Brushing Off the Boss: A Half Moon Bay Novel

Brushing Off the Boss: A Half Moon Bay Novel

by Annie Seaton

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Overview

Artist Sienna Sacchi is about to have everything she's ever dreamed of, when sexy playboy Jack Montgomery comes strolling back into her life as the owner of her gallery. Her plan to buy it herself ruined, she refuses to let him interfere with the most important thing—her debut exhibition. But Jack's not just taking over her workplace, he's also intruding on her art studio, her home, and maybe even her heart.

Jack Montgomery has few rules for his carefree life, but never mixing business with pleasure is one he is determined to keep. He'd planned on finally satisfying the tension between him and Sienna, but discovering he's her boss puts an immediate end to that. Unfortunately, being forced to share a tiny apartment with the gorgeous, tempting sculptor is pushing Jack to his limits. One brush with desire could ruin everything they've worked for.

Each book in the Hope Springs series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Tangling with the CEO
Book #2 Brushing off the Boss
Book #3 Guarding His Heart

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633750715
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 09/15/2014
Series: Half Moon Bay
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 234
Sales rank: 1,024,578
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Annie Seaton lives on the beautiful east coast of Australia, where she loves sitting in her writing chair, gazing at the ocean and writing romance. She is a true romantic at heart and loves a happy ending. Annie lives with her husband, and "Bob" the dog and her two white cats, in a house next to the beach in a small coastal town in New South Wales. Their two children are grown and married and she loves spending time gardening, walking on the beach and spoiling her two grandchildren.

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Brushing Off the Boss

A Half Moon Bay Novel


By Annie Seaton, Alethea Spiridon Hopson, Wendy Chen

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2014 Annie Seaton
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-071-5


CHAPTER 1

The door of the Sea View Gallery shut with a satisfying click behind the last customer of the day, and Sienna Sacchi turned the closed sign around on the glass door.

"I thought she'd never leave." She looked over to the electrician who was waiting to show her the new lighting he'd installed in the front corner of the gallery.

"But she was loaded with bags with the gallery insignia on them, if I'm not mistaken?" Jeremy waited for her to come over to the counter. "You were wasted in restoration, Sienna. You are a born saleswoman." She'd been friends with Jeremy since he'd done the electrical work for the restoration business Sienna had run with her twin sister, Georgie, and their best friend, Ana, before they sold the business last year.

"And a talented artist, too, don't forget." She grinned at him as satisfaction coursed through her. A sale like the one she'd just made reassured her that her decision to focus on her art and buying the gallery had been the right one. She would be her own boss once again; working for someone else stifled her creativity. "And yes, she loved my enameled frogs, and bought one for each of her friends back in Florida." It had been one of the biggest sales Sienna had made since she'd taken over the management of the gallery a couple of months ago. It had all been done by email with the company and she hadn't even met the owner; it operated under a company name. Once she owned the place, she would have final say in how it was run.

"That's the sort of customer you want." Jeremy looked at her with a grin. "I saw the price tag on your frogs when I was running the electrical wires under the shelves."

Sienna nodded with a smile. "So are you done?"

"I am. Are you ready to be bedazzled?"

"I am." Sienna had gradually filled the corner at the front of the gallery with her own work. She waited as Jeremy stepped behind the elegant glass table she used as a counter, reached down, and flicked a switch.

Sienna gasped and put her hands to her lips as she surveyed the once-dark corner. The various little creatures came to life on the display shelves along the side wall. Colorful frogs peeked from behind small pieces of wood softly lit by downlights hidden beneath the higher shelves, and copper grasshoppers gleamed in the corners. She had been working day and night to finish her sculpted metal creatures for her upcoming exhibition and still had a lot of work ahead.

"Happy with the job then, Sienna?"

"Happy? I'm delighted. It's like fairyland." The small creatures she had enameled in bright primary colors were highlighted by the carefully placed lighting. She stepped closer and twirled around, looking at the lights as they twinkled, and let out an excited whoop. "You've worked magic, Jeremy. Thank you so much."

"My pleasure." He picked up his toolbox and crossed to the door. "I won't bill the company until I finish the whole room for your exhibition. Let me know when you want me to come back."

After he left, Sienna wandered around, barely able to keep the smile off her face. The gallery in Carmel-by-the-Sea looked very different from when she'd taken over as manager, with an option to purchase, only eight weeks ago. The last email from a secretary at the company advised that any changes she made before the contract was signed must be approved and then would be billed out to the company. It had taken three weeks to get the approval to go ahead with the lighting, and she'd worried it wouldn't be complete before her exhibition. As soon as she'd received an email giving her the go-ahead, she'd called Jeremy to come in to do the work.


