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Who's the Boss?

(Sassy in the City #4)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  337 ratings  ·  95 reviews
When your enemy becomes your boss, tensions are bound to boil over…

Arrogant, charming and sexy as hell, Master chef Sean Kincaid is legendary both in the kitchen and in the bedroom. So of course it only took five minutes for him to get me overheated. My temper that is.

Because Sean Kincaid is my new boss. Who has strolled into my kitchen demanding I follow his rules. I don
Paperback, 200 pages
Published October 17th 2020 by Independently published (first published September 28th 2020)
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Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 A Fun Recipe Stars
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I have been addicted to cooking shows since the first season of Top Chef. I truly believe that series opened the eyes to so many about what actually happens in kitchens all over the world. We go to places of so many types; fast food, casual food, and la de da food, and each place has its challenges in getting the product out to the customer. So with these new visual insights into what takes place "In the Back of the House," it is so much
Oct 30, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This was super cute, funny and sexy. I ADORED Isla, she was fierce, snarky and afraid to commit, so something that I find very relatable in a character xD Sean was not written as a typical alpha-jerk which is always a win too.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable make-you-feel-good read, and if it weren't for a touch of ridiculous/cheesy/rushed that plagued the ending, I think I would've given this a 4.
Michele McMullen
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I just love a good enemies to lovers romance and Who's the Boss delivered it on a plate filled with witty sassy banter, instant attraction, a independent heroine and a sexy talented man. Isla and Sean have a awkward elevator ride that leads them to the same engagement party. A few too many choice words and Isla can't wait to escape this full of himself arrogant jerk. Oh yes but they shall meet again. Isla and Sean are now working together very closely in the kitchen of a posh restaurant.
This co
Kimberly / Love Notes Book Blog
Oct 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
3.75 stars. This was a pretty good book. Who's the Boss is Isla and Sean's story. Sean is a chef and is the brother to Michael, the hero in Forty Day Fiancé . Isla is best friend's with Michael's wife, Felicia. Sean and Isla meet in the elevator on the way up to Michael and Felicia's baby shower. The elevator gets stuck and the couple bickers about it, but sparks fly and they end up kissing. A few months later, Isla is expecting a promotion to head chef at the restaurant she works at. Instead, S ...more
Jul 12, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
oh well, even though, my favourite trope is "enemies-to-lovers", sometimes, it's hard to check all the proven boxes that work to achieve just the right, almost perfect amount of everything that the true "enemies-to-lovers" trope has to thrive to be...
And sometimes, it takes only one missing link for the trope not to be at its full must *wink*
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I’ve read several books by Erin McCarthy in the last year. And I loved them so much. They just have this nice ‘feel good’ feeling about them and it’s been a joy to read her books. So when I saw the sign-up for ‘Who’s The Boss’, I knew I had to sign up immediately. And when I received the ARC, I started reading as soon as possible.

In ‘Who’s The Boss’ we meet Isla and Sean. Isla and Sean meet in an elevator and one thing is immediately certain.. they really don’t like each other. But they also ha
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

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When Isla's job promotion is taken by hot chef Sean, let's just say the sparks fly, both in and out of the kitchen. Neither wants a relationship, but it seems there's something pulling them together. Though they know fraternizing is forbidden, they can't help themselves. Will the heat from their kitchen burn them? Or can they make it work?

This is such a fun, lighthearted story. The sparks between them practically set my Kindle on fire, they were witty and funny, and
Christi | christireadsalot
2.5 stars. This one started out a little rough and I was about to set it down but since it was so short just gave it a go. This book starts off as a very bitter, “hate you on sight” vibe from the heroine Isla. But thankfully the hate cooled off into some fun banter and then got sweet as the romance picked up.

Isla gets stuck in an elevator while headed to one of her best friends engagement party. In the elevator with her is Sean and he’s headed to the same party, his brother is engaged to her bes
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Four and a half stars

Who's the Boss? by Erin McCarthy is stand-alone enemies-to-lovers workplace romance. Master chef Sean Kincaid and chef Isla Kowalski get along about as well as the proverbial oil and water when they first meet. And when they meet again. And discover they now work together.

Isla's tough, smart, take-no-prisoners style isn't just who she is in the kitchen--she's not survived what life's tossed her way by rolling over politely. She'll make no apology for who she is or how hard s
Erin Lewis
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Star Review of Who’s The Boss by Erin McCarthy

Erin McCarthy is a relatively new author to me and I have no idea why that is. Who’s The Boss is an enemies to lovers story which was an entertaining read that drew me in and kept me riveted from the first to the last chapter.

