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Publisher's Summary

"Pearson’s a common name.”

“It can’t be him.”

“God wouldn’t be that cruel.”

A painful history

Walking into the job interview confirms Ben White’s worst fears. It’s been eight years since high school, yet he can still recall Wade Pearson’s taunts.

There’s always a chance Wade isn’t the same homophobic asshole Ben knew. Yeah, right.

Except the boy Ben remembers has grown into one seriously hot, brooding man. In another life, Ben would have climbed him like a tree. Wade’s gaze still makes Ben shiver - although now for entirely different reasons.

A secret longing

As soon as Wade read Ben’s application, he knew he had to see him. Ben’s still as gorgeous as Wade remembers. It’s obvious he doesn’t expect to get the job, given their history.

But Wade has an agenda. He has to make it up to Ben for treating him so badly - not that Ben will ever know why he acted like he did. Seeing him every day only heightens Wade’s regret. If he’d had more courage back then, maybe he and Ben could have been something.

The least he can do is show Ben he’s changed.

There’s no way Wade can get what he really wants - Ben’s heart.

©2021 K.C. Wells (P)2021 K.C. Wells

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  • Samantha Cato
  • 18-09-2021

Excellent

Really enjoyed this new one from KC Wells! I adore second chance novels and this was a great example of that trope! I loved the main characters in this one and their story was excellent. John Solo does a nice job narrating, as usual!

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  • Mary
  • 18-09-2021

It’s a good story line but the reading wasn’t selling it for me

I liked the story line but not so much the reading but if you are looking for something to fall asleep to it’s not bad

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  • Gabrielle
  • 11-07-2021

Ben's Boss

When Ben decides to try for a change of pace and a new job, he never expected to see someone from his past, someone he always dreamed about but should not have. How do you react when you see your high school bully when you go in for your job interview? Ben is more than surprised but he is not going to show any fear and let Wade win. Little does he know that Wade has changed and had reasons for what he did. Wade is determined to try to make up for his past actions and neither man has any idea on what will happen next.

Ben and Wade’s story is a sweet and emotional one. Wade has hidden in the closet for years. When Ben returns into his life he cannot hide anymore. I really enjoyed the way the two men develop a tentative friendship that soon blossoms into so much more. Wade may have had reasons for doing what he did in the past, but it does not make it right but seeing Ben’s reaction and emotions on the whole experience- past and present makes for a beautiful story. Narrator John Solo does a good job of bringing out the emotions in this story and pulled me in to the story right from the start.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-07-2021

Good enemies to lovers tale.

John Solo always gives a solid performance and this was no exception. He is good at emoting and does a decent job in varying his tone to give distinct voices to the main characters.

I enjoyed the first story of this series with it's age gap romance. At the end of book one there was a teaser for Ben's story. Ben was applying for a job at a store whose owners had the same last name as a high school bully that was awful to Ben. Ben was hoping that there was no relation, but at the same time there was a part of him who remembered how attracted he had been to that same bully.

A short time later, Ben interviews for the job with that bully. Wade remembers Ben when he sees him and he looks back with shame. Though Ben is qualified and the best candidate to interview, Wade partially hires him to make up for bad behavior. Though his solution to ignore Ben instead of apologizing leaves a lot to be desired.

Of course, close proximity and Wade's wonderfully sweet and somewhat interfering family change up the dynamics between Ben and Wade. I really loved Wade's family and Ben's friend group that it seems this series will be based on. I thought it was well told and Wade was able to finally acknowledge his mistakes and prove to be a fitting partner for Ben, so I was happy with the ending.

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  • Katy Beth
  • 30-06-2021

New Start

You can't undo the past but you can make a new start as the people you are now. This is part of the theme and message of this book. We also get glimpses of other that are having changes in their lives or are looking at new ways to see themselves. This book show a lot of growth in both of the main characters. Sometimes fear of what might happen can be the worst part. I was glad to see these two finally open up and communicate with each other.

I listened to the audio version which was well done and very enjoyable.

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  • Stephanie VO
  • 27-06-2021

Amazing listen!

I absolutely love listening to this second chance at love story. Ben and Wade's story is so beautiful. This a slow burn which is prefect since these two had a lot to move past. I absolutely love how KC Wells does this redemption story. Then John Solo does an amazing job with this narration. I just couldn't stop listening. brings so much life to this story. Such a beautiful listen!