There'd been no reply from her lawyer about the contract of sale when she checked at lunchtime; she glanced down at her watch. Hopefully she could finalize next week and the gallery would be all hers with the freedom to do as she wanted before her first exhibition. There was no time to check her email before she left for the restaurant. As usual she was running late, and the girls would tease her about being late for her own birthday dinner.

She grabbed her iPad and her bag from beneath the counter, and with one last satisfied smile at the beautifully lit display, she flicked the lights off and headed for the back door.


* * *

The waiter leaned over the table and the cork popped out of the champagne bottle, flying over the heads of the patrons in the crowded restaurant. Sienna laughed and leaned forward, holding her glass beneath the cascading liquid.

"Happy birthday!" Ana pushed her glass under the bottle as wine frothed over the top onto the checkered tablecloth.

Georgie mopped at the damp cloth with her napkin and smiled at Sienna. "Happy birthday, sis."

"You too, Georgie." Sienna grinned back, wondering for the millionth time how they could be so different. Even though they were fraternal twins, in twenty-nine years she had never been able to find one glimmer of similarity between them. Looks, personality, interests, or attitudes. About the only thing they shared was their birthday.

"So Machu Picchu is still the plan for next year's big thirty?" Ana, their best friend since grade school, sipped her wine. Sienna and Georgie had always promised themselves a special trip for their thirtieth birthday, even if they were married with kids. But that hadn't happened for either of them — intentionally for Sienna, and not so intentionally for Georgie.

Sienna shook her head and looked across at her twin. Georgie was leaning into her latest boyfriend, Cal ... or something? She couldn't keep up with the men in Georgie's life. Her sister always tried so hard to find Mr. Right. Each time a guy sensed Georgie was after the wedding dress dream, he took off and she was left nursing another broken heart.

She should know relationships rarely work out, and she needs to toughen up.

Georgie caught her eye and smiled. "No, Sienna will be busy. Are you going to share your news?

Sienna rose to her feet and tapped her glass with a spoon, but the hum of noise from the other patrons in Crab Louie's Bistro on the old Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey covered the sound. She sat back down with a grin and waited until she had the attention of the small group at the table. Leaning back on her chair, she lifted her glass and sipped before she announced in a dramatic voice, "I almost have news."

"Come on, don't keep us in suspense." Ana leaned forward and placed her elbows on the table.

"You know how much I loved working at the Mountain View Gallery?"

Ana nodded, and Georgie had a knowing smile on her face.

"Well, I quit." Sienna knew she had a flair for drama; Georgie had always said she should go into the movies.

"What?" Ana frowned. "I thought you were about to have an exhibition of your sculptures?"

"I was, but my sculptures and I have moved to the Sea View Gallery." Sienna picked up her glass and sipped. "And I am about to buy it. I will have my very own gallery. I'm just waiting to hear when I sign the contract."

She waited for their congratulations, but Ana looked at her with a strange expression on her face, almost disbelief. "Did you say the Sea View Gallery?"

"Yes. It's in a much better location than the other one. I'm so excited. You know I've always dreamed about having my own gallery. All that hard work in our restoration business has paid off. I'll have my own place where I can show my work."

Still no flurry of congratulations.

"And you'll all get a special invitation to my first show at the end of the month."

It wasn't like Ana to be so quiet. Sienna frowned at her across the table

"What's wrong, Ana? Aren't you just a teensy bit excited for me?"

Ana reached out across the table and grabbed Sienna's hand. "Sweetie, there's something you need to —"

"Is this a private party, or can I join you?"

Sienna's heartbeat kicked up a notch as she turned. She recognized that sexy voice; a delicious shiver ran down her back. Jack Montgomery was standing behind her chair. Ever since she'd first met him a couple of years back when he was visiting the area with Blake, her heart had fluttered each time they'd run into each other. Blake had ended up buying the local hardware store and falling in love with Ana. Jack never stayed around long enough for them to go on that date he'd mentioned. Last she'd heard from Ana, he was in New York looking after the family company. His bad-boy reputation had piqued her interest, although Ana assured her he had settled down since his dad had been ill.

"I told Blake I was coming to town, and he invited me to join you." Jack looked around with a frown. "Where is he?"

"Blake had to cancel." Ana gestured to the chair beside her and Sienna bit her lip, feeling like a jealous teenager. She'd been about to invite Jack to sit beside her.

"There was a crisis at the store and he asked me to look out for you, Jack," Ana said.

"So he hasn't changed his workaholic ways? Even though he's moved from big business to a small store of his own? I think I've won a bet there." Jack pulled out the chair and sat beside Ana, but his intent gaze was fixed on Sienna, and her heart felt like it was doing backflips in her chest.

"I'll have to line him up for a game of golf or two." Jack didn't take his eyes from her.