Master Chef Sean Kincaid is smoking hot and arrogant to boot. The sparks fly and he loves to give everyone around him order. When they both compete in a cooking competition the heat will rise in the kitchen
This was such an in
Kari Hansen
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Isla has worked hard to get where she is both in life and in her career so when she finds out that the job she thought was hers was given to the sexy stranger she had an altercation in a broken elevator it becomes a case of dislike at first sight.

Sean is a chef who is confident in his skills both in his personal and professional life. From the first time they met the sparks of antagonism fly but with each interaction they start to realize that first impression can be deceiving and that is when t
Jackie Wright
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars for Who’s the Boss
This is an enemies to lovers romance that captivates and entertains from the first page to the last line.
Master Chef Sean Kincaid is a arrogant jerk but that doesn’t stop him being extremely hot and intriguing, he loves to give orders and boss his staff around but that doesn’t stop Isla Kowakski being attracted to her extremely hot and brooding boss....
When Isla and Sean enter a competition things in the kitchen really heat up and that’s when the fun and games begin.
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Erin McCarthy hooked me with Weekend Wife, sucked me deeper into the friendship group with Five First Dates, and had me desperate for more of the characters after Forty Day Fiancé. It is no surprise that I jumped right into Who’s the Boss?

Who’s the Boss? had me gripped from the first page, happily powering through the pages to see how the details came together. The story works perfectly fine as a standalone, but it was great to see more of the characters I have come to enjoy so much in the other
Isha Coleman
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Who's the Boss? by Erin McCarthy is a heatwave that burns through the senses and tickles your funny bone while invading your heart. Sean and Isla are a match made of chaos with a whole lot of heartache to spare. Looks like they tripped over egos and found more than they bargained for. McCarthy lightens the mood with delicious temptation. ...more
Jennifer Pierson
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sean & Isla come face to face when they were both going to the same baby shower, his brother & her bestie. They get stuck in the elevator and instantly they're ready to throw down, but when they get up to the party, they have a super hot kiss before going in. Fast forward 4 months, and Isla is trying to be promoted to head chef, but instead, they bring in Sean for that position so let the games begin. Every interaction between these two had the sparks flying, and while there's no drama from the ...more
Cali Jewel
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emotionally thrilling, sexy, fun and action packed journey filled with witty and engaging charters, heart racing twists and exciting passion. This highly entertaining adventure had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.
Leann McKay
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chef down!

What a fun story! Chef down! This book will keep you laughing and rooting for the winner the entire time. Erin McCarthy can write like no one else, she has such an amazing balance of snark, sex and love that I’ve yet to see replicated!
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an eARC of this in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Isla is an interesting character. I wasn’t sure what I thought of her in previous books I’ve read but she’s grown on me as the star of her own show. Dedicated to her career and remaining family, a small group of friends, and her cat, she’s not living a full life though because she shies away from love and letting others in.
I liked how the sparks flew between Isla and Sean in their meet-cute, but I wish the issue
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, contemporary
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 10/22/2020.

OMG, loved!

Who's the Boss? is an excellent example of workplace romance (with an enemies-to-lovers flavor, though it's really just-got-off-on-the-wrong-foot-darn-that-elevator antagonism, rather than true enemies) done right--all the romance, with none of the inappropriate squickiness. (My browser is telling me that's not a word, but I trust we all know what I mean, yes? ;) )

I loved Isla and Sean together. From their OMG-so-hot first kiss up aga
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author, bookfunnel
I totally enjoyed Isla and Sean in Who’s the Boss: An Enemies to Lovers Romantic Comedy by Erin McCarthy. These two had a meet cute in a stalled elevator and Sean, who has claustrophobia, flirted his way through passing the time. All that did was anger Isla; especially when he placed a kiss on her and set her world afire. Fast forward a few months and Isla discovers that Sean, an outsider, has been named Master Chef at her restaurant, instead of her. Now she has to work with him, follow his orde ...more
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
***ARC Provided by the Author***

For some reason, I really enjoy books where one (or both) of the characters are chefs. I have no idea why. I am not even particularly obsessed with restaurants, or cooking, at least I don't think so...but it is what it is and I enjoy books set in the restaurant world.

