In The Boss by Melissa Schroeder, Vic Walker and MacKenzie 'Mac' Donovan went their separate ways when she gave him an ultimatum. Yet, now she's in trouble and needs his help, especially with Russian mobsters and the FBI after her. Will Vic join the team again to help Mac take down the bad guys? And if he does, will he be able to walk away from Mac again once justice is served, or can Vic convince Mac that they deserve another shot at happy ever after?
I've read quite a few of Ms. Schroeder's books and loved them, so I couldn't wait to read this one, which is an attention-grabbing read right from the beginning and takes readers on an entertaining journey throughout, as Vic and Mac try to discover who the bad guy is. The way this story started was thrilling and had me reading quickly, determined to know what or who Vic is facing. Will he be able to defend himself? However, it was the moment the hero and heroine came face-to-face for the first time in this story that had me intrigued, as there's such strong chemistry between them, and I wanted to know what went wrong in their relationship and whether they'd get their second chance at love.
As for the dialogue, it was riveting and well-written, and I loved the main characters back stories. No one has ever been there for Mac the way Vic has been before they went their separate ways and even now when she pulls him back in to work alongside her to discover what went wrong with an op. He's the only man she seems to be able to trust completely, and it shows by the way she finally opens up more about her past and the fact that she doesn't get along all that well with her family. Mac is strong, brave and I liked that she stands up to whoever criticizes what is going on in her life. Well, mostly what's going on between her and Vic, because she didn't handle when they went their separate ways all that well. I also liked how altruistic she was once she discovers the person responsible for what's going on. No way is she going to see anyone else get hurt, especially not at her expense.
While Vic, he was a fantastic hero. He's always been the responsible one when it comes to him and his brother, and I liked that he's finally starting to make his brother realize all that he's done for him. I also liked that Vic was willing to help Mac, even though things ending between them left them both raw and not knowing whether they'd ever find their way back to each other to have a second chance. Yet, what I liked most of all about the hero was how protective he was of Mac, even when it was palpable she could protect herself and didn't need anyone fighting her battles for her.
Overall, this was a superb read by Ms. Schroeder where the chemistry was strong between the main characters, the sex scenes were hot, the sayings at the top of each chapter were amusing or something readers could totally relate to and the secondary characters are ones that readers will most likely want their stories told too. The way this story ended had me concerned for one of the main characters, as they finally confront the person responsible. Will they manage to come out of the confrontation unscathed? However, what I liked most about the ending was how things turned out for Vic and Mac after the final confrontation with the bad guy. The hero isn't going to let Mac get away this time, as they belong together. I would recommend The Boss by Melissa Schroeder, if you enjoy romantic suspense, the second chance romance trope or books by authors Kaylea Cross, Katie Reus or Maya Banks.
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.