She swallowed and flicked her scarf back over her shoulder, trying to regain her composure. He was the only man who ever made her nervous. "How are you, Jack? We haven't seen you for a while."

"I'm well, thanks." Jack kept his green-eyed gaze on her, and his sexy grin sent another shiver down her back. "Especially now that I'm moving here for good. We must catch up."

"We must." She smiled and a frisson of anticipation shot through her in a lazy swirl.

Ana put her hand over her mouth and cleared her throat loudly before Jack answered.

Her brow was wrinkled in a frown and she stared at Sienna.

What's going on?

The noise of the conversations in the restaurant washed over her as Sienna moved her gaze from Ana back to Jack. He would make a good subject for a portrait; her fingers tingled with the urge to capture his face on canvas. It would be a happy portrait of a man at ease in his own skin. Jack always had that sexy grin on his face. He had high, sharply defined cheekbones, and sensuous lips that were tilted up in a smile as he looked back at her. His sun-streaked hair flopped onto his forehead, and his sexy eyes fixed on her were enough to give her palpitations. Having him back on the coast might prove to be very interesting ... and a lot of fun.

Life's looking good. Jack's back on the scene; I'll have my own gallery and an exhibition coming up.

"Sienna?" Ana's soft voice pulled her from her dreamy musing. "Come for a walk with me?" Ana looked across at Jack apologetically. "Please excuse us for a minute."

"Excuse me." Sienna pushed her chair back and caught Jack's eye. This time the tingle that ran through her was warm and settled nicely in her belly. "I'm pleased you were able to come tonight." She ran her hand lightly down his arm as she passed by his chair, and his warm skin beneath her fingers kept those tingles going.

This is going to be fun. I'm overdue for some, that's for sure.

As she followed Ana to the ladies' room, thoughts of Jack and the launch she'd planned once the gallery was hers filled her head. She'd invite him ...

Ana kept walking past the ladies' room before she pushed open the door of the restaurant that led out onto the pier.

"What's up? Where are you going?" Sienna followed her until they reached the gap between the buildings where the pier overlooked the harbor.

Ana leaned against the white timber wall, her back to the water. She grabbed Sienna's hands; unease caught in her throat as Ana held them. "I need to tell you something before you put your foot in it with Jack."

"What do you mean? What's wrong?"

"I so wish you'd told me you were at the Sea View Gallery. I know you keep things close to your chest, you always have, but you are going to be so disappointed."

"What on earth are you talking about? Stop talking in riddles." She stared at Ana.

"The gallery's not for sale anymore."

"How could you possibly know that?"

"Jack called Blake last night. Now that his father has recovered, Jack can hand the family business back over. He never wanted to be there in the first place." Ana held Sienna's gaze and squeezed her hands. "He's moved here to run another business his company bought a couple of years ago. An art gallery. The Sea View Gallery."


* * *

Jack leaned back in his chair and watched as Sienna and Ana headed for the door. Sienna was even prettier than he'd remembered. She was wearing a tight-fitting black top tucked into a colored floaty skirt. His blood zinged in appreciation. Sienna had fascinated him from the moment they met, and the attraction was mutual. He'd always intended on asking her out, but getting called back to New York when his father took ill put that on hold. Tonight, he'd pick up where he'd left off.

"So you're here to stay this time?" Georgie smiled at him, and Jack shot a glance at the guy who was sitting on the other side of her. He held his hand out across the table.

"Jack Montgomery."

"Sorry, how rude of me. I didn't introduce you." Georgie said. "This is my friend Cole. He just started work at the hardware store in Nebbiton."

Cole shot him a sullen look as Jack shook his hand.

What's his problem?

Jack turned away from the guy with the death stare to speak to Georgie. "It's good to be back on the coast. When I told Blake I was arriving today, he said you'd all be down here tonight."

"We came to celebrate our birthday. Sienna and I, that is." Georgie shot him a grin. "Where are you staying? In Monterey?"

"No, in Carmel. I swung by my gallery and threw my bag in on the way. There's a sofa at the back of the studio, and that'll do for a while. At least I hope there is. I only had a quick look at the place when I bought it. It's been managed by Dad's company for a couple of years." Jack stifled a yawn. "Sorry. I left New York three days ago, and I rode my bike from Salt Lake City today. Left at the crack of dawn."

"That's a long haul. What kind of bike have you got?" Cole took his arm from around Georgie's shoulder and leaned forward.

"A Ducati. Best one I've ever had." He glanced at Georgie as she moved her chair a little closer to his. "And I've had a few."

The guy was giving him bad vibes.

"What gallery?" she asked.