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  • Erica Fisher
  • 26-06-2021

2nd chance at love

Ben’s Boss by K.C. Wells was given to me in exchange for an honest review. Ben was bullied in high school and his new boss was the bully and his first crush. Ben is not sure he can forgive him or stop crushing on him. Wade knew he was a horrible person in high school and wishes to make amends. I loved Ben and Wade’s story. It shows learning from your mistakes and showing others that you have changed deserves a 2nd chance from the one you love was hard fought and worth it. John Solo continues his wonderful narration from the first book to Ben & Wade. I love his gravelly voice for Wade. It was perfect for the image I have in my head.

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  • Susana
  • 22-06-2021

Love it!

I like this audio so much! Ben and Wade story is a second chance at love romance. Ben and Wade were classmates in high school, Ben was being bullied by Wade and that made Ben’s life a living hell.
But now at 26y/o Ben still carries crush on him. Ben applied to a job that he was sure he would love, oh surprise when he discover that is Wade’s family who owns the gift shop, Ben is afraid of no getting the job but after the interview he get it.
We learned the history between them and I love that we get both POV’s this gives us a better perspective of the story, their feelings, the truth behind the bullying, the secrets Wade carries and the forgiveness, I love the story and how is written, Ben and Wade were meant to find each other again and be together. This was truly romantic and sweet! John Solo did a great job narrating this book, I like Ben and Wade voices! I highly recommend it!

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  • Lisa L Teetz
  • 20-06-2021

Loved This!

Oh wow I really loved this. I honestly wasn't sure how I'd feel as the bully redemption story is usually a tough pill for me to swallow and find believable, but that was not the case here. KC Wells took the time needed to make this very realistic and very believable, the entire story just felt so naturally organic. I adored Wade's mother and grandfather from the first moment we met them, they were simply wonderful. I just loved the group of friends the author has created in this series. They are all their for each other whenever needed, they are honest with each other, don't sugar coat things, and have each others backs. Some of my favorite conversations in the book were between Ben and some of his friends, they felt very natural and realistic to me.
This was a VERY slow burn between Wade and Ben and it needed to be. They needed time to get through the past, forgive, and move on. It was handled perfectly. Their first kiss was just about the sweetest first kiss ever! Wade has been in the closet his whole life so he got to experience all his firsts with Ben. Even their time in the bedroom felt so realistic--it was sweet and steamy all at once and I loved them!
I am doing this series on audio and John Solo has been great. He brought a lot of emotion, tenderness, and feeling to the story. There are a lot of voices that appear often so there was a little overlap, but nothing that was too hard to follow. My favorite thing about this narrator is the inflection he brings, the pacing, and the easy style with which he tells a story. Cannot wait for Seb's book next!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-06-2021

Intense 😍

A beautiful and intense love story with a difficult theme of bullying and how it impacts kids, teenagers and adults who were bullied as well as who bullied others 🥺
And about how unexpected attraction and support from loyal friends and loving family members can help boost ones love life and get a boyfriend 😉
A masterpiece from K.C. Wells who can incredibly well blend together romance, sexiness and difficult topics with spot-on narration by John Solo 🤩👍

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  • Wide Eyes, Big Ears!
  • 16-06-2021

Wonderful enemies-to-lovers romance!

Wow, I was unprepared for how much this redemption story would tug at my heartstrings! Even though it’s been eight years, Ben still remembers how much Wade tormented him for being gay during high school, so he’s horrified when Wade turns out to be his new boss. This enemies-to-lovers romance explores the guilt and shame the bully and bullied can feel. The MCs are sympathetically drawn and although most of the narration sits with Ben, it’s Wade journey of redemption that really hits home. I hadn’t listened to the first audiobook in the series, so the opening chapters with so many of Ben’s friends were initially confusing, but the group interactions bookend the story in an important way - making a list of who’s who helped a lot. John Solo handles the audio narration deftly and sensitively, just right.

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  • HelenMK69
  • 16-06-2021

Can a homophobic bully make amends?

Ben was bullied at school for being gay before he even realised that he was gay. He had a strange relationship with his bully in his head, he hated him for making his life so hard and miserable, but on the other hand, he secretly fancied him. That was years ago, but the feelings that Wade had made him feel stayed with him for life.

