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Maliciously Obedient (Obedient #1)

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  2,088 ratings  ·  178 reviews
Getting caught reading Fifty Shades of Grey in the parking lot at work wasn't the best way for 25-year-old Lydia Charles to meet her boss. A boss she didn't know she had. Matt Jones now had the job she had been waiting to apply for (and win) for the past year, and to add insult to injury, he's the kind of guy her parents would adore.

Damn it.

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Paperback, 245 pages
Published March 5th 2013
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OMG! There is a scrumptious triangle developing in this trilogy.
Book 1 of 3. Series complete.

Getting caught reading Fifty Shades of Grey in the parking lot at work wasn't the best way for 25-year-old Lydia Charles to meet her boss. A boss she didn't know she had. Matt Jones now had the job she had been waiting to apply for (and win) for the past year, and to add insult to injury, he's the kind of guy her parents would adore.

Damn it.

The only kid of six to
Had potential but execution was lacking

2.5-3 stars

This started off a bit slow. Didn't get too interested into it until somewhere almost at the 80% mark. The storyline had such great potential but the execution was lacking.
I found this book frustrating, so much waiting for them to get together, and waiting for Jeremy to come into the scene, only to be tricked into another 'serial' story situation with the the Billionaire stories.

I think I'm done with this author, the story line is good but it's being dragged out and the refusal to commit to a single book is too much for this reader.
When I first began reading the story I actually really liked the characters and the idea of mike being undercover. It would have made some great up and down moment.... But then she brought in Jeremy and kept bringing up Dana or something who they had many threesomes with.... Ummmm ok?because it was mentioned so much it was stupidly obvious that she was trying to add that into her story at a later date. But know what? That kind of ruined the story all together. That takes out the romance for me a ...more
When I read the summary I thought that this book had the potential to be a good read - but it didn't take long before I was skimming entire pages trying to get to the point where the plot picks up and becomes interesting. Unfortunately I never really felt like it happened. To me this book was way too much filler and not enough real plot. The author seemed to dragged out this book so long that I felt like nothing really even happened to move the plot along until the last 10 pages or so. More than ...more
I read a review on this and thought I would really like it. I am so glad I grabbed it, but I really wish I would’ve waited to read it until all three books are out. What a freaking cliff hanger. I sometimes watch reality television and I really like the ones where the CEO takes a low paying job in the company to see how everything works. This book is about that.

Michael Bournham, CEO, is acting as Matt Jones, the new Director of Social Media. He really likes his newly acquired admin assistant an
Ivy Deluca
I had seen some recommendations for this book, so I decided to check it out. It was very frustrating because I am NOT a fan of cliffhangers, and have become very jaded when I see books set up as trilogies because it just feels like a money grab. Few stories warrant a multi-book treatment and this, unfortunately, is not one of them.

The H/h had decent chemistry, the story "hook" wasn't bad, but it felt thin from the very beginning and it didn't get better as the story progressed.

I liked the chara
Tanya Korval
I devoured this in big, ravenous chunks, which is exactly how it should be read. It’s a pacy, fun read, and easily long enough to justify the price. The reality TV show plot is original and gives the whole story a really fresh and up-to-date feel. Another thing that’s great about this book is its depiction of office life. I’m biased because I’ve worked in a big office, but if you have too, you’ll understand what I mean when you read it. The hero and heroine don’t exist in some sanitized, high-gl ...more
So this series has the dubious honor of getting me to add two new shelves to my tags list. The first new shelve is "Author owns a thesaurus" and the second is "Overdose of Angst."

I'm rating it as a series as each book has basically the same format of boy & girl meet, angst,angst,angst and one sex scene and book ends. Okay so the one sex scene is not true for book two... I think there was a whooping two maybe three at max.