"The Sea View Gallery in Carmel-by-the-Sea. I bought it around the same time that Ana hooked up with Blake." Jack settled back in his chair and glanced around, wondering where Sienna and Ana had disappeared to. "I was going to sell it, but now I've decided to move here and use it as my base. Try my hand with my own gallery and doing something I love."

Georgie's eyes widened and she grabbed Jack's arm. "Did you say the Sea View Gallery? In Carmel-by-the-Sea?"

"I did. Why? Is something wrong?"

"Oh, shoot," she said.

Ana held the door open and Sienna strode in. Her black hair was cut short, framing her face in a pixie cut. Her dark brown eyes looked huge, outlined with that black pencil stuff she always wore. She flopped into her chair and sat back with her arms folded and stared across the table at Jack.

Her gaze was not friendly, and the come-hither look was gone. Jack looked from Sienna and back to Georgie, unsure of the vibes he was picking up.

"Happy birthday. If I'd known this was a birthday party, I wouldn't have intruded." He looked around for the waiter. "The least I can do is buy a bottle of champagne."

"I'll get it from the bar. The waitress is busy." Sienna stood and pushed her chair back hard. It hit the low windowsill behind her with a loud crack.

Jack slid his chair back and followed her to the bar at the other end of the restaurant. She was edgy, and it seemed as though she was trying to get away from him. It was strange because five minutes ago she'd been smiling back at him. As they waited behind another couple, he took hold of her arm. "Would you like to tell me what I've done to upset you?"


(Continues...)

