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  • Posted September 23, 2013

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    This is a sweet, funny and often sad story about two lonely hear

    This is a sweet, funny and often sad story about two lonely hearts that have the capability of healing each other with love if they will only let it in.  Well Mason needs to take the chance.  Billie has so much love to give but a bad marriage has made her question her ability to be what a man needs.  When these two find their HEA it is like the sun coming out from behind a cloud.  
    Thanks to Entangled: Indulgence for giving me the chance to read and review this wonderful story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

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    An incredibly entertaining read by Hayson Manning! The intensity

    An incredibly entertaining read by Hayson Manning! The intensity between the hero and heroine made this novel truly magnificent! I read this novel in one day, I simply couldn’t put it down! Mason Christian is motivated, determined and strictly professional, until he meets Billie. Billie, or as Mason prefers to call her, Forty-Two, doesn’t cower to the brooding and grouchy manners of Mason. Instead, she manages to see the person deep down. The person who is haunted by ugly demons. As Mason and Billie work together on flipping a house, the lines between personal and professional begin to blur, resulting in a very messy, very sexy, relationship. But Mason’s looking for a friends-with-benefits kind of relationship and Billie’s not interest. Billie wants the kind of love that stays strong through time, not the kind that’s hot one minute and cold the next. Can Mason conquer his demons and see what a great catch Billie is, or is he going to push away a woman who just might be perfect for him?

    Everything about this novel is absolute perfection from the witty dialogue and well developed characters to hot romance and a happy ending. It will grab your heart strings and not let go to the end! I especially liked the Wuthering Heights references throughout the novel. I also loved the way that Billie and Mason both had almost paralyzing fears but Ms. Manning used the fears to grow the characters closer together. Such a great sense of trust and security was shown throughout those scenes that I found myself smiling at how real it seemed. If you have not yet read a novel by Hayson Manning, and even if you have, I encourage you to pick up a copy, curl up on the couch and be prepared to become completely absorbed in a novel! I look forward to reading more fabulous stories from Hayson Manning!

    Rating: 4.5

    Heat Rating: Hot

    Reviewed by April P

    Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

    WINNING THE BOSS'S HEART wasn't what I expected at all and fit

    WINNING THE BOSS'S HEART wasn't what I expected at all and fit with none of my preconceptions of 80s Harlequin romance centered about a stereotypical boss/secretary courtship. This contemporary romance takes place in the intimate setting of a live-in architectural renovation. The author has a solid style—active voice, smooth pacing, and excellent flow. The dialogue gives good ear and the word choice is crisp and vibrant. (Man Magic, hee!)

    Billie McCloud is a smart, driven widow who needs to take a short-term admin job in order to pay her tuition to culinary school. She's sentimental about the small town she lives in, which is the only real home she's known following a bohemian childhood with her single mother. She craves permanence, stability and the sense of home derived from tradition and history. She has romanticized the historical home that Mason Christian wants to renovate into a "minimalist retreat".

    Initially, I didn't like Mason very much. He came across as cold, distant and arrogant. His redeeming quality seemed to be his willingness to tolerate/show affection for the heroine's slobbering Great Dane. His icy facade cracks as the story progresses and the reader discovers a man who has suffered a great personal loss. His infant daughter died of SIDS and his wife left him, so he has built his fortress of solitude and dedicated his life to his work. Deep down, he's a considerate lover, a kind soul and desperately in need of love.

    I loved how Billie shook up Mason's orderly existence with her unconventional whimsy. The author adds an excellent zap of humor with the string of nicknames the heroine slaps on the hero. Sexual tension sizzles between the pair and intimate scenes are spicy. The hero and heroine are obviously meant together and the HEA-ending will not disappoint.

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted September 10, 2013

    This story is difficult to review. Overall it was a good book. T

    This story is difficult to review. Overall it was a good book. There were just a couple of times where I was shaking my head at Billie wondering how she could take things.

