πŸ‘€πŸ“•πŸ“˜πŸ“™πŸ‘€ Take a sneak peek πŸ‘€πŸ“•πŸ“˜πŸ“™πŸ‘€ The Boss Project by Vi Keeland ℛℯ𝒢𝒹 𝒯𝒽𝑒 𝓔𝓍𝒸𝑒𝓇𝓅𝓉! RELEASING JULY 11th! 𝒫𝓇𝑒-π‘œπ“‡π’Ήπ‘’π“‡ π“Žπ‘œπ“Šπ“‡ π’Έπ‘œπ“…π“Ž π“‰π‘œπ’Ήπ’Άπ“Ž! @ViKeeland @GiveMeBooksPR @vi_keeland

Title: The Boss Project
Author: Vi Keeland
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 11, 2022
Excited about Vi Keeland’s upcoming release,Β 
The Boss Project?Β 
Check out this SNEAK PEEK and meet Merrick and Evie!

 

Merrick

 

β€œMr. Crawford?” My assistant, Andrea, poked her head into my office while I was eating lunch with Will. β€œSorry to interrupt, but HR asked me to find out if you might have time to talk with one of the candidates for the in-house therapist position?”
Β 
I shook my head. β€œI don’t need to talk to the applicants. I already gave my input to Joan. HR is holding second-round interviews and will let me know what they think when they’re done.”
Β 
β€œApparently one of the candidates asked if she could have a minute with you after her appointment with HR. But her meeting is starting now, and I know you don’t like anything on your schedule during trading hours.”
Β 
β€œWhich candidate?”
Β 
β€œEvie Vaughn.”
Β 
I leaned back in my chair with a chuckle. β€œSure. Why not?”
Β 
She nodded. β€œI’ll let her know.”
Β 
Will lifted his chin after Andrea shut the door. β€œWhat was that little grin about?”
Β 
β€œOne of the candidates for the stress therapist job is interesting, to say the least.”
Β 
β€œIn what way?”
Β 
β€œHer first-interview appointment wasn’t until five one day last week, so when the market closed, I ran downstairs to Paloma to pick up a suit I’d bought and had tailored. After I left the store, I thought I’d forgotten my cell phone in the fitting room, so I went back to check. When I opened the door, I walked in on a woman.”
Β 
β€œI hate those places that have one fitting room for both men and women.”
Β 
β€œActually, this place has separate ones. The woman was just in the men’s room. But that’s not the best part. When I walked in, she was half undressed…and smelling her armpit.”
Β 
Will’s brows shot up. β€œCome again?”
Β 
β€œYou heard me right. Anyway, a few minutes later, my five o’clock appointment walks in, and it’s her. The woman from the fitting room.”
Β 
β€œThe pit sniffer? Get the hell out of here. What did you do?”
Β 
β€œNothing. I played it off like I didn’t recognize her, though she definitely recognized me. I could see her squirming.”
Β 
β€œShit like this only happens to you, my friend. So what went down? How did the interview go?”
Β 
β€œShe was the least-qualified candidate. I don’t even know how her resumΓ© made it into the group that got called for interviews.”
Β 
β€œYet she’s back here today for a second interview?”
Β 
β€œShe is, indeed.”
Β 
Will shook his head. β€œWhat am I missing?”
Β 
β€œWhen I got home that night, I started thinking about how the board is shoving this position down my throat. They mandated that I hire someone, not that the person be competent.”
Β 
Will smiled. β€œGenius.”
Β 
I shook my head. β€œI need my people to be focused and ruthless while they’re hereβ€”not getting in touch with their emotions.”
Β 
β€œI hear you.”
Β 
As we finished lunch, Andrea returned and knocked. Evie Vaughn stood right behind her. Her wavy blond hair was up today, and she wore a simple black skirt and jacket with a red blouse underneath, giving her the sexy-librarian look every male fantasizes about at least once in his life. I tried to ignore the stir seeing her caused in me and forced my gaze down.
Β 
Andrea peeked her head in the door. β€œDo you need more time?”
Β 
I looked at Will. β€œWe need to discuss anything else?”
Β 
He shook his head. β€œNot that I can think of. I’ll get the Endicott buy order placed as soon as it hits forty a share.”
Β 
β€œGood.” I turned my attention to Andrea. β€œPlease show Ms. Vaughn in.”
Β 
Will left, tossing me a smirk over his shoulder as he passed Evie.
Β 
When the door shut, she took a few steps forward, then hesitated. β€œThank you for seeing me.”
Β 
I nodded and gestured to the guest chairs on the other side of my desk. β€œHave a seat.”
Β 
β€œYour assistant mentioned you don’t usually take appointments while the market is open.”
Β 