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Brushing Off the Boss: A Half Moon Bay Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
busymama49 More than 1 year ago
Our friends from Half Moon Bay are back! This is Sienna's and Jack's story. Sienna is celebrating her 29th birthday with her twin sister Georgie and BFF Ana. A bunch of friends meet to celebrate the event and Sienna is about to make her great announcement, when bad news hit. The art gallery she was hoping to buy is now off the market and the owner is none other than Jack Montgomery! To top this off, Jack has just appeared back in town and ready to move in permanently. Sienna is an artist. She is also organized and in control. Jack is laid back, and although a superb businessman, he is also an artist looking to live his life without complications. The banter between these two characters will keep you glued to this book. I read it in one sitting because I could not put it down! Annie Seaton delivers once again a love story to amuse, stir your emotions, and question the priorities we set in life. Is success and money worth killing yourself over? What about slowing down and enjoying life along the way? As always with all of Annie Seaton's books, you finish reading her stories with a smile on your face, knowing that you have just experienced a wonderful book.
AMONT More than 1 year ago
Brushing off the Boss by Annie Seaton is another entertaining and quick read from Entangled Bliss. Soon after the story began, Sienna and Jack were reacquainted and it was revealed that Jack owned the art gallery that she had been vying for. As such, early on, there was high flying tension that conflicted with their amazing chemistry. I liked how the story unfolded. I loved the hero who had a calm demeanor and didn’t really let Sienna’s behavior faze him as she worked through her issues. I haven’t read the first book in the Half Moon Bay Series, but after reading Brushing off the Boss, I am looking forward to reading Blake and Ana’s story in Tangling with the CEO and other books by Annie Seaton. Rating 4/5 I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
jef71 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Sienna and Jack. It was a very good book. They both wanted the Art Gallery, but Jack already owns it and Sienna was trying to buy it but did not know Jack already owned it and had change his mind about selling it.
love2dazzle More than 1 year ago
“Brushing off the Boss” by Annie Seaton was a great read. It was slow at first but it got better the farther I got into the story. The story starts off with Sierra being excited to finally open her own gallery. Then everything is destroyed in a single night. Jack Montgomery is the owner of the gallery that Sierra was trying to buy but now he has decided that he is no longer going to sell the gallery. Jack is keeping the gallery to help him focus on his own art so he didn’t realize that the woman he crushed on last time he came to visit town was interested in buying the place or the fact that she was going to be her new employee. Jack and Sierra have to figure out how to work together with trying to figure out where their personal relationship stands also. When Sierra’s personal life seems to fall apart she decides to give everything up and run. Will Sierra decide what she wants in life? I really liked the characters in the story. I think Sierra and Georgie make the best sister pair. I absolutely loved their banter together. Ana seems to be the perfect best friend. She is caring but at the same time she is going to tell you how it is. Sierra is a stubborn female that doesn’t want to get too close to anyone except her sister Georgie and their best friend Ana. Everyone else can stay at arms length for Sierra. When she starts to let jack in she brings to think it is a mistake and blocks him out again. I think readers can relate to Sierra because she has been hurt before and all females have been hurt in some point in their lives. Jack seems to know what he wants until he has it. Jack wants to own the gallery without having to run it. He just wanted to come to town and work on his art. Little did he know that he was going to fall in love with one of the most difficult women in the world. For the most part I really liked this story. I think the story and plot is pretty good. I still think that the story started off a little slow. In the end I was glad that I stuck with it because the story ended up being worthwhile but the beginning was really hard to get through. The story definitely tests the characters love, trust, friendship, and character. Sierra had to learn to grow up and trust others and Jack had to learn that others matter too. I think “Brushing off the Boss” is definitely worth reading.
TinaR19 More than 1 year ago
Sienna Sacchi is an artist who is about to have her biggest dream come true. She has always wanted to own an art gallery, and what could be better than owning the same gallery that you have been managing. Everything is set to make it happen within a few days until the one man who she had an interest in came back to town and she finds out that he is the owner that she had the sales agreement with. With the gallery no longer available to her she knows she cannot stay and work for this carefree playboy who has no priorities in his life. She needs time to finish making the pieces for her first exhibition she has planned and to find someplace else to purchase and make those dreams of her gallery a reality. When Jack agrees to give her the time she needs, but informs her he needs to find a temporary place to stay she offers him the tiny apartment at her house.  Jack Montgomery no longer wants to sell the gallery, but he needs Sienna to continue as the manager. The only problem is he still wants to be with her, but he has never allowed himself to mix business with pleasure. The more time he spends with Sienna the harder it is to live with his own rules. What will happen when she learns that he is not the carefree playboy she thinks he is?  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
LOVED this Book!! This book was great! This is the second book in the Half Moon Bay Series and it is just as good if not better then the first book. Sienna is an artist and has always dreamed of having her own gallery. She has put in a bid to buy the gallery and then is surprised to learn that the owner is not selling and that the owner is Jack Montgomery. Jack has also an artist and has decided to move to town and start working on his pieces. He has been planning on asking Sienna out when he gets back to town but then he learns that he is currently her boss. The attraction between Sienna and Jack is HOT and they are trying to deny the attraction since they work together. This book had me hooked from the first page, I could not put it down until I was finished reading it. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. Annie Seaton is a wonderful author; I love all of her books! A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
