Researcher Maggie Donovan has no luck with men, and it doesn't help that she can't keep her eyes off of her sexy boss – the one everyone else in the office calls The Beast. Relationships in the office are forbidden. So no one is more surprised than Maggie when she pretends to be his fiancée to save him during a difficult situation. Not only has she put her job on the line, but the future of the company.
Billionaire Benjamin Gale III doesn’t believe in love or romance, but the look on his mother’s face when Maggie tells her that she’s his fiancée is worth millions. Instead of firing her for her insubordination, he goes along with the ruse. In his arms–and in his bed–she’d be everything he could ever want…which is why he can’t have her.
But if he doesn’t let her go, they’ll lose everything…
About the Author
Diane Alberts is a multi-published, bestselling contemporary romance author with Entangled Publishing. She also writes New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling new adult books under the name Jen McLaughlin. She’s hit the Top 100 lists on Amazon and Barnes and Noble numerous times with numerous titles. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.
Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and a cat. Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name.
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Beauty and the Boss
A Modern Fairytales Novel
By Diane Alberts, Candace Havens
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Diane Alberts
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Benjamin Gale III rubbed his temples, let out an exasperated sigh, and then leaned back in his chair. The sun had already faded to a dull orange glow, and the sky darkened over the famous New York City skyline with each passing moment, but he was still working his ass off, and probably would be for another few hours, at the very least. He didn't really have a choice.
His family was trying to wrestle control of the company, and he'd be damned if he was going to allow that to happen without a hell of a fight. This was his life. His wife. His world. His baby. He'd dedicated the last five years to this office.
And it belonged to him.
If they wanted to take control of Gale Incorporated out of his hands, they'd have to pry it out with the use of deadly force. If there was one thing he got from his mother — who despised him — it was her stubborn determination to win.
And he would damn well win.
Hell, he knew why his mother hated him, and even understood it. He'd fucked up years ago, when his father died, and she blamed him for it. If it made her happy to hate him, if it made missing her husband a little easier on her, then more power to her. But now she wanted to take his company away from him? His own birthright?
Not in this damn lifetime. Or the next.
Over the five years since his father had passed away, he'd dedicated his life to trying to make things right. He'd quit partying. Stopped fucking around, and his whole life had been focused on this. On his work. And if he wasn't at work, he was attending a function for work. He spent every moment of every waking hour being the man his father would have wanted him to be. He'd been dedicated, studious, and predictable as hell.
All his friends had abandoned him. Called him boring.
It was true. He was.
He even lived in the penthouse upstairs to be close to his office at all hours. His entire life existed in this damn Beacon Court building. If that wasn't dedication, he wasn't sure what was. But still — it wasn't enough. It would never be —
"What are you doing?" one of his employees asked. He straightened out of reflex, but she was outside the door, not in his office. "Why are you still here?"
"I'm not finished with my report yet," he heard Maggie Donovan, his lead researcher, say. She had the most angelic voice he'd ever known, and she was perpetually kind and always smiling. Pretty much the opposite of him. "You heading out?"
"Yeah. Everyone is."
"Well, I'm not," Maggie said, clearing her throat. "I'll be here for a little while longer, so go ahead without me."
"Why do you always stay late?" the other employee asked — and for the life of him, he couldn't remember her name. She worked on the left side of the office, and had brown hair, but that's all he remembered. "The beast doesn't appreciate it, or you."
He stiffened. The beast, of course, was him.
All of his employees called him that. They thought he wasn't aware of it, but he kept up to date on everything that happened outside of his executive office.
"Don't call him that," Maggie hissed, her voice dropping lower. "He's not a beast, he's just a guy who —"
Her voice was too low for him to hear the rest, but that was just as well. He didn't need to hear another damn word. His employees could hate him all they wanted, as long as they turned their fucking work in on time. But the fact that Maggie defended him? It made him like her even more than he already did.
Which was an anomaly, since he didn't really like anyone. Not anymore.
Picking up his phone, he pushed the button that rang directly into his apartment. His butler answered. "What can I do for you, sir?"
"Willie?" William, his elderly and very British butler, let out a long, annoyed sigh. "I don't know anyone who goes by that name, sir."