The angst is so over the top that you would think that you were reading
I judge this book based on how eager I am to read the sequel....and im not on the
Edge of my seat waiting for it like I have with others. Story went pretty slowly til
The end and then left us hanging for the sequel. And then I read the summary of the second book and don't know if it will be worth my time...we shall see. Some repeating of the same info was a little annoying but I did like references to other books and authors and such. I know others didn't like that but I thought it added something
nice cliffhanger; good premise; not so good story
☆ Eyes On The Stars ☆
Hmmmm. This story had an interesting premise. More than anything, I loved how this book constantly referenced pop culture items! Now, in 5 years it might not make a lot of sense (I'm thinking to the book I read a while back ago quoting Tiger Woods as a great husband...) but it is relevant now so that is all that matters.

There were some absolute laugh out loud moments with the dialogue going on in Lydia's head too.

This is the second book I have read in as many weeks where a main character change
gee where to even start with this book... i read the excerpt and thought," wow, this seems like its a really great book because of the concept and all", and boy was i wrong. I feel disappointed that i read the whole book thinking OK this is going to get better, its going to get better...and that never happened. it started off really slow, and then just when the story starts to pick up and Matt(Mike) and Lydia start to get there groove on the book ends!! like really?? and who forgets why they are ...more
Thank goodness this was a free book!! I would have been really upset if I had paid for it. Ridiculous situation, a supposed feminist who keeps kissing the "boss" I would have yelled sexual harassment pretty quickly.
She supposedly has a degree in gender studies, but you wouldn't know it by the way she acts!! Mike wants to be a billionare-a multi millionare isn't enough. Then he has a friend, Jeremy who took the money and retired and is living as he pleases and is trying to convince Mike to do the
Becky Burciaga
I enjoyed the premise of the story, but found the characters lacking depth and real personality. There was fun dialog, completely witty at times...Lydia's drunken matterings were quite comical, but I didn't get the same connection with the characters in this book as I have in Julia Kent's other series, "Shopping for a Billionaire" for instance. Some of the scenes could have had me chuckling (the travel arrangements as they unfolded), rather than described was more mean than funny.. ...more
Yvonne Daniels
Jul 04, 2015 Yvonne Daniels rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
I love reading Maliciously Obedient Book 1! The storyline is very creative, compelling, fascinating and well written. I like that it's set in the current trends. Her characters are strong has lots of sexual chemistry that jumps from the pages and is funny it keeps you entertained from beginning to end. The dilemmas each of the characters finds themselves are easily related to and their personalities are as we say off the change.

This is the first book of a three book series. Maliciously Obedient

There are so many ways that this went wrong that it would be easier to say what went right. Oh, wait! That would be nothing.

Reading this was difficult, frustrating, annoying, and it is the perfect example of why authors need editors. The timelines made no sense: Lydia goes from describing her first day at work, and then the ensuing week that follows, only to randomly describe a conversation she had with her friend Krysta that first day in a revelation that occurs two weeks after, or som
Wow. I wasn't quite certain what to expect from the title but .... just wow. I really enjoyed this book and know that I am going to obsess until I can finish the series.

I loved the modern and 'now' take on the story. It starts with the lovely Lydia reading 50 Shades of Grey and not necessarily embarrassed but equally not proud. Kind of how many women felt reading it I fear. Then we meet Matt ... or is it Mike? Carrying on a (temporary) alter ego while pining for Lydia, Matt/Mike truly burning t
Naj (Unputdownable Books)
Maliciously Obedient started with a memorable occurrence that got me hooked. It was almost nearly impossible for me to put the book down and to even notice the chapter headings going by. The story of a soon-to-be billionaire going "undercover" as a middle manager in his own company for a reality show, just about sparked my interest even more. That show idea was brilliant! But odd enough, it was hard for me to imagine a happy ending for our protagonists.

The characters of the book were actually r
Lori McD
3.5+ stars

I have mixed feelings about this book. It's HOT, STEAMY, SASSY, and ADDICTING. But it's difficult to suspend disbelief, especially when you get to the end of the book.

It looks like we're being set up for a series that eventually takes us into a menage, if Lydia's dreams are any indication. And in the context of this book and Matt's/Mike's feelings, that feels wrong for these characters.

