Sugar Jamison’s The Bad Boy CEO is a deliciously satisfying contemporary romance, with a sparkling-hot main relationship and plenty of interesting secondary characters, some of whom will no doubt get their own books. Here’s the synopsis:
Colt King has spent his whole life trying to prove he’s not the trash his hometown of Destiny, Nevada, thought he and his brothers were. As soon as he was old enough he left town, vowing to make a name for himself and never looking back at the place that looked down on him. But that plan goes out the window when his ailing elderly aunt asks him to come home.
He begrudgingly returns to help the woman who raised him. But he’s no longer the poor kid from the bad part of town. He’s the ruler of a custom car empire and a financial genius. He arrives expecting a boring stay, but when he walks into his childhood home to find a woman in nothing but her underwear pointing a shotgun at his face, he knows his trip home will be a memorable one. With his aunt sick and forcing him to help her restore her fledgling hair salon, he has more than enough on his plate. Colt has no idea that her sexy tenant, Zanna, is going to be the cause of his many sleepless nights.
Zanna Jacobs came to the ghost town of Destiny to stay out of trouble and stay the hell away from men. She’s got a serious thing for bad boys that’s she trying to kick, and when she lays her eyes on the brutishly handsome Colt, she knows he’s got bad news written all over him. He’s not the typical thug she goes for: He’s too clean cut, too good looking, and too cold–and when he comes to take over her salon, she’s not going to take it. Zanna decides to show him exactly who the boss is. Colt is used to people following his orders, and when Zanna challenges his every word he finds her infuriating and incredibly sexy. He can’t keep his hands off her…and knows that once he returns to Las Vegas, all bets are off…
There’s just something wonderful about finding two characters who can verbally spar as well as they can kiss. Colt, the hero, is the type to try to walk all over anyone who would go against him — bear in mind, he IS a CEO — but he is frustrated, confounded and aroused by Zanna, the heroine, whom he first meets in her underwear holding a shotgun on him. Their relationship grows, despite both their misgivings, as Zanna shows she can go toe-to-toe with Colt in any situation. Colt is irked by his growing attraction to her, and is also irked he can’t control what she does. She turns the tables on him a few times during the course of the book, and while he could rescue Zanna if he had to (he IS a CEO, and really bossy), she doesn’t need him to do so — which of course makes him both frustrated and intrigued. And when they talk, their connection is electric:
“And don’t think I need to remind you that you started this.”
“I did not!”
“You did, too. You stuck your tongue in my mouth.”
“You pulled me into your lap.”
“Only because you attacked me.”
Zanna is blunt, a refreshing change from a heroine who doesn’t say what she’s feeling. She admits, from nearly the start, that she is attracted to Colt, even though she knows the attraction complicates things, and no matter what happens, their relationship will be finite, since he is needed elsewhere, and she feels that Destiny, her new hometown, is really her home. She sees who Colt truly is, and teases him in a way that’s clear he’s never been teased before:
“You’re sweet, Colt.” She brushed a soft kiss across his mouth.
“I’m not sweet. Don’t say that.”
“Does that bother you, my sweetie-sweet gumdrop?” She unbuttoned his shirt, not all the way, just enough so that she could smooth her hands over his chest. “You’re my sweetheart.”
Late in the book, when Zanna gets into trouble, she extricates herself without any help from Colt, which suits who she is. That he is there to cheer her on shows how much he’s come to respect and love her. The Bad Boy CEO is a charming contemporary romance with two larger-than-life characters.