The Boss by Melissa Schroeder

The Boss by Melissa SchroederThe Boss by Melissa Schroeder
Published by Entangled Publishing (Select Suspense) on May 1st 2017
Pages: 277
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Sick of the spy game, former CIA operative Vic Walker takes time off from his security firm to figure out just what he wants out of life. But peace and quiet isn’t in the cards with a former business partner and ex-lover like MacKenzie Donovan.
Mac doesn’t like asking for help from anyone, but this latest case has her in a little over her head. She crashes back into Vic’s life with the CIA, the Russian Mob, and the FBI, on her tail after a job goes south.
But even as old feelings rise to the surface while they’re busy dodging bullets, the authorities, and mobsters, they’ll need to get out alive before they can have a second chance at love.

A difficult case reunites ex-lovers Mac and Vic and teaches them exactly what they’d been missing while they were apart. In the spy world however, everything is shady and nothing is what it seems—this is at least what fiction tells us, be it in the movies or in books and whether art mirrors life or not isn’t quite the debate here really. Melissa Schroeder writes a pretty convincing suspense and it’s a story that takes off from the very first page, although I found myself rather disoriented without the groundwork and the name dropping that came in the first chapter.

Mac/Vic’s split because of a difference in opinion along the their constant fighting made for an interesting second-chance kind of novel because it involves 2 very jaded people who actually know the score, having been in the game for a long time and play an on-off relationship the way they want. There’s definitely some kind of secretive James-Bond vibe to it, yet I had a hard time getting invested in all of the characters though and not just the protagonists. Mac/Vic’s push-pull status throughout became off-putting, and they way they perceived their so-called relationship as a game so callously played made me wonder if they actually were compatible at all beyond sex. The ‘serious’ evaluation of their relationship comes in this book somehow lacked the delicious tension that I normally look for, and Mac/Vic’s scenes were peppered with more regret and caution than the fresh, exciting feel of a new relationship as they work together this time around. It’s definitely mature, more adult though—and probably appealing to others who are tired of teenage shenanigans in their adult protagonists—but I wished I could have summoned more excitement about them.

The long and short of it, ’The Boss’ is probably not quite for me, even though I do like what romantic suspense has to offer.