The "Secret Boss" show idea is a cool premise. And Mike certainly has his eyes opened about how his e
I feel like I need to explain myself on this one. I really wanted to like this book. It had such a great and promising start but went down hill quickly. I'm by no means an amazing writer that's why I read. My books would be horrible. So I give writers major props for putting themselves out and giving it their all. I just feel like this book needs a major edit. I found myself 're-reading things so many times because they didn't make sense! It felt choppy and just unfinished at times. The author s ...more
Sandi Ramirez
I love Julia Kent's books. There is not one I have bought I have not liked. I bought this book in May 2014 in the middle of reading all the "Random" books and forgot to read it. Which is fine because now I could sit down and and read all 3 books in the series at one time, which to me is the prefect way to read a series of books.

This series is not as 'funny' as most of Julia's books but there is humor in this set. This book has introduces us to Lydia and Matt/Michael. If you have seen the show Un
Literary George (For Your Literary Pleasure Blog)
There were some problems with verb tenses on the first page that made me wonder whether I could be bothered with this book. I thought I should at least read until the end of chapter one and to be honest, I continued reading out of sheer curiosity for how bad it could be. I admit it wasn't all bad but it was trying so hard to be a feminist romance and it failed. The characters lacked depth, the plot was all over the place and the end was a cliffhanger. Lydia could have been a great character but ...more
The story wasn't too bad for what you can expect in this genre, but wat annoyed me was that it had inconsistensies or errors if you will. For example at one time she goes to fetch a book in her car because she forgot it there. But it was the same book she had just been reading at her desk. I dont'remember the other two occasions but they were similar contradictions.

What decided me to give one star for a book that wasn't too bad? Because I hate being manipulated into buying books!
This is not the

Julia Kent has done it again. Maliciously Obedient is a book about Lydia and Michael (Matt) meeting and finding that magnetic attraction. Michael is about to become a billionaire because millionaire is not good enough. To help increase exposure for his company, he has decided to do a hidden boss show. This is where he gets to meet and know Lydia. She is the girl who has done everything a good girl should. She is well educated with a masters in gender studies and is working her way up in Michael'
Yes! I am a Julia Kent book Ho!!!!

I read everything she writes.... and I LOVE menages!

This is almost as funny as her 'Random' series, and funnier than 'Her Billionaires'. At least this first book is...

Everyone/everything comes under sarcastic scrutiny in this one.

CEO's getting in this much trouble? Maybe not, but it happens to politicians all the time, right?

I even think that there are some men out there that would think this book is funny.

Ok. The Anderson Cooper look-alike part really turned m
Maliciously obedient ! The title of the book really caught my attention! And when I started reading it , I thought it was interesting , I liked the whole plot of the book. I loved Lydia's character she was a feminist in thought but at heart was a sucker for a hottie! Hmmm... And what to say about Mr.bournham well ofcourse he is a hottie with a bod and millionaire like always , which has a bit of a alpha in him,and is totally and utterly head over heels for Lydia's affection .
So, I thought overa
Okay so technically this book was apart of a bundle I bought. But since it is it's own individual story I'm counting it as a whole book read because it is and I can so what.

So I started this while I was in class. I was jumping from story to story honestly on my ereader. But I opened this file and begin this story and what can I say I liked it.

The characters were really well done. I really liked Lydia and I like how she was portrayed. I have to say I really liked how the author included feminis
Dani DeGarso
It could of been brilliantly wrote

the story line was well thought out however, it could.of been wrote from there point of view not the authors. to me it was so difficult to follow. I normally read a book this length in a few hours I couldn't stay focused and I forced my self to finish it because I paid for it, I will not be buying there rest of the series. I couldn't tell when they were alone when Matt was Mike or the trip from place to place. most authors give detail on more than what they thin
Lydia Charles worked two years towards a job she didn't get. She never even got to apply for it. One morning she comes to work and while unwinding from rush hour reading Fifty Shades of Gray in her car she is interrupted by her new boss. Her very handsome, very sexy, very attractive new boss. Matt Jones isn't exactly who he says he is, the undercover CEO Michael Bournham is in fact working on a reality show trying to increase company profits and turn his first billion. What he hasn't count on wa ...more
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