Almost invisible…

Beware of the BossBeware of the Boss by Leah Ashton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Funnily enough one of the sub-plots in this book has been discussed quite a lot lately in the media. The way successful female athletes seem to suffer from body image insecurity. A lot of women do, especially those the public eye. One would think that being extremely accomplished in their choice of career, which has a lot to do with their health, level of fitness and overall physical image, that they wouldn’t allow criticism of their appearance to bother them. Apparently their expertise doesn’t make them exempt from insecurities.
Lanie seems to have trouble accepting how talented, successful and appealing she might be to the opposite gender. She questions her abilities, her achievements and constantly puts herself down. She feels invisible.
At this point Gray enters the picture and unfortunately for our main character he isn’t exactly the touchy feely caring type. He is so wrapped up in his own world that he doesn’t realise how insensitive he is. That insensitivity sets off a whole domino effect when Lanie and Gray start to interact on a more personal level.
I am so glad that the author didn’t create a competition scenario between the two sisters in relation to their physical appearance, that would have been a little predictable. Instead the reader gets a real sense of Lanie and her personality.
I enjoyed the almost shy imperfection of both the characters and the way they advanced upon each other only to take ten steps back again. It was also a story that pleased the heart without having to tie up every loose end.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of Harlequin UK and Mills&Boon.

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