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Baiting the Boss

Baiting the Boss

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by Coleen Kwan

Baiting the Boss by Coleen Kwan

For years Grace Owens harbored a secret crush on her boss, Jack Macintyre, the heir to the Macintyre Corporation. But Jack relocates to a remote tropical island after tragedy upends his life, cutting off all contact. Now Grace's new boss issues an ultimatum: return Jack to the family fold or pack her briefcase and move


Baiting the Boss by Coleen Kwan

For years Grace Owens harbored a secret crush on her boss, Jack Macintyre, the heir to the Macintyre Corporation. But Jack relocates to a remote tropical island after tragedy upends his life, cutting off all contact. Now Grace's new boss issues an ultimatum: return Jack to the family fold or pack her briefcase and move on.

When she turns up at Jack's bungalow, he can't deny his attraction to the fiery woman determined to lure him out of his tropical paradise. Little does she know that returning is the last thing he wants—he's nobody's boss, and he likes it that way.

If he stays, she'll lose her job. If he goes, she'll lose her heart.

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Entangled Publishing, LLC
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Entangled Indulgence
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Meet the Author

Coleen Kwan was a certified bookworm from a very early age, but she never dreamt she'd one day be writing her own stories. After graduating from university with a degree in Computer Science, she worked in IT for many years. It was only when she took long service leave that she seriously considered writing. Her first attempts will thankfully never see the light of day, but joining a writers' organization proved invaluable. Her debut novel, WHEN HARRIET CAME HOME, was published in 2011.

Coleen lives in Sydney with her partner and two children. She loves writing contemporary romance and steampunk romance. When she isn't writing she enjoys avoiding housework, eating chocolate, and watching The Office.

