Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Trusting the Boss by Mallory Crowe- Book Tour and Review

Mallory Crowe
Trusting the Boss (Billionaires in the City #4)



Billionaire heiress Emma Devaroux has been living a safe-yet-mundane existence in Georgia for too long, but when she learns her sister, Joslyn, has been arrested, she heads to New York City to find out what really happened. Unfortunately, as an unemployed debutante, she’s not exactly qualified to be leading an investigation. But help is at hand in the form of the handsome, former military man Jace Lance who happens to be the one who got her sister arrested in the first place. 

Jace thinks Emma is crazy for even considering working with him since he’s the one who stopped Joslyn from killing his former client. However, he can’t deny that the sexy southerner is in over her head when her tycoon cousins try to hire him to make sure Emma doesn’t find out the truth about what really caused her sister’s murderous actions. 

As they begin to uncover the truth together –and get to know each other intimately – it becomes clear that the more answers they get, the more danger Emma is in. Jace is determined to protect her, but how can he keep her safe when her whole family is in on the conspiracy?


My Review

Trusting The Boss (Billionaires in the City, #4)Trusting The Boss by Mallory Crowe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Emma Devaroux is an heiress who has been earning multiple college degrees while trying to decide on a future for herself. Her sister is arrested for attempted murder, and Emma feels that she must go to New York and figure out what happened. She comes into contact with Jace, who she hires to help her with her investigation. Jace was involved in her sister's arrest, and in addition to his investigating skills, has first-hand information about what happened. As they begin to work together, it becomes clear that Emma is going to need protection, and Jace finds that he wants to protect her.

This book had an interesting plot, and there was some good chemistry between Emma and Jace. I did find the characters to be a little flat. We know a little about both of them, but neither main character is really fleshed out. Emma is a likable character since she seems to be a very genuine person. Jace is harder to read, but eventually I was hoping that these characters would find a way to be together. The sister's situation never really made a lot of sense to me and I'm not sure whether that was because I haven't read the previous books in the series or not. Overall, this was a nice easy read with a little mystery and a lot of predictability. I would have liked for everything (characters, plot, etc.) to go deeper, but it didn't.

*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review

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About the Author:
Mallory Crowe has lived in Michigan her whole life and has been in love with romance ever since she’d skip to the end of every novel, just to make sure the hero and heroine survived and ended up together. She lives with her husband and three dogs. When she’s not writing, she’s spending too much time in front of the TV, hiking, or working with various animal rescues.



“Here’s what’s going to happen. You’re going to turn around and go up those stairs. Once you’re out of here, you’re going to forget you ever met me and pretend that there’s nothing Victoria Green can tell you that you don’t already know.”
A deep anger settled in her gut at the idea of this virtual stranger telling her what to do. “And if I don’t?”
Jace leaned in, until his face was inches from hers. “Well, for starters, I will throw you over my damn shoulder and carry you out of here until you’re far enough away I’m sure you’ll leave me alone. Think I’m bluffing?”
For a long moment, Emma debated the merits of slapping Jace right in his smug face. Screw slapping—punching would be much more effective.
“What’s it gonna be, Georgia? Are you walking out on your own or do you need assistance?”
Emma shook her head. Jace wasn’t worth the bruised knuckles. “I’d rather avoid being touched by a Neanderthal, thank you very much,” she said in her sweetest voice, laying her natural accent on a bit thicker than normal.
If he wanted to get rid of her, fine. She’d leave gracefully. Her anger simmered just beneath the surface as she walked up the stairs. Let him win the battle. But she sure as hell wasn’t going to give up and when all was said and done, she’d win the war.


How did you come up with the idea for this story?
Well this was a character built story. Jace was a small side character in TEMPTING THE BOSS and I liked the idea of giving this badass guy more to do and I needed a woman who could handle him, but also was in need of his skills in some way. So in creating a heroine for him, I ended up creating this entire family that the next four books are going to be based around. 

What books have influenced your life most?
There’s not one that really stands out, but the entire genre of romance really shaped me growing up. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was the book that taught me that romantic troubles and humor transcends time. Christine Feehan is the first paranormal author I fell in love with and Jayne Ann Krentz writes these amazing couples that contradict and complement each other at the same time.

Are there any new authors that have grasp your interest?
I was only recently made aware of some of the indie all-star authors out there, so in the past year, I’ve been devouring Kathleen Brooks, Cali MacKay and Evelyn Adams.

What is for you the perfect book hero?
I love heros that you hate at first and adore by the end of the book.

When you start a book, do you already have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively?
My stories definitely build progressively. The beginnings are normally very well engrained in my mind ahead of time (because the meet-cute is my favorite scene to write and read of any book) and I also like to have some idea of the climax. What everything is building to. So knowing those key scenes in the book I bridge the story together.

TRUSTING THE BOSS was a different beast. It’s a standalone romance, but there are elements from the plot that carry over into the next three Billionaire In The City books. So when I started writing TRUSTING, I also had key scenes for books coming up in the series that I was preparing some set up for.

List three books you have recently read and would recommend.
I really loved Feels Like Home and Loving Bailey from Evelyn Adams. Kathleen Brooks’ Women of Power series was also amazing! Book One is Built For Power. For a steamier read, I go to Cali MacKay’s Passion and Surrender.

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