Sean and Isla have a memorable first encounter with both dislike and attraction but due to something she doesn't know about Sean, but that we as readers find out fairly quickly, their initial meeting
Zoe L.
Oct 21, 2020 added it
I mean, an enemies to lovers rom-com about two chefs is right up my alley. Well, anything with food is right up my alley, but that’s besides the point! But overall this was a fun and quirky read that I was able to devour in an evening. And even though it is a short book I still felt satisfied with the story and while I want more it also felt complete.

Let me start off by saying there was sooooo much chemistry between our two MCs! And that’s a must when reading a romance book. I mean, imagine if y
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ever since reading The Weekend Wife, I became a fan of Leah and her group of friends, Savannah, Felicia, Isla and Dakota. These ladies are all so different yet so powerful and empowering.

Who's the Boss? is a hilarious enemy to lovers, workplace romance that will have you laughing out loud one moment and the next swooning over the chemistry between the two main characters. Isla Kowalksi (Felicia's best friend) and Sean Kincaid (Michael's brother) first met when they were on their way to Felic
Lisa Spofford
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have really enjoyed this series of books as a group of girlfriends gradually fall in love. This book is about Isla and Sean, Felicia’s brothers-in-law. It is a enemies to lovers book about two people who had no interest in falling in love. I loved how passionate they were both in hate and later in love. We didn’t know much about either of them when the book started, but they both had loss in their backstories and this loss takes them from seemingly detached, cynical, one-dimensional people to ...more
Sharon Moritz-rosenthal
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a free ARC copy of this book from the author prior to release and am voluntarily leaving a review.

This story is a standalone but the prologue takes place in the midst of Forty Day Fiancee. It is the fourth book in the series and stars the brother, Sean from Forty and Felicia's bestfriend from Forty as well, Isla. In the prologue they meet in the elevator before the wedding.

This is part of the author, Erin McCarthy’s contemporary, adult, rom-com series focusing on a group of friends in
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sparks fly right from the beginning of Erin McCarthy’s Who’s The Boss. It is an enemies to lovers, workplace romance featuring a meet cute that will alternately give you a chuckle and then have you fanning yourself. Sean and Isla first meet at his brother’s and her best friend’s engagement party. Insults fly amidst an instant attraction and then they find themselves working together four months later. Can they put their dislike and attraction aside and figure out how to work together?

Isla is a s
Reading Addict
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been thoroughly enjoying the "Girlfriends" series by Erin McCarthy (that's how I have dubbed it!). All of these New York friends have been finding love and laughter and now it is Isla's turn no matter what this anti-love cynic believes! Isla Kowalski has been working hard in the restaurant industry and now she hopes to achieve the executive chef status at her restaurant Bones but much to her surprise one of her most recent nightmares, Sean Kincaid has been appointed that position. Sean on ...more
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sean Kincaid is one HOT chef!! He would tempt me to try anything. Isla is a take charge, takes not nonsense from anyone. I love her!! These two have a great first introduction in the elevator at the engagement party of Isla's best friend, and Sean's brother. After a smoldering hot kiss in the hallway, the sparks continue to fly.

Sean is hired on as the new head chef at the restaurant that Isla works at. She thought she was possibly up for the promotion, but was as shocked as the other chef that t
Kay Daniels (Kay Daniels Romance)
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romcom
Hilarious!! This insta-hate, enemies-to-lovers had me laughing from page one!

Isla and Sean's chemistry leapt off the page! Not only did they bring the heat to the kitchen, but these two chefs lit the pages on fire. 

Isla is married to her job and Sean is more than happy being single, but when these two meet on the way to an engagement party...well, other than basically lighting each other on fire, verbally that is, but ending with an incinerating, toe curling kiss...the sparks really begin when S
Oct 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Sean and Isla meet in the elevator on the way to Sean's brother Michael and Isla's best friend Felicia's engagement party. While their is instant attraction Isla does not like how Sean acts in the elevator. After a crazy kiss the two part ways. A few months later Isla is up to be head chef at the restaurant she has been working at for awhile until the owners decide to bring someone new in. Who do they bring in, but Sean from the elevator. Now the two have to learn to work together in the kitchen ...more
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USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy sold her first book in 2002 and has since written over seventy novels and novellas in teen fiction, new adult, and adult romance. Erin has a special weakness for high-heeled boots, beaches and martinis. She lives in Ohio with her family, two grumpy cats and a socially awkward dog.

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Sassy in the City (5 books)
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