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Baiting the Boss 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grace always has a crush on Jack Macintyre but could never doing anything about it. A few months into her career at Macintyre Corporation Jack has a falling out with his grandfather, the CEO, and drops off the face of the earth. Three years later Jack’s grandfather is getting ready to retire and wants the family company in good hands, so Grace is sent to track down Jack. Grace forgot just how much she liked Jack till she is forced to chase him down and bring him back to Macintyre Corporation, and things start to get dangerous once she finds him. Grace is looking for stability after a childhood without it and Jack threatens everything. Grace and Jack have an undeniable attraction but Jack is just looking for a fling, even though he knows Grace is not that type of girl. Jack was an easy character to love, he had a lot of heartache in his past and doesn’t want to repeat it again. Grace is an honest character, just looking for a place in the world where she’s stable and loved. I really liked the book, it didn’t take me long to read it, and it moved along fairly quickly. My only problem with the book was this end, it felt forced, it was like boom boom DONE! I think the book could have used another 20 pages and an epilogue to really polish off the story and pull everything together. I did receive this book as an ARC for an honest review.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Another winner from Entangled Indulgence this month.  Grace has been sent to find her boss's long lost grandson who ran off to a mostly deserted island after a tragic falling out with the family.  But now the family business needs him back and Grace won't give up until she convinces him to at least give it a shot. Jack has demons in his past.  When they erupted into an argument with his grandfather he left and swore never to return.  But Grace has ways of making him see things differently and after spending some time with her on his island, he thinks that maybe returning wouldn't be so bad after all - as long as he gets to return with her. A very touching romance with some fantastic and real characters.  Jack's haunted side comes out when needed, but stays away enough to keep him from being too dark and brooding.  While Grace seems to be full of light and happiness they make for a very interesting and explosive couple.  Jack's family is a great secondary character to help push and pull at the couple the whole time, leaving you wondering at times if they are really going to get their happily ever after or not.
PrissP More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, quick read! I could not put it down! Great, strong characters that hold your attention and make you feel for them.
Tammy_SmutReviewer More than 1 year ago
I wanted to love this one, I really did. Despite being bored, I actually stuck with it and read it all the way to the end. I was hoping at some point that I would connect with Grace or Jack or someone, but it just never happened. I didn't hate it, I just didn't love it. It just falls in the "meh" category. I hate when I can't rave about a book, but sometimes we have to do it. With that said, it had potential. Kind of. I would try a Coleen Kwan novel again, just for curiosity sakes, because some of her books have good ratings. It just wasn't for me. *Copy provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
psee More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I have read by Colleen Kwan and I found it to be enjoyable. The story went along at a nice quick pace and I finished it in less then one day. Kwan's writing style was easy to enjoy and I found the book to be well written.  Grace Owens is responsible for bringing Jack Macintyre, her former boss and crush, back to Sydney and the family. Jack, due to old ghosts, has no desire to return to his grandfather Lachlan and the family company. Along the way chemistry between Grace and Jack intensifies leaving both uncertain about their feelings. I find the story to have a very real feel to it. Nothing seemed forced and the realization of their feelings occurred naturally. My only problem was that once Jack became one with his feelings, his actions seemed to progress too rapidly for me. It gave the story a fairytale type ending and it took away from the realism for me.  Overall, I would recommend the book as it is a stand alone and you get your HEA. I did miss an Epiloge which would have given me the little extra that I love after the HEA.  Thanks to Indulgence Books for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 
sharonc06 More than 1 year ago
I so enjoy the Baiting the Boss by Coleen Kwan. The story is about Grace Owen a loyal employee of Macintyre Corporation.  She has been sent by the head of company to bring back his grandson and her secret crush.  Jack had left three years ago after his wife death and difficult time he had with his grandfather Grace travels the island where Jack has been living for the last year. She will need to convince him to come home. This not an easy task. Especially since Jack is happy where he is.   I love the way Coleen Kwan wrote the story.  I love the interaction between both Grace and Jack.   I liked watching the story of the their relationship unfold.   I love how Grace and Jack have moments from the past times together that is brought to the present.  Moments they shared at one time that seemed to be nothing but in the end meant more.  The story really told a wonderful romance.   I so enjoyed it reading.  It so hard to put this book down. 
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
Having read Coleen's 'Real Men' series from Entangled's Bliss line, I grabbed the chance when given the opportunity to read this as an ARC. She's proven she can give us men to fall in love with and ladies who give them a run for their money, but with the addition of steamy action, well that can only be an added bonus. With a buff, sexy, stubborn Aussie hero who has brains as well as brawn, a sweet-natured, determined lady with a quiet feistiness about her, heat, passion, a beautiful setting and a good storyline, Baiting the Boss was largely a great read. Jack and Grace were so endearing, realistic and easy to love and their chemistry was perfect. But the ending let it down. I had become completely invested in their journey and struggled to put it down, it flowed well and was so easy to read, but it fell at the final hurdle. I just felt that such wonderful characters deserved more than how it was played out and how quickly it was wrapped up. Had it been right, it would've had more stars. Nevertheless, on the whole it's still a fun, sexy, easy-reading romance and I look forward to more from Coleen in the future.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