Ben applied for a new job within a trinket shop in town, and he thought the shop quaint and the older lady and man who ran it seemed nice. That was until the interview.

Can Ben work for the same man who bullied him for years? Will he even acknowledge those high school days.

This book is an emotional rollercoaster, Ben and Wade have been through a lot over their lives, but can either of them get past their high school selves.

We also meet up with Finn and the others from book one, although this can be read as a stand-alone.

A well-written book about men, love and second chances in life: Great narration from John Solo: I speeded up the narrator to 1.25. but this is normal for me, and I find most people read too slow for me.

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 15-06-2021

Such a good story; I loved it!

I was lucky to get a copy of both the ebook and audiobook of Ben’s Boss for review. I finished reading the ebook and promptly began listening to the audiobook performed by the fantastic John Solo. John has performed several of KC’s audiobooks and I love it when a favorite author and favorite narrator work together to bring a favorite book to life.

The blurb does a great job of describing the story so I won’t rehash it here. Instead, I’m going to tell you how much I loved Ben and what a great person he is for forgiving the horrible things that Wade did to him when they were in high school. You might be tempted to hate Wade – he certainly deserved to be hated for what he did to Ben – but he is genuinely remorseful and we do learn there was a reason for what he did, albeit that reason didn’t justify what he did.

I love a good story where a not-so-nice character is redeemed and KC Wells has written a winner in Ben’s Boss. Like Finn’s Fantasy, this story really got all of my emotions involved. John Solo’s voice was perfect for this book.

Ben’s Boss is the second book in the Maine Men series. You could read this as a standalone but I think you will enjoy it more, and understand Ben’s friends better, if you read Finn’s Fantasy first. I love the group of guys who have remained friends since high school and I’m looking forward to reading each of their stories.

A copy of this book and audiobook was provided to me at my request but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.

***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***

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  • Bette
  • 15-06-2021

Fantastic Story & Narration🎧 A Heartfelt Delight!

I am loving K.C. Wells’ “Maine Men” series, the Maine men Finn, Ben, Seb, Dylan, Noah, Aaron, Levi and Shaun are a tight knit circle of friends, the camaraderie amongst them is simply divine, they are each others support group and sounding boards. You can not help but fall in love with each and every one of them, I am hoping they all get their own book. The first book featured Finn, this one is Ben’s story, Ben had announced that he had a interview for a job at a gift store in town, it is owned by the Pearsons and has been for generations. He went to HS with a Wade Pearson, he hopes there is no relation there because Wade was his biggest bully and he made life miserable for Ben while in high school. The first time Ben was in the store he spoke to Mrs. Pearson, no sign of a Wade so he was happy about that. Except when he goes back for the interview guess who is the interviewer, yep, Wade. Ben held back what was on his mind and did well during the interview even though he knew he would not be getting the job. To his surprise he gets a call soon after to tell him the job was his if he wanted it. Of course he took it, with hopes that Wade would be busy with the other three stores and he would not have to see much of him. But Wade has other plans which include making amends. This is a great enemies to lovers story, it brings up some serious and real life situations, including bullying, the reason behind it and the aftermath. It also shows dealing with guilt, the opening of one’s heart and forgiveness. I loved how everything played out in this book, the story is beautifully plotted with plenty of drama, angst, heartfelt emotions and a great romance. K.C. Wells thank you for another fantastic story and emotional rollercoaster ride. I am looking forward to what comes next in this awesome series and Seb’s Summer.

🎧📚🎧 And for the fabulous narration, John Solo continues to bring these characters and their stories to life. He is a talented narrator and versatile voice artist. His portrayal of these characters is spot on, I love how he takes each role and make it his own, sounding natural and believable in every role he performs. You could hear how much heart he puts into his work, as he captures all the characters emotions and projects them into his performance. He is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another awesome listen.

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  • Vania
  • 14-06-2021

A great series!

This book was so great! Equal parts sweet and angst. A very-well-written hurt/comfort romance where Wade, Ben’s former high-school bully embarks on a mission to make things right and repent his former actions, all the while secretly pining away for more. I loved how K.C. Wells wrote Ben and Wade’s past: it’s thoughtful and insightful, and delves into the reasons for Wade’s bullying, not only his actions, without excusing or minimising them.
There are also very sweet and funny moments, and I love the tight knit group of friends that is more like a band of brothers than other. Can’t wait for more in this series!

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