    Billie, who was the best character of the book, has spent 2 years taking care of her terminally ill ex. She's in a financial bind and needs enough money to go back to school. Work in her town is scarce. She responds to an ad for a temp job with really great pay.

    Mason... was an ass from the moment he appeared. He has trouble keeping assistants. He refers to Billie as #42. He may be good looking, but he tells Billie up front if she breaks her contract he'll take her for everything she has. Great start to a working relationship right? It especially helps when she finds a note from #41.

    The book continues with their own personal struggles. He's developing land that she loves. She feels she's betraying the town that took her in. He's not dealing with a devastating loss and is just consumed with grief.

    The part where I have trouble with Billie is with some of the things he says to her. I get that they were drawn to each other, but I think it would have helped if there was a little time passed after he would say such hurtful things. Other than that, it was a good light read.

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  • Posted September 9, 2013

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    A few months ago I got a chance to read Hayson's debut book Wife

    A few months ago I got a chance to read Hayson's debut book Wife in Name Only, I must confess that I thought it was pretty darn good. Now Hayson Manning brings her new book Winning the Boss's Heart. Just like her first book, she still brings the emotional tug, but adds a dash with some lightheartedness.

    Mason Christian is an all work and no play kind of guy. He basically lives breathes work. However, that all goes out the window when he hires his 42nd assistant, Billie McLeod. Now Billie is a bit of a free-spirit, but wants to establish roots in one area. Plus, she has a dream of finishing up culinary school.

    Mason would be a stick-in-the-mud kind of guy. He has a tendency to hold on to the past and he has erect these walls to make sure no one penetrates the barriers. The best way to keep things impersonal is calling his assistance by the number they were hired as, so Billie is number 42. By the way did you know there was this baseball player that was 42 that broke through some major barriers when he join the major league. Not that has anything to do with the story. I'm just stating a fact. Back to book thoughts. Anyway, Billie has a tough task working for Mr. Impersonal. Yet, him calling her 42 isn't going stop her from being who she is, oh no she found the perfect way to needle him. Instead of calling him by his first name, she calls him so many different names. For example her are a few of the names she calls him: Grover, Jimbo, Denzel, Philbert, Shaft, and so many more. It's amazing that don't kill each other, but they both start to grow on each other. While one has no problem with the changing of the relationship, the other tries to head for the hills. What better way than to make the other feel insignificant.

    Honestly, Billie is probably the most rounded character I have ever saw, especially with the lifestyle she grew up with. You would think she would be more of a flake, but she isn't. However, she wants to be embrace by love. Mason is stuck living in the past and he has no clue how to get past it. At the beginning of the story he really didn't want to move from the past, but Billie changes everything. She's sort of the wild card. Overall, a good emotional read with some lightheartedness. So, if you are looking for something like this, you might want to give Winning the Boss's Heart.

    Copy provided by publisher

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  • Posted September 9, 2013

    A temporary arrangement that blazes with heat from the very begi

    A temporary arrangement that blazes with heat from the very beginning. Mason is looking to refurbish this estate and move on. He needs an assistant for only 12 weeks so the job can be finished in time.

    Billie is looking for a temporary arrangement where she can make money to go to college. This job opportunity sounds almost perfect... until you factor in the chemistry they both feel.

    This story was heartwarming, sensual, and extremely sensitive to the topic of losing a child. Mason is the broken man - broken by the loss of his daughter and the dissolution of his first marriage. All he is interested in is working, keeping his mind busy so he does not have to think about his feelings, and being able to sleep at night. Although he keeps busy, his thoughts still plague him and sleep eludes him.

    Billie's influence on Mason is obvious from the very beginning of their strange arrangement. She is so full of love and empathy, she could rally anyone to happiness. I love how she handles Mason and brings him around kicking an screaming, so to speak, so he can face life, his feelings and finally become a worthy member of society.

    This book is a fantastic one day read full of entertainment. Tastefully sensual, this romantic story will leave you smiling.

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