Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Book Review: 'Hard For My Boss' by Daryl Banner

Author/composer Daryl Banner graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Theatre and Psychology. His writing includes new adult romance, M/M romance, post-apocalyptic fantasy, and dystopian. According to his brief biography he is ‘most inspired by the smart and unlikely hero, but urges you (the reader) not to fall in love with them; they may deceive you with their innocence.’

The difference, or at least one difference in Daryl’s books – and there are now many of them – is that in addition to managing the erotica arena he adds sufficient character psychology to make his players not only interesting and exceptionally physically attractive but also variations on extremes of social behavior.

HARD FOR MY BOSS is actually a bonus box in that it includes tow of Daryl’s popular BRAZEN BOYS novellas – DORM GAME and STRAIGHT UP. But the main novel is strong and a bit off center for Daryl’s themes – a mare ‘actually happened’ stance such as the summer work routine for young men. We get the gist of the story from page one – ‘Trevor is determined. First days on the job are never easy. But when you work for someone like Benjamin Gage, who happens to be CEO of his own built-from-the-ground-up multimillion-dollar PR company, every day is a deeply challenging endeavor to prove your mastery by overcoming the greatest of life’s obstacles. Like fixing this jammed-up copier, for instance. “Please be nice,” I beg the afflicted machine, then gently poke the button a twelfth time. The thing beeps at me in protest, then flashes that same dick-shaped icon on the screen. One of the other interns—some hot punk with a slim checkered tie who’s totally not my type—didn’t exactly explain how this evil thing works. “You got a boner?” I jump at the voice. It’s yet another intern with perfect hair who carries a stack of his own paper to feed the copier. What’s with all the hot guys at Gage Communications? “E-Excuse me?” I sputter back. “You got any toner?” he repeats with a nod at the machine. “It needs more toner.” My cheeks flush red as I deliberately don’t acknowledge what I thought he said. Also, I refuse to note his distractingly tight dress shirt that encases his big pecs. The hiring department clearly had a certain type in mind when they interviewed applicants at my university. Are hot young college men Benjamin Gage’s type?’

The synopsis outlines the brief plot – ‘Work hard, play harder. Trevor, the young summer intern, is totally screwed. His new boss, Benjamin Gage, is not only powerful, filthy rich, and totally arrogant ...but also irresistibly sexy. Trevor’s summer just got a lot hotter and harder than he bargained for.’’

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