Book Reviews

Loving the Boss by Shawn Lane at JMS Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 27-February-2023

Book Blurb

Alan Sommers has loved his boss, Kincaid Malloy, for as long as he can remember, and though he’s gay, Kincaid doesn’t seem to choose men like him. In fact, Kincaid’s late longtime partner seemed to be the opposite of Alan.

Still, hope springs eternal, and every morning Alan comes in early to make sure Kincaid’s coffee and office are just perfect for him. It’s the least he can do for the man he loves from afar. So when Kincaid asks him to house and pet sit while Kincaid goes out of state for a conference and a weekend rendezvous, Alan agrees.

When Alan meets Kincaid’s neighbor, he thinks maybe it’s time to abandon his love for Kincaid and move on to give someone else a chance. But perhaps it was just the push the stubborn Kincaid needed, and loving the boss won’t be the mistake it’s always been.



First edition published at Evernight Publishing, September 2012.


Book Review

This is a very sweet story about a guy falling for his boss, and ending up doing more than house sitting for the guy while he is at a conference. The main characters were fun, as were the secondary ones, the menagerie of pets made me smile, and the ending was wonderfully fairy tale like.


Alan is a very dedicated personal assistant who has been manfully fighting the feelings for his boss for years. Kinkaid lost his high school sweetheart and partner to cancer, and Alan thinks he has no chance to ever mean as much to Kinkaid. He has these discussions with a fellow personal assistant that made me smile, and the lunch with his best friend was fun as well. When Alan finally goes to house and pet sit for Kinkaid, the pets turned out to have real personalities as well. Too cute!


Kinkaid is a bit distant, we don’t find out much about him. His comments about his neighbor Rick, who asked Alan out were hilarious, and when he comes back to surprise Alan, he does and says all the right things.


If you're looking for a short, sweet read that will make you smile, if you like the scenario of an employee falling for his boss, and if you enjoy stories where even the pets have real personalities, you will probably enjoy this short story.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 34 pages/8616 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 25-February-2023
Price $1.99 ebook
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