The Boss Upstairs by Roya Carmen

Title: The Boss Upstairs
Series: Orchard Heights
Author: Roya Carmen
Genre: Steamy Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Calico Images
Absolute perfection here folks! So good! Definitely a must read!”
Goodreads Review
“This story was certainly romantic and very unique and I loved how the relationship between Gretchen and Weston developed.”
Brittany’s Book Blog
“This book is fantastic! Loved this so much and was lucky enough to read it very early on. Weston is super swoony.”
Goodreads Review –

For fans of The Ground Rules trilogy, Weston is back, and naughtier than ever, in this sweet and steamy boss secretary romance. 

Gretchen Morris is barely thirty, yet she’s already a widow. Ethan, her two-year old boy, is the light of her life. This is it for her. She will never love anyone like she loved her late husband, Donovan. Every hour, he’s in her thoughts, in her heart, not letting go. She’s completely shattered because he’s gone, and every single day, she must live with the knowledge that she’s the one to blame.

She’s nothing but a hollow shell, going through her life on auto pilot, trying to be strong for Ethan, but failing miserably. She’s looking to become self-sufficient again, to head back into the job market and start a new chapter.

Surprisingly, all it takes is one jolt to bring her back to life; an opportunity to work with the reclusive wealthy man in the penthouse upstairs.

Weston Hanson is odd, beautiful, sweet, playful, and unlike anyone she’s ever met before. And he’s as broken as she is. He’s lived a man’s worst nightmare, gone through a divorce, and let go of a woman he loved dearly. He’s still obsessed with this woman and cannot move past the regrets in his life. 

Can two people fall in love if their souls are full of broken memories, and their hearts are still held captive by others? 


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“Thanks for the flowers. You shouldn’t have.”

“It’s my pleasure.”

“But this is getting kind of silly, Weston,” I say. “I know it was in the agreement that you could get me gifts but—”

“They’re just flowers, Grasshopper.” He stands and walks toward me. My whole body turns on every time he’s within five feet of me. I love it, but I also kind of hate it. No man has ever had this effect on me. Not even Donovan.

He takes my hand. “They were offered in apology. I’m not quite sure what I’m apologizing for, but last time we played, I upset you.”

I shake my head. “No, you didn’t.”

His brows furrow. “Don’t lie to me. I study people, Gretchen, and I’m very good at reading them. I knew you wanted me the first time I looked into your eyes, and I also know I upset you. You need to tell me what the matter is because I don’t want any secrets between us.”

I blow out a breath. I’m clearly not getting out of this. 

“You’ve disappointed me.”

“How so?” he asks with wide eyes.

“I didn’t realize you were the kind of man who could be unfaithful.”

He shakes his head. “How do you mean?”

“The woman you mentioned…” I clarify. “The one you’re trying not to think about. Is she the reason you divorced your wife?”

He hesitates a long beat before speaking, and I wonder if I’ve just hit the nail on the head. 

“Kind of… she had a lot to do with our separation,” he confesses. “Quite a lot in fact.”

“Were you having an affair with her?” I ask, desperate to know. 

“No,” he says. “Not really. Not in the traditional sense.”

What the hell does that mean?

He blows out a huge breath. “Are you sure you want to hear this?”

I don’t hesitate to answer. “Positive.”


AHHHHHHH! If you loved Roya Carmen’s The Rules Breakers Series (The Ground Rules), then you NEED this book. She gave Weston his own story, and nothing could make my heart happier! And if you haven’t read it —what’s wrong with you? Go binge it now! I mean… no worries, you can easily read this one as a standalone and be absolutely fine.

One of the things that I enjoy most about Roya Carmen’s books is that they always have a very real, authentic feel to them. Her characters aren’t these dreamlike, larger than life characters that never do anything wrong. They are real. They are flawed. They make mistakes. In other words, they are like any one of us that pick up these books. They are in one word: Relatable.

In The Boss Upstairs, we have two characters, Gretchen and Weston, who are still grieving the end of their past relationships. Neither thinks that they will ever be able to love again. But when they get together, their chemistry is undeniable. They just click on all levels. And they don’t shy away from their pasts. They (wait for it… novel concept here) actually discuss it with each other. Normally. Naturally. As part of their growing relationship. This makes me just that much more attached to Gretchen and Weston. It made me root for their love even harder.

The Boss Upstairs is a sexy, sweet, heartwarming office romance that will keep you hooked from start to finish!

Roya Carmen is a busy mom, romance writer, designer, bookworm, chocoholic, and hopeless romantic. There’s nothing she enjoys more than making up stories about love, and sharing them with her readers.

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