This was another sweet book from Ms. Seaton. I enjoyed getting to see the hero/heroine from the first Half-Moon Bay book in passing to confirm that they're still happy with each other. I think, for me, the most enjoyable part of the book was the complementary artistic styles that Sienna and Jack had, though it took some time for them (or at least her) to realize it. And Jack's grand gesture at the end...wow. Love the man. Sienna - she's had some hard slaps at her handed in her life, but none like what she experiences in this book. From losing her chance to buy the gallery (thanks to Jack) to having to face the mother who's never done more than ask for money from her...she keeps getting more and more thrust at her. Yet, like a truly strong (without having to be kick-butt) woman, she rises above it and keeps focusing on her goal (her art exhibit), Yes, she's drawn (and annoyed) by Jack, but she never stops chasing her dream even when she gets temporarily distracted by the bomb her mother lays on her. Jack - he's never wanted to be a business man, but he's good at it for when he's needed to be. Now, though, he wants to focus on his art and as he tries, he runs into Sienna and learns he can be both business man and artist. She's incredibly good for him and him for her. Definitely a lovely read and highly recommendable.
WinnieL More than 1 year ago
I have not read the first book of the Half Moon Bay series but this book could be read on its own. It was a pretty entertaining read with some great chemistry between Sienna and Jack. I liked Jack's character. Even though he was rich, he was pretty down to earth and craved for his father's approval. As for Sienna, I took some time to like her. I thought that she was too critical of Jake, drawing false conclusions about him just because she couldn't buy his studio.  Like many of the readers, I found the ending too rushed. And I thought that scene about her mother was kinda redundant. I didn't feel that it enhanced the story in any way. But overall, I did enjoy the story. I received an ARC from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review
TraciDouglass More than 1 year ago
A sweet, fun story with a great ending. This is the second book in author Seaton’s Half Moon Bay Series and deals with the relationship between Jack and Sienna, both characters introduced in Book One of the series, Tangling With The CEO. Brushing Off The Boss is a stand-alone novel, however, and can be read separately. Sienna Sacchi has dreams of owning the art gallery in which she works. She makes plans to purchase it, until she leans that it’s been bought out from under her by none other than the hero, Jack Montgomery. The two must decide if they can work together to make the business a success or if their opposite personalities will forever keep them apart.  The characters were well drawn and engaging and their crackling interactions made for a fun, quick read. The author’s writing draws in the reader and keeps them turning pages. The small town setting was also enjoyable and relatable.  A quick, fast, enjoyable read.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Sienna Sacchi knows that one minute you have control of your future then in a blink it's all lost. When she sees Jack Montgomery again, Sienna has romantic ideas until she learns that he is the owner of the art gallery she wanted to buy. Even worse he's now her boss. Her dreams are dashed. How can she work with him? Sienna is a memorable character. She's feisty, stubborn and a very talented sculptor. Jack is attracted to her beauty as well as her determination. He wants to help her succeed, but he is reluctant to share his artistic talents with her. I love seeing these two work and play together. Realizing and accepting love isn't easy for these two stubborn people. Not when Sienna is in turmoil over the shocking news about her parentage. Annie Seaton has written a well plotted story filled with appealing characters and great dialogue. Carmel-by-the-sea with its artist colony provides the perfect location. Brushing Off the Boss is a perfect sequel to Tangling With the CEO. I loved this book.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
I do not know if it because I had not read Tangling with the CEO but I did have a hard time getting into this book. It may be because I had not read book one in the series, Sienna is out celebrating her 29th birthday with her sister and friends and she is going to tell them of how she is going to buy the art gallery when she finds out the gallery is no longer on the market because of Jack. Sienna finds out the new owner is Jack Montgomery; Sienna cant understand why Jack bought the gallery when he doesn’t care about art like she does. Sienna is a true artist and appreciates art while Jack is the businessman. The sparring between the two was great and the chemistry was good. There was a message written into the story that was one that I appreciated. I did like how the story ended and once I was able to get into the story, I really liked Sienna and Jack. My Rating: 3.9 stars ***----**A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review**
lavendersbluegreen More than 1 year ago
Goshers it was GOOD! This is book two in the Half Moon Bay series but it can be read as a stand alone. Sienna and Jack are both artists but despite the attraction they felt a couple years ago when they met, they have not acted on it and have no idea quite how similar they are. Sienna has been managing Jack's gallery but had no idea and suddenly he's there... heck, he's everywhere. Jack and Sienna fight it, but undeniably there is an attraction... too bad he's her boss! The characters are driven and believable; I adore Jack.  Sienna on the cover... my first reaction was, "gosh, I want to feed her".  Jack has the same reaction. The book also has frogs... the descriptions of the art make me itch... I want it! Annie is absolutely one of my favorite authors and she has once again created a winner.  I cannot wait for book 3 and to read Georgie's story. talk a bit about the story line, the characters, the way they react with each other as well as your feelings about the book. I received an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. I also liked it enough to pre-order and BUY a copy.
lchardesty More than 1 year ago
Brushing Off the Boss is a fun, flirty new story from Annie Seaton. I loved the heroine, Sienna! She's focused and determined, and I loved how she put herself first. She really held her own with the hero, Jack.  Oh, Jack. He's hot, rich, and an artist. *swoon* I really liked the way Ms. Seaton developed his character throughout the story. I really saw him grow as a person, which can be rare in category romance.  The two have some great push and pull, and the chemistry is there from the beginning. This is a great, entertaining romance. I highly enjoyed it.  4 stars.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
