Title: Conflicted
Author: Lisa Suzanne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 12, 2016


“Be a good little assistant and go get me some coffee.”

Comments like this are why I hate my boss. Since taking over as CEO of Benson Industries, Cole Benson has been demeaning, arrogant, and infuriating.

For as much as I hate him, I can’t stop thinking about him. A captivating attraction passes between us each time his dark eyes meet mine. As the late nights and business trips add up, we are compelled to cross the line of our professional relationship.

But how can I call him my boyfriend when I already have a husband?





“Hey, Nicki,” he greeted the leggy blonde who he sat next to at lunch. Her eyes zeroed in on me.
“Oh, I didn’t know you had company.”
Cole glanced over at me. “She’s not company. She’s just my assistant.”
Just my assistant.
Just my assistant.
I thought about his words with disappointment.
Just when I started to think that there could be something between us, I was put back in my place. Shoved back into place, really. I’d gotten carried away with the kiss, that was all. It hadn’t meant to him what it might’ve meant to me.
I was relegated back to his assistant. Not the woman he kissed and would’ve taken to bed had we not been interrupted.
“Is now a good time?” Nicki asked.
“Let’s chat in the hall.”
He followed her out, closing the door behind him.
Guilt washed over me.
I’d been ready to do so much more than kiss Cole.
It wasn’t fair to John, and it wasn’t fair to me. But life wasn’t fair, and I could stand in place all day thinking about how wrong it was or I could do something about it.
I wasn’t sure exactly what to do about it, but the walls of the huge hotel suite were suddenly suffocating me. I needed to get out.
I grabbed my purse and my phone, making sure I had my key, and I walked out the door.
Cole was standing too close to Nicki—or maybe Nicki was standing too close to Cole—but it wasn’t my business. I was just his assistant. I brushed past the two of them, my legs carrying me toward the elevator as I struggled to catch my breath.
Maybe his eyes were on me, and maybe they weren’t—but I didn’t check to see. Either way, it didn’t matter. Because I was just his assistant.
I was married, and I’d just kissed another man.

Mariah’s Review

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What would you do if you found out your new boss was an incredible jerk?  What if at the same time he was a incredibly handsome and sexy?  This is Lucy Cleary’s dilemma.  Conflicted is the story of a woman who feels an instant connection to her hot boss.  The problem is that she is already married.

Conflicted had me right from the beginning.  I was hooked within the first five paragraphs.  You know how you just get that feel from a book?  I was entranced with the jerk mentality of Cole and how he treated Lucy from the get go.  It really added to the angst of the story.  Lucy is trying to adjust to her new boss.  She’s worked hard at her job to gain trust and be recognized for her work to no avail with Cole as the new CEO.  You hate the fact that you love Cole, at least I know I did.  I could not put this book down because I really enjoyed the character interaction.

I know some people have a hard time with books that involve extra marital affairs.  This one, though, was done well.  It was really a full circle evolution of  the main character, Lucy.  Did she make mistakes?  Yes, however, she does everything that she can to be a better person.

Lisa Suzanne also throws in some obstacles as the book progresses.  At one point I was like “Oh no you didn’t!”  However, she did.  While I was rooting for the main character, I had to actually say Lucy sort of deserved it.

Overall, this is a 4.5 star read for me.  I loved the angst and the characters.  I do felt the angst could have been drawn out  a bit longer and that it sort of ended abruptly.  I loved that I couldn’t put it down until it was finished.  I also enjoyed the struggle of the protagonist as she tries to come to terms with her mistakes.  Well done, and I can’t wait to try some of the other books Lisa Suzanne has written.

Lisa Suzanne is a romance author who resides in Arizona with her husband and baby boy. She’s a part-time college instructor and former high school English teacher. When she’s not cuddling baby Mason, she can be found working on her latest book or watching reruns of Friends.


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