Boss Man, the second book in the Tycoon Club series, is the story of Fancy Shayne and Maxwell Reed's romance. As readers might recall from Dangerous Bet: Troy's Revenge, Maxwell is a blond "manly man" with a "commanding air of self-confidence," a former bull-riding rodeo star, who turns his inherited Cross Star Ranch into a million dollar enterprise. Fancy quits her job as a waitress at the Tycoon Club to become Maxwell's cook/personal assistant, a live-in position. One quarter-way through the book we know he likes her looks, cooking and office skills, but is "too broken a man" to pursue her and to love.
The attraction is mutual, but Fancy, a virgin, wants love, not just sex. How will she and Maxwell resolve their relationship? Can Maxwell overcome his past and learn to love Fancy? Will Fancy ever trust Maxwell? The major characters in Tycoon Club appear again. Troy and Headley are married and Cole regrets the loss of his true love, Lauren, but can he win her back? Because Troy and Cole are Maxwell's good friends and Headley and Cole are Fancy's, it presents a seamless way of showing us both Maxwell's and Fancy's back-story and current relationship. In fact, the structure of characters' relationships makes the smoothness of the book possible. New writers might want to analyze Ms. Rochelle's writing to benefit from how she uses relationships to structure to the benefit of her storytelling.
Marie Rochelle's plot, characters and storytelling fulfill the reader's expectations. This is a romantic fantasy about a poor girl with good character and a lustful jaded rich guy. These characters are standard because people like them and like this kind of story that it can't be told too many times. Boss Man is extremely easy to read and the major characters' lives offer something for everyone. Twists on the standard romance abound – for example, Fancy and Headley care for aging parents and friendships cross class and race barriers. These twists speak to changes in the current culture and offer an up-to-date version of a timeless fantasy.