The second book in Half Moon Bay, but can be read as a stand alone. This is the story of Sienna and Jack. Seinna thought all of her dreams were coming true, buying an art gallery and having her first exhibition, when Jack the current owner of the gallery returns home to pursue his dreams as an artist. Loved the chemistry between these two, would it just be easier to be enemies vs lovers. This is a fun fast paced story that highly recommend.
Lynn53 More than 1 year ago
An Artsy Romance You Will Fall In Love With! Rating: 4 1/2 stars I received a copy of this book from Entangled Publishing and the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way. Sienna Sacchi is managing an art gallery as well as being an artist. Jack Montgomery has interest in an art gallery. Sienna and Jack seem to have a love for the same thing. What was interesting to me was how compatible these two seemed to be. They just seem so alike. But that doesn’t mean that things are going to run smoothly. And this is what makes for an interesting read. This author then adds in a twist that will have you sitting up and paying attention. We all know that if stories were all “hearts ‘n flowers” from beginning to end, some people would get bored and stop reading. Readers need a little something to grab hold of their attention – whether it’s tension, conflict or even a character’s confusion. This is also a story of self-exploration and self-affirmation. Are we doing what’s right for us or are we doing it for someone else? Sometimes our loved ones need to be patient with us as we go on a journey of self-discovery. And then at the very end of this story, Annie has included a nice surprise. If you’re ever planning a trip to California, I suggest you take this book with you. With the descriptions that this author uses, you can almost feel as if you are there. And if you end up taking this book along on your own exploration of what that area has to offer, you never know whom you might meet. And when you get home don’t be afraid to name drop – I totally would! This is a great follow up to what appears to be a great series.
kdjohnston73 More than 1 year ago
Brushing off the boss is book 2 in the Half Moon Bay series by Annie Seaton. I really enjoyed this read and I am loving this series!!!This is Sienna's story and I really liked her! I liked the chemistry between her and Jack too! This was a fun read and you won't want to miss it!
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
Sienna thought she was in the process of purchasing the gallery she'd worked in for months. She was getting ready for her first showing and everything was falling into place. Then Jack Montgomery came back to town. She and Jack had some serious chemistry a couple years ago when he'd come to town but he'd had to leave because his father had some health issues. Now he's back and she finds out he's the owner of the gallery and he's no longer interested in selling. All of Sienna's carefully laid plans are falling apart. Especially when Marietta comes back to town with some information that blows Sienna out of the water! The thought of Jack going from a suit and tie business man to a laid back artist is ultra sexy! He's so understanding and patient with Sienna. The prince charming outfit is hilarious! Aside from all the quirky personalities, the fantastic humor, and the panty melting grins from Jack, the family issues for Sienna and Georgie and quite heavy. This is a fantastic story with some real life problems. The story flows smoothly from beginning to end. Annie Seaton never disappoints! I can't wait to read more from the Half Moon Bay series. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
In this second installment of Annie Seaton's Half Moon Bay series, we find Jack Montgomery back in town much to the surprise of Sienna Sacchi. The spark and awareness is still there but can Sienna ever really trust Jack?? I really enjoy this group of characters and am so glad to finally have Jack and Sienna's story. Overall the story is very good and one I would definitely recommend.
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. I loved both Sienna and Jack, their artistic personalities clashed with each other and made the whole story a fun read. I liked their passions and the way they acted. Sienna is feisty and prickly on the outside but in reality possess a soft heart. Jack seems to be irresponsible and without work ethics but in reality he is responsible and trustworthy. They both had clicked at once and wanted to have a relationship but then they found out that they will be working together. The relationship was off the plate. Because Jack was Sienna's boss, also the man who ruined her plans for herself. Still both can't help but feel attracted to each other. It was not easy for them to ignore what they feel. But somehow they will have to get over it.... I also liked Sienna's twin's character. And the connection both sisters had, the way they could always tell when the other wasn't saying what she was actually feeling. It was really nice to read about. The plot was good and fairly entertaining. I gave this book a four stars only because in a few scenes dialogues felt a little off to me but otherwise it kept my interest and I liked it.
2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
An artist with a heart wrapped with crime scene tape, a "curling your toes" smile hero & 24/7 connect. Who will cave in first? Sienna (love this name) Sacchi has only 4 people that she allowed herself to love, her twin Georgie, BFF Ana, Ana's hubby, Blake, & their precious & fairy crazed daughter Faith. Sienna has learned by the hands of her absent, unloving & "only comes around when she needs money" Mom, that loving anyone causes deeply painful hurt & she is never going to open her heart to that crushing pain again. She put all her love into her art, works at Sea View Gallery, whichshe decided to buy, has an art exhibit happening, it's her 29th B'day & she is going to celebrate with her twin. Jack Montgomery was a rich playboy, who wanted nothing to do with his father's business empire, then his father had a heart attack & he went back to NYC to help. Now he is done with all that, going back to the Gallery he bought in California, where he will devoted all his time to his Sculptures that were commissioned & maybe look up his friend Blake, his wife & their sexy friend, Sienna. The B'day celebration bombs as Sienna learns that HER Gallery is actually Jack's, he never planned to sell it now & her new boss is this "pantie dropping" smiling Jack! Jack wants no one to know about his art until he proved to himself, but both Sienna & him need the studio & workshop to complete their art. So after some give & take, they struck up a bargain, she has only 2 weeks to use the workshop, he gets to share her home, she will have her exhibit & ran HIS Gallery as she has been doing. Simple except for the building tsunami of hormones flowing between these 2 crazy kids. They work, eat, live & share the same roof for sleepytime & a freight train of lust is riding down their