Out of Love by R.C. Boldt
Published by Self-published on December 6, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Foster Kavanaugh, former Navy SEAL, knows what it’s like to be the top dog, the man in charge, the one calling the shots. Now that he’s running his own security consulting firm, not much has changed.
Except the curvy blonde he hired as his office manager.
Noelle Davis has been through the damn ringer. Swearing off men after escaping a toxic relationship, she’s grateful for a fresh start—new job included. Of course, her job isn’t tranquil and calm. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Because her boss is the most infuriating man on the planet.
And, not to mention, sexy as hell.
Foster has limits. Rules. No attachments allowed because he doesn’t do love—and Noelle Davis foiled that plan and took a red pen to his list of rules. With her smart mouth and quick witted banter, he found the woman beginning to creep past his defenses.
When circumstances put Noelle in a perilous position, the first person to come to her rescue is none other than Foster Kavanaugh. She gets to see the man in action—not as her aggravating boss, but the man who will stop at nothing to ensure her safety.
The same man who makes her want to reconsider her self-imposed embargo of men.
The man she wants to get to know now that she’s seen another side of him.
The man who makes her want…more.
But is more possible when you're OUT OF LOVE?
**Out of Love is a full-length, standalone novel that does NOT need to be read in conjunction with any other book. **
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
A security agency made of nothing but ex-military personnel is sure to be a tough environment. Unless you give as good as you get, and that’s exactly how Noelle keeps the office in tip-top shape.
Foster, the agency owner and Noelle’s boss, is a hunky alpha ex Navy Seal. Since Noelle has sworn off men, she can’t let anything happen no matter how attracted to him she feels.
If Noelle wasn’t such a good office manager Foster would let her go. But he can’t because she is awesome. And beautiful. And sexy. And hot as hell. And why can’t he pursue her again? Oh right, she’s his employee, and he can’t really offer her a future. Even though the attraction is bordering on ridiculous, he just can’t go there.
So, Out of Love is the story of Noelle and Foster fighting their attraction at first, as they each think the other can’t stand them. Then fighting their attraction when they realize the other is attracted too but for different reasons. Then both fighting the depth of emotion the other evokes in them.
While I enjoyed the banter and name calling, and on more than one occasion it had me clutching my side from laughing so hard, all the fighting in the relationship got a little old as the story moved along. It also took me a while to get used to the author’s writing style. We follow every thought in each character’s mind. Getting into their all-over-the-place-random thought process was not easy at first, either. This did end up being one of the sources of hilarity since their thoughts could be absurdly funny at times.
Foster was tough and all alpha bossiness but had a tender side too which made him a wonderful H. He had some issues with things in his past that in the beginning, he was not dealing with. This was the cause of his “I’m-not-good-enough-for-her” issues.
After one really bad relationship experience, Noelle had lots of healing to do, which was the reason for her man-cation. She was sweet, funny and witty, and took no shit from any of the guys at the office so I really liked her. I must say that her situation and her subsequent actions could have been worked a bit more in depth. The whole ex-situation felt OTT, but I felt if it had been fledged out more it could have worked perfectly. As it was, it ended up feeling kind of meh and it took from the overall enjoyment of the story for me.
Out of Love was filled with hilarious banter, a working environment I wish I had (I mean, who doesn’t want to work in a place full of hunky alpha ex-military men?), a cute dog and lots of sexy hot shenanigans. It was a lovely romance about healing, learning to trust yourself again, and building back your self-worth. While I felt it had some issues with the execution, I still found it extremely engaging and enjoyable.
Rating: 4 “No more finger shenanigans in the conference room” Stars
“You are what you eat.”
“Now, I don’t believe that. Because I don’t recall eating a sexy beast.
About R.C. Boldt:
RC Boldt is the wife of Mr. Boldt, a retired Navy Chief, mother of Little Miss Boldt, and former teacher of many students. She currently lives on the southeastern coast of North Carolina, enjoys long walks on the beach, running, reading, people watching, and singing karaoke. If you’re in the mood for some killer homemade mojitos, can’t recall the lyrics to a particular 80’s song, or just need to hang around a nonconformist who will do almost anything for a laugh, she’s your girl.
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