He laughed. This was a game they played, and Willie was a good sport about it. "Fine. William."
"What can I do for you, sir?"
"Can you send some dinner down for me now? Mr. Forbes should be here any minute." He checked the time. Quarter till seven. "What is it tonight?"
"Eggplant parmesan, sir." Disapproval was clear in his tone. "Working late again?"
"Yep. I'm the only one here besides —" He sat up straighter and cleared his throat, his mind still on Maggie Donovan and her defense of him, which was really quite admirable since he'd never given her a reason to think well of him. After all the times he'd made her stay late, which she did without a shred of complaining, the least he could do was have some dinner delivered to her desk as a thanks. "Actually, I'd like three orders sent down, please. And don't forget the wine. Red."
"Right away, sir."
He set the phone in the receiver and glanced at the door again. Out there, just a few steps away, was Maggie. While he'd never act on it, the attraction was there. There had always been something about her that made him think of her way too often, considering she was his employee — and a damn good one. She was gorgeous as hell, her smile lit up a room, and she had a body that could easily inspire a rock ballad.
But Maggie — she was different.
Yeah, she was gorgeous, but he was fairly certain she didn't have a clue. And when she smiled, sometimes she scrunched up her face, and those three little freckles across her nose danced. Her long, wavy brown hair and blue eyes — so dark they were more smoky gray than blue, really — haunted him when he was in bed alone.
Not that he'd noticed.
There was just something about her he couldn't explain. He'd give anything to have her turn one of those bright smiles on him — preferably while naked and screaming out his name — but she was his employee, and he was her boss, and such things weren't allowed in his office.
Yet another reason he was the Beast of Gale.
He had a strict policy against dating in the office. It was necessary if he wanted his employees to focus on their work and not each other.
But with Maggie, it might be worth —
Tugging on his tie again, he stood, walked over to his minibar, poured himself a shot of Macallan, and downed it. He needed to stop that train of thought before it even left the station. Fucking around with Maggie wasn't something his father would have ever done. It wouldn't get the investors his mother had in her pocket off his back, either. Ever since she'd received her cut of the company shares, she'd been a ... nuisance, to say the least.
And at this point in the fight to retain control as CEO, he couldn't afford to fuck up over a pretty face and a sexy smile. After he poured another drink, he walked to the window, staring down at the dark city from ten stories up. Cars honked, sirens screeched, and steam rose from the subway. A couple fought at the corner of Fifty-eighth and Lexington, and across the street, another couple kissed.
The energy from watching all the lives that intertwined and intersected made him feel ... alive. Even though he wasn't the one out there actually living, he loved it anyway. All those people down there were so free. So original. So impulsively thriving.
Everything he could never be.
His phone rang, tearing him from his thoughts, and he crossed the room to pick it up. "Gale."
"It's Carl. Carl Forbes."
Benjamin sank into his desk chair and rolled his eyes at the formal greeting. His father's old work crony was nothing if not old-fashioned. "Hey, I was just watching out the window, checking to see if I could spot that ugly old yellow Jag of yours coming down the road yet. You're late, old man."
Carl chuckled. "You wouldn't recognize beauty if it punched you in the face, son."
Oh, but he did. One of the most beautiful women he'd ever seen sat outside his office, working on a Friday night, probably cursing his name with every breath. He'd rather make her out of breath for better reasons. "I beg to differ, sir."
"Well, regardless, you won't be seeing it. I have to cancel. My knee's giving me trouble, and it's supposed to be icy tonight. The old lady won't let me leave."
He sighed. There went his "exciting" Friday night plans. Not that they'd been much to write home about, since his plans had been eating in the office with a sixty-five-year-old man, and then returning to work. "I completely understand, Carl."
After they rescheduled and exchanged a few more words, Benjamin hung up. No sooner had he set the phone down than he heard voices outside his door again, this time Maggie and his butler. Sighing, he moved his empty glass to the bar.
The door opened, and William carried in a tray with three covered plates, an open carafe of wine he'd never finish on his own, and two glasses. "Good evening, sir."
"Wow, that was quick, Willie. Might be a new record." He checked his Rolex. "Five minutes?"
