When her path crosses with Alec McLean, the sexy stranger with whom she on ...more
Can I say that again, yeah?
This book is a freaking DEBUT.
And it is awesome. More people need to read this book. READ THIS BOOK.
We all know I don't read in my genre for ~reasons. Well, for ~reasons, I picked up Boss.
Carissa Elliott is already running from one criminal boss when she runs into another. Alec McLean then spends the next two years of his life remembering the girl he shared a single kiss with in the club that night. Fast forward to when these two meet again, and th ...more
DNF at around 10%. Killed by the absolutely horrible writing. Super choppy, with ridiculous time jumps that make it impossible to connect with the characters since we don’t get to see how they get to a certain point in their lives. We just jump from end result to end result so everything that would make them who they are is just glossed over. What a disappointment ...more
I am a bit confused on the Mafia angle. I didn't find any signs of actual Mafia life. The plot and characters are choppy and underdeveloped. I felt as if I missed a huge chunk of the story. The first 30% read as if the story resumed from a previous story. Additionally Carissa goes from mourning to traumatized to victimized to a knife wielding Boss in fi ...more
➰ ・゜゜・ ➿.・゜゜・ ➰
DNF at 15%
No. Just nope.
The plot had potential, but the writing felt too choppy (the transitions between scenes was so abrupt I thought I was reading a script instead of a novel) & jarring; the characters were so two dimensional they didn’t even appear like people but a bunch of words strung together, it made it impossible to care about them or establish a connection (thanks also to the fact we literally don’t know a thing about these people...the auth ...more
I am quite out of words and don't know how to start this review. I mean, there are a lot of jumbled thoughts in my head but I really don't know how to organize them.
I think I'll start with: I took this book because I've read Bethany-Kris' review and we have discussed the book. Like ohmygosh! lol I think it is an integral part of understanding this book not that it matters to me because when there's blood and guns I'm all in. Anyway, she distinguished the difference of this being a mafia r
This book was a pleasant surprise. There was a level and depth I wasn't expecting. My issues with the book were in the time jumps and with how many characters were involved. It made it hard to keep all of the information in order. There were a couple of other discrepancies too but I won't mention those in order to not spoil anything.
I hope the suspense and intrigue keeps on in the next book. ...more
A women can't be a Mob Boss, why not? Carissa was the head of the Trinity, which was made up of all girls. She became very powerful and well known. One ...more
*ARC provided to me via netgalley for honest review* ...more
You see, Carissa (the lead female in this firs ...more
For a while, the pacing of the relationship between Carissa and Alec seemed very off, but after the second time jump I felt that this was mostly resolved. Also, I loved the relationship between the Trinity. It isn't common in a majority of mafia books for women to have a strong ...more
Fast paced and full of characters who are, frankly, bad people. Yet, you can't help but root for them. Their loyalty to one another, their protectiveness, the vulnerability they show make you forget they're in organized crime. (side note: this is not a mafia story) I also love that the heroine isn't weak, and that she and her friends rescue each other more than turning to any of the men in the story. Full of danger and intrigue, Boss isn't your typical romantic suspense. No d ...more
When I chose to read this book, I had high expectations, which was based on the cover and the blurb. Intrigued by the concept of a female crime boss I could not wait to peel away the layers of what promised to be an exciting and riveting read. Unfortunately, however, the story did not delive ...more
First, I want to say something - when I sat down with this book, based on the blurb, I expected your usual mafia type book - that is NOT this book. Though the term "made man" is used - in both the synopsis and book - it's not exactly the same as with other mafia books. Which gave me my first clue that this book was going to be something different.
I will start by saying that I really enjoyed this BUT.......its not what I would call a Mafia romance. Maybe more suspense romance?
Mafia - besides the mention of drugs, thugs and some guns there really wasn't any crime happening within the storyline. Carissa was running from a crime boss but it never said she had personally been involved with crime or running drugs herself. She becomes a crime boss by aligning herself with another crime figure and ends up running a night ...more
Enter crime boss Alec McClean who also has issues with Calum and ...more
The setting of each place was immaculately constructed to ...more
This review is a 3.5 stars so I rounded up.
This is my first book by author J.L. Lora. I really wanted to give it 5 stars, but there were a few things that it was missing for me...I was intrigued by the concept of the book and was slightly disappointed that it didn't follow the path that I had expected. I felt like some of the Mafia stuff wasn't there....what was Alec the head of? What made it mafia? I felt ...more
Carissa slowly makes a name for herself through this book after losing important people in her life one after another. She must make a choice to be predator or prey which will lead her down a path she never saw coming. She has a no care attitude and won’t take any smack from anyone!
Alec sees Carissa in a club one nigh ...more
It is a book full of serious life issues, trauma, heartache, heartbreak, love , lotsa of action and fun and full of humor. The ending is completely hilarious.
Carissa and the trinity are amazing. They gone through so much being stuck around different mob personalities in their life. But finally Carissa takes a stand not willing to put up with these violent men anymore and she becomes the one bad g ...more
As a mafia/mob romance book, I liked that she wrote it in a way that the female characters are not all damsels in distress. I liked the idea of women being in power and outsmarting those who underestimate their capabilities.
As for Carissa and Alec's love story, I think it was well written to ...more
Where to start? Carissa and Alec's story is one that will take you on a rollercoaster ride. You will laugh, smile, cry, and scream.
At the beginning I thought one thing of Carissa and then I changed my mind and then changed it again. While I knew who Alec was and what he stood for he also grew during the story and my views on him changed and became stronger.
At first I thought Carissa was running away from the business. But ...more
A chance encounter for Alec and Carissa come off hot an heavy with the first kiss. However, when bullets fly, it's time for Carissa to hit the road.
"She was running from one mobster already, no way in hell was she about to tangle with another."
Years later with her best friends, the Trinity is formed. Not expecting to see Alec again, Cariss ...more
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Learn more about J. L. Lora at www.JLLora.com. ...more