tracks. Nothing goes as they expect with noisy family members, a devastating secret reveiled, Fairy Princess party galore, her reimagining a whole future, discovering Jack's beautiful art & how closely it mirrors her own & the most hilarious of all, Prince Charming in pink tights on a Ducati going down Hwy 1, with a Fairy Princess holding now. Can Jack cut the crime scene tape surrounding her heart & set her free? Will Sienna ever learn to trust again? When will Jack embrace his own art? Will Georgie ever get to Machu Picchu? This is the 2nd book in the Half Moon Bay series & I didn't read the 1st book, but this book stood all by itself, with its head held high. Ms. Seaton created a great small time feel with her Half Moon Bay & I loved all the quirky tourist popping in the Gallery. Sienna was a woman with battle armor on 24/7 because she NEVER wanted her heart touched ever. Jack played as a carefree man, but he was, in my humble opinion, just a little boy wanting his dad's approval of his inner artist. These 2 characters just wanted to be loved for themselves, but needed to lower their force fields for that to happen. If I wanted to cut the sexually tension in this story, I would need a GIGANTIC chainsaw! The build up was so strong, but Ms. Seaton had a closed door policy & that didn't flow with the story for me. I would still recommend this charming read to all my romance peeps who like a squeaky clean tale. I give a score of 3 fingers up & 6 toes for my 1st Ms. Seaton romance. NetGalley ARC given for my honest review.
My_Peace More than 1 year ago
In Brushing Off The Boss (Half Moon Bay #2) by Annie Seaton, Sienna is an artist who is finally so close to her dream of having her own art exhibition in a gallery she owns. Out for a night to celebrate her birthday and excited about her future, Jack, a man she met once before through friends is suddenly there too. He's just as hot now as he was then and Sienna decides she might not mind getting to know him better. Her plans of seduction are soon on hold though and her dreams in danger of shattering when she finds out that Jack is the absentee owner of the gallery she's hoping to buy...and that he has no intention of selling. Jack is finally doing what he wants to do, and the art gallery is a big part of that. He is much more than he appears to be, although he does nothing to negate all the assumptions Sienna is making about him. Worried about her art and her future, Sienna makes a deal with Jack that has the two of them becoming very close and sharing way more than either of them anticipated! As they grow closer and get to know each other better, both of them will have issues to deal with and Sienna will need to decide if she can truly trust Jack...or will she Brush him off? Brushing Off The Boss is a fast paced romance that was easy to find myself immersed in. Although there were parts of both the hero and heroine that I didn't particularly care for, their flaws made them more realistic. The struggles they go through make them believable. The chemistry between them is obvious and I felt that they complemented each other well, even if they had a hard time seeing it. They were a fun couple to get to know. Sienna was much more open than Jack was, and I was interested to see what she'd do and think when he finally told her everything. I loved the small town setting of Brushing Off The Boss, and especially the art gallery. Annie's descriptions of all of this are excellent! The unexpected turns in the plot that Annie weaves in really added to Brushing Off The Boss, and I liked how she did this in such a smooth, well written way. Brushing Off The Boss is the second book in the Half Moon Bay series but can definitely be read as a stand alone. Entertaining and emotional, I'd recommend Brushing Off The Boss to any romance reader looking for a great escape!
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4 stars Brushing Off the Boss was an enjoyable read. Both Sienna and Jack are likable and very relatable. I enjoyed seeing them butt heads and try to fight their attraction =) Annie Seaton has given us another romantic sweet read and I highly recommended it. I'm looking forward to Georgie finding her HEA. 
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
Having loved the first book in the Half Moon Bay series, I couldn't wait to return. And whilst Tangling with the CEO had the edge for me, Brushing Off The Boss is a captivating addition. Two years on and Ana is settled with Blake, Georgie is still on the hunt for her HEA and Sienna is devoting herself to her artwork with plans of buying the gallery she manages. That is until Blake's buddy Jack Montgomery returns and her plans are scuppered as he is the owner and has no intention of selling it. Unimpressed, Sienna's raises her barriers higher than normal, but it's not long before she discovers that Jack isn't the bad boy she interprets him to be. And the chemistry they had 2 years ago when they first met, is still very much there. Sienna is one of those characters who could quite easily have been difficult to like, but the way she is portrayed is done in a way that endears her. She's guarded, stubborn, keeps her feelings to herself and can be a little short, but she will do anything for those she loves. And Jack, oh he was a wonderful surprise. Patient yet persistent, thoughtful and sexy, I adored him and if there is anyone to show Sienna that happy endings do exist, he is the man. He brings out the spark and snark in her. With moments of fun, frustration and a revelation which had me gasping in surprise, Annie Seaton has brought another romantic sweet journey. I look forward to Georgie finding her HEA. Copy received courtesy of Entangled Publishing for an honest and unbiased opinion
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Sienna is a glass artist who is in the process of buying the gallery. After she has saved enough money , but soon she learns that the owner has changed his mind. Jack, a friend of Blake (from Book #1 of the  series) has decided to become an active owner of the gallery, and create his own art there. They are instantly attracted to each other and slowly find their way to happy ending.  This  was a well written book, with excellent dialogue and fully developed supporting characters. I agree with other reviewers that the ending felt a little rushed, but overall it was an excellent read.  I received a free copy of the book for an honest review.   
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
Art brought them together; Now their art may keep them apart. BRUSHING OFF THE BOSS by Annie Seaton is a contemporary, artsy romance. It's the second book in Annie's Half Moon Bay series. There are interconnected characters with the former book, TANGLING WITH THE CEO, but this story is easily read as a standalone. I enjoyed the art aspect, the small town setting of Half Moon Bay and catching up with Blake and Ana from Book #1.  My full review has been posted to Reading Between The Wines Book Club.