Winning the Boss's Heart (Entangled Indulgence) [NOOK Book]

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Winning the Boss's Heart by Hayson Manning

Mason Christian has twelve weeks to flip something old into something new for his Japanese client, and then he’s getting the hell out of Footsteps Bay, New Zealand. Not even his temporary cook and secretary—the feisty, luscious Billie McLeod—will deter him. There’s no denying she makes him feel alive. More alive than he’s felt in three years...  

Billie has one dream: save enough money ...

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Winning the Boss's Heart by Hayson Manning

Mason Christian has twelve weeks to flip something old into something new for his Japanese client, and then he’s getting the hell out of Footsteps Bay, New Zealand. Not even his temporary cook and secretary—the feisty, luscious Billie McLeod—will deter him. There’s no denying she makes him feel alive. More alive than he’s felt in three years...  

Billie has one dream: save enough money to go to college. That’s why she’s agreed to work for hard ass, all-business-no-pleasure Mason Christian—a man who has every intention of destroying through "modernization" the town’s most cherished historical home. But before she can say see ya, she realizes she’s signed the dotted line and is contractually bound for eighty-four days.  Working with male perfection every day is awesome with a capital A—as long as they can stick to a hands-off policy that gets harder every day...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622662166
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/9/2013
  • Series: Entangled Indulgence
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 191
  • Sales rank: 173,378
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Hayson Manning grew up with her nose in a book. She was entranced by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Pippi Longstocking, Black Beauty and wanting to live in Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree. She’s lived in Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, London and now in California.

She loved a pint in London, hiding behind a phrase book in Paris and exploring the subterranean chamber of the Giza pyramid. All she ever wanted to do was write fun and flirty people who aren’t perfect but will fight for that one person who will love them for who they are. That dream has come true, writing for Entangled. A hopeless romantic she lives with her infuriating but adored shoe-discarding husband, two teenage swimmers, a tubby opinionated cat and a current foster dog who needs sanctuary before finding an ever after home.

Come, stop a while, escape in the pages of her books.

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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

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  • Posted August 17, 2014

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    It was all supposed to be done in twelve weeks, but Mason Christ

    It was all supposed to be done in twelve weeks, but Mason Christian's idea of turning something old to new for one of clients didn't end up working well for him. While he promised to keep his private life locked away from anyone near him, he wasn't expecting his new cook/secretary to made him feel again, especially after he made it clear that their contract was strictly work related and nothing else. 




    Ever since her divorced, Billie has been eager to start fresh and she needs a job to go to culinary school. So when she gets an interview for the job as Mason's cook/secretary, she wasn't expecting to find her future boss as a workaholic that has no intention of using her actual name, rather he insists on calling her “forty-two.” When he tells her about the project that he needs to get done, she is surprised to find out that he is going to destroy the town's most cherished historical home, her Wuthering Heights home that she used to love going to when she was younger. Now she has to live with him everyday until their contract ends, but the more time they spend together, the more secrets are revealed and the more attracted to each other they become. 




    I really enjoyed reading Winning the Boss's Heart, Billie's personality is great! She is funny, caring and outspoken. While, Mason's personality throughout the book changes from being a recluse to a little bit carefree at the end. He is definitely caring towards Billie, even though he doesn't want to show that he cares. His love for Billie's dog, Stanley, shows that he is not heartless after all. The dynamic between the characters fits from the very beginning, they are attracted to each other, but their stubborn personalities made it difficult for the two to meet at common ground. There are a lot of secrets that each character starts to reveal throughout the story and that made the character's more compelling and it made the story interesting to read. The book is very well-written, and descriptive. Manning did a good job developing the characters, yet I sometimes found myself wanting to shake some sense from both of the characters (it just took them longer to resolve their problems), but the ending I really enjoyed reading. The epilogue tied everything together as a whole and I highly recommend it. :)

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  • Posted February 8, 2014

    5-Stars!! 42 Gives Magic Man the Last Offer He Will Ever Refuse

    5-Stars!! 42 Gives Magic Man the Last Offer He Will Ever Refuse

    With her second book, Winning the Boss’ Heart, Hayson Manning took us to her beautiful home country of New Zealand. Set in the bucolic coastal town of Footsteps Bay, Mason Christian hired Billie McLeod to work as his personal assistant on a project he hoped would be completed quickly.

    Billie was a heroine who knew her own worth. After suffering some personal setbacks, she was saving money to finish her degree, and working for Mason seemed like the fastest way to earn the most money. She fearlessly challenged Mason and the sarcastic nicknames she created for him, were inspired. Nothing like treating the boss with the same impersonal disdain, as he treated his employees.

    Mason was a deeply broken man, sublimating his emotions in his work and keeping people at arm’s length. As his feelings for Billie grew, he was forced to confront some painful events from his past. Little did Mason know that fate would intervene, to give him a compelling second chance at love story. Ms. Manning beautifully constructed and sensitively handled, Mason’s heartbreaking past.
    Billie and Mason’s interactions ran the gamut of emotions from trepidation, to antagonism, to friendship, and finally, acceptance, and love. Lovingly meddlesome townsfolk and growing spicy, sexy action rounded out this terrific story.

    With Wife in Name Only, Hayson Manning became a must-read author for me. After, Winning the Boss’ Heart, she became a must preorder or must 1click author for me. I highly recommend her books for well-developed characters, richly illustrated locations and secondary characters and multilayered storytelling.

