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In Bed with the Boss (9 to 5)

3.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  278 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews

For three years, Kalera has been a model secretary to Duncan Royal, with only one hiccup in their otherwise perfect relationship: a one-night stand that should never have happened, and which both have tried to forget. Or so Kalera thought.

But Duncan is haunted by their one night of unbelievable passion, and secretly longs for their relationship to develop after office hour

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Kindle Edition, 286 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1999)
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MelissaB
Jul 15, 2010 MelissaB marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
This book was kind of boring and strange so I gave up on it. Despite the hero wearing a velvet matador jacket and getting a dangling earring (maybe because of that since he thought that made him cool). I just don't like books where the heroine is with someone else during part of the book, plus the hero's personality was kind of rubbing me the wrong way. I think he was supposed to come off as some sort of rebel but he seemed more like a loud, dorky man trying to be cool who had a sense of style s ...more
April Brookshire


Gotta love a troublemaker hero with ADHD.

Especially when he dresses like this:

adamantpic Adamantpic2

This book was published in '99, but I'm thinking that the author may have had a crush on Adam Ant back in the 80s.

He was dressed from head to toe in black, his sculpted silk velvet jacket cropped like a matador's, the wide lapels and cuffs stiff with flamboyant gold embroidery. He turned so that the elongated jet and chased gold teardrop swung against the tanned column of his neck, almost brushing the collar of hi
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Amber
Oct 31, 2011 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Don't be daunted by the ridiculously dated cover. This is a good book, although I never really liked either the hero or heroine, I was invested in their relationship. It was interesting because the alternate love interests could actually be the hero/heroine of another Harlequin Presents (I wonder if they are, actually). This is a nitpick, but I found it annoying that the heroine kept using exclamation points throughout her internal dialogue! And this from a girl who proclaims herself to be stead ...more
Janet
Sep 30, 2011 Janet rated it really liked it
This would be a 5 star read except for what happened at the end. What was with that ending? Jeez Louise, that's it? After all of Napier's generous prose, what a thud/let down at the abrupt end.

Will I search out her books -- you betcha. Anyone have any ideas? The thing is though, Napier's writing is really a cut above -- this one was addictive and it's the opposite of schlock. I feel about this book like I do about so many of my keeper books -- once you've read the best, why muddy the waters wit
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Carrie
Ms Napier obviously picked up her heroine at the Boneless Chicken Ranch. Honestly! The woman couldn't stand up to either of the a-holes in her life. And why, please tell me, did those two even want her? The men were arrogant bullying cavemen and she was a nail-biting idiot. The plot wasn't any better. You really can't make the tension very believable when a 10 minute adult conversations would solve most of the problems.
María
Feb 28, 2015 María rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mine, ebook, read-2015
I like it but the end was so abrupt that it seems incomplete: one moment she was engaged with Stephen, a jealous man who was still in love with his ex wife and the next she was trapped in his boss mansion, and he declared his feeling for her, and she admitted that she loved him too.
Duncan Royas was a typical male character bu I love that he was so irreverent: he had a software company but he were an earing and was like a natural force in the office. I like nerd boys, my boyfriend is oe of them b
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Kaycee Sapinoso
After reading Gold Ring of Betrayal I've decided to read some of my old harlequin collections.

I had fun reading this book. I enjoyed the teasing, witty banters and snappy remarks between the hero and heroine.

Kalera Martin has been secretary to Duncan Royal for the past three years. He was a good employer and even her late husband liked him.

Even from the start it was so obvious that Duncan was secretly in love with the heroine Kalera for years. *sigh* He's just waiting for her to recover and mo
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Ellie
This was my first Harlequin Presents and I went into it with an open mind. I hadn't really ever read category romance before and DA recommended this one.

The first word that comes to mind when I think of this book is "hillarible" (hilarious + terrible). It was like that movie on cable that you can't quite switch off but you're not entirely sure why you're watching it either.

The basic premise is that our secretary heroine Kalera has put in notice with her boss, Duncan, the head of a major tech co
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Tracie
Boy I really didn't like this one. In fact it was almost a DNF (probably should have been). I just didn't get it. The "hero" is a spoiled tantrum throwing over grown bully who also happens to wear a velvet matador jacket and gets his ear pierced in a fit of temper. The heroine is another whole ball of messed up wax.

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Tia
Apr 26, 2012 Tia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had expected so much more. The description of the book was pretty amazing however the book as a whole was kind of a let down. I enjoyed the storyline but it wasn't that expressive or exciting. Yes it was sad something and at other times it was happy but those are the basic emotions of the book and nothing bigger on a huger scale unless you count jealousy.
Roub
May 04, 2014 Roub rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
both the hero n the heroine were quite ridiculous! going 2 such extremes! they were obviously very much in love. while duncan had been besotted wid her 4 a very long time, kalera has been in guilty denial bcoz she had one night thrown herself into duncan's bed! my heart broke 4 duncan, he had been in love wid her 4 so long. he met her when she was already married. she was happy n unaware of him as a man. she had eyes only 4 harry but dat did not stop duncan falling 4 her. neway i really wanted s ...more
Jacqueline
There was a lot of goofiness in this book. I'm thinking the author didn't really understand how to write a bad boy convincingly. So there was some clothing silliness. I liked the book though for the unrequited love element. It was especially fun to find out that the heroine's dead husband had been friends with the hero because the husband knew that the hero was in love with his wife and he felt sorry for him. The heroine was kind of stupid for deciding to get engaged to the hero's enemy though. ...more
Vintage
This was a charmer. I can't recall the reviewer that posted the pic of Adam Ant, but the image is spot on.

