Snowbound in Her Boss's Bed
Grade : C

Marcella Bell’s Snowbound in her Boss’s Bed makes the same mistake I’ve seen in a few books lately - focusing on the wrong part of the story.

Miriam Howard, event planner, is the daughter of a Black pastor and hasn’t fit in with her family since she converted to Judaism. Temporarily hired to replace a scandal-tainted gala coordinator, she has to knock a Jewish foundation’s annual fundraiser out of the park to win the job of her dreams on a permanent basis. That means appeasing Benjamin Silver, billionaire megadonor - even if he insists she fly to Aspen on the first night of Hanukkah. Where they are promptly stranded by a snowstorm, and of course tempted to reproduce the exact boss-employee scandal that gave Miri a shot at her job.

Miri has a fascinating background that could have driven an original, compelling, and challenging plot that confronted inclusion and validation of converts to Judaism, discrimination against Jews of color, holiday conflicts in multifaith families, the hope of her family that she might marry Christian. Instead, the author has Miri come into the book having fully and confidently resolved all of her issues and with an established (if off-screen) found family. So what does the author choose as the main conflict? Benjamin’s fear of opening up to love after loss. The same conflict that drives a solid half of billionaire and Harlequin presents books. A conflict that forces Miri to spend the entire story as Benjamin’s therapist. Oy.

A book that could have hit a trifecta of under-represented religion, under-represented ethnicity within that religious group, and under-told holiday story instead becomes yet another generic billionaire-with-commitment-issues book that took me two months to finish. Save yourself the trouble and give it a miss.

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Grade : C

Sensuality: Warm

Review Date : December 25, 2022

Publication Date: 10/2022

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Caroline Russomanno

I'm a history geek and educator, and I've lived in five different countries in North America, Asia, and Europe. In addition to the usual subgenres, I'm partial to YA, Sci-fi/Fantasy, and graphic novels. I love to cook.

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