Ok y’all. I gotta be honest – I have sat with my feelings about this book for a while. I was somewhat conflicted, because I love R.S. Grey so much. But I owe it to myself (and all of y’all) to give you my honest thoughts. So here we go!
Taylor’s life has not gone according to plan. That’s how she finds herself considering stealing the wallet of the rich, totally hot guy that she meets at the bar. She’s buckling under the pressure of supporting her family and providing her sister the life that she never had.
So when Lockwood Construction breaks ground in their tiny town, the construction jobs they’re offering are literately too good to be true. Dressed up, pretending to be a burly construction worker – she isn’t fooling anyone. She especially isn’t fooling her boss, who turns out to be that rich, totally hot guy at the bar from before.
Tension builds. Hatred intensifies. And if it’s one thing her boss, Ethan Stone, knows, it’s that revenge is best served cold.
As always, I want to start with what I loved. Taylor’s characterization was my favorite. I grew up in a very similar situation to Taylor, and my heart just went out to her. I loved how determined and driven she was. If you want a strong willed, fierce heroine – look no further than Taylor. Her character was the strongest part of this book for me. Taylor definitely makes the exclusive list of my top heroines from R.S. Grey.
I also gotta give Coldhearted Boss it’s props because this one really delivers on enemies-to-lovers and slow-burn romance. I mean this is ~SLOW~ burn (think Mariana Zapata slow-burn.) The banter was great for enemies-to-lovers, and the tension between Taylor and Ethan was amazing.
I love the forced-to-live-together trope. Forcing characters into a small space turns the tension and the heat up. These two weren’t backing down from the tension – they were leaning into it. When they finally got together…it was magic! The epilogue literately filled up my heart. From the moment they finally got together until the end, my heart was swooning.
The only downfall for me is that they were enemies for far too long. I felt like I was at the 80% mark, and they were still enemies! I wanted to see more of them emotionally connecting/learning more about each other. I loved the last 10% of the book and wish there was more to read after they got together. After I hit the 60-70% mark, I was getting impatient. Our leads still hadn’t gotten vulnerable with each other. There was still no crack in the hate/enemies facade. I live for the thawing portion of the enemies-to-lovers trope. I love seeing their hatred break down and slowly turn into love. I loved the enemies portion, but part of the fun of enemies-to-lovers is the lovers part. I needed a better balance.
Also, I wish we could have seen Taylor having some of the conversations with Ethan about her family. (I think I remember Taylor saying she told Ethan about her mom/Lonnie but it was a recap of their conversation.) We never got to see Ethan first meet her family or actually see where she came from. Some of this did happen, but it was off-screen. I just truly live for the emotional/vulnerable moments in romance, and didn’t find that as much here in Coldhearted Boss.
Overall, I enjoyed Coldhearted Boss. I went back and forth between a 3/4 star rating, and finally decided on 3 stars. If there was more time spent on the romance, this would easily be a 4/5 star read.
Regardless, RS Grey continues to deliver amazing romcoms, and she will forever be a one-click author for me. The classic RS Grey wit and heart is here. This very well may be a classic case of it’s not you, it’s me. This isn’t my favorite from RS Grey, but I’m definitely happy I read it and still recommend it. If you want to read about my top favorite RS Grey books, click here. I also have a review on RS Grey’s Make Me Bad, which was a 5 star read from me this year.
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Coldhearted Boss is RS Grey’s newest romantic comedy. It published on June 6, 2019, and is available for free on Kindle Unlimited as of 6/9/2019.
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