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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 16, 2013

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    I was not sure what to expect when I started this book.  I am gl

    I was not sure what to expect when I started this book.  I am glad I read it!  It was a great piece of work.  I love the characters, especially Billie.  She is so quirky and down-to-earth.  I truly love a book that has snarky female characters.

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  • Posted September 15, 2013

    I adored this book. I'm a big fan of Hayson Manning's humor and

    I adored this book. I'm a big fan of Hayson Manning's humor and this book was full of laugh out loud moments from the feisty heroine, Billie. I loved her. Paired with the wounded hero, Mason, I couldn't turn the pages quick enough. I really could *feel* the tension radiating off Mason as he fought his attraction to Billie. Equally engaging was Billie's compassion and unselfish desire to help Mason heal from his past. That give and take was written beautifully and watching Mason change put constant smiles on my face. And the ending? Swoon! Mason's actions had me falling even more in love with him. 




    This was a fun, fast-paced read with heart-tugging emotion and sexy, passionate moments that I think every romance lover will enjoy. 

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

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    A Real Winner That is a Must Read. I was given a copy of this bo

    A Real Winner That is a Must Read.
    I was given a copy of this book from the publisher and author in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

    Don’t expect Mason and Billie to have sex right away.   Their interactions remind me of a fencing match – some words that come to mind are parry, thrust, and retreat. The story is what will hold your attention – sex is just icing on the cake.  With the way Billie seems to get under Mason’s skin you have no choice but to turn the page to find out what happens between the two.  You will also find that you can’t help yourself, you just have to chuckle.  

    If you like a book that you can read all in one day, you will want to add this book to your shelf.  You’ll also get some sass, some romance, and the ever-popular HEA ending.  Hayson Manning is an author to watch out for.

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  • Posted September 11, 2013

    Mason Christian is a developer. He needs an assistant now so h


    Mason Christian is a developer. He needs an assistant now so hires Billie McCloud. He's driven and a workaholic who won't let himself become emotionally involved with anyone. Billie has a tender heart and a generous nature. She believes in people and second chances. She wants this job so she can pay off her debt. Both have suffered pain and loss, but they've handled it differently. She uses humor and he uses indifference. Mason lost his daughter Ruby. He blames himself for her death. Billy gives her heart easily. She took care of her ex-husband until his death. These two are drawn together both emotionally and physically. Is there a future if you can't make peace with your past? Hayson Manning writes an emotional story that shows how each of us handle loss. Billie is a feisty woman who has great strength. She won't give up. She handles her problems with honesty and humor. Mason doesn't want to feel so he builds a wall that no one can break through. He calls Billy 'forty-two' to avoid any personal involvement. Can love conquer all? This story will grab your heart. I couldn't put it down. It brought tears to my eyes. You need to read Winning The Boss's Heart.

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  • Posted September 10, 2013

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    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.

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  • Posted September 9, 2013

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    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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  • Posted September 9, 2013

    I wish he were my boss... This book has every element I love in

    I wish he were my boss...

    This book has every element I love in an easy-read romance; passion, intimacy, wit and emotion with characters to fall in love with, a journey that is captivating and in a descriptively beautiful setting.

    Property developer Mason Christian is to tact and diplomacy what I am to ballet dancing (I am no ballerina). He's a bossy, driven, stubborn workaholic, but my goodness, is the man sexy. Underneath the harsh exterior is a loveable man hiding his pain and who makes you wish you could delve into the book and give him a huge cuddle to take it away (amongst many other unprintable things ). Billie Mcleod is smart, quirky, witty, kind and not afraid to argue back. She's not without her insecurities but they're realistic and the type we women understand. She agrees to be Mr. Grumpy's 42nd assistant but unlike the previous 41, he meets his match...

    I absolutely loved them both to bits. Their bickering and banter made me laugh, their horizontal activities were full of passion and as they grew to know each other my heartstrings were pulled, I was frustrated and it was touching and heartwarming. It's a fabulous book that leaves you completely satisfied, with a smile on your face and is one I will read again. The first book I have read from Hayson Manning won't be the last. It goes without saying that I definitely recommend.

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  • Posted September 9, 2013

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    Billie McLeod is in for the journey of her life. She¿s hired to

    Billie McLeod is in for the journey of her life. She’s hired to be a personal assistant to a wealthy real estate mogul. Mason Christian wanted nothing more than a personal assistant to be organized and at his beck and call. Unfortunately, he hired Billie. 
    As Forty-two, the forty second assistant Mr. Christian has had, Billie brings her vivacious charm and wit to all situations. She realizes that the tyrant boss is really masking deep seeded pain. She doesn’t know what it is, but she’s determined to find out and try to save the community from his retched plans.
    This book is delightful! It is well paced, with characters that make you want to invite them to dinner. The banter between Billie and Mason puts a smile on your face, and an ‘atta girl’ in your heart. 
     The reawakening of Mason will touch the hearts of all romantics. Billie’s persistence in the face of adversity is commendable; from making Mason face his demons, to giving him a way to save face with his business connections. Billie has Mason’s back while he’s still fighting to keep her away from his heart.
    I can’t wait to see what’s next on tap for Hayson Manning!

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