The Bossman

Renee Rose
The Bossman
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Riverdale Ave Books
Release Date
March 2014

Sophie Palazzo steered clear of the mafia after her father's involvement ended with his murder. Fifteen years later, Joey La Torre, the Don's brother himself, shows up unannounced at her massage studio and wheedles his way into a date. She has no interest in aggressive, macho men like Joey, or so she tries to tell herself, but her body just doesn't get the message. When Joey takes her in hand with a firm bare-bottomed spanking, she ought to be furious, instead, she's aroused. As she explores her physical desires to be dominated, she tries to keep Joey at arm's length emotionally.

Joey knows he wants Sophie for keeps from the moment he walks into her life. She is hot, classy and full of fire, even though submission turns her on. But his involvement in the mafia is a hard limit for her, bringing to conflict his own dedication to the Family, the code of silence and his relationship with his older brother. Can he reconcile his duty to the organization and his growing need for Sophie to remain in his life permanently?

Warning: This book contains spanking and graphic sexual scenes

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Apr 03, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
98 people found the following review helpful
THE BOSSMAN is a contemporary mafia erotic romance with some hints of paranormal influences (e.g., ghosts). As you would expect, it is the love story of a bad boy mafia member and the woman who captures his heart and brings to life his most erotic fantasies.

Sophie Palazzo has been running away from the mob all her life. Her father was a "made" man until the day he died. So you can imagine her trepidation when Joey La Torre, the brother of the current boss of the mafia family her father belonged to, shows up at her place of work for a massage. You see, Sophie is a licensed massage therapist (no, not the kind that gives "happy endings," as she quickly explains to Joey, but the legitimate kind).

As luck would have it, during his visit, it becomes evident how financially strapped Sophie still is (an unfortunate circumstance that she has lived with since her father was killed) when Joey is forced to stop the attempted repossession of Sophie's car. As you can imagine, Joey is not the type that gives favors without expecting payment. So, notwithstanding her intentions, Sophie finds herself dating Joey. But her intentions are to fulfill her obligations without any romantic connection and to quickly walk away from Joey as soon as she finds her opportunity. Will Joey be able to make her fall in love with him before she manages to walk away, particularly given his connection to the mafia, an institution she despises?

For those of you who are familiar with Renee Rose's stories, her stories typically mix light BDSM elements, primarily spankings, with paranormal elements. Having previously read Held for Ransom, a book which I absolutely adored and gave 5 stars to, I was prepared and eagerly awaited reading this story. THE BOSSMAN, however, surprised me as at least one of the spankings is of a much more serious nature than I was expecting and is intended strictly as a form of discipline, not the light, erotic kind that I am more comfortable with. The spankings are still nonetheless consensual as Sophie craves submitting to this form of dominance, a fetish which she researches, encourages and needs to help settle her nerves at times. If this is not your cup of tea, however, I would skip this one.

Putting this aside, what would have made THE BOSSMAN a 5-star read for me is more careful editing. Held for Ransom was incredibly well written, and I was expecting THE BOSSMAN to be of the same caliber. I am not sure if it was just my ARC copy, which perhaps was fixed in the final edition, but I found a number of places where it was hard to follow the transition between scenes within a chapter. As a result, I found myself having to reread certain passages in order to understand what had happened.

In conclusion, THE BOSSMAN is an erotic mafia romance that should not be missed by lovers of dominant heroes who like to engage in erotic and disciplinary spankings.
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