William cracked a smile at the nickname he "despised," and set the tray on the table by the window. "Last week we made it down here in under four and a half — but that was only with one meal."
"Impressive," he drawled, grinning as he rolled up his shirtsleeves. Willie was the only person he truly relaxed around. "Thanks, man."
"You're welcome, sir." Willie straightened and smoothed his gray, balding hair. "Shall I send for whomever this third dinner is for?"
"Oh. No. I've got it." He stopped mid-roll. "I'll tell her myself."
William bowed, but his eyes lit up at the mention of a female. "Very well, sir. I'll see you when you come up."
"Thanks," Benjamin said, smiling at the old man, who'd been there for him since the moment he'd taken his first breath. "Don't wait up. It'll be another late night."
"Very well, sir."
After the butler left, he straightened the table, picked up one of the plates, and made it halfway across the office before he froze. He had all this wine, and all this food. Why not invite her to eat with him? Sure, it might not be proper, from a boss-employee perspective, but no one would find out.
It wasn't as if he was going to fuck her over his desk, no matter how much he might wish he could. And it was Friday night. It seemed such a damn shame to waste the bread and wine. Despite what everyone said, he wasn't a beast, and he did like Maggie. He wasn't heartless. He was motivated.
Back before his father had died, Benjamin had lived hard, partied harder, and laughed loudly. Now, he tried to pretend that version of him never existed, and he did his damnedest to be the man he should have been back then. Sometimes it felt as if that younger Benjamin had died, leaving a stranger in his place.
A man that he didn't even like. A man no one liked.
Yet Maggie had still defended him. She had a pure heart. A kind nature. And he wanted to repay that kindness. It wasn't going to redeem him or make him a good man, but damn it, it was something. She deserved a hot, fresh meal. End of story.
Before he could talk himself out of it, he walked to his office door, took a deep breath, and opened it. Sure enough, she still sat there, working diligently.
Her small foot tapped against the front of her desk, and she hummed a tune under her breath. She wore a pair of square, black glasses, her hair was frazzled, and she nibbled on her pen with that red mouth of hers, which had starred in way too many of his fantasies. The dark sky behind her was lit up by buildings and streetlights.
But she was the thing that really shone.
His heart quickened ridiculously, and he took a deep breath as his pants grew uncomfortably tight. She truly had a beauty that was incomparable and indescribable. He shifted his weight and cleared his throat, forcing his face to take on the stoic mask he wore around his employees — hell, around everyone. "Ms. Donovan?"
She glanced up, jumped, and dropped the pen on her desk. As she rose to her feet unsteadily, he fought back a smile. She always acted surprised when he actually acknowledged her, or dared to exit his office, as if she'd forgotten she wasn't alone, or that he even existed. It was endearing, and tonight wasn't any exception.
"Sir?" she asked. "I'm still working on —"
"I know." He glanced down at her disheveled desk. All her personal items were scattered about the top of it, and her pens weren't in any sort of color-coded order at all. It made his fingers itch to straighten it up for her, but he stood still. It wasn't his job to make her desk organized. "I was wondering if you were hungry?"
She darted a glance to the door, then back at him. "I packed dinner. I just haven't gotten around to heating it up yet."
"Oh. Well, my dinner plans were canceled last minute." He pointed over his shoulder. "If you'd rather, I have fresh eggplant parmesan and wine, and it's still hot — if that's agreeable to you."
Again, the urge to smile hit him. He didn't. "Dinner. With me."
"Umm ..." Blinking, she tucked her hair behind her ear, took it out, and tucked it in again. He'd obviously made her nervous. "Let me get this straight. You're inviting me to dinner? With you? Alone?"
He raised a brow. "I just said that, didn't I?"
"Uh." She stepped around her desk, clasping her hands in front of her nervously. "Yeah, I guess so. Are you sure? I mean, you're the boss and —"
"You're a great employee. I thought you might like to eat dinner." He tugged on his tie. "That's all, Maggie."
She choked on a laugh at his use of her first name. Whenever she got nervous, she laughed. Yet another thing he found adorable about her. "I mean, yeah, I like food."
His lips quirked. "Good."
"Yeah." She smiled at him. "Uh, good."
