pizza?

  4.25 Stars!

I started reading this book and didn't want to put it down. This story is a fun, sassy story of a barman in love with his boss, Gideon, who he thinks is straight. I loved the banter and how most everyone interacted. They clearly know each other well, which leads to lots of ribbing, as well as being in everyone else's business like a family does. 

Dan works hard most nights and is studying to get a degree in the little spare time he has. When his best friend is getting married and asks him to be the best man, Dan is happy to help out. Only now, everyone wants to know who he's taking as a date, which leads to a speed dating event being held to help him. 

I liked Dan. He has a great sense of humor and is down to earth. He loves his job, but is looking to move himself forward after he finishes his degree. He wants to find love and a partner, someone who will be there for him. He thinks that his feelings for Gideon are unrequited and plans to leave Cowboys and Angels soon and run his own bar. I could totally see how he didn't want to see and believe that Gideon was really interested in him. It's easier to not get your hopes up sometimes, but Gideon's interest is pretty clear once he starts in on his quest to be Dan's date. I also liked Dan's friend Marty and his fiancée Lena. 

I liked Gideon once we get to know him better. I do think he was too indulgent with Ariel, but grief does strange things to all of us. He clearly cares about Dan and his daughter. Although I found it odd how he can't deal with issues with family members. I'd say he was confrontation averse, but he's really not. I do like how he cared for Dan even before he let his interest be known. There are some almost too convenient things that pop up in the book towards the end that allow Gideon to do some wonderful things for Marty and Lena as well as be Dan's white knight. I found these things to be a bit over the top, but liked the characters and the book enough to let them slide. I was taken back by the incident with Ariel and two bar patrons that hurts Dan emotionally and physically. While I was happy to see her apologize wholeheartedly, I almost didn't want Dan to accept it. The whole situation was below her, especially since she set up the speed dating event. 

I have a feeling that this book will be one I re-read when I need a pick-me-up story. 

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. *** 

4 Stars!

The book started out slow and at first, I did not know if I would enjoy it. It took a few chapters to really get into the book but once I hit chapter 5, I was hooked.

Speed Dating the Boss is about a man, Daniel aka Dan, who works at a bar named Cowboys and Angels. It's a blue-collar type bar that has fights every other night, usually instigated by the owner's daughter, Ariel. Dan is basically running the bar for the owner, who he's in love with. When Dan's best friend Marty tells him he is getting married once again and asks Dan to be his best man, his boss makes a deal about finding a date for the wedding, so Ariel sets up a speed-dating night to help Dan find a date. It is kind of successful.

Anyways, this as a great book. Once I got into it, I could not put it down and the ending was very happy and satisfying. I know I really want to read the next book (about 2 other guys from the speed-dating... shhhh, no spoilers here). In conclusion, I give this book 4/5 stars, only because I'm really not into instalove and this book basically is.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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  1. One of my favorite re-reads is Riley Hart's Crossroads and no I've never been to a speed-dating event.

  2. Congrats on the new book release! I've never been to a speed dating event.

  3. I love rereading the Thirds series by Charlie Cochet and I have never been to a speed dating event.

  4. My favorite books to re-read are the THIRDS series by Charlie Cochet.

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