This is a story that is made by the hero. I can't add much that hasn't already been said, but Duncan's over the top personality and hidden crush/love is very entertaining. For quite a while, Kalera looked like she was going to be a disappointing heroine as Duncan deserves a good one. However, back story that involves her dead husband and her parents helps explain her buttoned down emotions.

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Erica Anderson
This is my first Harlequin Presents ever. It might be my first category ever. I'd always assumed that I wouldn't like categories, since titles like The Billionaire Sheik's Inexperienced Virgin Mistress made me snort my coffee.

The title In Bed with the Boss didn't seem much better, but given the flap at Dear Author over the similarities between the self-published Working Arrangements by Ellen Wolf and the earlier book In Bed by Susan Napier, I figured that the best way to support an author who m
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Xiao_nie7
Nov 21, 2011 Xiao_nie7 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Susan Napier seems to get more hits than misses, and this book is no exception.
There are a bunch of reasons why I liked this book, the most prominent ones being:
1. It was so obvious that he was smitten with her from the beginning.
2. Duncan was such a refreshing change from the "cruel,cold, ruthless, tycoon" variety. He was impulsive and spontaneous.
3. Duncan managed to be an alfa without being mean to the heroine, unlike so many other books.
The only things I'd want changed in the books is so
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Piab
Mar 13, 2012 Piab rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*WARNING: spoilers may be mentioned in character-focused review*

One of my favorite themes: heroine loved someone else besides (or rather, before) the hero; I am sick of standard Harlequin plots where dopey h keeps pining for alpha-hole H and dismissing other far nicer guys. This is no calf-love-infatuation and H is my true-love cop-out. Here, she truly did love her late husband and this is made evident by the fact that not only was he described as easy-going and stodgy (again, apparent lack of a
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thadine
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Elizabeth
The Dear Author blog has started a daily deal feature, and it’s just killing me. That is I’m hitting that download button a few too many times, but here’s another example of why it’s worth it.

This is a category book from Harlequin Presents circa 1999 reissued on digital. It was a quick read and well done story.

Even though you know you’ll get a happy ending eventually, the author did a good job of keeping you guessing. The first several chapters each ended with a bit of a surprise.

There are as
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Anna
Feb 24, 2014 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the premise. But it just didn't work for me. I was willing to suspend my disbelief for about what I thought was half the book and then all the sudden, they're together and it's over and there's all these loose ends that aren't resolved. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone really. It was promising, but it didn't resonate with me at all.
Jen
Mar 04, 2012 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Steamy read, with a lot of great little touches -- such as: the inclusion of a lesbian candidate for an office job, the hero's flamboyant dress, the fact that the heroine clearly adored her late husband AND had a satisfying sex life with him (this is very rare for an HP romance!), the fact that the rival for the Heroine's affections is an a-hole, but still relatable given his history... I could go on. The sex between the two mains is believable and steamy -- esp the part at the end when he rips ...more
Alexis-Morgan Roark
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Rebecca
This book is a bit dated, even though it was written in 1999. The hero is quite the Alpha, really overbearing and I just couldn't stand him. Why the heroine doesn't smack him upside the head I'll never understand. I would have rated this a 2.5, but I really like that the deceased husband is a nice guy in this book and that his widow feels conflicted about her sensuality after his death. The ending is very abrupt, however. Really, the book needed about 1-2 chapters more to resolve the issues surr ...more
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From model secretary...
For three years, Kalera has been a model secretary to Duncan Royal, with only one hiccup in their otherwise perfect relationship: a one-night stand that should never have happened, and which both have tried to forget. Or so Kalera thought.

...to the boss's mistress?
But Duncan is haunted by their one night of unbelievable passion, and secretly longs for their relationship to develop after office hours. As a rule, he can have any woman he wants -- so he's furious w
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Amafle
Apr 17, 2015 Amafle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me gusta mucho como escribe Susan
Mar
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E_bookpushers
Probably a 3.5. Got this one due to DA. I really liked it and then the book ended and I went back several pages to see what I had missed and I didn't miss anything. I got the feeling that an entire section of the book was missing because I wanted the confrontation with Stephan, his ex-wife, etc. I think what got me was this was IMO must better then most Presents but she ran out of word count :(. I would have loved the full length novel because so many threads were left dangling.
Joss
Mar 27, 2012 Joss rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
DNF

I liked the premise of the book, a man falls in love with his secretary and longs for her after they share a one-night stand but this book was just ridiculous. The way Duncan was described made me cringe. He wore a velvet matador's jacket and a dangly earring for heaven's sake. Overall it was really cheesy and not something I could finish.
Li
My curiosity was piqued after a DA discussion around the hero wearing an earring, IIRC - don’t quite remember the context now, unfortunately! This M&B is on the angsty side - I liked that it didn’t go too far down the route of the Big Misunderstanding, but not really a standout.
Carmen
Mar 03, 2012 Carmen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the romance between the widowed secretary and her brash, flamboyant boss. The story was immensely engaging with witty dialogue and a madcap office setting. I perhaps would have traded some of the witty dialogue for a bit more HP heat but then again maybe not. . .
3meg
Feb 26, 2012 3meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one because it was different. I didn't always love the H, which is usually a deal breaker for me, but it worked in this book. I also loved that the h had a very good first marriage with an awesome husband that even liked the H...this was a nice treat.
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Perhaps being born on Valentine’s Day was an omen that Susan Napier would become a romance writer. This New Zealand author has written over 30 Mills & Boon category romances since 1984. Napier and her husband Tony Potter met when they both worked at the Auckland Star newspaper. After they married, she left the newspaper to work for a film company where she learned the art of dialogue. After th ...more
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