He crossed his arms and watched her through his lowered lids. Her white button-up shirt strained over her generous breasts, and her black pencil skirt hugged the curve of her hips. It was prim and proper office attire, and yet she somehow managed to make it look drop-dead-sexy without even trying. It was fucking ridiculous. "If it makes you uncomfortable, please don't hesitate to say no. I won't be insulted."
"It doesn't make me uncomfortable at all," she said softly, her head tilted. He loved how she stared him straight in the eye and didn't cower away from him like the rest of the staff, and how the smile never faded from her lips. "I just didn't want to create the wrong impression, is all. I mean, we're alone, and if we're eating, if might look like a ... well, you know."
"Yes. That." She pointed at him as if he'd given her the correct answer in a game show. He half expected her to announce that he'd moved on to the next round. "People might get the wrong idea."
He lifted a hand and encompassed the empty office. "Yes, clearly gossip would be an issue."
"Okay." She glanced around, and one side of her mouth quirked up higher than the other. "You got me there. Eggplant parm, huh?"
"Yep." He stepped back and gestured her inside his office. "And wine, too, if you're feeling adventurous."
"I'm not done with the report yet," she said quickly, her cheeks flushing to a fetching pink as she headed toward him, smoothing her skirt. "I'll have to return to work after I eat."
She blinked. "But —"
"I said, leave it." He left the door open, just in case someone happened to come in after hours. When she stood at the table awkwardly, he pulled a chair out, and watched her. She sat down, and he pushed her in closer to the table. She let out a little gasp and clutched the edge of her seat. "It'll wait till Monday," he said.
"Maybe I can take it home with me and work on it over the weekend," she said, placing a white linen napkin on her lap with a perfectly manicured hand. "It's not my style to just leave things undone."
"Mine either." He sat down and lifted the cover from her dinner plate. After setting it down, he picked up the bottle of Clos Du Val pinot noir, and leaned in. Her nose was inches from his, and she watched him with wide eyes. He had the undeniable urge to lean in even more and capture her mouth with his. Of course, he didn't, but still. The impulse was there. "So let's be rebellious together, Maggie."
She let out a nervous laugh, tucking her hair behind her ear. "Okay. Sure. Why not? Pour the wine, sir."
"I like a woman who can see the merits of letting loose every once in a while," he said.
She blinked at him, lowered her head, and straightened her napkin. "I don't let loose very often."
"I doubt that's true." He lifted a brow. "Surely when you're at home, with your boyfriend, you —"
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A differnt take on the fairy tale. Easy fast read wuth inersting characters. Love the twist on Benjamins mother but dont want to give too much away. Great book for a lazy summer day!
Only 175 pages, but kept my interest, very easy to relate to story line .
I love a good beauty and the beast story and I love a good boss employee romance, but this is neither. First our hero is not a beast...just a little bit unfriendly. Second there is no romance. They don't seem to have much interest in each other and the reader doesn't know anything about them except trivia...she's allergic to lobster, he has a brother. Yup that is all I could come up with. I have a pretty high tolerance for bad writing as long as there is some connection with the characters..or at least some hot moments. Ah well. Skip this one. Try some kelly jamieson instead.
I loved this book. At first it kinda had a sensual feel to it, but as I continued to read, it took on a more heart tugging, human feel for me. Maggie was a beautiful soul, who saw the best in Benjamin when no one else did. She made him feel again and it was an amazing journey. I loved how he was immediately drawn to her and went along with the crazy fiasco of a fake engagement. This story was just so sweet, so full of heart, raw emotions, a pure friendship, I just devoured it and loved it. Even the small glimpse of Maggie's family was memorable and so comforting and heartwarming in their interactions with Maggie and Benjamin. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
Sweetly Adult Fairy Tale--must read Researcher Maggie Donovan has no luck with men and that doesn’t help when she meets her too hunky boss, Billionaire Benjamin Gale III. She can’t keep her eyes off him and in a difficult moment, she pretends to be his fiancée . She thinks she is about to be fired but instead after seeing how his mom loves his “fiancée “, he ends up keeping up the ruse. The chemistry between them is insanely hot and their interactions are at times sweetly tender and very humorous, other times very passionate. At the end of the book, there is a twist and turn in the story. You will enjoy this MC and root for them to get their HEA. I liked this story and the author had great flow. You will not go wrong with Beauty and the Boss . My rating: 4.0 stars **** ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher via NETGALLEY for my honest review****
So I'm going to preface my review by fessing up to the fact that I'm a long time fan of Ms Alberts/McLaughlin's work. I love her books and have yet to not enjoy a single one. It amazes me that she still manages to surprise me with her books. I had such preconceived notions about this from the blurb. And it was nothing like i was expecting infact it was better. I loved watching Mr Gale/Beast turn into Ben. And the chemistry between Maggie and Ben was off the charts. And may i just say i LOVED the ending. Love Love LOVED IT!!!!! Overall i give this 5 out of 5 stars.
