Review: THE BOSSMAN by Renee Rose

January 15, 2018

The Bossman by Renee Rose
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?

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m struggling with what to write about this book. I think my problem is that I went into it thinking it had a plot. I thought it was a mafia romance with some kink. But alas, that wasn’t the case. The plot was sketchy and centered around Sophie Palazzo’s misconceptions and her fondness of being spanked. So this turned out to be a spanking story, not a mafia story, and the only romance to be found came from Joey La Torre.

I hated Sophie. HATED her. She was rude, holier-than-thou, inconsiderate, a liar, immature, and just a truly disgraceful character. I found no redeeming qualities about her. She was a 30 year old woman acting like a petulant, lost child. Nothing about her thoughts or actions endeared her to me. I couldn’t care less if she ever found happiness. And I definitely didn’t think she was deserving of Joey.

As for Joey, he was an easy character to like. His brother was the Don, whom he worked for for years, but he was tired of the mob life. He was just going through the motions. And he was ready to settle down with Sophie immediately. I loved how persistent he was. How dominant he was. How caring he was. He was the character to watch out for. He made this story and without his point of view, I probably wouldn’t have finished this book.

If you’re a lover of kink, you’ll enjoy this one. Joey definitely knew how to dole out Sophie’s punishment ;)

Release Date: March 10, 2014
Genre: BDSM - Erotica
POV: Dual - 3rd person
Heat: 5 out of 5
Series/Standalone: Book #1 of The Bossman series

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