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?
Publisher's Note: The Bossman contains graphic sexual scenes, consensual and non-consensual adult spanking, anal play, elements of BDSM. If such material offends you, please do not buy this book!
The Bossman caught my attention immediately. The cover, the blurb and, oh yeah, a hot Mafia man who spanks? Hello, ultimate dominant male. I nearly shook with excitement as I began reading! Then I held on for a fast ride because the story goes quick. While it's not insta-love and Sophie fights the attraction for a bit, she still gives in relatively quickly. And the pages are nearly flamable with the attraction between Joey and Sophie. They deal with their share of drama without overdoing the angst.
It's a short read that definitely would've benefited from being longer though. Time lapses seem a bit abrasive without smooth transitions and some of the timing feels a bit off but mostly, the story needed more. Despite enjoying the love story between Joey and Sophie, the potential of what could've been -the drama and intrigue of the mafia- was always on my mind. As is, the Bossman just didn't live up to my expectations... and maybe those were too high.
It was a nice domestic discipline romance that's worth the read. And if the author ever expanded it into a full mafia spanking series, I'd be sure to re-read it because Rose is an excellent author and this story has huge potential.
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This book was given to us by the author. Many thanks.