4.5 Stars! Beauty and The Beast is one of my favorite fairytales, so I'm always intrigued by stories with a modern twist. I was not disappointed by Diane Alberts take on the tale! Maggie Donavan is a bright and beautiful researcher working for a beast of a boss, Benjamin Gale III. She is the one person in the company who gets to see the real man because they are both able to let down their guard around each other. A twist of fate brings Maggie to announce to Benjamin's mother that the colleagues are actually engaged. Mrs. Gale is none to pleased with the announcement which gives Benjamin a great amount of pleasure. The couple continue with the farce, but Benjamin is more than happy to make it real. While keeping up with their fake engagement, we see how much Maggie struggles to let Benjamin in. When she tries to keep him at a distance, it only makes them want each other that much more. I love the way Alberts describes their kisses! It is as if each time their lips touch, a cataclysmic event occurs. Their chemistry is off the charts while the threat of destroying what they are creating looms. One of my favorite parts of the story is how Maggie can tease the Beast. She calls him Benji at times, which drives him mad, but she does it anyway. A true storyteller knows when to make you laugh and when to make you cry. Diane Alberts created the perfect moments for both and still pulled out a fairytale happily ever after. Thanks so much to Diane Alberts, Entangled Publishing, and Inskslinger PR for gifting me with a copy of Beauty and The Boss in exchange for an honest review.
Maggie and Benjamin were perfect for each other. They both have reasons for not wanting to get involved emotionally, and Maggie thinks it's best to keep their distance, but Benjamin is determined to have her. Cute, fun and sexy romance with a fairy tale complete with an evil witch. I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.... Unexpected, daring, and sophisticated. Benjamin Gale III is the Beast of the office and everyone steers clear of him. He works hard and long hours and he expects the same. Maggie Donovan is his lead researcher and works very hard for him she assumes he never notices until one night he does. Benjamin offers Maggie dinner as a kind gesture but it turns into a shame of relationship that his Mother thinks has been going on for awhile. She does not approve and must stop it. Benjamin and Maggie begin an affair of convenience that turns into more. What lengths will Mrs. Gale go to, to stop this relationship? Can they make this more work?
I'm a big sucker for anything that is fairytale related and this is a modern take on Beauty and the Beast, and I thought it had some Cinderella moments too. At first Benjamin comes off as a cold, workaholic, business man but as the story continues and he starts to open up, I really loved his character. He was so sweet and caring. I also loved Maggie's personality, it was nice seeing a strong heroine.
I received a copy of this book via NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review This was without a doubt an enjoyable read for me. I enjoyed the retelling of the well known story of Beauty meets Beast but what was even better was the fact that it was it's own story. While the story moves pretty quickly we aren't left in want of understanding the connection that Maggie and Benjamin have. It's apparent from the beginning and addressed consistently. Despite their being from two different worlds, they each brought a refreshing balance to each others lives. Maggie is quirky and fun and I love the light she brought to the story. She was one of those characters I'd put on my list of "book besties". She was down to earth and yet never dimmed her own intelligence and personality for the sake of the situation around her. One of my very favorite things about this story was the maturity of the characters (in particular Benjamin). I like the way they consistently called each other out on things. Benjamin calls Maggie out on the reasoning behind her hesitation; Maggie calls him out about hiding his emotions behind the "Beast" label. The drama was expected and the villain does a fantastic job at being villainous. But the ending was lovely, sweet, and utterly romantic and left me with that fluttery feeling of contentment. I feel like the only thing that really gave me reason to pause was that I didn't truly understand Benjamin being called a beast. Serious... yes. Emotionally detached... a bit. But beastly... not to me. Overall I'd give this story 4 Stars
who better to tame the beast, Benjamin Gale the third then his employee Maggie. From the moment the two are caught in a not so innocent position by Bengi's evil mom, the two have a mix of like, lust, huge, fun, comedy, mishaps and oh yeah moments. Benjamin's mom is WOW, I've never read such a good villain. she is the essence of b@#$h. I just was waiting for someone to deck her. Benjamin is confusing. he has something hanging over his head that doesn't make a ton of sense. it causes him to put up with that evil woman and be a beast to everyone else. but when he is with Maggie I just want to hug him as he starts to lighten up. Maggie is pretty awesome. she's smart, hardworking and caring. perfect person to tackle the beast and his evil mother. loved this story and really enjoyed reading it.