β€œI don’t.” Leaning back, I tented my fingers. β€œWhat can I do for you, Ms. Vaughn?”
Β 
β€œIt’s Evie, please. And…well, I was hoping you could clear something up for me.”
Β 
β€œWhat would that be?”
Β 
β€œWhy am I here? For a second interview, I mean. You made it pretty clear during the first one that you didn’t think I had the right experience for the position, and I didn’t exactly make a winning first impression in that fitting room. So…why am I here again?”
Β 
I folded my arms across my chest and deliberated how to answer. The politically correct and professional response would’ve been to say I’d reconsidered based on how she’d handled herself during the interview. But I’d never been accused of being politically correct or professional.
Β 
β€œAre you sure you want the real answer? Sometimes it’s better not to know and just accept the outcome.”
Β 
She folded her arms across her chest, mimicking my posture. β€œMaybe, but I’d like to know anyway.”
Β 
I liked her spunk. It was a challenge to keep myself from smiling. β€œYou were invited back because you are the least qualified of all of the people we interviewed.”
Β 
Her face fell, and I felt a tinge of guilt, even though she’d said she wanted the truth.
Β 
β€œWhy would you do that?”
Β 
β€œBecause hiring an in-house stress coach wasn’t my idea. My board of directors is forcing my hand.”
Β 
β€œIs it a problem because it wasn’t your idea?”
Β 
β€œI employ a hundred-and-twenty-five people whose jobs are to give me ideas.” I shook my head. β€œNo, I don’t have an authority issue, Ms. Vaughn.”
Β 
She pursed her lips. β€œDoctorβ€”it’s Doctor Vaughn. I prefer to be called Evie, but if you insist on using formal etiquette, you might as well use my proper title. I hold a PhD in clinical psychology.”
Β 
I couldn’t hold back the smile that time. I nodded. β€œFine. No, I don’t have authority issues, Doctor Vaughn.”
Β 
β€œSo you’re against the position, in general, and you wanted to hire the worst person to prove a point?”
Β 
I nodded once. β€œYou could say that.”
Β 
β€œAre you against therapy?”
Β 
β€œI believe some people can benefit from therapy.”
Β 
β€œSome people? But not your employees? Do you believe your employees don’t have any stress in the workplace?”
Β 
β€œThis is Wall Street, Ms.β€”Doctor Vaughn. If it weren’t a stressful job, my average trader wouldn’t earn seven figures. I just prefer my people to be focused while they’re here in the office.”
Β 
β€œDid you ever consider that you might be looking at things backward? Taking an hour out of the day to speak to someone isn’t what’s interrupting a stressed-out person’s focus. They’re already not focused because of their stress level. Therapy could help center someone so they can concentrate better.”
Β 
β€œNoted that there’s more than one way to look at things.” I studied her for a moment. β€œIs there anything else you wanted to ask? Or have we reached the point in the discussion where you tell me you hope we never see each other again?”
Β 
She smiled shyly. β€œI’m sorry about that. It wasn’t an appropriate thing to say.”
Β 
I shrugged. β€œIt’s fine. Believe it or not, I’ve been accused of being inappropriate a time or two myself.”
She laughed as she stood. β€œGee, I never would have guessed that from the man who sniffed me during my interview.” Evie held out her hand. β€œThank you for your time. And your honesty.”
β˜…β˜…β˜…Β 
Β 
Excited? We are too!
RELEASING JULY 11th!

 

 

PRE-ORDER LINKS
Please note: There will not be an Amazon ebook pre-order, but it will be available on Amazon on release day.
Β 
Β 
Sign up for Vi’s mailing list now and be the first one notified when it goes live!
Do you like texts better than email? Receive text notices of Vi’s new releases by texting the word BOOKS to 77948 You will ONLY receive a text when a new book goes live – no other messages at all!

 

AUTHOR BIO
Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles are currently translated in twenty-seven languages and have appeared on bestseller lists in the US, Germany, Brazil, Bulgaria and Hungary. Three of her short stories have been turned into films by Passionflix, and two of her books are currently optioned for movies. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.
AUTHOR LINKS

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.