Title: The Cattle Baron’s Bogus Boyfriend
Author: Nicki Bennett
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 15, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 216
Reviewed by: Ariel
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Administrative assistant Jonah Hollis has nurtured a hopeless crush on his boss, millionaire cattle rancher Lincoln Courtwright, ever since he started working for him. But hope is kindled when Linc and beautiful rodeo star Melissa Cutler break up just weeks before the biggest event of the Dallas social season, the Cattle Baron’s Ball, and Linc asks Jonah to accompany him in her place.
Is it all a ploy to make Melissa jealous? Can Jonah fit into Linc’s world? It takes some encouragement from his roommates and his best friend, Caylee, for Jonah to agree. Before long, Jonah dares to believe Linc might just feel something for him… until interfering family and a series of misunderstandings threaten his fragile dream of happiness.
Get your popcorn, drink and settle into your favorite chair. The movie’s about to start. That’s how it felt after I read this story. It felt like I was watching a movie and I didn’t want it to end.
Jonah Hollis is the Personal Assistant / Admin Asst to millionaire Lincoln “Linc” Courtwright. He has pined for his boss since day one. One evening, Jonah stays late after work doing a project and Linc comes out of his office and notices Jonah working late and invites him to dinner. The dinners turn into lunches. Linc breaks up with Melissa a few weeks before the Cattle Baron’s Ball. He needs a date now so he asks Jonah. Jonah’s friends help him get ready for the ball and the evening is amazing. Jonah goes home with Linc and in the morning everything falls apart. I won’t tell you the ending except there is a wonderful HEA ending with a magnificent epilogue which makes me long for and hope for book 2.
The chemistry between Jonah and Linc is beautiful. Jonah looks after Linc and his affairs like a guardian angel. He’s lovingly protective and does everything he can to make Linc’s job easier. After the dinners and lunches with Jonah, Linc sees a different side to Jonah that is sweet and down to earth. Unlike the high-society types and corporate bigwigs that he deals with on a daily basis. They’re really made for each other.
The overall pace of the story was perfect. It starts out a little bit slow, but it really fits. There is a nice introduction to all the characters. We’re given background on Jonah and Linc and an introduction to his friends and his roommate. The book is, also, told from Jonah’s point of view. I love how the author inserts his thoughts in italicized font in his dialogue.
Loved the epilogue! Enemies became friends, people you suspected would get together do, and loose ends are tied up. It was one of the best epilogues I’ve read. I sure hope there is a part 2 to this story. I really loved it.
My only criticism is I wish I would have known some of Linc’s thoughts. Since the book was told from Jonah’s pov, I didn’t know what Linc was thinking at all and I wish I would have. This is a minor flaw, though.