4 stars I really enjoyed Beauty and the Boss. The storyline captured my interest from the start and I didn't put it down until I finished. It had the perfect amount of drama and it wasn't overly done. It was just enough to keep you interested in both main characters. Both Maggie and Benjamin were likable and interesting characters, they had great chemistry and I loved seeing them together. Overall this was a lovely afternoon read that left me full of happy feels.
Rating 4.5/5 This is a delightful twist on the fairytale ‘Beauty and the Beast’, a highly enjoyable romance filled novella. The boss is Benjamin Gale the third, CEO of his family’s company, totally goal orientated and nicknamed the Beast by most of the folks who work in the office. The noteworthy exception to this is equally hardworking researcher, Maggie Donovan, who is the only one he’s ever heard defending him. When both are working late one night he decides to invite her to join him dining with another member of the board – then that gentleman cancels, leaving the two of them dining in his office when his nemesis – his mother – appears. She’s the epitome of the evil stepmother – wicked, manipulative, threatening, spiteful, a nasty person who has never shown him any love. Relationships in the office are banned so now his mother tries to sack Maggie and threatens to have him ousted from his position. Maggie, however, is made of sterner stuff and proclaims they’ve been dating for ages before she joined the firm and they’re now secretly engaged! To find out what happens next, you’ll just have to read this yourself! The story is an engaging tale, with enough twists and turns to keep the reader enthralled. His ‘mother’ is determined to thwart their romance and manipulate both their lives to achieve her own goals, which is certainly not his happiness! It is a cute and charming tale, befitting its fairytale basis and a very enjoyable read. Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
I really liked this book! As expected the writing was great, the story very entertaining, and I connected with the characters right away. The reasons behind Ben's beastly drive at work are a bit heartbreaking and dealing with his loathsome mother would definitely have me drinking. Maggie is a breath of fresh air and just the right balance to Ben's character. The fake fiance ruse Maggie comes up with to get his mother off his back sounded good in her head, now can she pull it off and convince everyone else?? Definitely one you want to read. I highly recommend it.
This was a great twist on the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast. I love how Diane Alberts wrote this story and helps to remind us that sometimes you have to step back and look at your situation to figure out where you are supposed to be and what makes you truly happy. Maggie is one of the CEO's of the company that she and Benjamin work for. While relationships in the office is prohibited, Maggie has had her fair share of looks at Benjamin as well as all the other ladies in the office. Benjamin is know as the Beast to the employees because he has no use for relationships and has pretty much sworn them off. When Benjamin asks Maggie to be his date to a family dinner so that his mother will not be on him about a date, they both know that they are taking a risk with their company. While at the dinner, Maggie happens to belt out that she and Benjamin are engaged and with the shock and surprise of all in attendance, Maggie has made her bed to lie in now. Can she keep up the front she needs to in order to make everyone believe that she and Benjamin are truly engaged? Will Benjamin and Maggie be able to keep their emotions and feelings for each other at bay while they are in the office or is that all in jeopardy now as well? You will love the way that Diane Alberts uses the classic fairy tale to make her own story with Benjamin and Maggie. A really great read! Will this fairy tale end in a HEA as all the classics do?