Jack Macintyre was made was made a widow by tragic accident that he blames himself for. After this tragedy, Jack had a falling out with Lachlan, his grandfather. He quit the family business, cut all ties, and moved from Sydney to Filemu Island. Now, 3 years later, Lachlan wants his grandson back. He sends Jack's former assistant, Grace Owens, to bring him back to Sydney. I truly enjoyed reading this book and had it been longer, it would have been a 5-star read. The chemistry between the characters was amazing. The steamy scenes between Jack and Grace were sizzling! My favorite scene was at Atea Falls. I also felt sorry for Lachlan because even though he's gruff and a bully, he truly loves his grandson. I don't believe he knows any other way to be but he's not too old to change. I love the writing style of Coleen Kwan. This is my first book by this author and I'm very excited to read more. I received a copy of this book for an honest review.
Eve379 More than 1 year ago
I was offered this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm actually really impressed with this book. I've read Coleen Kwan's Real Men series (from Entangled's Bliss line) and thought they were light reads but good. I think Baiting the Boss is better than both of those books. The book starts out with Grace Owens, who's a hard working, devoted employee of Macintyre Corp, on a boat to a small island in the Pacific. She's headed there in an attempt to find and bring home her boss' grandson. Her careers been at a standstill and her boss has promised to look into a transfer if she's able to bring him home. As hard as her task is, she's somewhat excited about it because she's always had a crush on him. Jack Macintyre, grandson of Lachlan Macintyre. He left Macintyre Corp and his whole family behind after suffering a personal loss. It's been 3 years since he had any contact with anyone back in Sydney. He remembers Grace as they had struck up a friendship during the short time they worked together, but has no intention of going back with her. He's pigheaded, and she's stubborn. They begin a test of wills when she tries to convince him to come home, and he tries to convince her to leave the island. I have to say I loved Grace. I loved the fact that she wasn't the cookie cutter weepy heroine. Instead of balling her eyes out when her feelings were hurt she raised her chin and moved on. This book made for a perfect Sunday morning read for me and I stayed in bed until I finished it! One thing I will mention is that Coleen is Australian so there are some words/phrases that some might not understand. Since I've read some of her previous works I knew that a head of time. Luckily it's not so often that it interrupts the enjoyment of it.
busymama49 More than 1 year ago
How far would you go to keep your job and be promoted? Our Grace survives the boat ride from hell to reach her boss's grandson...barely! In addition to being seasick, she has to prepare herself to convince Jack (the grandson) to forget his ongoing disagreement with his grandfather, and please, return to Macintyre Industries. His grandfather is ready to surrender his control on the company and needs him to take over the reigns. I can relate to Grace's dedication and obstinacy to complete the job she has been entrusted to do. She is proud of her history in delivering results to every assignment she has been given. This is the first assignment where she will not be able to deliver results and it will cost her. The scenes between Jack and Grace are well written. This book was enjoyable. Would recommend it to anyone looking for a love affair that runs a slow burn with a happy ending.
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
I got a chance to read Baiting the Boss by Coleen Kwan. I enjoy Coleen's other books, so I was super excited to see she was coming out with a new story. This a fairly fast read, which I happen to enjoy reading. In the story we meet Grace Owens, and she has been working Macintyre Industries for about three years. Well, she was tasked to go find Jack the grandson of the CEO of Macintyre Industries, who happens to be on some tropical island. Jack Macintyre decided to run away from the life he use to live after his wife tragically died. He had no desires to return to Sydney, but he feels like he needs to go back to save Grace from his grandfather. I did enjoy Baiting the Boss. I love the flow of the writing, because it just made the story move along. The story was pretty sweet and nice with a dash of heat. There is a little tension between Jack and Grace, and it all stems from the grandfather. I felt a bit bad for Grace cause she was kind of abuse by Jack and his grandfather. Nothing physical, but more they had selfish tendency and Grace happens to be caught in the middle. Of course we all know everything works out in the end, but it's how they get to the end that matters. So, if you are looking for that sweet romance that is fairly fast, you might want to try Baiting the Boss. Copy provided by publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Grace Owens works for Lachlan Macintyre. He sends Grace to find his grandson, Jack, and convince him to return to the family company. That will not be an easy task. These two stubborn men have been estranged for three years. Grace tracks Jack to Filemu Island. As expected he refuses to return and demands that she leave immediately, but Grace is stubborn and decides to stay . What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? Coleen Kwan has written a passionate romance between an Alpha male who won't let himself be hurt again and a vulnerable woman who wants security and stability. Grace and Jack complete each other and their chemistry is off the charts. Can they overcome their painful past to find happiness together? I was drawn into their romance and wasn't able to put the book down. These characters are filled with so much emotion and passion. I wanted them to find each other. This is the first book I've read by Coleen Kwan but it won't be the last. She has a wonderful writing style. Don't miss Baiting the Boss! I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.