As a young child I always loved my fairytales! As a grown up I still love the fairytales with the happily ever after ending! When I found out that Diane Alberts was writing a modern day fairytale I was very excited! I was lucky enough to ready Beauty and the Boss and it was awesome! This is Maggie and Benjamin story! Benjamin is fighting against his evil mother to stay head of the company he has worked so hard for after his father passing. Maggie is Benjamin employee who turn into his fiancée to help Benjamin save his company. Diane Albert does an awesome job with her cast of characters! Maggie is awesome! I found her character to have the sense of who she is but still looking for where she fits in! Benjamin is the beast! The boss that scares you but when you truly look on the inside he is lost looking for the person he use to be. Together they complete the fairytale. Diane Alberts has even included Benjamin's evil mother give the story it own twist to the fairytale! You must read the book to find that twist! No spoiler will be given her. As read you get to learn about characters and why they are the way they are today! If you love reading the fairytales as child you find this modern version a great treat! Each page had me wanting more! The ending was perfect finish! A true fairytale ending!!! I give this book five stars!! A must read!!
“Night and day aren’t that different, when you think about it. Both are ruled by a bright, round object in the sky. And both end in order for the other to begin.” Beauty and the Boss is a fun, modern take on the fairy-tale classic, Beauty and the Beast. Beauty and the Boss is told from dual points of view and follows the story of Maggie and Benjamin. Maggie has had the absolute worst luck in men; such bad luck that she’s given up on the chance of falling in love. However, that doesn’t stop her from lusting after her boss; the man that the entire office sees as the Beast. For some reason, Maggie doesn’t see him as that. She sees him as hard working and determined, just like she is. She had no idea that a surprise dinner with her boss one night, would change everything. This dinner was just supposed to be a way to blow off steam after putting in such long hours at the office. However, over the course of dinner, unforeseen circumstances cause Maggie to do the unthinkable–pretend to be the boss’s fiancee’. At first, their arrangement seems to be an easy solution. But, as Maggie and Benjamin spend more time together, Benjamin’s beast exterior starts to thaw and he slowly starts to become more of a man, than a beast. All is going well, except for Benjamin’s meddling mother. She has here own ideals of what Benjamin should be doing and who he should be marrying. She will stop at nothing to get what she wants. How far will Benjamin go to please his mother and keep his family’s legacy alive? In the end, will true love conquer all? One of the things I love so much about Diane Alberts’ writing, is just how well she pulls me into her stories. She makes it so that I get completely lost in her characters and their stories. I find myself unable to do anything, but read and devour the pages. This book was no exception. From the moment, I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down. I devoured each word. I was so caught up in Benjamin and Maggie’s story. I had to know what would happen next. Beauty and the Boss gave me everything that I was looking for and more. It was fast-paced and well written. The story-line was fun and entertaining. I loved the idea of the fake fiancee’. Those stories are always a lot of fun, but I really loved how this author weaved that idea into the Beauty and the Beast story-line. Overall, this was a really enjoyable read. I think it had the perfect balance of angst, romance and drama. The characters were fun and had excellent chemistry. And in the end, I was left with a big smile on my face! If you are a fan of modern re-tellings of classic fairy-tales, I would definitely recommend checking this one out. *I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*
A sexy, yet sweet read that makes you believe there's someone out there for everyone just waiting to be found! Maggie Donovan is Head Researcher at Gale Incorporated, and secretly lusts after her boss. Benjamin Gale III didn't earn the nickname of "The Beast" from his employees for no reason. He's a cold, hard-nosed workaholic. That doesn't stop him from noticing Maggie though. When caught in a compromising position, Maggie defends Benjamin by telling his mother they have been dating since before she came to work there a few months ago, and are now engaged. Benjamin plays along, and later they come up with an agreement to keep up the charade for awhile. Will they part ways after they portray the image they wanted to achieve, or will they actually start to have feelings for each other?
Beauty and Boss is a modern twist on an age old fairytale. I have read a number of of stories and seen many movies with Beauty and the Beast as the basis for them. Diane Alberts foray into this arena is well deserving of praise. She took the story gave it a sultry finish and presto it worked. The longing felt between Maggie and Ben is eerily heartbreaking. The heat between them is impossible to ignore. I received an ARC of Beauty and The Boss in exchange for an honest review and will never look at the story in the same way.